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Conference 2021
16-18th April 2021
‘Rebuild, Renew, Reimagine’

Our 2021 Banks Memorial Lecture, award presentations, and AGM was held alongside the NZGT conference based in Christchurch.

BANKS MEMORIAL LECTURE (a free public lecture)
‘Plant breeding: Before and after genetic engineering’

By Professor Emerita Paula Jameson FNZIAHS

Paula Jameson  
Paula Jameson, 2021 Banks Memorial Lecturer.  

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

Venue: The Great Hall, Christchurch Arts Centre.
Date: Friday 16th April 2021.
Time: 6.30 pm, followed by the award presentations at 7.30 pm.
Cost: Free.

Paula Jameson is a plant physiologist. She began her research career at Otago University, and served as head of department at Massey University. Prof Jameson completed her BSc (Hons) and PhD at the University of Canterbury and returned there to become head of their School of Biological Sciences in 2004. She is Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science and life member of the New Zealand Society of Plant Biologists, and in 2018 she was awarded the Roger Slack Award by the NZSPB. In 2019, the year of her retirement from Canterbury University, Prof Emerita Jameson was awarded the Marsden Medal by the New Zealand Association of Scientists, in recognition of her “lifetime of outstanding service to the cause or profession of science”.

A major consequence of an increasing global population is the requirement to provide food, forage, fibre, and fuel in ever-increasing amounts while recognising the need for sustainable production methods operating within a changing global environment. In this talk I will cover some of the older and some of the more recent technologies used in plant breeding – hybridisation, mutagenesis breeding, genetic engineering, gene editing. I will discuss the arguments we hear against genetic engineering in relation to technologies that have been used for many decades, as well as discussing relevant New Zealand legislation.



Venue: Quality Hotel Elms, 456 Papanui Road, Christchurch.
Date: Sunday 18th April 2021.
Time: 8.15 am.


  1. Apologies / In Memoriam
  2. Minutes of the 2020 Annual General Meeting
  3. Matters arising from the Minutes of the 2020 AGM
  4. Presidents’ Annual Report
  5. Statement of Accounts for 2020 and Budget for 2021
  6. Trusts and BGANZ Reports
  7. Election of Officers
  8. General Business.

2021 NZ Gardens Trust conference
‘Rebuild, Renew, Reimagine’

The focus of the conference was on the rebuild and renewal that has occurred in and around Christchurch post-earthquakes and COVID-19.

The conference was based at the Quality Hotel Elms, 456 Papanui Road, Christchurch.

The conference was open to all RNZIH members, and a full programme and registration form circulated.

Summary programme

Friday 16th April

9.30 am: Garden visits to Hurunui Gardens, Flaxmere, Loch Leven, Coldstream.
5.30–6.30 pm: Conference opening cocktail party, Christchurch Arts Centre.
6.30–7.30 pm: RNZIH Banks Memorial Lecture, The Great Hall, Christchurch Arts Centre.
7.30 pm: RNZIH Awards, Quality Hotel Elms (see above).

Saturday 17th April

8.20 am: Christchurch Botanic Gardens for a behind-the-scenes tour.
11 am–4.30 pm: Garden visits to: Selwyn Gardens, Dalkeith, Broadfield, Stoneycrop, Casa Rossa.
6.30–10.30 pm: Conference Dinner and guest speaker Barbara Wheeler – “A Journey to Public Gardens in the USA: From Pennsylvania to Colorado to Chicago”, Christchurch Club.

Sunday 18th April

9 am: Conference presentations at Quality Hotel Elms including:

  • Barbara Wheeler – “Public Garden Leadership: my top leadership and horticultural lessons inspired by the beauty and magnificence of the public gardens of the USA”
  • Robert Watson – “The direction of landscape architecture in NZ”
  • Ben Conway & others – “The Roundup/glyphosate conundrum”
  • Janet Cubey – “My role in the plant world – what is in a name?”
  • Jan Woodhouse – “Key insights and ideas from the 2020 Garden Assessments.”

12 noon: New Zealand Gardens Trust meeting and discussion
1 pm: Conclusion of conference followed by lunch.

Enquiries: Mel Haskell

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