RNSNZ Conference 2020 - Wellington, 16-19 October

16 October 2020 @ 8:30 am - 19 October 2020 @ 5:00 pm

The Wellington Club, Level 4, 88 The Terrace, Wellington

Trial strike for conference medal. Polishing removed the interior bumps on the virus. Rhodium on brass.

Trial strike for conference medal. Polishing removed the interior bumps on the virus. Rhodium on brass.

The Society’s third international conference will be held from Friday 16 October 2020 to Monday 19 October 2020. 

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The conference will offer a mix of live speakers from within New Zealand and remote or recorded presentations from speakers overseas. See the speakers programme.

Those intending to attend who have not yet registered are now encouraged to book without further delay. Recognising that the restrictions on travel may mean that many who would want to attend will not have the opportunity to do so, the RNSNZ is offering an opportunity to register to attend the conference days by Zoom. All registrants will then have access on request to the recorded sessions. Only persons registered to receive the Zoom invitations will do so, so those unable or unwilling to attend in person are strongly encouraged to register.

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A manual registration form can be supplied. Further details can be obtained by contacting: Secretary@RNSNZ.org.nz 

Friday 16 October

(Breakfast will be available in the venue if booked)
8.30 am - Registration opens.
9 am – 12 noon - Numismatic tour of Wellington, with viewing of highlights of Te Papa’s numismatic collections (held at Tory Street, not in the main building in Cable St); New Zealand’s Orders and Medals; and He Tohu, the Treaty of Waitangi display at the National Library. (Only a few places remain available, as number limits apply for He Tohu).
2pm to 4pm - Closed bourse for conference delegates only. Every delegate can have a free half-table to sell or display items, with more for dealers if available.
5pm to 7 pm - Welcome Cocktail Function (Free) and book launches.

Saturday 17 October

Breakfast (if booked)
10 am to 4 pm - Public Fair - Ground floor, 88 The Terrace
6.30 pm for 7 pm - Conference Dinner with Air Marshal Sir Bruce Ferguson, former head of New Zealand’s Defence Forces, as speaker

Sunday 18 October

Breakfast (if booked)
9am – 5 pm - Conference Day 1, separate streams for Medals, Ancient Coins and Banknotes, Tokens and Modern Coins

See the speakers programme.

Evening free – for possible specialist events or discussions among delegates

Monday 19 October

Breakfast (if booked)
9am – 5 pm - Conference Day 2 - Plenary sessions and closing.

Conference Costs
Thanks to the generous $10,000 support provided by the Alistair Robb Numismatic Fund, administered by the Nikau Foundation, and Conference Sponsors, attendance costs at this conference have been reduced from the levels applying at previous conferences.

Costs are NZ$60 for each day or $120 for both conference days. The Numismatic tour will cost $10 and the Conference dinner on Saturday 17 October will cost $70.

We are grateful to all our sponsors for their support, including, besides the Nikau Foundation:

John Bertrand (Collectables) Limited; New Zealand Post; Mowbray Collectables (New Zealand) Limited; and Dix Noonan Webb.

Payments may be made through the conference registration page or by arrangement with the RNSNZ through the Secretary, contacts above. The Society can offer Paypal facilities, too. 

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Conference Commemoratives
Conference Overprint banknotes and medallions in sterling silver, bronze and silver coloured brass will be available for purchase to commemorate the conference. A decision to recognise the global impact of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in 2020 by including its image on the conference commemoratives (see design above) has generated excitement among collectors, as this will be one of the first numismatic conferences held since the arrival of the pandemic and one of the first medals to recognise its impact. Prices for the conference commemoratives are:

Overprint Banknote - $60


Sterling Silver - $130
Silver coloured brass - $30
Bronze coloured brass - $30

The Commemorative Overprint Banknote will be the first $2 overprint produced by the Society and only 84 will be produced. The number of medals being struck has been increased in response to collector interest and 40 will be struck in Sterling silver, while 100 will be in silver-coloured Rhodium-plated brass and 125 will be in green bronze-coloured brass. Each will be numbered on the edge and the silver version will be so marked, too. Speakers will receive a coloured and gold-plated version of the medal.

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Those attending must book their own accommodation in Wellington. 

Possible hotels include:
• The West Plaza Hotel, Wakefield St, Wellington (About 10 minutes easy walk away, largely flat and under covered street verandas).

15 double rooms reserved for our conference delegates at $175 per night, available on a first-in-first-served basis for bookings until 16 September only, with $10 breakfast if wanted.) This hotel was our venue in 2014.
Email: reservations@westplaza.co.nz
Phone: 04 473 1440 Ext 249

• The Bolton Hotel, 12 Bolton St, Wellington - 4 minutes-walk away. (5 star)

0800 99 6622 (NZ only)
+64 4 472 9966 (International)

• The Park Hotel, Lambton Quay, 1 minute-walk away (4 star).

Ten rooms are reserved for Conference attendees until one month before the conference or until taken up:
Reservations (toll free within NZ):
0800 260 5000 or +64 (4) 260 5000 or

5 rooms Superior King Studio
Rate nightly: $179.10
1x King bed (Can be split on request)
25sqm. Ensuite and Kitchenette facilities.

5 rooms Executive King Studio
Rate nightly: $224.10
1x King bed (Can be split on request)
28sqm. Ensuite and Kitchenette facilities.

Please mention the RNSNZ conference reservations if booking these hotels.

Wellington also has a good range of other accommodation from budget to 5-star, accessible through sites such as Booking.com, Trip Advisor, Expedia or Trivago, but the city has an active arts and events programme, and this can rapidly deplete the supply of good rooms. To repeat, we strongly recommend early bookings.

Wellington Sights
Apart from the conference, Wellington has a huge range of activities available, including nature reserves, coastal scenery, wine trails, Parliamentary tours, visual and performing arts and museums, such as Te Papa Tongarewa (the National Museum), the Carter Observatory, Wellington Museum, Cable Car Museum, Fragrifert Parfumeur, or galleries, such as the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and City Gallery. Weather in October sees temperatures typically in the 11 to 16 degrees Celsius range with 11 daily sunshine hours and with a possibility of rain on 50% of days.

Sponsors will receive recognition for their support through placement of their logo on Conference publicity, a free advertisement in the Conference programme book, one free package for Conference attendance and one of only twenty $1 banknote overprints being produced for this conference. For more details on sponsorship packages, please contact David Galt, +64 27 0321143 or david@galt.net.nz.

Public Fair, Saturday 17 October2019
This is the first major public numismatic fair to be held in Wellington City since 2014, with all others having been held elsewhere in the region since that time. Please contact Flemming Sorensen at flsor@xtra.co.nz or +64(0)4 4785649 to reserve tables.

Finally, thank you again to our sponsors: