Offshore Future Energy Forum

Ara Ake and Taranaki regional development agency Venture Taranaki, hosted the Offshore Future Energy Forum on 25 and 26 November 2021.

The forum brought together national and international experts to explore new offshore energy potential and covered technologies such as offshore wind, wave and tidal, and marine energy storage.

Below is a detailed programme for the two days, including the speakers' presentations, and video recordings.

Thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters

Day One - 25 November 2021



Justine Gilliland - Chief Executive, Venture Taranaki

New Zealand Government's vision

Hon Megan Woods - Minister of Energy & Resources

New Zealand Energy Roadmap

Chris Jewell - Co-Chair, Low Carbon Energy Roadmap, Aotearoa Circle

Session 1: Overview on Offshore Wind

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International update from Global Wind Energy Council

Alastair Dutton - Chair, Global Wind Energy Council

Katharine York photo

International Regime - Best practice and environmental impacts

Katharine York - Operations & Maintenance Centre of Excellence Manager, Catapult UK

Nick Jackson photo

Update since Offshore Wind Forum 2020

Nick Jackson - Director, Elemental Group

Giacomo Caleffi photo

The role of the New Zealand Offshore Wind Working Group

Giacomo Caleffi - Chair, NZ Offshore Wind Working Group

Māori Perspective

Dion Tuuta

Pieterjan Vanbuggenhout photo

Offshore Wind Developer

Pieterjan Vanbuggenhout - Senior Origination Officer, Parkwind EU

Andy Evans photo

Offshore Wind Developer

Andy Evans - Co-Founder/Director, Oceanex AU

Jarek Pole photo

Offshore Wind Developer

Jarek Pole - Director, BlueFloat

Session 2: Power to X - leveraging offshore wind
1.40pm - 2.30pm

Power to X - Pathway to a green economy

Justine Gilliland - Chief Executive, Venture Taranaki

Toby Stevenson - Director, Sapere

International keynote speaker

Thom Cameron - Hydrogen and Chemicals Technology Director, Aurecon Australia

Session 3: Regulatory Regime and Infrastructure
2.30pm - 3.30pm

MBIE's perspective on offshore wind potential for NZ and the current regulatory regime

Philippa Fox - Deputy Secretary, Building Resources and Markets (Acting), Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment

Infrastructure future - Net Zero Grid Pathways Programme update

Andrew Renton - Senior Principal Engineer, Transpower

Afternoon tea

Session 4: Panel discussion and wrap up
3.30pm - 4.30pm

Panel discussion (facilitated by Justine Gilliland)

Andrew Clennett - Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Hiringa Energy

Brett Rogers - Director, Elemental Group

Jen Natoli - Team Lead, E tū

Ross Dingle - Head of Commercial, Port Taranaki

Kyle Hall - Director, School of Engineering, Energy & Infrastructure, WITT

Wrap up

Jonathan Young - Head of Policy, Research & Insights, Ara Ake

Networking event


Guest speaker: Simon Craddock - Chief Executive, Port Taranaki

Day Two - 26 November 2021

Opening: 9.00am - 9.25am


Cristiano Marantes - Chief Executive, Ara Ake

Session 5: Wave and Tidal
9.25am - 12.15pm

Climate Change Commission's view on oceans and marine energy in the future

Matt de Boer - Senior Analyst, Climate Change Commission

Environmental impacts, opportunities, and synergies between various approaches of marine energy

Dr Craig Stevens - Principal Scientist - Marine Physics, NIWA

Role and locations of wave energy in Aotearoa

Danielle Bertram - Civil Engineering Lecturer, School of Engineering, University of Waikato

State of technology - Global

Martin Knoche - CEO, The Northland Innovation Centre, and Co-Chair, Aotearoa Wave & Tidal Energy Association

State of technology - National

Martin Knoche, Dr Vladislav Sorokin, and Dr Craig Stevens

Future of marine energy technology

Stephanie Thornton - Cluster Manager, Australia Ocean Energy Group

Morning tea


Armin Howard - Group Operations Manager, Azura Wave

Dr Vladislav Sorokin - Aotea Environmental Monitoring

Millan Ruka - Ruka Energy


Session 6: Marine Energy Storage
12.15pm - 12.35pm

Introduction to marine energy storage

Tim Hawkey - Co-Founder, EnergyBank

Session 7: Panel discussion and wrap up
12.35pm - 1.20pm

Panel discussion (facilitated by Justine Gilliland)

Dr Craig Stevens - Principal Scientist, Marine Physics, NIWA

Martin Knoche - Co-Chair, AWATEA

Matt de Boer - Senior Analyst, Climate Change Commission

Millan Ruka - Ruka Energy

Stephanie Thornton - Cluster Manager, Australian Ocean Energy Group

Wrap up

Jonathan Young - Head of Policy, Research & Insights, Ara Ake

1.20pm onwards Lunch and networking