The Annual New Zealand Phylogenetics Meeting

Sunday 10 Feb - Friday 15 February, 2008

Last updated 5 February 2008

The program (updated 05-02-08) is now available for download here (PDF, 112 KB). Please note that talks are now 25 minutes (in the morning) or 30 minutes (in the afternoon). Please allow plenty of time for questions.

As numbers have been confirmed with Aotearoa Lodge, we are no longer able to accept any more registrations.

Location[AWCMEE logo]

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

Conference co-ordinators:

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


The 12th 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 07
Kaikoura 06
Whitianga 05
Doom 04
Kaikoura 03
Whitianga 02
Doom 01
Ruahine 00
Kaikoura 99


The program (updated 05-02-08) can be downloaded here (PDF, 112 KB). The evening on Sunday, 10th February, has been set aside for reception, registrations and informal discussion. The first talk will begin at 9:00am on Monday, 11th February. The last talk will be at midday on Friday, 15th February. Wednesday has been set aside for excursions.

Registration fee:

NZ$200 Non-students
NZ$175 Students

The registration fee is requested from all particpants and partners. The fee covers the cost of lunches, morning and afternoon teas, and a packed lunch and BBQ on Wednesday evening.

Basic Accommodation:

The Aotearoa Lodge can accommodate upto 22 people with its 11 twin/single Studio rooms (6x Standard Studio, 5x Superior Studio) with twin beds and private facilities. The rate for the Standard Studio is NZ$115 per night. Superior Studio rooms are NZ$130 per night. Both include GST and a continental breakfast. We understand that the Superior Studios have a larger toilet/bathroom and access to outside deck.

Self Catering units:
There are 2 self catering units - one of which sleeps 3 people and cost NZ$140.00 per night. The other sleeps 4 people and costs NZ$165.00 per night. Continental breakfast is available to self catering unit guests for NZ$10.00 per person.


Delegates should contact Rennie Leach at Aotearoa Lodge directly for accommodation which will be on a "first in, first served" basis.

Other Accommodation:

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
    New Zealand
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