Rivers Group

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

Passionate about rivers


River Management Workshop & Field Trip


  • Workshop - Thursday 29th September
  • Field trip - Friday 30th September

Time: 9.30am - 5.00pm

Venue: Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Council Chamber

Workshop Cost: $300.00 (incl GST) - Includes hand-outs, lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea

Field Trip Cost: $50.00 - (incl GST)  Includes lunch

WORKSHOP OUTLINE can be found in the Rivers Group June newsletter, click here to view.

The workshop will be facilitated by Gary Williams, of Waterscape. He will lead out and facilitate the discussions, which will be case study focused and informed by the experiences of practitioners from around New Zealand.

The workshop will be an open discussion forum, to exchange experiences and examples of river management throughout New Zealand. The discussions will be facilitated around five general themes, and the discussions will be focused by case studies.

The workshop has been organised by the Rivers Group for professional training and to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience among river management practitioners. The Rivers Group has done this, at the request of members, because there has been a lack of such training and opportunities for the exchange of ideas and know-how between practitioners.

The workshop has a broad scope to ‘test the waters’ and see where the training and knowledge gaps are, while ensuring useful outcomes for participants by having a practical case study focus. There are many issues around the themes, as well as knowledge and experience requirements, and this workshop can only touch on some of them. Depending on interest and the workshop outcomes, further workshops could be held that had a narrower focus or more specific aim, such as the development of standards and accepted procedures.


Registrations close 4pm Friday 2nd September

Culvert Design Workshop

Date: Tuesday 18th October

Time: 9.30am - 5.00pm

Auckland University Newmarket Campus, 42 Symonds Street

Registration Cost:
$375.00 inc GST (lunch included)

An interactive workshop with presentations and practical lab demonstrations; with practitioners invited to share their experiences and views. The workshop is aimed at design professionals with some knowledge and experience in culvert hydraulics, and will not only focus on culvert hydraulics but cover wider application and considerations (e.g. fish passage).

- Design Parameters, hydraulics and methods
- Culvert types and performance
- Inlet & outlet design
- Ecological Considerations
- Asset management
- Climate change considerations
- Practical demonstrations at the new Auckland University’s Newmarket Laboratories

- Gary Williams (Waterscape)
- Brian Kouvelis (Sustainable Futures NZ Ltd)
- Paul Franklin (NIWA)
- Sjaan Bowie (DOC)


Registrations close 4pm Wednesday 31st August
(Spaces limited to 40 participants on first come basis)