4th and a bit Announcement:


(A workshop on the frontiers of phylogeny and genome analysis)

Mount Ruapehu, North Island, New Zealand,
Mon 12 - Fri 16 February, 2001

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 upcoming film, Lord of the Rings).

This workshop will be the fifth 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.

Contact details for the weekend 10-11 Feb and following week 12-16thFeb

Peter Lockhart Palmerston North tel 063541567
I will also check emails from home until Sunday morning 11th
Mobile numbers Peter Lockhart 0256517206 David Penny 021550070

Abstacts as PDF

Time Table as PDF

Payement of Registration!

The full registration fee is $150NZ (or $75NZ for students) and includes GST. It is payable by cash, cheque (either made out to the Skotel or P.J.Lockhart) or MASTERCARD/VISA during registration (8.30 pm - 10.00 pm at the Skotel on Sunday 11th Feb). The registration fee will include the cost of lunches and morning/afternoon teas.


There are NO banks in either National Park or Whakapapa Village (the closest are in Turangi and Ohakune ). EFTPOS facilities are available in Whakapapa Village: at the pub and cafes, resturants and at the Holiday Park dairy. Master/Visa cards are also accepted at most places.


There are no supermarkets at National Park or in Whakapapa Village. Some items can be purchased at the Whakakapa Holiday Park "dairy" (it houses no cows but does sell dairy products), but if you plan to do a big grocery shop do it before you travel or on route to the Volcanic Plateau. Ohakune to the south and Turangi to the north both have supermarkets.

What you might see on Wednesday!

upper Tama Lake

lower Tama Lake


Mt. Doom

beech forest (eastern side)

alpine buttercups


Local Information

Whakapapa Village Dept. Conservation Tourist Centre
tel: 64 7 8923729


Note all prices are give in $NZ = ~0.5 $US

WHAKAPAPA VILLAGE (on the mountain - the site of the workshop)

Grand Chateau
email: grand.chateau@xtra.co.nz
(the most luxurious accommodation) but note that only villas are available 11th-16th Feb

single villa (single bedroom, and pull out double bed couch in living room)$147NZ double villa
(double bedroom, various bed arrangements - up to 6 people) $175NZ (prices are per night)

The Chateau in front of Mt Ruapehu - making a bit of fuss

email: skotel@clear.net.nz
(range of accommodation choices **- please indicate to the Skotel that you are attending the workshop since they have pencilled in a number of bookings for us)

Deluxe room $85NZ. Queen size and single, own facilities, tea/coffee making facilities, TV, phone and fridges, situated in the new section of the Skotel. They also have a limited number of rooms with Queen size bed and bunk sets suitable for families.

Standard $66NZ. Double or twin beds, own facilities, tea/coffee facilities and TV. Smaller rooms situated in older section of the Skotel.

Chalet $90NZ. Sleep up to 6 people in two single beds and 2x bunk sets. Some have 1x single bed replaced by double bed. All have full cooking facilities with microwaves, TV and own bathrooms. Separate stand alone units with great views. Older style units currently are upgraded.

Hostel room $30NZ per person. Combinations of single beds and bunk sets. Communal shower/toilet block and kitchen. bedding roll and towel available at an extra charge of $8.89NZ (Exc GST). prices are per night


View of Skotel in front of Mt Ruapehu

Small view of part of a delux room
(faint Mt Doom through window)

Skotel bar where we can meet on
Sunday night (11th Feb) before the workshop


Accommodation can also be found 16 km away from the workshop venue (Whakapapa Village). There is a limited shuttle service that runs between National Park and Whakapapa Village. It is our intention also to hire a mini van to transport participants from National Park to the Village each day to attend the workshop. The two possibilities for accommodation suggested below are across the road from each other and walking distance to the pub and train connection).

Ski Haus
(budget accommodation) Carroll St. PO BOX 99, National Park
tel/fax 07 892 2854
email: SkiHaus@xtra.co.nz

double/twin/triple $33.00NZ per night (Sun-Thurs)
double/twin/triple $44.00NZ per night (Fri-Sat)

prices are per person/night and include GST. All bathroom facilities are shared. Linen supplied but facilities are very simple.

The Ski Haus

Howard's Lodge
(range of accommodation choices)
Carroll St. PO BOX 9, National Park
tel/fax: 07 8922827
email: Howards.Nat.Park@xtra.co.nz

budget dorm $16NZ (per person per night), budget quad $17NZ (per person per night), standard double $45NZ (per person per night), deluxe queen $65NZ, standard twin $45NZ, deluxe twin $65NZ, standard triple $60NZ, suite $92NZ (for 4)

prices are per night

"budget" are shared facilities and BYO bedding, "standard" are shared facilities with beds made up, "deluxe" all have their own bathrooms with towels, and are made up with feather duvets; the twins and queens in these rooms have electric blankets.

Public transport from Auckland/Wellington to National Park







Pete Lockhart
email p.j.lockhart@massey.ac.nz
fax 64 6 3505694



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