Palmerston North City


Palmerston North 2023

The 97th NZART Annual Conference and AGM is being held in Palmerston North over Kings Birthday weekend 3–4 June 2023.

Location is the Millennium Copthorne Hotel, 110 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North.

The conference will commence on Saturday the 3 June at 9:00 am and conclude Sunday 4 June after the evening dinner.

Registrations will be open from 9:00 am on the Saturday with morning tea served at 9:30 am.

An alternative program will be run on both days.

Saturday Programme

0900 Registrations / Opening
0930 Morning Tea
1200 Lunch
1500 Afternoon Tea
1530 AREC Annual Forum
1830 Drinks
1900 Dinner

Sunday Programme

Time: Location: Board Room 30        Location: Ferguson Room 100
0830     WARO          SPAM AGM
0915     KiwiSAT          OTC (Old Timers Club)
1000     Morning Tea
1030     NZART Centennial          Ham during/After TC Gabrielle
1115     Grotating (Green Radios On The Air)          Transpower slot/Unison Slot/TBC
1200     Lunch
1300     National System Trustees Only          SOTA (Summits on the Air)
1345     National System Public Forum          Distributing Electricity in a storm
1430     Klondyke Presentation          Covid 19: An Engineering Response
1515     Afternoon Tea
1545     Dish Antenna          Amateur Civil Emergency Response
1630     Receiving Weather Balloons          Amateur Civil Emergency Response
1715     Drinks
1900     Dinner

Alternative Programme

Saturday morning – After morning tea at the conference venue, we head to The Herb Farm to hear about the healing properties of herbs and to create our own individualised cream to take home using herbal extracts. We can also wander around the herb garden.

Lunch will be at the attached café.

In the afternoon we will stop for a quick viewing of the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit – beautiful stained glass and interior. Then onto the Victoria Esplanade Gardens - Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery centre, Peter Black Conservatory (hot house garden), aviaries, 2.2 km miniature railway you might like to ride, and afternoon tea at the cafe.
Return to the venue around 4:00 pm.

Sunday morning –after morning tea at the conference venue a visit to the Te Manawa Museum with an optional visit to the Rugby Museum next door. We then head to Foxton, a small Dutch community, where we will visit to the quilting shop, have a tour of the Flax Stripping Museum, visit the de Molen working windmill (optional to climb to the top floor to see the flour milling). There is an interesting museum and art gallery detailing early Foxton.

We will have lunch at Foxton and afternoon tea at Foxton Beach.
Return to the venue around 4:00 pm.

Looking forward to seeing you all and enjoying, with you, the programme we have put together.

Lynne and Topsy
(Any unforeseen issues may require changes to the programme)

Conference organisers for 2023 can be contacted via email: Contact Us.

Page Updates

  • 26/04/2023 Saturday AGM/Sunday Forums and Alternative Programmes added.
  • 27/03/2023 Registration downloadable PDF email addresses corrected.
  • 19/02/2023 Online registrations now available, plus downloadable PDF as well.
  • 17/01/2023 Conference: Sunday dinner now included.
  • 10/01/2023 Conference venue, timings and contact email address updated.
  • 17/12/2022 Conference 2023 page is live ...

Travel to Palmerston North

Palmerston North map

Palmerston North Airport (serviced by Air New Zealand, Originair and others), and is some six kilometres or fifteen minutes’ drive from the Palmerston North CBD. The Conference Committee is NOT offering any transport service from this airport.

Other services such as the buses, taxis, Uber and rental cars offer access into the CBD. Check the airport site for options.