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2021 Conference Registration Details

The primary method of registration is online. Registration details and further information about the programme, field trips and accommodation options are set out below. Members, please login to get your discounted rates! 


Members not having internet access can obtain a registration form by contacting the Regional Representative, calling the organizer on 09 2388407 or 021656369, or writing to NZ Bird Conference 2021, PO Box 177, Pukekohe 2340. A pdf of the registration form can also be downloaded here


All events, the AGM and meals will be at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre, in 200 Mary Street, Thames.
A timetable is available here.


Oral presentations will be spread across the first two days of the conference, and can cover any aspects of ornithology. Detailed instruction for submitting abstracts can be found in the Call for Abstracts. Expressions of interest from members or non-members who wish to present a paper or a poster are welcomed. Abstracts of talks and posters should be submitted to the conference organiser not later than 28 February 2021.


A variety of exciting field trips will be available:

1.   Pukorokoro Miranda via Kopuatai and Whangamarino wetland by bus returning by 5.30pm
2.   Coromandel Atlasing by private cars
3.   Boat Trip around inner (not open sea) Coromandel Islands including bus from Thames to Coromandel and return by 5pm
4.   Thames – Hunua-Clevedon – Airport by bus, looking for Kokako then on to airport by 12.30pm
5.   Coromandel Bus Trip – Thames, Opoutere, Tairua, Thames by mini-bus, returning by 1pm
6.   Coromandel bus trip – Tairua, Coroglen, Tapu back to Thames by 3pm


Council approved that a ‘Fledgling Fund for Students’ be established to be used specifically to support the participation of student members for presenting papers or posters at Birds NZ conferences. The fund will be accumulative and dispersed in subsequent years. Members and non-members are invited to make a contribution of $20, or more, to this fund when registering. Payment is optional and appreciated. The allocation of funds will be determined by Council each year.


Please book early for cheap flights to Auckland or Tauranga. Rental cars are available from both airports. Approximate driving times from the airport to the conference venue in Thames are (note that the journey is likely to be longer as it is a holiday weekend):

From Auckland – 1 hour and 15 minutes
From Tauranga – 1 hour and 40 minutes

Alternatively, Intercity Coaches run services from both cities. In Auckland, take a taxi or the A380 bus (runs every 15 to 20 minutes) from the airport to Manukau City to pick up the coach. In Tauranga, take a taxi from the airport to Bayfair to pick up the coach. Check for timetables and bookings.


We have booked accommodation at a range of venues – details are available here. Please make sure you ask for the NZ Birds Conference discounted rate! Reservations should be made directly with the accommodation of your choice. Location maps are shown on their websites. There are of course a range of other accommodation options available in the vicinity.


You can contact the conference organiser via, or call David Lawrie 09 2388407 (H), 09 2386369 (B), 021656369 or write to PO Box 177, Pukekohe 2340. Alternatively, contact your Regional Representative


Privacy Act
The information collected through the registration process will be used solely for the purposes of organising, planning and managing this Conference. If you do not wish to have your name published as part of the conference proceedings or made available to other delegates, please advise us of this.

Following registration, if you are unable to attend, a full refund will be made for cancellations advised up to 1 May 2021. From 1 May 2021 no refunds will be made. In the event of cancellation and consequent re-selection of field trips, refund of the price difference will be made after the conference.

If a situation occurs where an official government recommendation is made to postpone or cancel public gatherings, the Society will postpone or cancel the conference and will make full refunds of all registration fees that have been paid for the conference and field trips.

In the event of other unforeseen circumstances (industrial or otherwise) that disrupt the conference the organisers accept no responsibility. The information on the conference website and in the printed material is correct at the time of publication.  However, the conference organisers reserve the right to change information if required and to adjust the conference programme accordingly.