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The WasteMINZ Conference, Expo + Workshops 2023 will be held at Claudelands, Hamilton and will run from 22-26 May. 

The final programme for the Conference, Expo + Workshops was released on 11 May. You can read it here. 

Quick links

Click here to learn about:

  • The final programme,
  • Attendee directory
  • Residential lead workshop,
  • Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, 
  • Accommodation deals, and
  • Wheelchair and disability access.

Explore the conference below 

​More information

Registrations - now open!

If you can't read the image above, our prices are set out below

Conference, Expo + Workshops 2023Super Saver 
Register & pay before 04.04.23
Register & pay before 30.04.23
Last minute
Registration from 01.05.23
 Three day registration - 23, 24, 25 May 2023  - including networking drinks on Tuesday, 23 + gala dinner on Wednesday 24 May 149517451925
 One day - Tuesday 23 May595715795
One day - Wednesday, 24 May595715795
Gala dinner only - Wednesday, 24 May (included in three day registration)200200200
One day - Thursday, 25 May430520595
Territorial Authorities' Officers Forum workshop - Monday, 22 May180215240
CLM Workshop - Thursday 25 (afternoon) + Friday, 26 May350420460
CLM Workshop (with any main registration) - Thursday 25 (afternoon) + Friday, 26 May 220265290

Prices exclude GST

The prices stated are available exclusively to WasteMINZ members. Non-members can contact CJ Dooner to discuss costs. 

Final programme
We're proud to share with you the WasteMINZ Conference Final Programme, which outlines all the great keynote speakers, sessions, sponsors and exhibitors for the Conference. 
Attendee list
View the attendee list for the 2023 Conference + Expo.
Mihi whakatau + waiata

Waikato-Tainui kaumātua, including those of Ngāti Wairere, the hapū of the land (known as Te Papanui) on which Claudelands is built, will welcome delegates to the conference on Tuesday 23 May as follows.

Delegates need to assemble in the foyer in front of Heaphy 1, 2 and 3 by 8.25am (at the latest). The mihi whakatau will proceed as follows:

  • Manuwhiri (conference delegates) will be welcomed into the room with a karanga by Ratau Turner
  • Manuwhiri (led by Dee Isaacs) will enter the room
  • Once everyone is seated, there will be a karakia (prayer) and then a whaikōrero (speech) by Waikato-Tainui kaumātua Taki Turner
  • A whakautu (response) will be given by Dee Isaacs on behalf of the manuwhiri
  • All delegates will then be asked to stand and join in the waiata Ehara i te mea to support the words of our kaikōrero
  • Kaumātua Taki Turner will officially conclude the mihi whakatau and introduce WasteMINZ Chair Wayne Plummer

The words for Ehara i te mea are below or download them here

E hara i te mea

No ināianei te aroha

No ngā tūpuna

E tuku iho, tuku iho 

You can hear more about Ngāti Wairere on this Taringa podcast. Click here to listen. 

Residential lead workshop

Paint the Town Red: the problem with exposure to residential lead

When:  1.30pm, 25 May - 4pm, 26 May

Who should attend: CLM practitioners, environmental health officers, local government, public health officers and central government agencies who hold housing stock

Join us for this one-and-a-half-day deep dive into the public health risks from residential lead. We'll discuss the health impacts of lead and how guideline values are set, what we know about residential lead contamination in New Zealand, how industry manages risks from lead paint, and finish with a workshop session to brainstorm ways the health sector, industry and contaminated land practitioners can work together to protect people.

Registrations are open!

Click here to register for the Residential Lead Workshop ONLY

Click here to register for Conference + the Residential Lead Workshop

Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner - As You Were

This year’s Gala Dinner theme is As You Were. What does this mean? Anything you want it to! Dress as you would have in the 80s or 90s, come dressed in the uniform of your first job, or even explore your past lives — let your imagination go wild! If the lead up to conference is too busy for you, visit the Collectors Anonymous expo site, supported by Hamilton City Council, for some second-hand gala dinner threads. There will be a Best Dressed award, which will be presented at the gala dinner, so knock yourself out!

The Gala Dinner is the place to be on Wednesday, 24 May from 7pm, with pre-drinks from 6pm.  

Exhibition opportunities

Our Conference, Expo + Workshop gives all attendees and exhibitors the opportunity to take advantage of the fantastic networking, knowledge sharing, and business opportunities that our events are renowned for.

  • Cement your role as a thought leader across the waste, resource recovery and contaminated land management sectors in New Zealand
  • Build brand recognition and generate awareness of your business
  • Showcase and profile your organisation among key decision makers, and to a highly targeted and relevant captured market of approximately 550 conference delegates
  • Establish new and reinforce existing relationships with the waste, resource recovery and contaminated land sectors across New Zealand
  • Launch new initiatives, products and services
  • Network with delegates face-to-face during morning and afternoon tea breaks, lunch, and at the networking drinks and gala dinner.

Exhibition information

The Expo runs from 23-25 May, with set up from 1pm on Monday, 22 May and pack down from 11am on Thursday, 25 May. 

Are you interested in promoting your services to our members via an Expo stall? Read about our Exhibition Opportunities here and view our expo sites that are still available

Contact CJ on or (09) 476 7162 to discuss the site of your choice.

Confirmed exhibitors can read the Exhibitors Manual here and read the FAQs here. Learn how to get the most out of the Conference.

Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsorship information

Sponsorship provides your organisation with the opportunity to leverage unparalleled access to a wide base of industry professionals, plus local and central government decisionmakers. This is your conference for your industry, so we encourage you to make the most of this annual opportunity.

There are a number of sponsorship packages still available - learn more about them here. 

All sponsorship enquiries should be directed to Irma Klein, WasteMINZ' Membership and Event Coordinator.
Wheelchair and disability access

We are hosting the Conference, Expo + Workshops at the Claudelands Events Centre in Hamilton. The venue is completely accessible for wheelchairs, people with limited mobility and other disabilities.


Accessibility car parks

There are a number of accessibility car parks available on the Exhibition Plaza and in Brooklyn Carpark.
Check in with the car parking wardens upon arrival, they will direct you towards the appropriate car park. 

Accessibility to the venue for wheelchair users

Access to the plenary and exhibition space is via the Ground Floor. Lifts are available in the conference concourse to access the breakout rooms.
Accessible bathroom facilities are available on the lower and upper arena concourse of the Globox Arena, the lower conference concourse and beside the Brooklyn Rooms on the upper level.

If you require wheelchair accessible seating, please notify the Event Manager. 

Hearing Loop

The Arena and the Heaphy rooms are fitted with a hearing aid loop which is accessible by turning your hearing device to the ‘T’ option. When attending a conference, dinner or meeting in the Heaphy Room or Arena and you require use of this facility, please let your organiser know so that you are allocated seating within the loop. When booking your ticket for an Arena event, please notify the ticket supplier who will be able to allocate hearing loop seating.

Accommodation options

Our discounted accommodation has been fully booked. Please contact the hotels directly to book your accommodation. 

Novotel Hamilton Tainui

Ibis Hamilton Tainui

Quest Hamilton

Information for presenters
All presenters must used a PowerPoint presentation. You can use your own organisation's template or use the WasteMINZ Conference one which you can download from here.

Pecha Kucha speakers need to use the PowerPoint template provided here as it has the correct number of slides and the timings built in.

If you have any questions, please contact Nic at or 021 611 337.