2024 NZLTC Conference: 12-14 March

Land Treatment Resilience in a Changing Environment

Image with thanks to Hawke’s Bay Scenic Tours Ltd.

NZLTC Annual Conference is to be held in Napier 12 - 14 March 2024 at the East Pier Hotel.
The conference will feature two days of technical sessions and a field trip on the third day.  Hawke’s Bay has been chosen for next year’s conference in recognition of the challenges the region has faced, and to provide us with an opportunity to see how communities adapt to challenges of our changing landscape. Of particular interest will be hearing discussions and accounts of how land treatment systems and associated infrastructure has adapted as a result of recent extreme weather events but also learning about innovative research to reduce nutrient losses by current waste treatment and land application practices that can stimulate the creation of circular economies.

Registration is open

Register here

Call for abstracts
Abstracts submission is closed!
All abstracts submitted by the due date will be considered for the Conference Awards:
- Best presentation
- Best student presentation
- Best presentation by a junior professional (< 35 years)

Student scholarships
Two student scholarships are available, which include full registration plus $500 towards travel and accommodation costs.
Application submission is closed!

Conference draft program
We are excited to announce a first draft program for the conference:  

Draft Program

The Venue
The East Pier Hotel is located on the beach front in Napier’s seaside suburb of Ahuriri. It offers some hotel rooms reserved for conference delegates, with other accommodation options close by. There are different pubs and cafes in walking distance to continue networking alongside the conference.
A social event on the first day will be held at the Thirsty Whale and we will also have a conference dinner on the second day at K Kitchen and Bar.

East Pier Hotel

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Darren de Klerk (Principal Business Director for Water, Beca)

Darren has 18 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector. In early 2023 he commenced his role as Principal Business Director for Water at BecaBefore, he spent nearly 5 years with Central Hawke’s Bay District Council on their Executive team as Director Projects and Programmes. Following the devastating effects of Cyclone Gabrielle on the East Coast in February 2023, Darren was engaged to lead the silt and waste recovery taskforce on behalf of the region’s councils. Darren’s role sees him at the coalface of making decisions and progressing the recovery journey in the face of great uncertainty.

Dr. Yan Zhuge (Professor of Structural Engineering, University of South Australia)

Yan is a Professor of Structural Engineering and serves as the Professorial Lead in Research Education at the University of South Australia (UniSA). She has a PhD in Structural Engineering from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia. Her primary research focuses on green concrete materials, fibre composite materials, and structures. Yan has published 200+ SCI papers in refereed international journals and has been invited as a plenary and keynote speaker at international conferences. Her contributions have garnered several Australian government fellowships and awards. She was winner of 2018 South Australia Winnovation award in Engineering category.

Katrina Brunton - Hawke's Bay Regional Council

Katrina is manager of the Policy & Regulation Group at Hawke's Bay Regional Council. After graduating in Resources and Environmental Planning and Geography from the University of Waikato, she started her career as a policy analyst at Taranaki Regional Council. She has spent over 20 years in central and local government working in policy roles with the Ministry of Transport and New Plymouth District Council, Environmental Consents Manager at the Hastings District Council and Customer and Regulatory Solutions Manager at the New Plymouth District Council.

For further information
Kristin Bohm & Alexandra Meister,  Joint Technical Managers
Email: nzltc@esr.cri.nz

With special thanks to our conference sponsors

2024 NZLTC conference sponsors

NZ Land Treatment Collective

Dedicated to improving and communicating technology for the land treatment of waste products

The New Zealand Land Treatment Collective (NZLTC) was established in 1989 to support research into the treatment of wastes and waste products by land application, by providing its members with up-to-date information on land treatment technology, research and information.

The NZLTC works to improve communication to all stakeholders in the waste management industry and to help fund research into developing and improving land treatment technology in New Zealand.

The NZLTC has members from research organisations, universities, district and regional councils, government departments, and environmental and engineering consulting companies.