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

For the first time, the RNZIH joined the International Plant Propagators’ Society New Zealand (IPPS-NZ) conference in 2017.

The Banks Lecture was on Thursday night when Terry Hatch told us of his expedition to the Subantarctic Islands.

Registration was open to both RNZIH and IPPS-NZ members. See:

We had a great line up of guest speakers and field trips.

We had speakers on agapanthus (Murray Dawson), biosecurity (Kath Hurr), dahlia breeding (Malcolm Woolmore/Dr Keith Hammett), kiwifruit (Carlos Verissimo), ornamental pumpkin selection (Doug Grant), potatoes (Andrew Hutchinson), Rotoroa Island revegetation (Andrew Maloy), and other talks.

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

Pre-conference Tour:
Waiuku – Thursday 18th May – Start time 9.00am.

Post-conference Tour:
Far North to Cape Reinga – Sunday 21st May to Thursday 25th May. See programme for details.



Our 2017 AGM was 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.

6.30–7.50pm – casual dinner at the events centre ($35).

8.00–9.00pm – Banks Memorial 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 Road, Pukekohe 2120, Auckland.
Date: Thursday, 18th May 2017.
Time: 8.00pm.
Cost: Free.

Terry Hatch spoke about a history of the Subantarctic Islands and his adventures there during his visit in summer 2016. This lecture had 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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