Most recent update:

9 March 2021

A communication was sent to all registered delegates containing the following NZGS 2021 Symposium updates with further details provided below.

  1. Symposium continues to run as planned – important COVID information
  2. Airport transfer offer (from Symposium closing to airport)
  3. The train is back on!
  4. Preparing to attend

Important COVID alert information:
The 2021 Symposium continues to run as scheduled this month in Dunedin due to the move back to Level 1 for all regions, currently excluding the Auckland region. The Symposium will be run to Level 1 requirements due to the number of people expected and the programme design.

If your region is in Level 2 please view and expect to follow the government guidelines here:
If your region is in Level 2 or higher at the time of the event, NZGS will make a virtual option available to you.

Please remember in all circumstances: if you feel unwell, do not attend.

9 February 2021:

The February 2021 newsletter which includes a reminder about the early bird deadline now being 19 February and highlights the special sessions on offer. Plus reminders about the pre-Symposium option and planning your stay/travel.

18 Sept 2020:


Thank you for your patience and support. Although there are some positive signs in Monday’s government announcement that New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1 next week, there is still some uncertainly around that, and even more for the Auckland region which may stay under AL2 for a short while longer.

With that in mind, our decision is to POSTPONE the Symposium to March 2021.

The mandate from NZGS members and supporters has continued to be for an in-person meeting and this change is to ensure there is the best possibility for as many people to attend as possible. We thank all of you who have given your input and feel that this outcome was the most preferred option within the available options.


The event will shift to the new dates of 24-26 March 2021. The existing programme format will be retained.

Here is a short overview of the key dates:

Tues 23 March: Afternoon Workshop (Queenstown)
Wed 24 March: Field Studies (Queenstown to Dunedin) & Evening Welcome Reception (Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin)
Thur 25 March: Symposium Day 1 including Public Lecture & Dinner (Dunedin Centre)
Fri 26 March: Symposium Day 2 (Dunedin Centre)


Take a moment to digest this update and on September 23rd we will be in touch to confirm your awareness of this update and obtain your permission for transferring your registration to the new dates or to cancel with a full refund.

If you have travel or accommodation bookings please get in touch with your provider as soon as possible (see advice below).

We will update the website to reflect the new dates. While adjustments to dates are being made we will temporarily close registration.

The early bird deadline will be extended again to reflect the adjusted dates.


We appreciate that this may disrupt your plans both in terms of travel arrangements as well as personal plans.  We thank you for your continued support and provide this information to support you with any changes:

Air New Zealand has recently announced its “Book with confidence” update which advises that changes can be made up to 31 March 2021 without a change fee or you can opt-in for credit. Visit their website for details.
For the accommodation providers listed on the event website, we have advised them of this change and they are supportive and willing to aid you with any change. Please contact them in the method listed on the event website:
Have concerns or need support?

Email and our team will get back to you as soon as possible. If you require help with complex matters or need to speak with someone by phone please call Event Manager Kerry South at +64 4 282 1633.

Please join us in thanking our supporters for their continued support and patience. View them here.

You can find event newsletters, key event communications and updates on the Symposium here.

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