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Conference 2017
18–21st May 2017
‘Need for Speed’

For the first time, the RNZIH will be joining the International Plant Propagators’ Society (IPPS-NZ) conference this year. The Banks Lecture will be on Thursday night when Terry Hatch tells us of his expedition to the Subantarctic Islands.

Registration is open to both RNZIH and IPPS-NZ members. Register now at:

We have a great line up of guest speakers and nursery visits to Zealandia, Ardmore Nurseries, Icon Trees, Beaumont’s Nurseries, Rainbow Park Nurseries, Twining Valley Nurseries, Joy Plants and more!

We have speakers on Kiwifruit, What’s new in the Potato World, Doug Grant on Ornamental Pumpkin Breeding, Steven Newall on Seed Collection, Andrew Molloy on Rakino Island “From Drunks to Reforestation” (should be interesting!), Jack Hobbs and Paula from Auckland Regional Council Botanic Gardens on their favourite subjects, and Caroline Elliott on her and Jeff’s intrepid journey last year.

Friday night will be action packed with fun and games, and Saturday night will be at the Pukekohe Racecourse with a theme of “A Night at the Races”. Dress up to a racing theme – any racing goes! The IPPS auction will also be on this night.

Pre-conference Tour:
Waiuku – Thursday 18th May – Start time 9.00 am.
NOTE numbers strictly limited – 24 maximum.

The Pre-conference tour consists of a trip to Kariotahi Beach and at least three nurseries including Kiwi Colour, Seedling Systems and The Native Plant Nursery (previously Taupo Native Plants), and also viewing Glenbrook Steel Mill. We will lunch at the historic Kentish Hotel in Waiuku, which will be at your own cost.

Post-conference Tour:
Far North to Cape Reinga – Sunday 21st May to Thursday 25th May. See programme for details.
NOTE numbers strictly limited – 20 maximum.

If you are intending to go on the post conference tour please book your accommodation and contact:
Lindsey Hatch ( as soon as possible.



Our 2017 AGM will be held at the beginning of the IPPS conference in Pukekohe, along with the 2017 RNZIH Awards and the Banks Memorial Lecture.

Venue: Pukekohe Park Events Centre, 222–250 Manukau Rd, Pukekohe 2120.
Date: Thursday, 18 May 2017.
Time: Arrival from 5pm.

Order of events:

5.30–6.30pm – AGM followed by the award presentations.

6.30–7.15pm – casual dinner at the events centre ($35). Book with Bronwen Rowse (027 2363884).

7.30–8.30pm – Banks Lecture.


  1. Apologies / In Memoriam
  2. Minutes of the 2016 Annual General Meeting
  3. Matters arising from the Minutes of the 2016 AGM
  4. President’s Report
  5. Statement of Accounts for 2016 and Budget for 2017
  6. Branch Reports
  7. Election of Officers
  8. General Business
    8.1 Subscriptions
    8.2 RNZIH NZ Gardens Trust
    8.3 NZ Notable Trees Trust
    8.4 RNZIH Education Trust
    8.5 Publications and website
    8.6 Other business.

BANKS MEMORIAL LECTURE (a free public lecture)
A brief history of the Subantarctic Islands and an illustrated talk on flora and fauna at the present time

Terry HatchBy Terence (Terry) Hatch

The Banks Memorial Lecture is a free lecture open to the public. It commemorates Sir Joseph Banks, botanist on Captain Cook's first voyage to New Zealand. During a later distinguished scientific career, he was Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London.

Venue: Pukekohe Park Events Centre, 222–250 Manukau Rd, Pukekohe 2120.
Date: Thursday, 18 May 2017.
Time: 7.30pm.
Cost: Free.

Terry Hatch will speak about a history of the Subantarctic Islands and his adventures there during his visit in summer 2016. This lecture will have a wealth of illustrations of the amazing flora and fauna he encountered.

Terry Hatch is a horticulturist and conservationist. He has nearly 50 years of dedication to breeding plants, island revegetation, and the promotion of horticulture through his writing and speaking engagements. He won a Supreme Award for Horticultural Excellence at the Ellerslie Flower Show. He has been an active member of the Friends of the Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens for more than 20 years, was President from 2001 to 2003, and became a life member in 2007. He is a founding member of the International Plant Propagators’ Society, New Zealand Region, becoming President in 2007 and serving as International President of the Society. His nursery, Joy Plants, near Auckland, has been highly regarded among horticulturists for more than 30 years. In the 2017 New Year Honours list Terry Hatch received an ONZM for services to horticulture.

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