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27th New Zealand Fungal Foray & Colloquium: May 2013

Submitted by Bevan Weir on Wed, 30/01/2013 - 12:48pm

Registration and payment due by: 31st March 2013. Download registration form at the end of this page. The 2013 foray will be based at Matawai, midway between Opotiki and Gisborne, in the East Cape region, from Sunday 12th May to Saturday 18th May 2013. The area offers a wide variety of vegetation types, including Nothofagus, podocarp and broadleaf forests. We will be basing the workshop, colloquium and meals at the Matawai Community Hall.

The foray will begin on Sunday evening. Arrival time is from 2 pm Sunday, with dinner available from 6 pm.

The foray programme will involve daily collecting, identification, and provision of display tables of the day’s finds, with a day set aside for a colloquium. The AGM will be held one evening, and a group photo will be taken during the lunch break on the day of the colloquium.


For overseas participants, please correspond with us so that we can advise internal travel options. The nearest airport is at Gisborne. Please note there is a service station at Matawai, but it only stocks 91 petrol and diesel.

Colloquium day

Wednesday 15th May will be set-aside for the Mycology Colloquium where participants can present talks on any aspect of mycology. Length of presentations will generally be 15-20 minutes including questions, but this will be confirmed closer to the time when we know how many speakers there are. Participants wishing to present a talk are invited to submit a title and abstract with their registration form or email it to David Orlovich ([email protected]) by 31st March 2013.

For fungal foray participants, the cost of the Colloquium day is covered in the fees. If attending the Colloquium day only and bringing your own lunch, a charge of $25 will be levied.


Accommodation will be shared between the Matawai Hotel, shearers’ quarters (15 km from Matawai), and the Motu Community House (20 km away from Matawai). The shearers’ quarters are very comfortable. The Motu Community House is also very comfortable according to those who have stayed there. There are also some farmstays available in the area for those who wish to seek alternative accommodation for themselves. See below for website addresses.

Places are limited.

The Matawai Hotel:

The upstairs rooms in the hotel are as follows:

  • 3 rooms each with 2 single beds
  • 2 rooms each with one single bed
  • 2 rooms with queen beds

Downstairs (outside) rooms:

  • The Annex has two rooms each with twin beds.

It will be first in first served with bookings for the hotel rooms.

The shearers quarters: 4 rooms each with 3 single beds. Pillows supplied, need to bring bedding.

Motu Community House: 7 single beds and a set of bunks. Pillows supplied, need to bring bedding.

Queries regarding accommodation, contact: Shirley Kerr Ph. 07 863 5353 or 027 464 5353


Meals: We are self-catering for breakfasts and lunches. This will be done in the hall each morning, and there will be a roster for setting out the food and cleaning up. Dinners will be prepared by various local groups and served in the hall. There may be one or two dinners provided by the Matawai Pub. 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 but these should be advised in advance. There is a café/shop at Matawai which sells food and some basic grocery items.



ALL INCLUSIVE PRICES per person FUNNZ Members whole time (6 nights) FUNNZ Members daily rate Non-Members whole time (6 nights) Non-Members daily rate
Matawai Hotel, Double rooms, all meals, facilities $575.00 $98.00 $639.00 $110.00
Matawai Hotel, single rooms $635.00 $108.00 $706.00 $120.00
Matawai Hotel, shared rooms, annex, all meals, facilities $545.00 $93.00 $606.00 $103.00
Shearers Quarters, Motu Community House, all meals, facilities $450.00 $80.00 $500.00 $89.00
Non-residential, all meals, facilities $330.00 $58.00 $370.00 $65.00
Non-residential, lunches/dinners only, facilities* $294.00 $53.00 $327.00 $59.00

* this option is without breakfast, for those participants staying elsewhere who will be having breakfast at their accommodation


Student Subsidies: We are happy to subsidise New Zealand students wishing to attend the foray. The subsidy will be for the accommodation and facility cost. It does not include transportation or meals. Please apply early. More information is available from David Orlovich ([email protected]).

Registration: Please register for the foray by completing the registration form and return it by 31 March 2013.


New Zealand participants should pay in full when registering (WAIT FOR CONFIRMATION OF YOUR ACCOMODATION PREFERENCE). This should be by direct bank deposit (preferred) or by cheque drawn on a New Zealand bank account; cheques to be made payable to ‘Fungal Network of New Zealand’.

Bank account details for direct deposit: “Fungal Network of New Zealand”, 38-9011-0055622-00 Please ensure you include your name(s) accompanying your direct deposit.

Overseas participants are asked to make payment by bank transfer; please ensure you include your name in transfer details. However, if this is difficult, then you may pay on arrival at the foray. If you are intending to pay cash then Bevan Weir (Treasurer) asks that you bring large denomination notes.

For overseas participants: Swift Code: CITINZ2X. Address: Private Bag 39888, Wellington 5045, New Zealand.

Cancellation Policy: 100% refund of fees if notifying cancellation before 31 March, 90% if before 6 May.

Receipts will be issued at the foray. They will not be posted to you unless you specifically request it. An email will give you confirmation of your registration.

Please send registrations to: Dr Bevan Weir, Landcare Research, Private Bag 92170, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland 1142, New Zealand.

Payment may be made by bank transfer (preferred) or by cheque (see notes for details).


Registration for membership of the Fungal Network of New Zealand (FUNNZ)

Membership of this organisation for the 2013 calendar year is now due. Membership provides a 10% discount on the cost of the Fungal Foray. The cost of membership is $15 for waged and $10 for unwaged.

The FUNNZ website carries information about upcoming and previous mycological events ( We encourage anyone who has interesting comments, reports, and “fungal finds” to contribute to this website and to send items to Petra White ([email protected]). Contributions to the FUNNZ website will be accepted throughout the year.

Please note that there is no cell phone coverage in the Matawai-Motu area.

For those who prefer to find their own accommodation, check out these websites: