The Annual New Zealand Phylogenetics Meeting

Saturday 12th - Thursday 17th February, 2005


Click here to view photos from the Whitiange05 conference.


Final Programme (PDF, 73 KB) - Download the programme for the conference.

Location[AWCMEE logo]

Aotearoa Lodge [google maps]
70 Racecourse Road
North Island
New Zealand

Conference co-ordinator:

logo Allen Rodrigo
Bioinformatics Institute
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland, NZ


The 9th annual New Zealand meeting on the interface of mathematics and biology in the study of phylogeny, genome analysis and molecular evolution will be held at New Zealand's premier beach resort of Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula. It will be summer in New Zealand, so expect temperatures in the mid-20s to 30s Celsius. There's heaps to do, lots of water sports, hiking, with some pretty good wineries and restaurants around. More information on the Coromandel website.

The meeting will be held at the Aotearoa Lodge which is about 1km from town. We will arrange transport from town to the lodge every morning for the days of the conference.

Previous conferences:

Doom 04
Kaikoura 03
Whitianga 02
Doom 01
Ruahine 00
Kaikoura 99


The programme is yet to be finalised. The evening on Saturday, 12 February, has been set aside for reception, registrations and informal discussion. The first talk will begin at 9:00am on Sunday, 13th February. The last talk will be at midday on Thursday, 17th February. Tuesday has been set aside for excursions.

Registration fee:

NZ$200 Non-students
NZ$100 Students

The registration fee is requested from all particpants and partners. The fee covers the cost of morning and afternoon teas, lunch, a BBQ and wine and cheese evening.

Basic Accommodation:

The Aotearoa Lodge can accomodation 20 people with its 10 Studio rooms with twin beds and private facilities. The rate for the Standard Studio is NZ$110 per night. This includes GST and a continental breakfast. Superior Studio rooms are NZ$125 per night. We understand that the Superior Studios have a larger toilet/bathroom and access to outside deck. Rooms are booked on a first-come-first-serve basis, so you will need to book your accomodation very early.

Other Accomodation:

Other accommodation information can be found at the Whitianga/Mercury Bay accommodation website. Remember, this is peak season, so please book quickly. Rates for motels will be relatively high, unfortunately, but backpacker lodges and campgrounds offer cheaper accommodation.

Getting there: [google maps]

If you're travelling by car, Whitianga is pretty well marked out on road maps. The Whitiange/Mercury Bay website also has maps of the area to download.

If you're flying into Auckland, then you actually have the option of flying to Whitianga with Great Barrier Airlines, which operates flights to and from Auckland International Airport.

Bus / Shuttle fares and timetable information:
Intercity Coachlines
Go Kiwi Shuttles

Rental cars bookings:
Hertz NZ
Avis NZ

Things to do and see:

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

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    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800, Christchurch
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