Programme overview

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Sunday, 24 November—Workshops, 8:30–17:00, ticketed events

  • Workshops 2 and 3: Botanising with iNaturalist for beginners and advanced users–half day—$15 each
  • Workshops 4 and 5: Plant identification at Otari–half day—$15 each
  • Workshop 6: Basics of Illustration–full day—$50
  • Workshop 7: Science Communication Skills for Botanists–full day—$75

Sunday 24 November—Welcome Reception, Icon, Te Papa and private exhibition viewing

  • Registration desk from 16:30
  • Welcome Reception 17:30–20:00. Icon and Te Taiao / Nature

Monday 25 November—Conference Opening and Day 1 of Talks, Oceania, Te Papa

  • Registration from 8:00; please be seated by 8:20 for mihi whakatau (formal welcome). Oceania
  • Keynote speaker: 9:05–10:05. Oceania. Hon Eugenie Sage.
  • Session 1: 10:45–12:30. Oceania. Conservation genetics, genomics and ecology.
  • Session 2: 13:30–15:15. Oceania. The contribution of citizen science, and Conservation in response to environmental change.
  • Session 3: 16:00–17:30. Oceania. Aligning western science with mātauranga Māori for better conservation outcomes, and Celebrating 250 years of advances in botanical science and conservation since Banks & Solander.
  • Public lecture: 18:30–19:30. Soundings Theatre. Prof. Sverker Sörlin: Solander, Sparrman and the Anthropocene. Ticketed event. Get tickets here:

Tuesday 26 November—Day 2 of Talks, Oceania & Rangimarie, Te Papa

  • Registration: from 8:00 & Announcements: 8:45. Oceania.
  • Keynote speaker: 8:50–9:50. Oceania. Melanie Mark-Shadbolt.
  • Session 4: 10:30–12:15. Oceania. Decoding the green: Combating plant blindness, Ecological
    restoration, and Recovery of threatened plants: success stories?
  • Session 5: 10:30–12:15. Rangimarie 1. Recent progress in taxonomy and phylogeny of Australasian plants I.
  • Session 6: 13:15–15:00. Oceania. Recovery of threatened plants: success stories?
  • Session 7: 13:15–14:45. Rangimarie I. Recent progress in taxonomy and phylogeny of Australasian plants II.
  • Session 8: 15:05–4:45 pm. Oceania. Poster session and afternoon tea.
  • NZPCN AGM: 15:45–16:45. Oceania. All NZPCN members welcome!
  • ASBS AGM: 15:45–4:45. Rangimarie I. All ASBS members welcome!
  • Nancy T. Burbidge Memorial Lecture—Barry Conn—Is Paradise
    Lost? Or not yet discovered. Oceania. All welcome.
  • Book launch: 6:15 – 7:15 pm. Seeds of New Zealand Monocotyledons—by Colin Webb, published by Manuka Press. Oceania. Cash bar and canapés. All welcome.
  • Dinner: from 19:15. Rongomaraeroa (Te Marae). Ticketed event.

Wednesday 27 November—Field trips, 8:00–17:30, ticketed events

  • Field trip 1: Wild Wainuiomata and Rugged Remutaka Forests—$55, departs: 8:00
  • Field trip 2: Spectacular Coastal Parangarahu Lakes and Lowland Forest of Eastbourne—$55, departs: 8:15
  • Field trip 3: Wellington’s Rugged South Coast – Restoration of Nature in Te Kopahou and Oku Reserve—$55, departs: 8:30
  • Field trip 4: Experience the Emerald in our Harbour — Matiu / Somes Island—$55, departs: 9:15
  • Field trip 5: Discover the Collections at Otari-Wilton’s Bush and Te Papa—$45, departs: 9:00
Informal social networking evening, 18:00–22:00, RSVP Todd McLay

All early career researchers, students, young (and young-at heart!) attendees are welcome to come to an informal social networking evening involving sampling some of Wellington’s beers and having dinner together. Our plan is the following:

  • 18:00—meet at Panhead (1 Tory St) for a pre-dinner drink (or leave from Te Papa together after returning from field trips)
  • 18:45—leave Panhead and head to Mac’s Brewery (4 Taranaki St) for 19:00 dinner
  • 20:15—after dinner drinks at venue TBC.

Attendees are responsible for their own drink and food costs incurred. Please RSVP by 1 November by contacting Todd McLay ( to register your interest (or ask questions about the plan). The above itinerary may be adjusted depending on numbers. We will endeavour to include everyone who wants to join in, but we may have to cap the numbers by ‘first come, first served’.

Thursday 28 November—Day 3 of Talks, Rangimarie 1 & 2, Te Papa

  • Registration: from 8:00 & Announcements: 8:45. Oceania.
  • Keynote speaker: 8:50–9:50 am. Rangimarie 1 & 2. Kevin Thiele.
  • Session 9: 10:35–11:35. Rangimarie 2. Hybridisation: an ongoing dilemma for conservation.
  • Session 10: 10:35–12:20. Rangimarie 1. Australasian Biogeography, and The Decadal Plan and the future of taxonomy in Australasia.
  • Session 11: 13:30–15:00. Rangimarie 2. What is the fossil evidence for extinction, adaptation and diversification in the assembly of the floras of the SW Pacific?
  • Session 12: 13:30–15:00. Rangimarie 1. Phylogenomics.
  • Awards and Wrap up: 15:50–16:50. Rangimarie 1 & 2.
  • Informal Australasian Virtual Herbarium meeting. 16:50–17:50. Rangimarie 1 & 2. All invited!
  • Public panel discussion: 18:30–19:45. Soundings Theatre. Panel Talk: The Politics of Collecting—from Banks and Solander to Today. Ticketed event. Get tickets here: