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Registrations now open for 2018 IPPS Conference

Registrations now open for 2018 IPPS Conference

Registrations have now closed

Registrations are now open for the 2018 IPPS New Zealand Regions conference ‘Mind Blowing at the Hotel Coachman in Palmerston North. Come spend a few days in the Manawatu and enjoy a great line up of speakers, visits to top local nurseries and great social events.

Conference will kick off on Thursday 26th with the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture (RNZIH) joining us again which includes the Banks Memorial Lecture. Graham Smith will be speaking about 'Please sir, I want to work with plants - and just look where that ended up!'

We’ll have papers on growing superfoods, propagation technology, hybridisation, myrtle rust, kakabeak conservation, producing standard rhododendrons and more.

There will be visits to well know local nurseries including Plantlife Propagators, Kilmarnock Nurseries, Perssons Nurseries, Leafland, Starter Plants, Sunshine Environmentals and Plant & Food Research.

Friday night will be dress up night at Central Energy Trust Arena with the theme of ‘Student Times – yesterday, today and tomorrow’ while Saturday night will be the formal dinner with dinner, auction and awards.

Philip Smith is leading a pre tour around some local nurseries and horticultural operations departing the Hotel Coachman at 8am and arriving back at around 4pm. Numbers are limited to 30 so get in quick. 

Click on the links below for registration form, accommodation options and a program. Please also read the covering letter below.

Dear all,

Over the last couple of years, the organising of Conferences has become increasingly difficult with more and more late registrations. With most Venues requiring number details, this makes it very difficult to supply on time, 2018 Venue needs final catering numbers 10 days out!

We have also been forced to look at having a Refund Policy. This is detailed below also.

After a lot of discussion, the Committee have agreed to the following structure for registrations and refunds, but before you look at those,

2 things:

While the following may seem a little tough, we are not an uncaring bunch and will be happy to see how it goes this year and make changes if the Membership finds it unacceptable. We also will be more than happy to listen to extenuating circumstances that may eventuate, forcing a change in your Registration and refund.

Also the payment does not necessarily have to be made at the same time. The amount due will still relate to the time of receiving your registration. BUT if you send it after the 1st of April you will be charged a late fee on top of what is already owed.


20th Jan – 20th Feb = $350 Early Bird

21st Feb – 1st April = $395

2nd April – Conference = $450


Up until Feb 28th = 100 %

March 1st – 31st = 50%

After April 1st = no refund

Airport Transport Taxi appr. $23 Shuttle appr. $20. If Hotel Coachman guest = free 

Registration Form  Accommodation Options  Conference Program as of March 14th