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2022 Conference Details


All events, the AGM and meals will be held at the University of Canterbury Students’ Association building “Haere Roa” in Christchurch, 90 Ilam Road.

The conference will be paperless. The full Programme with Abstracts and AGM files will be available online closer to the time.

3 June 2022 (Friday)
18:00 – 19:30    Registration

4 June 2021 (Saturday)
08:00 – 09:00    Registration
09:00 – 17:00    Scientific Day One
19:00    Informal Dinner

5 June 2021 (Sunday)
08:00 – 09:00    Registration
09:00 – 15:30    Scientific Day Two
15:30 – 17:00    Awards and AGM
19:00    Conference Dinner

6 June 2021 (Monday) 
Four field trips are planned. A simple packed lunch is included in the cost of all field trips. All trips except that to Canterbury Museum are by carpooling and participants are expected to contribute towards the driver’s petrol costs.


1.   Atlassing near Christchurch/Banks Peninsula
In small teams by private car. Adding to the data or learning the ropes around Banks Peninsula, the foothills of the Southern Alps, or (weather permitting) the Alps themselves. Keen individuals can even cover farmland on the Canterbury Plains.

2.   Christchurch Earthquake Sites – Impact on habitat and birdlife (all day)
Learn what the earthquakes just over a decade ago did to sites important for birds to the east of Christchurch and the effects on bird populations there.

3.   Canterbury Museum Bird Collection – “Behind the scenes” tour (morning)
View some of the museum’s impressive avifauna collection.

4.   Ashley and Pegasus Bay wetlands – Birding the coast (all day)
See important sites for birds along the coast north of Christchurch and hear presentations on the ground by conservation groups active in the area.


Oral presentations will be spread across the first two days of the conference and can cover any aspects of ornithology. Abstract details and instructions are available here. Expressions of interest from members or non-members who wish to present a paper or a poster are welcomed. Abstracts should be submitted to not later than 31 March 2022.


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.


The primary method of registration is online. Registration details and further information about the programme, field trips and accommodation options are set out below. Note: A separate registration is required for each person attending the conference and/or dinner, to enable the organisers to have a record of all attendees and any special requirements.

Members sign in to get your discounted rate by clicking on the ‘Sign In’ link on the Registration page. Members not having internet access can obtain a registration form by contacting the the organizer via, or write to 11 Seagrave Place, Ilam, Christchurch 8041. Alternatively, contact your Regional Representative. The registration form can also be downloaded as Word file or as PDF

If you are a Family member with an email address that is not yet recorded in the system, please ask your main member to login and add your email address. If you don’t have your own email address, then please download and complete the registration form and send it to



There is a range of accommodation options available on Riccarton Road and near the central city. Details are available here.


There are good public transport links from the Airport and City to Haere Roa by bus, shuttle or taxi/ride share.

The number 3 bus to Airport or Sheffield Crescent goes from City Centre Bus Exchange, along Riccarton Road and turns right along Clyde Road. Alight at 2nd stop on Clyde and walk via University Drive, or 3rd stop and walk through the campus past the University Bookshop to UCSA Events Centre. The number 3 bus returns to the City along Ilam Road with the stop near UCSA building.

From the Bus Exchange, bus route 5 to Rolleston also goes along Riccarton Road. You can walk along Ilam Road from there. Or change to the Orbiter which turns right on Waimari Road and walk down Homestead Lane.

From the City, there is a nice walk through the Botanic Gardens or Hagley Park, along Kilmarnock St, Kahu St and then join the cycle route through Riccarton Bush (adjacent to Deans Bush) that goes through to the University. 30-40 minutes.


Student Members of Birds New Zealand are invited to apply for a grant from the Fledgling Fund to cover their conference registration fee and attendance of the conference dinner. Applicants must have been a Student Member of Birds New Zealand for two or more years and enrolled full-time at a NZ tertiary institution or secondary school. A grant from the Fledgling fund shall only be made once to each Student Member.

The criteria and application form are available here. Applications should be submitted to the Secretary  by 28 February 2022.


Conference attendees are invited to enter their best photos into the 2022 Birds NZ photo competition. Contact the conference organiser for more details.


The Society is committed to hosting a safe conference where all registrants can enjoy each other’s company. It is a condition of accepting your registration that you explicitly agree to abide by and actively support the health regulations in force at the time of conference and commit to adopting the best practises to implement the applicable regulations in force at the time. This may include the wearing of masks in indoor facilities, vaccinations, social distancing or other matters specified by the Government.

Birds New Zealand respects the privacy of individuals and commits to ensuring that any personal information collected in relation to COVID-19 requirements at the 2021 annual conference is treated with strict confidentiality and is handled, stored and used in accordance with the Privacy Act 2020.

Following registration, if you are unable to attend, a full refund will be made for cancellations advised up to 1 May 2022. 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.

The information on this form will be used solely for the purposes of organising and planning the conference. If you do not wish to have your name published as part of this conference or made available to other delegates, please advise us of this.

You can contact the conference organiser via, or call Nick Allen 03 358 5994 or 021 111 9885 or write to 11 Seagrave Place, Ilam, Christchurch 8041. Alternatively, contact your Regional Representative.