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Murray Dawson (Webmaster and Journal Editor of the RNZIH)

Murray DawsonBotanist, Landcare Research, Lincoln (view his profile at Landcare Research).

Murray Dawson has worked as a researcher for the former DSIR Botany Division from 1981 and then Landcare Research since its inception in 1991 to the present time.

In 1995 he took study leave to complete a MSc at the University of Reading in the UK.  His thesis was on ornamental cultivars of Leptospermum (manuka) for which he received the DD Baker Award through the RNZIH.

With the introduction of the RNZIH website Murray saw the potential uses and benefits of this new technology to the Institute.  He approached National Executive expressing interest in developing the site and introducing many new features.  Because of his significant contribution to the development of the website Murray was appointed Webmaster in 2001 and was also co-opted onto the National Executive.  Today this site could be described as one of the major horticultural sites in New Zealand.

From 2005, he has also taken on the role of principal editor of the New Zealand Garden Journal (Journal of the RNZIH) and the RNZIH Newsletter.

Murray has been successful with several funding applications, one that helped establish the Notable Trees Trust database and website and current funding for which he is managing the creation of the NZ Plant Collection Register.

In 2013, Murray was appointed Registrar of New Zealand native genera for the International Cultivar Registration Authority (ICRA).


  • MSc
  • NZCS

Industry & Professional Associations

  • Australasian Systematic Botany Society
  • New Zealand Native Orchid Group
  • Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens (Webmaster)
  • New Zealand Botanical Society (Webmaster)
  • Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture (AHRIH)


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