OCNZ newsletter: March 2021

At the January OCNZ Executive meeting there was a discussion about how OCNZ could serve its affiliated societies in a better or different way. So with that in mind:

Feedback Wanted
We’d like some feedback on the role of the OCNZ so please ask your members, via newsletters or at meetings, what they want from OCNZ. Perhaps we are missing something vital?
The aims and objectives of the OCNZ are displayed here on the OCNZ website. Have a read through the objectives and let us know if we are meeting them.

Orchid of the Year Winners
The Committee on Awards (COA) is delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Orchids of the Year. Congratulations to you all! Photos of these spectacular orchids can be found here. The photos, with articles about these orchids, will appear in the 2021 Yearbook.

  • Orchid of the Year: Dracula gigas ‘Amelia’ FCC 90.75 points, Merv Dougherty
  • Cymbidium of the Year: Pixie Chorus ‘Napper’s Charm’ AM 84.17 points, Alan Napper
  • Species of the Year: Dracula gigas ‘Amelia’ FCC 90.75 points, Merv Dougherty
  • Cultural Award of the Year: Paphiopedilum Debbie Robinson ‘Keith’ CCE 91 points, Lesley Rockell
  • Special Merit Award: Cattleya Port Light ‘Taikura’ CCE 90.43 points, Helen McDonald.

Orchid Shows – coming soon
The following shows will be held over the next three months, please support them if you can. There is always something interesting to see at these show which you may not see at other times of the year.

  • Waitakere Orchid Club Ribbon Show – Whenuapai Hall, March 6
  • Bay of Plenty Orchid Society – Te Puke War Memorial Hall – April 9 & 10
  • Manawatu Orchid Society Autumn Show – Baptist Church Hall Fielding – April 17
  • NZOS Autumn Show – Mt Albert War Memorial Hall – May 1.

Bill Liddy will be importing flasks from Scott Barrie, Australia, which he hopes to ship in April. No costs available at this stage but Bill hopes they will be $100 each. Being offered are Sarcochilus, Oncidium and Cymbidium orchids. Flasks are likely to contain 25 plants. For more information please email Bill Liddy

22nd Australian Orchid Council Conference & Show – Postponed
The organising committee has advised that due to safety around Covid-19 they have made the tough decision to postpone this event by 12 months to August 31 to September 4, 2022. Please keep an eye on their website for further announcements.

Glenys MacRae