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The Harold Wellman Prize

This prize commemorates Harold Wellman as an outstanding discoverer of New Zealand fossils and his appreciation of the important role of fossil evidence in the resolution of New Zealand geology. The Prize shall be awarded in recognition of recent discovery of important fossil material within New Zealand. Each rewarded fossil discovery must have been recorded in the New Zealand Fossil Record File. The Harold Wellman Prize shall be awarded entirely at the discretion of the President of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand, but applicants should submit proposals to the Awards Subcommittee.

Nomination template link below.

Rules

1. To acknowledge the contribution made to geology by the discoverer(s) of important fossils found within New Zealand, the Society has established a prize award initially funded by private endowment.
2. The award shall be known as the Harold Wellman Prize ("the Prize"), in recognition of this outstanding discoverer of New Zealand fossils and his appreciation of the important role of fossil evidence in the resolution of New Zealand geology.
3. The Harold Wellman Prize shall be awarded entirely at the discretion of the President of the Society, who may be assisted by relevant experts of her/his choosing.
4. The Prize shall be awarded in recognition of the recent discovery of important fossil material within New Zealand; to qualify for the award, the fossil discovery must have been recorded in the New Zealand Fossil Record File.
5. The Prize shall include an inscribed certificate, but apart from the strictures implicit in paragraphs 1 to 4, the nature of the Prize, its value, the frequency with which it is awarded and the process of selecting the prize winner shall remain deliberately unspecified in keeping with the express wishes of the benefactor(s) and the spirit with which this prize has been established.
6. Notwithstanding Clause 5 (above), the Committee of the Society shall from time to time determine the value of the award.
7. The Prize shall, if possible, be announced and presented at a General Meeting, or Annual Conference, of the Society.
8. An account of each rewarded fossil discovery and its significance shall be written for the Society Newsletter.
9. The Harold Wellman Prize fund shall be administered within the Geoscience Society of New Zealand Awards Trust separately from other Awards Trust funds and from other finances of the Society.
10. (a) Any income, benefit or advantage shall be applied to the charitable purposes of the Awards Trust funds;
(b) No member of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand (Inc.) or any person associated with a member shall participate in or materially influence any decision made by the organisation in respect of the payment to or on behalf of that member or associated person of any income, benefit or advantage whatsoever;
(c) Any income paid shall be reasonable and relative to that which would be paid in an arm's length transaction (being an open market value);
(d) The provisions of subclauses (a)-(c) above shall not be removed from this document and shall be included and implied in any document replacing this document.

The application form is here.
Date due is September 1.

Harold Wellman Prize recipients

Year

Person

From

Fossil find

2018
Helen Bint
Chatham Island
Chatham Island Palaeocene fossil sponges.
2017
Ian GearyOtago University Rich Pliocene plant fossil beds Beachlands, Auckland.
2016
Sue Maxwell
Otago Museum
Discovery of fossil material which was identified as the holotype of the extinct leatherback turtle Psephophorus terrypratchetti.
2014

Leigh Love

Adrian & Thomas King


Discovery of a new species of Paleocene bird (Australornis lovei)in the Waipara greensand deposits of North Canterbury.

Discovery of a very well preserved flatfish fossil from the shallow marine-deposited Titiokura Fm, Te Pohue, western Hawke's Bay.

2013
Julian Thomson
Otago
Fossil partial lower jaw of a large baleen whale.
2012 Barry Douglas & Jon Lundqvist Otago University 1978-79 discovery of the "St Bathans fauna" in the Manuherikia Group.
2011
Leonard Bloksberg Auckland Late Cretaceous mosasaur coprolite.
2010
Greg Browne GNS
Late Cretaceous dinosaur footprints NW Nelson.
2009
Uwe Kaulfus Otago University New fossil insects in New Zealand.

2008

Dave Allen

New Plymouth

Marine bird skulls in Pliocene sediments near Hawera.

2007

Robert Holmes

Chatham Island

A Mid Pleistocene marine fauna raised 200m above sea level on the Chatham Is

2006

Hamilton Junior Naturalist Club

Hamilton

Paleogene fossil penguin, Kawhia Harbour

2005

Jane Hill

Whangarei

Fossil marine turtle

2004

Richard Kohler

Otago

Late Cretaceous fossil fish, Pitt Island

2003

Jennifer Bannister

Otago

Tertiary fungi and flowers

2002

Bill Lee

Oamaru

North Otago Miocene mollusca, dolphin, whale locality

2001

Don Haw

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Initial discovery of reptile bones in Mangahouanga Stream

2000

Liz Kennedy

Wellington

Oldest NZ fossil flowers (Late Cretaceous)

1999

Brendan Hayes

Auckland

First Jurassic dinosaur bone in NZ

1998

Malcolm Simpson

Auckland

First Cambrian fossils in New Zealand

1997

Al Mannering

Canterbury Museum

Paleocene penguin fossils from Waipara area

1996

Bruce Dix

Wellington

Fossil intertidal invertebrates, Cape Turakirae

1995

Phil Ford

Otago

First NZ Permian conodonts

1994

Rodney Grapes

Wellington

Late Triassic radiolaria in Torlesse rocks, Orongorongo River

1993

Graeme Dodd

Southland

Dactylioceras cf anquinum, first Ururoan indicator in South Island

1992

Chris Carey

Nelson

First fossil sulphur-reducing black smoker-type fauna in NZ waters

1991

Stuart Owen

Otago

Amrnonoids in the top of the Maitai Group

1990

Phil Moore

Wellington

Fossil discoveries on offshore islands and in eastern North Island

1989

Richard Cotton

Otago

Mid Permian fusulinid foraminifera, Canterbury