Taxonomy for Plant Conservation—more info

About the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network

The NZPCN was established in 2003 and has since grown to more than 800 members worldwide. The Networks vision is that “the rich, diverse and unique native plant life of New Zealand is recognised, cherished and restored”.

Our biennial conferences are highly regarded as the best place to meet people who are passionate about plant conservation and to network and collaborate on shared issues and challenges. Our website along with our newsletter, Trilepedia, are leading sources of information about native plants and their conservation in New Zealand, receiving over 800,000 page views per year. Contact:

About the Australasian Systematic Botany Society

With over 300 members, the Australasian Systematic Botany Society (ASBS) is an incorporated association of people with professional and amateur interests in Australasian systematic botany. The aim of the Society is to promote the study of plant systematics in Australasia.

Plant systematics includes taxonomy and nomenclature, and is the science that unravels the relationships and evolutionary history of the flora. It provides the framework for all comparative biology and is essential for the identification and conservation of threatened species, the management of native vegetation, and the detection of naturalised species.

For more information, see the ASBS website or email us at

Collecting plant material in New Zealand

If you are planning on collecting plant material while you are in New Zealand please make sure you have appropriate permissions and permits. Permission to collect plant material must be granted by the relevant land owner or manager. Check this useful website for determining whether a specific locality is on Public Conservation Land.

Issuing permits to collect plant material from public conservation land can take months to process. We suggest that you begin an application process at least 4–5 months in advance.

In the Wellington region the land manager is likely to be the Department of Conservation, Greater Wellington Regional Council or Wellington City Council.

Information about permits to collect plant material on public land in the Wellington region can be accessed via their respective websites.

Plant descriptions and distribution data can be accessed on the NZPCN website.

Please contact the organising committee for any further advice regarding collecting plant material.


Our 2019 ASBS–NZPCN joint conference has several sponsorship packages available, providing sponsors with a choice of exposure related to financial commitment.

Participating as a sponsor at the conference will take you straight a range of people involved in plant conservation, taxonomy and related fields and demonstrate your level of support and commitment to native plant conservation.

The 2019 ASBS-NZPCN joint conference can provide your organisation with:

  • Exposure at a premier conference devoted to leaders in plant conservation work and
    scientific research
  • Time to network with industry colleagues and key decision makers
  • A cost-effective way to reinforce your organisation’s brand to a relevant audience
  • Access to a broad network of potential partners from the public and private sector
  • Marketing opportunities including online visibility and associated conference material

The sponsorship model allows you to capture delegates’ attention in a variety of ways, depending on the specific needs of your business or organisation. We understand that these needs may not necessarily fit into the prescribed levels outlined in this document, and we therefore invite you to discuss with us alternative options available to tailor-make a sponsorship package that best suits your organisation.

A sponsor pack is available, please contact us by email for further information about how we can deliver an excellent conference together.

Visiting the Te Papa Herbarium (WELT)

To make an appointment to access the Te Papa Herbarium, please contact Botany Collection Manager Antony Kusabs before you arrive in Wellington so we can facilitate your visit. In addition, there will be limited back of house tours available, which can be booked during the registration process as one of the workshops (Sunday) and/or field trips (Wednesday).

Taxonomy for Plant Conservation | More Information | Programme outline

Title image: Te Ara Tirohanga, Rimutaka Hill