OCNZ Newsletter: September 2018

Spring Show Season
As we head into September most Orchid Societies will be gearing up for their spring shows. The Waitakere Orchid Club had a wonderful show last weekend. Council judges from the Far North to as far south as Christchurch joined the local panel to judge the show. Associate Judges Penny and Will came all the way from Christchurch to practice their judging; you guys are stars! Many of our orchid friends from around the country visited the show. The Waitakere Orchid Club hopes you enjoyed the show as much as they did.

The OCNZ executive wishes all societies a successful and enjoyable show season.

South Island Judges’ Seminar
The 2018 Judges’ seminar will be held in Nelson on October 20 and 21. Attached is the information sheet and registration form for those who wish to attend. The guest speaker will be Young Bill from the East Coast. For more information email Gillian Lyster or Peter Fisher from the Nelson Judging Group.

How to Interpret Plants Biosecurity Index Search Results
If you have been searching the PBI and are not sure how to interpret the search results, a section on the MPI website called, “Steps to Importing Nursery Stock”, gives the following information.

  • Only species listed with an import specification of L2 (Basic), L1, L2 or L3 can be imported but you should also check whether there are conditions or restrictions.
  • If column 3 reads ‘requires assessment’, the 2 options for assessing your plant species are:
               Checking the PBI to see whether you can instead import it as seeds for sowing
               Asking MPI about having a biosecurity assessment of the nursery stock. Email your request.
  • If the PBI lists your plant species as ‘entry prohibited’, you can’t import it
  • If column 3 says ‘not listed’, check if it is listed by another name.

Vale Jeanette Austin
It was with great sadness that we heard of the sudden death of Jeanette Austin on August 21. Jeanette belonged to the NZ, South Auckland and Howick Orchid Societies and the NZ Branch of CSA. Jeanette was an accredited judge in the NZOS and CSA systems and was the secretary for NZOS and the South Auckland Orchid Society. Jeanette will be greatly missed. We send our condolences to Terry.

Vale Ken Miller
In early August we heard that Ken Miller of Hampden had passed away on July 24. Ken was involved in the Otago Orchid scene with his wife Beatrice for many years. We send our condolences to Beatrice.

2019 National Orchid Expo: September 19-22
To be hosted by Manawatu and Hawkes Bay societies at FlyPalmy Arena. It is not too early to start planning your participation! Organisers are seeking societies’ interest in mounting displays and sponsoring prizes. Further information will be made available in the Expo Newsletters. Contact the organising committee by email

– Glenys MacRae, newsletter editor