32nd New Zealand Fungal Foray, Lake Brunner
Moana, West Coast.
Sunday 6 May to Saturday 12 May 2018
Registration deadline: 31 March 2018
We will be based in Moana on the northern shore of Lake Brunner, on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, with four days foraying (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri) and the 17th Mycology Colloquium on Wednesday 9th May. The Foray base is the Moana Hall (corner of Ahau and Kehu Streets) and will be foraying in the many surrounding native forests.
Information about the Lake Brunner area is available on the Grey District web site: https://westcoast.co.nz/plan-your-trip/lake-brunner/ and a local tourism web site Go Lake Brunner: http://golakebrunner.co.nz
The foray will be held in the town of Moana, there are three main options for getting here (ranked by travel time).
- Fly into the town of Hokitika, rent a car and drive to Moana (1 hour). There are three flights a day from Christchurch to Hokitika.
- Fly into Christchurch and drive to Moana (3 hours).
- Travel by train from Christchurch to Moana (4 hours). This could be a great option for international visitors, it will let you enjoy the scenery. See: https://www.greatjourneysofnz.co.nz/tranzalpine/
We ask that foray participants book their own accommodation directly with accommodation providers. Some suggestions are listed below.
Hotel Lake Brunner
In Moana and across the road from the foray base at the Moana Hall. Ranges from Apartments to dormitory-style accommodation. Places are limited at the Hotel so get in quick. They suggested that calling them to speak in person might be the easiest way of making bookings, but it can be done through the web site too.
Lake Brunner Motor Camp
86 Ahau Street. Within walking distance of the hall: http://www.lakebrunnermotorcamp.co.nz/
Lake Brunner Country Motel & Holiday Park
2014 Arnold Valley Road Moana West Coast. A 3-minute drive to Moana. Note it is not possible to walk from Lake Brunner Country Motel to Moana, as it follows the highway and has no pedestrian access.
Holiday house/bach accommodation
Two holiday house/bach websites list a range of options here that are variously located around Lake Brunner and beyond:
Further afield, Greymouth (population 10,000) is a 30-minute drive from Moana, but one of the closer options is probably a more convenient choice.
We are self-catering for breakfasts and lunches. This will be done in the Moana Hall. There will be a roster for setting out the food and cleaning up after breakfast/lunch preparation. Catered dinners will be at Hotel Lake Brunner. Please indicate on the registration form if you have any special dietary needs (vegetarian, lactose-free, gluten-free etc.). The caterers will endeavour to fulfil special meal requirements provided these are advised in advance.
We will meet at the Moana Hall at 8 am each day to plan our daily trips. The foray programme will involve daily collecting, identification, and provision of display tables of the day’s finds.
We expect there will be reasonable cell phone coverage in Moana, but coverage may be limited in much of the forest we will be foraying in. Please be sure each day to leave your intentions on the provided lists at breakfast.
Mycology Colloquium Day Wednesday 9th May
Participants may present talks on any aspect of mycology. Length of presentations will be 15–20 minutes including questions. This will be confirmed closer to the time when we know how many speakers there are. Participants wishing to present should email the title and abstract to David Orlovich [email protected] by 31st March 2018. Registration for all attendees at the Colloquium is made on the Registration form. A group photo will be taken during the lunch break.
Wednesday evening following dinner we will hold FUNNZ and RBMMT AGMs
Please register by completing the registration form online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xJyMO5U5-nw5s4Y_LqtxIL1aQYHDv9zhCOp06oYGdb8 by 31 March 2018. An email will give you confirmation of your registration. In the event that you cannot use the online system please email Bevan Weir ([email protected]). Each person needs to complete a separate registration; however, payment can be combined.
The full week will cost $344 + FUNNZ membership ($10/$15) for FUNNZ members and $378 for non-members. Daily costs are indicated on the Registration form and are $20 per day for the Foray fee, $40 per day for meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on the collecting days, and $59 for food on the Colloquium day.
Payment for the foray is due from 1 March 2018 (the beginning of the FUNNZ financial year) and by 31 March 2018. Payment by internet banking is strongly encouraged. Cheques are also ok. International participants may pay with cash at the foray. Details on how to pay will also be sent to you by email with your registration confirmation. If you need to cancel there is 100% refund of fees if notifying cancellation before 31 March and 90% if before 6 May. Penalties for late cancellation arise because of commitments for accommodation and food. Receipts will be issued at the foray. They will only be posted if specifically requested.
Membership of FUNNZ
Membership of FUNNZ for 2018 is due in March. Usually it is paid along with the foray expenses. Membership provides approximately 10% discount on the cost of the Fungal Foray. The cost of membership is $15 waged and $10 unwaged.
We will subsidize up to two New Zealand students wishing to attend the Foray, valued at $300 each. There is the opportunity to apply for a student subsidy on the Registration Form.
Contact: David Orlovich phone +64 (0)3 479 9060 (work) or +64 (0)21 122 7230 (mobile) or Bevan Weir +64 (0)9 574 4115 (work) or +64 (0)21 723 826 (mobile)