Circular Solutions – A Circular Economy for New Zealand is the theme for the 27th annual WasteMINZ conference.2015-conference-FB

A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end-of-life.

As well as creating new opportunities for growth, a more circular economy will:

  • reduce waste
  • drive greater resource productivity
  • position New Zealand to better address emerging resource scarcity issues in the future
  • help reduce the environmental impacts of our production and consumption

Where and when:

The 2015 conference is being held at the Energy Events Centre, Rotorua.

The conference runs from 19 to 22 October. The details being:

  • Monday 19 October – TA Forum
    • The TA Forum runs from midday until 5pm
  • Tuesday 20 October to Thursday 22 October – Main conference programme
    • The conference programme finishes at 1pm on Thursday and is followed by lunch which runs until 2pm

Preliminary Programme and Registration:

Registration for the conference is now open; take advantage of Super Saver pricing and book now. To get Earlybird pricing you must register and pay by 30 September 2015!

The Preliminary Programme is now available, be sure to check out the range of exciting speakers.

Featured Speakers:

We have been hard at work and have secured some fantastic speakers for the conference. They include:

  • Iain Gulland, CEO of Zero Waste Scotland

    Iain Gulland, CEO of Zero Waste Scotland

    Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland (UK)

  • Scientia Professor, Veena Sahajwalla, Founding Director of the SMaRT centre (Sustainable Materials Research and Technology) at UNSW (Aus)
  • Shamubeel Eaqub, one of New Zealand’s best known economists
  • Steve Beaman, Director Waste and Resource Recovery, NSW EPA (Aus)
  • Andy Street, Director Waste and Resource Management, SLR Consulting (UK)
  • Kevin Biggar, world renowned explorer and adventurer
  • Gordon MacDonald, Chief Executive, WorkSafe New Zealand
  • Tony Cussins, Senior Environmental Project Manager, Contaminated Land Team Leader and Principal, Tonkin & Taylor (Aus)
  • Daniela Santucci, Manager Resource Recovery, Bankstown City Council (Aus)
  • Kevin Trustum, Commercial Services Coordinator, Lismore City Council (Aus)
  • Chris Hillman, Principal Environmental Engineer, Tonkin & Taylor
  • Elizabeth Wild, Partner, Henry Davis York (Aus)
  • Dr Colleen Cripps, former Director of Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
  • Hal Dobbins, Zero Waste Coordinator, City of Sydney (Aus)
  • Malcolm Alexander, Chief Executive, Local Government New Zealand

PLUS there are more high profile industry experts to be announced!

Awards for Excellence:

This year, for the very first time we are introducing the WasteMINZ Awards for Excellence, which will be presented at the conference gala dinner. Applications for the awards close at 5.00pm on Monday 14 September 2015. To find out more about the awards and how to apply please click here.

Gala Dinner:

The WasteMINZ Gala Dinner will be held on Wednesday 21 October at the Energy Events Centre as part of our conference proceedings. The Gala Dinner is a great chance for our industry to get together, catch up with friends, kick up our heels and have a great time!

As part of this we want to ensure that we bring some fun elements to proceedings, a key part of this is the introduction of a theme and in 2015 the theme is Dress to Impress.

So what does Dress to Impress mean? Think of the Oscars…it’s about a bit of glitz and a dash of glamour, about us all looking and feeling our very best. So gents, polish up those shoes and pull that suit out from the back of the wardrobe. Ladies, for you this means your finest glad rags. Most of all it’s about a bit of fun!


We have negotiated a range of special accommodation offers for conference attendees, please find these below. We advise you to book early, as our conference hotels are the most conveniently located and often book out in advance of the conference.

Millennium Hotel Rotorua: 

  • 4 star plus.
  • 600m walk to conference venue.
  • Rates from $195 per night (including breakfast)
  • Click here to book.

Sudima Lake Rotorua: 

  • 4 star.
  • 600m walk to conference venue.
  • Rates from $170 per night (including breakfast)
  • Click here to book.

Ibis Rotorua: 

  • 3 star.
  • 1.2km walk to conference venue.
  • Rates from $135 per night (room only, breakfast additional)
  • Click here to book.

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside: 

  • 4.5 star.
  • 1.2km walk to conference venue.
  • Rates from $205 per night (room only, breakfast additional)
  • Click here to book.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities:

The WasteMINZ Conference & Expo provides you with the very best waste industry forum in New Zealand and gives sponsors and exhibitors the opportunity to take advantage of the fantastic networking, knowledge sharing, and business opportunities that our events are renowned for. In particular, sponsorship gives you the unique ability to profile your organisation to our sector and be recognised as a leader in your field and a passionate supporter of the industry.

Sponsorship + Exhibitor Opportunities are now open.

To become a sponsor or to participate in the expo please get in touch with CJ Dooner. You can also reach CJ on (09) 476 7162. Don’t delay, as opportunities are strictly limited!

Cancellation Policy

  • Should you be unable to attend once you have registered, you are welcome to reassign your registration to another financial member of WasteMINZ.
  • If you are unable to arrange a replacement, a refund less an administration charge of $150 + GST will be made, providing notification has been received no later than 1 October 2015.
  • After 1 October 2015 no refund is possible.
  • Cancellation of your registration must be in writing and WasteMINZ will acknowledge this by return written advice.

Programme Alterations.

  • WasteMINZ in its sole discretion reserves the right to alter, change, amend or remove portions of the conference programme. Such alterations are not grounds for cancellation of attendance.