Geoscience Conference 2023

Geoscience Society of New Zealand Annual Conference 2023

  Monday 13 to Thursday 16 November 2023

E ngā tini tāngata. To the multitudes. 
Nau piki, nau kake ki runga i Te Whanganui ā-Tāra. Welcome to the Great Bay of Tara. (Wellington). 
Ki tēnei huihuinga motuhake. To this auspicious gathering. 
Hau, hau. I rire e. Hau. Pai mārire. Unity and peace.

In the spirit of the welcome above and our beautiful conference logo, we extend a warm invitation for you to join us in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington for the 2023 Geoscience Society of New Zealand annual conference, running from 13-16th November 2023. The conference will be held on campus at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington and will include oral and poster sessions, keynote speakers, a public lecture and field trips. Our conference theme is based on the concept of “Where Plates and People Meet” so we will have a range of science and social opportunities for you to enjoy over the conference week.

On Monday evening 13th November, the Conference Icebreaker will occur with the core conference programme running Tuesday to Thursday, including extended poster sessions to maximise the benefit and effort that goes into preparing such presentations. We are also planning pre-conference workshops, fieldtrips and a Public Outreach day, student and early career-focussed social events, and BBQ and Gala dinners.

We look forward to seeing you all in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington in November this year!

Scott Nodder, Conference Convenor 
Kat Holt, President, Geoscience Society of New Zealand


Conference Logo 

The logo for this year's GSNZ Conference features the Te Whanganui a Tara Wellington landscape and harbour as viewed from Raukawa Cook Strait. This is underlain by the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates whose meeting and collision has created Aotearoa New Zealand as we know it today.

The logo also features imagery of two hands planting a raukura, a white feather, into the earth. This is symbolic of the planting of a real white feather in the grounds of Parliament following the cleansing of the site after the February 2022 occupation. That feather was planted by Te Ātiawa /Taranaki Whānui/NZ Parliament Kaumātua/Te Rūnanga nui o Te Ātiawa chair Kura Moeahu and Deputy Prime Minister Grant Roberston together, to symbolise the partnership of Māori and tauiwi (non-Māori) in cleansing past conflicts and striving toward a prosperous future through peace and mutual respect.

This imagery and its meaning were generously gifted to the GSNZ Conference 2023 by Matua Kelvin Tapuke (Te Ātiawa , Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāi Tai, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki , Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a Apānui, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa, Toa Rangatira) with approval from Kaumātua Kura Moeahu. He mihi atu ki a kōrua, Kura Moeahu, Kelvin Tapuke. Mei kore ko kōrua!


Future conferences

2024 University of Otago

2025 University of Auckland

2026 GNS Science

2027 University of Waikato

2028 University of Canterbury


Registration for Geoscience 2023 will be discounted for GSNZ members

To qualify for the reduced fee you'll need to be a current financial, honorary or complimentary member. 
New members are welcome to take advantage of this benefit but your membership subscription needs to be paid prior to your registration being made.

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All conference enquiries

Contact Ali Howard or Luxor McGowan at Conferences & Events or 04 384 1511