OCNZ Newsletter: September 2019

2019 National Orchid Expo: September 19-22
Only two weeks to go! The OCNZ Executive Committee wishes you safe travels to and from the expo, and an enjoyable time with old and new friends alike.
This expo I’m looking forward to listening to the speakers, something I didn’t get a chance to do at the 2016 expo. I’ve just had a quick read of the speakers’ bios in Orchids 2019; a good line up covering an interesting range of topics.
As we all do I’ll be keeping a look out for something special to bring home from the sales tables even though I’m running out of room to house my orchids but there is the Clubs Trading Table where I could sell some plants to make room for the new which leads me on to a message from Bryan. See you at the CET Fly Palmy Arena, Palmerston North!

Expo Clubs Trading Table
Bryan Sharpe writes: “I haven’t received many enquires for sales tickets. This is a service for hobby orchid growers who would like to sell a few good quality plants. Without your support we cannot offer this service. Please let me know how many tickets you require with your postal address and I will post them to you along with a sales sheet.” Contact Bryan by email.

Iwitahi Annual Summer Camp: December 7-8
If you have an interest in the conservation of NZ native orchids consider attending the annual summer camp at Iwitahi (between Napier and Taupo). This is a great opportunity to spend time at the reserve with like-minded people. They always have a great time and I’ve heard that Bill is a very good cook.
Workers are based at Sika Lodge. The accommodation price includes meals. For more information contact Bill Liddy, ph 06 836 6735 or by emailRead more about the Iwitahi Heritage Protection Area.

Vale Norm Porter
We were sad to hear that Norm Porter passed away last weekend. Norm was a Cymbidium breeder for many years in Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast. If you have any Cymbidiums in your collection with ‘Waikanae’ in the name, it’s likely they came from Norm. His business, Norm Porter Orchids, was sold in 2011 and subsequently became Eva Orchids.

– Glenys MacRae