The 67th Entomological Society of New Zealand Conference

You are warmly invited to attend the 67th annual conference of the New Zealand Entomological Society, to be held at Whanganui War Memorial Centre, Whanganui.

When: The conference will run from Tuesday 10 April 2018 until Friday 13 April 2018.

The conference will consist of three days of presentations (Tuesday–Thursday), with Friday reserved for field trips to Bushy Park Sanctuary or Castle Cliff Coastal Reserve. If you are likely to attend either of the two choices of field trip and require transport, please express your interest for budgeting reasons to Rudi before registration opens at the beginning of December. Castle Cliff Beach is about 15 min drive from Whanganui City Centre, while Bushy Park is about 30 min drive from the city centre.

This conference will be a plastic free event.

Where: The conference will be held the in Pioneer room, Whanganui War Memorial Centre. There is ample parking in front of the Centre.

Organising committee: Rudi Schnitzler (Independent) and Mike Dickison (Whanganui Regional Museum).

Key Dates:

1 December 2017: Registration and abstract submission opens
1 March 2018: Deadline for KJ Fox Awards and 21st Anniversary Awards
10 April 2018: Conference begins
18 March 2018: Early bird registration closes
25 March 2018: Abstract submission closes

Invited Speakers

Vaughn Bell

Vaughn, Senior Scientist at Plant & Food Research, will be talking about Applied Entomology.

Mary Morgan-Richards

Mary, Associate Professor in Ecology at Massey University, will be speaking about Weta research.

Julia Kasper & Franz-Rudolf Schnitzler

Julia, Curator of Terrestrial Invertebrates Te Papa, and Rudi Schnitzler, Independent and Landcare Research Associate will be talking about New Zealand Diptera.

Mike Dickison

Mike, Natural History Curator at the Whanganui Regional Museum, will be speaking about science communication to the non-scientific community.

Transport and Accommodation

Getting to Whanganui

Several buses come and go to Whanganui daily. Direct flights to Whanganui are available from Auckland with Chatham Air. The Whanganui airport is 10 min drive from the city centre. Flights from destinations other than Auckland are going to Palmerston North, which is about 1hr drive from Whanganui city centre. Pick-up can be arranged for groups arriving at the same time in Palmerston North. Please let Rudi know if this service is required.


More information about accommodation and Whanganui can be found here.

KJ Fox Awards

The KJ Fox Award is open to current members to provide financial assistance to attend the annual conference. Applications must be received by the secretary by 1 March 2018. Successful applicants will be notified at the conference. Please find more information on the awards, including the application form, here.

21st Anniversary Awards

The 21st Anniversary Awards are open to groups, clubs or individuals to provide financial assistance with their research. Applications will be assessed on the quality of the proposed research and the ability of the applicant to complete the project. Applications must be received by the secretary by 1 March 2018. Successful applicants will be notified at the conference. Please find more information, including the application form, here.


For any enquiries or further information please email: conference AT ento DOT org DOT nz