• Awards
  • Judging administration
  • Judges’ handbooks


The OCNZ system of orchid judging is designed to recognise new or superior forms of orchid species and hybrids, leading to improvement in the shape and the colour of the flowers in all orchid genera.  The system also gives recognition to the growers of plants showing superior culture.
The following awards are available in the OCNZ judging system:

Quality awards:
First Class Certificate FCC/OCNZ 90 or more points
Award of Merit AM/OCNZ 80 or more points
Highly Commended Certificate HCC/OCNZ 75 or more points

Cultural awards:
Certificate of Cultural Excellence CCE/OCNZ 90 or more points
Certificate of Cultural Commendation CCC/OCNZ 80 or more points

Other awards:
Award of Distinction AD/OCNZ
Certificate of Botanical Merit CBM/OCNZ
Plant Breeder’s Award PBA/OCNZ


The OCNZ judging system is administered by the Committee on Awards.  The country is divided into 3 Regions (Northern, Central, and Southern), and in each region there are 4 local judging panels.

Committee on Awards
Margaret Lomas (chair)
Joy Hopson
Chris Hubbert
Graham Jackson
Bill Liddy
Gill Lyster
Glenys MacRae

Northern Region
Regional chair: Chris Hubbert
Chairs of local judging panels:
Northland: Bill Johnson
Auckland: Susan Tucker
Waikato: Russell Hutton
Bay of Plenty: Helen McDonald

Central Region
Regional chair: Graham Jackson
Chairs of local judging panels:
Hawke’s Bay: Bev Lowe
Taranaki: Rob Ward
Manawatu: Neville Butler
Wellington: Merv Dougherty

Southern Region
Regional chair: Gill Lyster
Chairs of local judging panels:
Blenheim: Rosemary Clark
Nelson: Gill Lyster
Christchurch: Adrienne Rushworth
Dunedin: Graham Letts


“Red Book” Principles of Award Judging, and Judging By-Laws
 JudgesHbook 2017 edition ‘Red Book’

“Blue Book” Resource Manual (supplement to the Red Book)
Resource Manual v2 2014 ‘Blue Book’