11th Circular, 15 July 2019


 Welcome to this 11th Circular for the 10th International Penguin Conference being held in Dunedin, New Zealand 24 – 28 August 2019.

There is less than 6 weeks until the conference Icebreaker. Most of the conference planning has been confirmed and triple checked! Remember that registrations are still open, so do so now if you want to attend.

This circular contains information about the conference app, field trip accommodation, the cancellation policy, bringing your presentation and the use of Te Reo.


Everything about the conference will be on a downloadable App – the programme, abstracts, maps, and all other relevant information that you may need to know to make this conference and your trip to Dunedin truly memorable. This will be launched at the beginning of August and we will send you information on how to do download and install the app on your smart device.

We are not providing printed copies of the programme or abstracts. If you want the information printed, you will find a USB in your welcome pack. On it will be PDF documents of the conference programme and abstracts, which you can print off at your own cost. Also, there will be a link to the conference website which will be updated as required throughout the conference.


Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust: 7 – 11am Friday 23 August. At this time of the year, there is no vehicle access to Otapahi reserve, so you need to be fit enough to walk up and over a 100m high hill, a distance of about 2km. The farm track and paddocks may be wet and boggy, and very slippery, so good boots or gumboots are essential, as are raincoats and warm layers.

Because of the Trust's Health and Safety obligations, please let us know if you do not think you can complete this walk. You will be eligible for a reimbursement of the fee paid.


Milford Sound: 8am Thursday 29 –3pm Friday 30 August. Have you booked your accommodation in Te Anau for this trip? You must book your own accommodation for Thursday 29th August.


We will ask you to confirm you have accommodation booked when you register.


All the information you need about how to prepare your presentation and bringing your file to the conference, or getting your poster printed, can be found on HERE.


If you find you cannot attend the 10 IPC conference on the following cancellation policy will apply:

  • Substitution: if you have registered and paid in full and as long as you inform the Organising committee, you may nominate someone else to attend at no additional cost, whether or not they are from the same organisation.

  • Requests for refunds will be considered by the organising committee in good faith but will only be paid after the conference if funds are available.

  • You will be refunded:

    • Until 24 July cancellation of registration will result in a 50% refund except for an administration fee of $50.00.

    • After 24th July, no refund will be applied.

    • Please send your cancellation in writing to the organising committee at ipc10.dunedin@gmail.com.  Be sure to include your unique registration number.

    • Refunds will be made by bank transfer to those accounts from which the initial payment was made. Bank fees (if any) will be your responsibility.


Te Reo Māori is the indigenous language of Aotearoa, New Zealand. It is one of three official languages of the nation, the others being English and New Zealand Sign Language. The language itself is central to Māori culture, identity and forms part of the heritage of our country. It gained recognition as one of New Zealand's official languages in 1987.

New Zealand is a bilingual country and although Te Reo is not as widely spoken as English you might hear some of these words come up in conversation.

Emperor penguin. Adults tobogganing. Haswell archipelago, near Mirny Station, Antarctica, Image © Sergey Golubev by Sergey Golubev, NZ Birds Online

Emperor penguin. Adults tobogganing. Haswell archipelago, near Mirny Station, Antarctica, Image © Sergey Golubev by Sergey Golubev, NZ Birds Online

Māori English
Kia Ora Hello, goodbye, thank you
Haere Mai or Nau Mai Welcome
Manuhiri Guests or visitors
Wharenui Meeting place
Whanau (far-no) family
Hui meeting, conference
Āe Yes
Kāo No
Kame Food
Whare paku Toilet
Kei te pehea koe? How’s it going?
Ka Pai! Good job!
Hei konei ra See you later
Haere Ra Goodbye

Local organising committee:

   Lloyd S Davis, Phil Seddon, Yolanda van Heezik (University of Otago)
   Thomas Mattern (University of Otago/Global Penguin Society)
   Bruce McKinlay (Department of Conservation)
   Sue Murray (Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust)
   Philippa Agnew (Oamaru Penguin Colony)
   Hoani Langsbury (Pukekura Trust)

International Scientific Committee:

   Peter Barham (University of Bristol)
   Dee Boersma (University of Washington)
   Pablo Garcia Borboroglu (Global Penguin Society, CONICET)
   Lloyd Davis (University of Otago)
   Sue Murray (Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust)
   Phil Trathan (British Antarctic Survey)
   Heather Urquhart (New England Aquarium)
   Lauren Waller (Leiden Conservation Fellow, SANCCOB)