The Annual New Zealand Phylogenetics Meeting

Tuesday 9th - Sunday 14th February 2010

**Last updated 7 April 2010**

Click here to view photos from the Doom10 conference.

Draft Programme (PDF, 159 KB) - The final programme for the conference (updated 8 February 2010).

Emerald Lakes[AWCMEE logo]Location

Mount Ruapehu,
North Island,
New Zealand

Conference co-ordinators:

Dr. Barbara Holland and Prof. Peter Lockhart
Massey University,
Palmerston North,
Phone: +64 6 356-9099 ext 7939 (Barbara) ext 7053 (Peter)


A workshop on the latest developments in phylogeny and genome analysis, will be held at the Skotel, Whakapapa village, by the active volcanoes Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe (the setting for Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings trilogy).

This workshop will be the 14th annual New Zealand meeting on the interface of mathematics and biology in the study of phylogeny and molecular evolution. It will be held in the spectacular volcanic plateau region (Tongariro National Park) of the central North Island.

Visit the Skotel web site for location details There is a variety of accommodation choices at the skotel ranging from backpacker accommodation with self catering to serviced deluxe double rooms. The skotel has special rates for participants of the meeting and is the actual site for presentations and lectures. The venue is very family friendly.

Lower Tama LakePrevious conferences:

Kaikoura 09
Whitianga 08
Doom 07
Kaikoura 06
Whitianga 05
Doom 04
Kaikoura 03
Whitianga 02
Doom 01
Ruahine 00
Kaikoura 99

Mordor Programme:

Talks will be 15 mins in length - plus up to 5 minutes for questions and/or discussion. The first talk will begin at 9:00am on Wednesday, 10th February. The conference will finish at midday Sunday, 14th February.


The number of people who can attend this meeting will be limited to 50 participants. Pre-registration has now closed. We plan to select 50 from those who pre-registered, to ensure a good mix of disciplines (biology, math, etc), a variety of topics, countries, and a mix of (local and overseas) students and professors. If you want to be put on a waiting list, please email Barbara Holland.

Registration fee:

NZ$250 Non-students
NZ$150 Students

The registration fee is requested from all particpants and partners. The fee covers the cost of self-serve continental breakfasts, lunches, and morning and afternoon teas. Also included is a full breakfast at the Chateau on Tuesday, and a barbeque on Thursday night.

Preferred method of payment is by credit card, eftpos or cash, and can be made directly at the Skotel at registration on Tuesday evening. We are limited to 50 participants.


Moonscape Special Doom10 Conference Rates:
Backpacker style  $ 26 per person
Chalets           $150 per room
Deluxe Double     $140 per room
Std Double        $110 per room
Std Twin          $110 per room

White Lichen At the same time you pre-register online, please also contact Joy Wood at the Allan Wilson Centre for help with organising accommodation. Joy is allocating the available accommodation which is limited.

Getting there:

Whakapapa village is situated on Mount Ruapehu in the centre of the North Island. International visitors will normally arrive in New Zealand at one of the three main centres (Auckland, Christhchurch or Wellington). The nearest cities to Whakapapa village with airports are Palmerston North, Rotorua and Taupo. From these three cities, Whakapapa village is still at least 2 hours by car, train or bus.

Map of the central North Island Airfares:

Air New Zealand - Rotorua, Palmerston North & Taupo
Qantas New Zealand - Rotorua

Train fares and timetable information:

Tranz Scenic Overlander

Bus fares and timetable information:

Intercity Coachlines
Newmans Coach Lines.

Rental cars bookings:

Avis NZ
Hertz NZ

Things to do and see

The Ruapehu New Zealand website is an excellent source of information things of to do and see while visiting the region.

Mt Ruapehu Mt. Ngaurahoe (aka 'Mt. Doom')

Many thanks to Jim Whitfield for the high resolution images from Doom04.

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