Rivers Group

A joint technical group of the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ (IPENZ) and Water New Zealand (formerly the NZWWA)

Passionate about rivers

Rakaia River


Kyle Christensen, Chairman of the Rivers Group

Welcome to the IPENZ/Water NZ Rivers Group! We are a technical interest group for people who are passionate about the successful management of river systems across New Zealand.  Our members include engineers, geomorphologists, hydrologists, ecologists, scientists, planners, managers and others who want to work together to create and manage river systems that future generations can be proud of.  This is an incredibly complex challenge that often involves balancing competing interests and demands to achieve outcomes that will have lasting effects that shape the way we live. 

The Rivers Group is in its sixth year and we are continuing to evolve to best deliver value to our members and the NZ rivers community.  We are striving to deliver a mix of local workshops and networking opportunities along with our annual symposium which is a great opportunity for members and others to share stories about past successes and the challenges they are currently facing.

I’d encourage you to get along to the local events and the annual symposium to meet others that share your passion of rivers and to contribute to shaping best practice in NZ river management.


Rivers Group, NZHS and HWRS Joint Symposium

28 November- 2 December 2016, Queenstown

The New Zealand Rivers Group, New Zealand Hydrological Society and Engineers Australia’s National Committee on Water Engineering are pleased to invite delegates to attend the 2016 Joint Conference for NZ Hydrological Society, Australian Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium and IPENZ Rivers Group. The Conference promises to be an unforgettable event that will bring together over 400 delegates, who represent all levels of government, universities, students, researchers, contractors, suppliers and consultants.

The theme of the Conference is “Water, Infrastructure and the Environment”. Over 4 days, Conference delegates will hear from leading experts in hydrology and will include concurrent oral papers and poster presentations which form a major part of the conference programme. Please check the website to for conference information: www.nzhs2016.co.nz

We look forward to seeing you in Queenstown in 2016.


There are a number of attractively priced sponsorship packages available for your organisation to show its support to the Rivers Group and raise its profile within the river management community. Sponsorship is an essential part of keeping these events accessible for members so please do all you can to get your organisation on board.

Download the Sponsorship proposal

Call for Abstracts

There will be two formats for presentations:

  1. Oral Papers/Presentations
  2. Poster Presentations

Authors willing to present their work at the conference, either as an Oral Presentation or Poster Presentation MUST submit a short abstract. After acceptance by the reviewing team, authors are required to submit an extended abstract OR full paper which, if accepted, will be for loaded on the USB-stick that will be distributed at the Conference to all delegates. All accepted short abstracts will be online and published in the conference proceedings.

Submit an abstract

Deadlines and submission procedures

Deadline for the submission of short abstracts

24 April, 2016

Notification of acceptance of short abstracts

13 May, 2016

Deadline for the submission of full papers

26 June, 2016

Notification of acceptance of full papers

18 August, 2016

Deadline for the submission of extended abstracts

28 August, 2016

Notification of acceptance of extended abstracts

15 September, 2016

Join the Rivers Group

Are you passionate about New Zealand rivers and their sustainable use and management?

Do you want to make a difference in NZ river and catchment management?

Then we want you, along with your opinions, intellect and camaraderie, to join the Rivers Group and participate in discussions, collegiality and technical knowledge sharing.  If you are involved with rivers, catchment management or river engineering, the Rivers Group provides the opportunity you have been waiting for - to truly integrate all the different areas of river usage and management, and to bring practitioners and community interests together.

Whether you are an engineer, scientist, planner, academic, hydrologist, geomorphologist, climatologist, land manager or individual river enthusiast, membership is open to all.

New Funding Opportunities

The IPENZ Rivers Group Public Project Grant

Grants of up to $3,000 are available to support public sector groups (e.g. local government, community groups, not-for-profit, iwi/Maori) in works related to river management and restoration for one year, depending on the merits of the project proposal and the level of competition in a given year.

The IPENZ Rivers Group Student Research Grant

Grants of up to $3,000 are available to postgraduate researchers working on issues related to advancing river science and improving river management, depending on the merits of the project proposal and the level of competition in a given year.