2019 ASBS–NZPCN Joint Conference


Taxonomy for Plant Conservation – Ruia mai i Rangiātea

24–28 November 2019, Wellington, New Zealand
We invite you to a joint conference of the Australasian Systematic Botany Society and the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network—an exciting opportunity to connect with people who are passionate about science and conservation of native plants in New Zealand and Australia.

The conference will be held at Wellington’s premier conference venue, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

  • Get up to date information from our stimulating and comprehensive range of speaker presentations
  • Explore Wellington’s forests and rugged coastlines on our field trips
  • Network with people involved in a wide variety of plant conservation work
  • Discuss and learn at our workshops
  • Take a tour of the Te Papa Herbarium (WELT) and Otari Native Botanic Gardens

Ruia mai i Rangiātea

Ruia means to plant, to sow a seed, or to establish a foundation from which to develop. Ruia sets a direction for growth and represents the building blocks that contribute to realising potential.

Rangiātea is the origin of Māori migration. It represents the wider world, a place to put theory into practice and observe others who do the same. In literal terms Rangi-ātea is a “clear-sky”. In abstract terms this relates to having a clear mind, or a state of enlightenment.

At this conference we hope to establish foundations from which to continue developing our shared taxonomic and conservation mahi. The opportunities to network, to observe, to share, and to give and receive knowledge are building blocks that will help us continue to grow together on our journey.