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Haere Mai – Welcome 

The organising committee are pleased to announce that our annual conference will be held in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland at the Ellerslie Events Centre from Wed 30th August – Fri 1st September 2023. It’s been several years since Auckland hosted the conference and we are looking forward to seeing you all for a fun filled experience. 

Ellerslie Events Centre: 100 Ascot Avenue, Remuera, Auckland
(The events centre is within the grounds of Ellerslie Racecourse)
The conference will take place in the
Guineas Ballroom Level 3 (top floor)



Conference registration includes: lunch (each day), morning and afternoon teas, nibbles & cash bar at the poster session, and the conference dinner. Additional conference dinner tickets can be purchased during registration for $80 (if you wish to bring a guest). Please note that all presenters must attend in person (i.e. there will be no Zoom presentations).

Early-bird registration (closes 28th July)

  • Full – $470
  • Student/unwaged – $370
  • Day rate – $160

Late registration (28th July – 13th August)

  • Full – $520
  • Student/unwaged – $420
  • Day rate – $200

Schedule overview

Presentation Instructions

Oral presentations
Full talks are 15 minute slots (12 mins + 2 min question time + 1 min transition)
Speed talks are 5 minute slots (3 mins + 1 min question time + 1 min transition)

Talks will be presented on a Windows 10 laptop with Powerpoint installed.

Short talks are good for presenting a key idea, result and its meaning/implication. Three slides should be sufficient to allow you to get your point across during this style of presentation, but it is at your own discretion to decide how many slides you want to use. Keep in mind that the sessions chairs will be very strict about the 3-minute time limit.

Posters should preferably be printed A0 or A1 in size, and mounted on the poster boards on the first morning of the conference. Posters should stimulate discussion, not give a long presentation. Therefore, keep text to a minimum, emphasize graphics, and make sure every item included in your poster is necessary. Here is an excellent resource on poster design – The-best-poster-ever-made interview.

Conference Dinner

Our dinner will be held at Sorrento in the Park, which sits inside Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill Domain. It is approx. 3.8 km from Ellerslie Events Centre, a 15-20 min min drive, traffic dependent.

Bus transport will be provided to take you to and from the Ellerslie Events Centre. Buses will depart from the events centre carpark at 6:30pm; return departure from the dinner venue is 10pm.    

The dinner venue address is 670 Manukau Road Royal Oak, Auckland, 1023, New Zealand.


Key Dates

  • 1st March 2023: Registration and abstract submission open
  • 28th July 2023: Abstract submission closes
  • 28th July 2023: Early bird registration closes
  • 28th June 2023: Deadline for KJ Fox Travel Awards 
  • 30th August 2023: Conference begins
  • 1st September 2023: Conference close (pm)

Plenary Speakers

Professor Ximena Nelson
Cognition in jumping spiders – seeing is thinking

Born in Mexico of kiwi parents, and raised in Chile, Ximena Nelson is now Professor of animal behavior at the University of Canterbury, where she primarily focusses on the visually-based behaviour of jumping spiders (Salticidae). Her work has involved extensive research on ant mimicry by salticids, how salticids discriminate between different prey types (based on both chemical and visual cues), attention, and courtship behaviour. More recently, she has begun examining how risk assessment may provide insight into salticid planning and other aspects of their decision-making. A major theme underlying most of these topics is a keen interest in the salticid visual system and the limits of their visual ability, both in a cognitive sense and in a physiological sense.

I will present an overview of my work on cognition in jumping spiders, arguing that these animals are excellent models for studies on cognition due to their visual, active, and predatory lifestyle. Due to their need to leave a nest to explore their complex surrounds for food and mates, which are detected and classified visually at a distance, these animals exhibit not only navigational prowess, but also spatial ability that seems to include forward-planning in their decision-making. The sophistication of their behaviour is similar to that seen in some mammals, yet they have a fraction of the ‘brain power’. It is for this reason that jumping spiders allow us to explore, in depth, hypotheses pertaining to the evolution of cognition, and the trade-offs between speed (Kahneman’s ‘thinking fast’) and accuracy (Kahneman’s ‘thinking slow’) that animals make when making decisions. I will attempt to persuade the audience that social or habitat-based hypotheses thought to drive selection for advanced cognition may be no less important than the ability to accurately detect objects from a distance, and that vision is unique in this respect.

Dr Nick Porch
How extensive are late Holocene insect extinctions on Indo-Pacific oceanic islands?

Nick Porch is a palaeoecologist and invertebrate biologist in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at Deakin University in Melbourne. His research interests include understanding how humans impact biodiversity, and the systematics, ecology and biogeography of Australian terrestrial invertebrates. He has unique experience in the palaeoecology of insect assemblages, especially the exploration of the consequences of human arrival on island biota, ranging from the Mascarenes in the Indian Ocean, to Polynesia, and beyond. He is especially interested in how discovery of extinct insect assemblages alters understanding of oceanic island biogeography and ecology, how people translocate insects and their ecosystem impacts, and how we can use palaeoecology to better inform the conservation of island biotas.

There is little doubt that the human colonisation of remote oceanic islands has resulted in the extinction of a large number of species, some directly hunted for food, and others as a consequence of the transformation of island ecologies. Most evidence comes from vertebrate palaeontology, supplemented by data on land snails and occasionally other taxa like plants. Indeed, land snails are among the most impacted taxa, suggesting that indirect environmental pressures resulting from human colonisation are as important, or more important, than direct human predation. If this is the case, then what happened to the insect faunas which shared the leaf litter, rotting logs, water ways, and vegetation of these remote island ecosystems? In this talk I will introduce research exploring this issue with examples from the Mascarenes (Indian Ocean) and Polynesian region. Prehuman insect faunas from swamps and sinkholes include a wide range of taxa that are regionally extinct, or restricted to much higher altitudes today, where these are present on high islands. The extent of these likely extinctions means that there are potentially thousands of extinct species of insects across the Indo-Pacific, most of them lost over the last 200-1000 years. What caused these extinctions? Are they biased to certain taxa? Did they occur more widely than the presently studied systems? This talk will have some answers and hopefully, prompt many questions.

Dr David Pattemore
Valuing and supporting the contribution of insects to productive ecosystems

David leads the Productivity Biodiversity & Pollination group at Plant & Food Research, which is comprised of three science teams that work on a broad spectrum of research from floral biology, pollination ecology and pollinator biology, to apiculture and bee health, and further on to natural enemies and broader beneficial biodiversity on farms and orchards. The team works closely with industry and community partners in New Zealand and Australia, as well as projects further afield. David’s specific background is in ecology, with a PhD from Princeton University in the US, where he got into pollination biology as a way to measure the contribution of species and communities to ecosystems. David also has a part-time appointment at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland (where he also directs the Joint Graduate School in Plant & Food Science), with students in his lab working on projects ranging from moths as pollinators of crops, the impact of pesticides on native bees, and factors affecting bat presence and activity in productive and developed landscapes.

Insects make a significant contribution to the productivity of crop systems through diverse roles including pollinators, predators, and decomposers. While pollination by honey bees is recognised by the public as an important service, less well known is the vast diversity of insects that play a role in pollinating the world’s crops, let alone the myriad of other insects that contribute directly or indirectly to crop production in other ways. I’ll share the experience of our pollination team at Plant & Food Research, where we worked first to quantify and promote the role of diverse pollinators, and how this has led us to look beyond pollination to the other key ecosystem services provided by insects in orchards, and how managing the orchard environment (including native plantings), can support populations of beneficial insects.

Symposia / Session Topics

  • Taxonomy
  • Ecology
  • Biosecurity
  • Conservation
  • Physiology & Behaviour
  • Genes & Genomes
  • Collection care

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 28th June 2023.  Successful applicants will be notified in advance of the conference. More information on the awards, including the application form, can be found here.


Get in early to book accommodation.
Auckland will be a busy place in August 2023 with several other events happening in the city.

Hotels near Ellerslie Events Centre

Novotel Auckland Ellerslie
72/112 Green Lane East, Ellerslie
~200 m from conference venue
Offering easy access to the motorway, Novotel Auckland Ellerslie offers 4.5-star accommodation and conference facilities.

Ibis Auckland Ellerslie 
72/112 Green Lane East, Ellerslie
~ 200 m from conference venue
Ibis Auckland Ellerslie is a 15-minute drive to Auckland CBD and 20 minutes from Auckland airport. It is 1.5 km from the ASB Showgrounds and 2.2 km from Alexandra Park.

A conference discount is in place for both Novotel and Ibis Auckland Ellerslie
Rate code: BGPG
15% off Best available Flexi rate (24 hours cancellation) 
Rate valid: 28th Aug – 3rd Sep 2023

To book the Novotel or Ibis Auckland Ellerslie click the link below:
The 71st Entomological Society of NZ Conference – Accor Meetings & Events

Additional reservation contact details:
Ph: +64 9 529 9090
Email: h3060-re2@accor.com  or h3060-re3@accor.com

Other accommodation

Auckland Central Motel
87 Green Lane East, Remuera
~ 300 m from conference venue
Auckland Central Motel features accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking.

Phoenix Palm Motel
79 St Vincent Avenue, Remuera
Ph: +64 9 523 3388, Email: phoenixpalm@annettewalkerxtra-co-nz
~ 300 m from conference venue
Offering fully self-contained apartments with kitchen facilities and cable TV, Phoenix Palm Motel is centrally located next to the Southern Motorway, just 7 km from central Auckland.

Greenlane Manor Motel 
353 Great Sth Road, Ellerslie
~ 1 km from conference venue
Email: info@greenlanemanor.co.nz
Freephone: 0800 Room4U (0800766648)
Ph: 09 571 2167 Fax: 09 571 2196
Greenlane Manor Motel offers self-contained accommodation with free secure car parking, less than 20 minutes drive from Auckland International Airport. Guests receive unlimited free WiFi.

Greenlane Suites
149 Great South Road, Greenlane
~1 km from conference venue
Situated in Greenlane, just 6 km from Auckland city centre, Greenlane Suites features barbecue facilities, laundry facilities and an on-site restaurant.

Royal Park Lodge
59 Great South Road, Greenlane
~ 1 km from conference venue
In a lovely garden setting with native trees, Royal Park Lodge offers self-catering accommodation only 10 minutes drive from Auckland city centre.

Best Western Ellerslie International Hotel
2 Wilkinson Road, Ellerslie
~ 1.9 km from conference venue
Freephone: 0800 355 377
Ph: +64 9 525 1909

Greenlane Motel
453 Great South Road, Penrose
~ 1.9 km from conference venue
Greenlane Motel features accommodation with a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. This 4-star motel offers a shared kitchen.

Parklane Motor Lodge
222 Green Lane West, Epsom
~ 3.2 km from conference venue
Offer a large swimming pool & children’s splash-pool, guest laundry, internet desk, breakfast room, ”Heat and Eat” evening meals available and free ample off-street car parking.

On a budget
Book an airbnb or bach with a group of conference attendees, or share a room or apartment at some of the above motel options.

Extra Activities


For any enquiries or further information please email the conference organisers.