Annual Report 2016
Country Reports


Craig Stevens University of Auckland

The national marine energy advocacy group AWATEA (Aotearoa wave and tidal energy association) runs an annual meeting with international attendance. It was established in April 2006 to advocate for, assist and accelerate the development of the marine energy industry. It acts as an industry association with the following mission: “AWATEA will promote, aid and foster a vibrant and viable marine energy industry in New Zealand”. The association has the following objectives:

  • Promote the marine energy industry in New Zealand, including research, energy generation, marine fabrication and marine services;
  • Increase recognition and utilization of marine energy as another energy source in New Zealand’s supply portfolio;
  • Act as a centre for advocacy of marine energy, including lobbying, drawing up submissions to Government and representing the views of the marine energy industry;
  • Exchange information about the marine energy sector, to provide and publish statistics and informed commentary on issues affecting the uptake of marine energy in New Zealand;
  • Be a meeting place for marine energy industry participants;
  • Represent the New Zealand marine energy industry to national bodies, including Government agencies, non-governmental organizations and other industry bodies and liaise with other international bodies.

It ran its 10th annual conference in May 2016:

This group produced a 2016 whitepaper which is currently being updated: