A meeting of phylogenetic analysts
When: 21 to 25 February 2000

(changed from 14 - 18 Feb as advertised earlier)

Where: Ruahine Lodge Dannevirke, New Zealand

Dannevirke (population 6000, altitude 200m) is a town 50 km north east of Palmerston North. It was founded as a planned settlement by Scandinavian immigrants about 1870, to cut road and rail links through the "Sixty mile bush". The town is in the lea of the Ruahine Mountain Range (1000 - 1500 metres) 10 km west and lies in the upper Manawatu River valley. 

The Ruahine Lodge was the Nurses' home for the town's hospital, closed in 1997 in a fit of right wing fervour by National Government. It has 95 single, twin, double and triple bedrooms, a large meeting room, where we will hold our conference, and a catered dining hall and bar. Adjacent facilities in the extensive grounds include swimming pool, tennis courts, children's play area, car park and gardens. The Lodge is about 2km north of the town centre. 

Programme -

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There will be an opportunity to present papers of either 25 or 50 minute duration. Please submit Paper titles by December 20. 

Abstracts should be sent by January 21.

Monday Feb 21 

Meeting starts at Ruahine Lodge (1st talk at 10.30) 
*5.30 pm: takeaways at Tamaki West Picnic Clearing in the Ruahine Forest Park. (10 minutes drive east of Lodge) 

Tuesday Feb 22

*8.30 am Depart to Akitio (village on coast, 60km east of Dannevirke, swimming + fishing) 
10 am Meeting will start at the Akitio Community Hall.
(BBQ on the beach from 4.30 pm) 

Wednesday Feb 23 (all day) 


  • Hawkes Bay wine trail stopping at Norsewood, Hastings, Havelock North and Napier; or 
  • Tramping in the Ruahine Forest Park (1/2 or full day); or 
  • Trip to Mt Bruce Wildlife Park (1/2 day) 
Thursday Feb 24 (all day) 

Meeting at Ruahine Lodge (9.00 am - 5.00 pm) 

Friday Feb 25

Meeting at Ruahine Lodge (9.00 am - 3.00 pm) 

Transport We will meet travelers arriving at PN airport, and transport them to Dannevirke, leaving PN at 9 am Monday morning, returning about 4 pm Friday. 

Those coming from the east coast of Australia should note there are direct flights into Palmerston North on the budget airline "Freedom Air", with flights from: 

  • Brisbane 
    • Sat 19 @ 6pm (arr 12.30 am NZST ); 
    • Sun 20 @8.10am (arr 2.40 pm NZST); 
    • return Sat 26 @ 6.15 am (arr 7.10 am) 
  • Sydney 
    • Sat 19 @ 7.35pm (arr 12.50 am NZST); 
    • return Fri 25 @ 8.15 am (arr 10.00 am) 
NZ fliers should travel to PN. There are also buses and trains to Dannevirke from Wellington or PN. 

We will arrange transport for the excursions. 

Accommodation: For those participants who wish to stay at the Ruahine Lodge (ph 06 374 4101) we will meet the accommodation costs, share twin/double. Extra rooms are available at $20 (single) $30 twin/double/triple per night. Applications for accommodation to be received by 20 December 1999. 

There are also 3 motels in Dannevirke: 

  • Destinations Motor Lodge ph 06 374 8655 ($75+ for 2 per night); 
  • Gateway Motor Lodge ph 06 374 8076 ($69+ for 2 per night); 
  • Viking Lodge ph 06 374 6669 ($69+ for 2 per night). 
There is also an excellent camping ground adjacent to park, bush and stream (Dannevirke Holiday Park ph 06 374 7625 ($8 pp for tent site per night, $25 for cabin); These are 2-3 km south of the Ruahine Lodge. 
Meals: We will provide breakfasts and lunches, tea/coffee breaks; and the picnic meals. There are several good restaurants and takeaways in Dannevirke. The Ruahine Lodge also provides basic ($7 - $12) meals. 
Registration: We will levy a fee of $50 per head. In exchange we will cover the costs of accommodation at the lodge, transport to Dannevirke, Akitio and return. 

The costs of the excursion and the additional evening meals, and the costs of participant's families will be the participant's responsibility.