It is with great disappointment that we have decided to officially cancel our 2020 Water for Life Conference.

Our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected by the COVID-19 situation, it is a very unsettling time for all. 

While we may hold a similar event later this year or early next year, due to the current uncertainties in the operating environment we feel the best option is to cancel and start afresh when we can. We thank you for the support you have shown our organisation and hope to see you at another of our events in the future.

Information on how to request a refund will be emailed to all delegates on Monday 6thApril.  Thank you for your patience as we have worked through this process.

Stay safe and stay healthy.


Dive Deeper into Water Use in Canterbury | Pre-Conference Tours

One of the most highly anticipated aspects of our biennial Conference is back again, with this year’s pre-Conference tours offering the chance to explore Canterbury and all it has to offer. The 2020 pre-Conference tours are kindly sponsored by Maskell.

Held on Tuesday 7 April, the tours will offer you the chance to network with like-minded individuals, learn something a little new about different utilisations of water and have a bit of fun too. The perfect prelude to two days of conversation and debate.

This year, there are two topics to pick from, Diversification in Canterbury and Paddock to Bottle. Read on for a bit more information to help you on your way with what is a very tough choice…

Diversification in Canterbury

Known as an area leading the charge in agricultural innovation, it is no surprise that the produce scene in Canterbury is one to watch. From hemp to quinoa, Canterbury growers are utilising goods once never thought of and turning them into must haves for consumers, all with a sustainable edge. This tour will give you an insight into these happenings, and what the diverse future of Canterbury’s food scene could look like.

First stop on the tour will be to the Good Oil Factory in Rolleston. Housed under the Pure Oil family, the Good Oil is made from cold pressed, locally produced rapeseed oil, which has a mildly nutty taste and a famous gold hue. Cold pressing extra virgin rapeseed oil puts extra reliance on the quality of the seed created in the farmer’s field. Keith Gundry, Agronomist, will take us on a tour of the plant and talk everyone through the Good Oil’s story.

Next, on to Hotel Ashburton for a spot of lunch and multiple presentations from innovators in their field. From hemp to blackcurrants, our speakers will talk you through the way they are contributing to diversification in Canterbury.

Image credit Iplex Pipes

Finally, we will head to Iplex Pipes for a tour of the only mobile pipe factory in New Zealand. Founded in 1938 as Iplex Plastics, the company has played a leading role in the development of plastic components in New Zealand and Australia. Their National Marketing & Innovation Manager will take us through Iplex’s journey so far and why it is so important for them to continue to innovate for the future.

Paddock to Bottle

After a long week, a cold beer is often the first Friday evening thought for many, but do we stop to think how it got into the bottle and the part water played in this journey? Our second pre-Conference tour option will take you through the steps of that journey, and give you the chance to have a few tasters too.

First stop will be Gladfield Malt in Dunsandel. Gladfield Malt is a local, family owned business based in the heart of the Canterbury Plains where five generations of one family have been growing malting barley. The team believe in smarter, safer beer making methods that maintain high-quality while reducing waste. With their beers gaining notoriety worldwide, the team will talk us through their story and take us on a tour of the Malt factory.

Image credit Gladfield Malt

Next stop, Melton Estates for wine tasting and some tasty platters in one of Canterbury’s most loved boutique wineries. Owners, Phillip & Tracey Caunter will talk us through how they have become renowned for the quality of their wines and their general story so far.

Finally, we will land at the Wigram Brewing Co., positioned as beer brewed by fanatics for fanatical beer lovers! Another family business, Paul brews up unique beers with his sons, Jimmy and Joe. Going from strength-to-strength, the team will talk us through their story and it would be rude not to have a taste too, right?!

If you would like to lock in your spot on one of the tours, find further information on registration here, tours start at $85. There is also still time to register for early bird tickets for the Conference, take a look at the full programme here and sign up now to save up to $130.