The New Zealand Orchid Society is turning 75.

To celebrate this, we are having a special show and mini-conference. Both will be held over the 2 days of Friday, 12 May and Saturday, 13 May 2023. 

The venue will be the Western Springs Garden Community Hall

This is how the event will run:

  • Thursday, 11 May 2023 – set up the show from 8 am and judging in the afternoon from 3 pm.
  • Friday 12 May 2023 – show open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm.
  • Saturday, 13 May 2023 – show open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm.

Day 1 – the conference is from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Dinner from 6.00 pm.

Day 2 – the conference is from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.

Dismantling of the show from 4.00 pm.

All orchid clubs and their members are invited to participate in the show and the conference.

Please see the download documents for more information for additional information about the conference.


  1. NZOS 75th Conference Registration Form
  2. NZOS 75th Conference Schedule & Speaker Info
  3. NZOS Autumn Show Schedule

If you require any information, please contact Noel Townsley on:

We have three well known speakers from Australia

Michael Coker
Michael Coker
Clive Halls
Clive Halls
David Banks
David banks

Michael Coker

Michael is a commercial lawyer by day and runs Boutique Orchids by night. Although his father was a commercial orchid grower, Michael is probably best described as a very keen hobby grower. He was so keen that he bought the house next door to him, demolished it, and built two more large orchid houses on it, bringing the total number of orchid houses to 6.

Starting in 1978, he now grows around 5000 orchids, covering 165 genera, but has a particular interest in Paphiopedilums and Phragmipediums. He is currently President of the Orchid Societies Council of Victoria (OSCOV), President of the North East Melbourne Orchid Society, Vice-President of the Orchid Species Society of Victoria, as well as a member of a number of other Melbourne clubs. Michael is a regular guest speaker at Orchid Societies in Victoria and has also undertaken a number of international speaking engagements. He is a fully accredited Judge in the OSCOV Judging Panel. Michael has been awarded around 40 quality and culture awards from the OSCOV Panel and has won 12 categories in the OSCOV Victorian Orchids of the Year in the last 6 years.

Clive Halls

Clive will be familiar to all those who have been around orchids for a while, and will need no real introduction. He has run Mt. Beenak Orchids in Melbourne for several decades, growing a variety of orchids, but most notably, Masdevallias, Oncidiums (Odonts), Zygopetalums, and lately, Sarcochilus.

His Masdevallia hybrid Rein Touch has received 21 awards to date, and another Masdevallia Strip King, 17 awards so far. In all, his hybridising has resulted in nearly 190 awards. Clive has even had a Masdevallia and a Miltoniopsis named after him. He is an excellent speaker, and comes with a wealth of knowledge on both growing and hybridising of his favourite orchids.

David Banks

David will be well known to many as he has been here before. He has all new talks to present to us on his visit this time.

David has talked extensively throughout Australasia and America, as well as at World Orchid Conferences. He has written many articles for Orchids Australia, where he served five years as Editorial Consultant, and until recently, was Editor of the Australian Orchid Review.

David has been growing orchids for over 30 years. He is a Past President of the Orchid Species Society of New South Wales, Past President and a Life Member of the Parramatta and District Orchid Society. David has served on the Council of the Australasian Native Orchid Society (ANOS) and was bestowed Life Membership from ANOS in 2002.

A keen photographer, he has had over 1000 of his images published to date.

Although David is known for his native orchid work in particular, less well know is that he has also created a number of hybrids, particularly amongst the Paphiopedilums and Gomesas.

David’s first book, Tropical Orchids of Southeast Asia, was published in 1999. Since then, other books have followed, including The Orchids of the Philippines (in conjunction with Jim Cootes), Orchids of Australia, as well as some more general books on growing orchids aimed more at those starting out in orchids.
He is currently working on another orchid book to be published later this year on orchid species of the world, with over 3500 images, which I am sure he will be happy to tell you about.