Kei te rangatira, tēnā koutou. The Local Organising Committee, under the auspices of the New Zealand Coastal Society, Engineers Australia’s National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering, and PIANC Australia and New Zealand, invite you to attend Australasian Coasts & Ports 2021; an amalgamation of the 29th New Zealand Coastal Society Conference; the 25th Australasian Coastal & Ocean Engineering Conference; and the 18th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference.
The Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference series is the pre-eminent forum in the Australasian region for professionals to meet and discuss issues extending across all disciplines related to coasts and ports. Our Conference theme “Te oranga takutai – Adapt and Thrive” recognises the dynamic coastal environment that we live in and the need for coastal communities to be resilient and adaptable to thrive. Ōtautahi Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region are outstanding examples of this, with major seismic events having caused rapid and significant changes to the coastal environment and substantial damage to public and private assets and infrastructure. These events provide an ideal laboratory to examine the ongoing physical and built environment adjustments, and the possibilities for building stronger, more resilient and vibrant communities.
Australasian Coasts & Ports 2021 will bring together engineers, scientists and planners; academics, practitioners and those in the construction industry to focus on the present and future challenges of adapting coastal communities to thrive in dynamic coastal environments. Opportunities will be provided, in particular, to focus on challenges and solutions for port resilience, impacts and responses to catastrophic events, as well as to explore how local and indigenous values can be effectively represented in coastal management.
Australasian Coasts & Ports 2021 will feature engaging keynote speakers, incorporate numerous concurrent streams for technical presentations, trade exhibition, half-day field trips and the opportunity to network with colleagues in a vibrant social programme.