The organizing committee are pleased to announce that our annual conference will be held at the Novotel Rotorua Hotel from October 26-28, 2022.

Early-bird (closes 27th September)

  • Full – $370
  • Student/unwaged – $270
  • Single day – $150

Late registration (after 27th September)

  • Full – $420
  • Student/unwaged – $320
  • Single day – $200

The registration price includes attendance, conference dinner (including bus to Te Puia, drink and geyser walk), wine and cheese evening, and poster session.

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will be held at Te Puia at 6:30pm Thursday 27th, followed by a Geyser By Night tour (buses leave the Novotel between 6:00 and 6:15).


Jacqui Knight – Public Talk

The “Butterfly Lady”, Jacqui Knight has dedicated almost 40 years to the protection of the monarch butterfly and NZ’s native butterflies and moths. In 2005 she started the Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust, which has morphed into the Moths and Butterflies of NZ Trust. “Our mission is to support education, fund research and advocate for the protection and restoration of New Zealand’s rich diversity of moths and butterflies.”

Public Talk Tuesday 15:30 – Monarchs and more

Most people adore the monarch butterfly and want to know more about them. The monarchs are a wonderful ambassador for all of our invertebrates. Once you learn about how you can best help monarchs, you’ll understand how important all our other insects are as well… and the part they play in our ecosystem. Come and hear from Jacqui Knight, founder of the Moths and Butterflies of NZ Trust and pick up tips how you can have a bounty of butterflies in your own garden.

Peter Dearden

Peter is a Professor at the University of Otago who is really an evolutionary developmental biologist whose career has been hijacked. Peter is Director of Genomics Aotearoa, Deputy Director of Bioprotection Aotearoa and science leader for the Future Bees programme.

Wednesday, 10:00 – Adventures in insect genomics

The advent of genome sequences transformed our ability to study the biology of a small number of insects, but as the technology has improved it has become easier and easier to use genome data to rapidly probe the expression and function of genes, outside of traditional model system. In this talk I will explain how we use genome sequence to understand insect biology, ranging from how embryos are made, how reproduction is controlled, to how biocontrol systems work.

Eric Edwards

For Te Papa Atawhai — DOC, am a Science Adviser for invertebrate conservation based in Wellington. In the last three decades my privilege included working in freshwater and terrestrial environments supporting efforts in survey, biosecurity and, ecosystem or species conservation. Often this is for invertebrates, with an interest in moths (even in my spare time).

Wednesday,12:55 – Invertebrate’s life – permission to research

Ways to foster or influence conservation effort are a keen interest of mine and I am invested in how to engage about new technologies for wasps and a little differently, how communities and science can combine to retain anciently associated invertebrates and plants in their landscapes.  And, not only because Te Papa Atawhai DOC’s resources are finite, it is essential to partner and enable many and varied researchers documenting and building knowledge of invertebrates.

Leilani Walker

Leilani Walker (Te Whakaōhea) is a lecturer in Environmental Sciences at Auckland University of Technology University, Auckland. Her interests include behavioural ecology and evolution of arachnids and equity in higher education.

Thursday, 9:00 – Lost children; scientific forays into Te Aitanga-a-Pēpeke

Māori knowledge of te taiao has been of interest to Pākehā since first encounters although the motivations have changed over time. Using te-aitanga-pepeke as a focus, this talk will present a taxonomy of sorts of information about Māori relationships with insects, spiders and other invertebrate fauna. It will include anthropological texts written in English and niupepa Māori, and introduce pūrākau and whakapapa as methodologies for understanding the natural world.

Andrew Cridge

Andrew Cridge is a molecular entomologist with experience in biosecurity, biocontrol, insect genomics and genome evolution. His research focuses on developing integrated and sustainable solutions to detect and manage invasive insects in New Zealand’s native and productive ecosystems. His current research centres on developing novel eDNA sampling and detection methods to improve terrestrial biosecurity monitoring. Andrew joined Scion in December 2020 as the Research Portfolio Leader for “Trees for High Volume Wood Products”. Before moving to Rotorua, he was a Research Fellow at the University of Otago. He is a graduate of Lincoln University (BSc (Hons)) and Otago University (PhD).

Thursday, 13:15 – Biosecurity hide and seek

Early identification of new invaders through extensive monitoring is the best approach if eradication is to be successful. Therefore, we need to develop new technologies that can help our biosecurity systems work smarter and faster to detect pests and diseases that pose threats to New Zealand’s environment, economy and way of life. Here we describe recent research that has deployed environmental DNA (eDNA) techniques for biosecurity monitoring.

Lily Duval

Lily Duval is an artist, writer and researcher whose work is focused on insects and conservation.

Friday 9:00 – Insects in art

From the caves of our ancestors to high-status galleries in London and New York, the history of insects in art is rich and varied. Art offers us a way into the insect world. It can showcase their incredible beauty and diversity, create a sense of wonder in the person looking at it, and offer new perspectives on the animals. But if art has the power to connect us with the insects we share the world with, it can also do the opposite, rehashing ideas about insects as mechanical, alien, or invasive creepy crawlies. As we navigate the biodiversity crisis and the changing climate, how we represent insects and the stories we tell about them matters.


  • Taxonomy and biodiversity
  • Genetics (sequencing, genotyping and genomics)
  • Outreach, mātauranga Māori
  • Modelling and technology
  • Biosecurity and pest management
  • Physiology and behaviour
  • Ecology and conservation
  • Curating and collection care


On a budget

Rock Solid Backpackers

Rotorua Downtown Backpackers

Book an airbnb with a group of conference attendees

  • Approx per night from $75- $100 per person

Share a room or apartment at some of the ‘Less than 10min walk’ options

  • Approx per night from $50- $100 per person

Less than 10 min walk

Novotel Rotorua

Ibis Rotorua

Ambassador Thermal Motel

Pullman Rotorua

Pukaki Holiday Apartments

Aura Accommodation

Have transport and/or sharing with a crowd

Airbnb or Bookabach

  • Approx per night from $250 + for 4 people

Extra activities

Discover Rotorua’s best places to eat, drink, shop, and more with the Neat Places guide.

Redwoods Treewalk

Redwoods Treewalk are offering conference attendees a 20% discount on their normal adult (16 yrs+) rate, so the price per person is $29.60. The price includes a day walk and a night walk as they’re currently running a deal with a free second walk if returning within 3 days of first entry.
Use the code TWENTO20 to purchase tickets in advance through their website. The code is live up to Sunday 30 Oct 2022 (for those who might stay for the weekend after the conference).
Tickets are emailed to the purchaser and can be shown to the Treewalk team on arrival.

Invertebrate night walk – Dansey Reserve

Led by Carl Wardhaugh & Bryce McQuillan

Join Carl & Bryce on a night walk and invertebrate hunt in Dansey Reserve, an old-growth forest where Rotorua Canopy Tours has been operating and carrying out intensive pest control for the last 10 years. You can find out more about the work Rotorua Canopy Tours are doing here. Dansey reserve is a hotspot for biodiversity in the Central North Island. Iconic resident species include velvet worms (Peripatus), the large spiny longhorn beetle (Blosyropus spinosus), and the beautiful, and very rarely encountered moth Thambotricha vates. This tour is particularly recommended for anyone who has little or no experience of New Zealand old growth forest, especially students.
The tour has a capacity of 20 people, first in, first served. Register by email to Bryce McQuillan.
Date and time: Oct 25 (the evening before the start of the conference), 8-10pm. Dress warmly and bring a headlamp. Further details to be supplied to registered attendees closer to the time.

Rotorua Canopy Tours

Paul Button of Rotorua Canopy tours has offered members a 10% discount on all  bookings (including combos and family packages) from Oct 20th 2022, until Oct 20th 2023. Please use the promocode INVERTEBRATEVIP when you book.



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 12th September 2022. Successful applicants will be notified at the conference. Please find more information on the awards, including the application form, here.


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