NZPCN Conference 2017

Click here to register for the 2017 NZPCN Conference

To be held in Hokitika at the Regent Theatre.

You can register for the conference online here - note that members get a 10% discount if they are logged on when registering. Prices will increase by 10% after 1 October and workshop spaces are limited to so register now to ensure you get your first choice.

The conference timetable is as follows:


NZPCN and John Child Bryophyte Workshop present a combined exhibition dedicated to botanical artwork.


Welcome event (5.30pm – 7pm)

Conference welcome and registration at Hokitika’s Regent Theatre.


Keynote speakers to be announced

Powhiri and welcome (8.30-9am)

Sessions (9am – 5pm)

  • Taxonomic updates
  • Distribution and population updates
  • Plant ecology
  • Student colloquium

NZPCN AGM (5.30-6pm)

NZPCN Charity auction (6-7pm)

Proceeds from the auction will go towards the David Given Threatened Plant Research Scholarship and the NZPCN Threatened Plant Endowment Fund.


Keynote speakers to be announced

Sessions (9am – 5pm)

  • Conservation tools and successes
  • Community and iwi engagement and successes
  • Weed research
  • Bryophytes and lichens

Conference dinner and the 2017 NZPCN Plant Conservation Awards (6-8.30pm)

The conference dinner will be held at the Woodstock Hotel, just outside of Hokitika. Bus transfers will be provided. During the evening, the recipients of the 2017 NZPCN Annual Plant Conservation Awards will be announced as well as the 2017 David Given Threatened Plant Research Scholarship.



  • Workshop 1 – The art of nature journaling with Jo Ogier (09:30am - 4.30pm)
  • Workshop 2 – An introduction to bryophyte and lichen identification (09:30am - 12.30pm)
  • Workshop 3 – An introduction to fern identification (1pm - 4.30pm)
  • Workshop 4 – An introduction to Naturewatch (1pm - 4.30pm)
  • Workshop 5 – Ecological monitoring for community groups (09:30am – 12.30pm)
  • Workshop 6 – Using the law for plant protection (09:30am - 12.30pm)
  • Workshop 7 – How to collect seed sustainably (1pm - 4.30pm)

Field trips

  • Field Trip 1 – Coal measure. North to Denniston Plateau taking in Punakaiki on route. (7am – 5pm).
  • Field Trip 2 – Tropical West Coast. North to the Point Elizabeth track, Pororari and Truman Tracks. (8am – 5pm).
  • Field Trip 3 – Forest and alpine. East to the Otira Valley and the Cockayne Walk. (8am – 5pm).
  • Field Trip 4 – Forest, coast and canopy. South to Mahinapua, Mananui Bush, and Tree Tops walkway. (9am – 5pm).
  • Field Trip 5 – Freshwater and glaciers. South to Okarito Lagoon and Franz Josef Glacier. (8am – 5pm).

John Child Bryophyte and Lichen Workshop


John Child Bryophyte and Lichen Workshop

Click here to register for the 2017 NZPCN Conference

Interested in delivering a presentation during the conference?

If you are interested in delivering a presentation during the conference please follow the link below. You will need to select a session and include your abstract. Please limit your abstract to 300 words. Abstract submission will close on September 8th. The NZPCN 2017 conference committee will assess abstracts and notify authors if their presentation has been accepted by September 15th. All standard presentations (not keynote) should be 15 minutes long, with an additional 3 minutes allowed for questions.

Submit your abstracts here.

This page last updated on 23 Jul 2017