Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria

2004 ARAZPA Conference

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ARAZPA Conference 2004
13th Annual Conference

Proudly Hosted By:

Orana Wildlife Park and
Southern Encounter Aquarium & Kiwi House

7-11 March 2004, Centra Hotel, Christchurch, New Zealand



 "Best Practice in Modern Zoos & Aquaria"

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Conference Objectives

The objectives for the 2004 ARAZPA Conference reflect the current needs of the Zoo and Aquarium industry and are based on feedback provided by members.  Current objectives include to:

  • Provide a forum for industry education;

  • Increase attendees’ network of industry contacts;

  • Expose the attendees to the latest ideas and information, along with the latest developments within the industry;

  • Provide the host with the opportunity to showcase their facilities and share their experiences with industry colleagues;

  • Provide opportunities for an exchange of information and ideas.

Who should attend
ARAZPA Institutional Member representatives and Individual Members are strongly encouraged to attend.  A warm invitation is also extended to representatives from other industry associations both in New Zealand, Australia and throughout the world.  A special invitation is extended to all members of the New Zealand Conservation Management Group, our trial merger partners.

The Conference will also provide a relevant and informative forum for representatives from other organisations associated with the industry, including MAF, AQIS, Environment Australia and the NZ Department of Conservation, along with University researchers involved in this field of study and all other persons generally interested in the goals of the association.

Message from the President of ARAZPA
The ARAZPA 2004 Conference theme “Best Practice in Modern Zoos & Aquaria” is very pertinent at this time for two reasons.  Firstly, because of the proposed accreditation programme where we will be required to look at ourselves to identify benchmarks and evaluate our performance.  This Conference will provide the perfect opportunity to share our knowledge and discuss with other like-minded people, how to achieve best practice.

 Secondly, is the recent commencement of the ARAZPA and NZ Conservation Management Group trial merger.  This Conference will provide the opportunity for members of both associations to meet for the first time as one group, to discuss the proposed merger and the benefits to be gained through a united industry group.

 Your attendance and participation in this Conference will greatly assist the development of both programmes and ensure that you play an active role in these processes.

 Lynn and her team are preparing an exciting Conference where you will be exposed to excellent papers, networking opportunities and last, but not least, a great social atmosphere where we can catch up with old friends and develop new friendships.  Many a great new initiative has come from a relaxed evening session after listening to papers and attending workshops during the day.

I look forward to catching up with you all next year in Christchurch.

 Trevor Long
President, ARAZPA

Message from Your Host
It is my pleasure to invite you to the beautiful city of Christchurch to participate in the 2004 ARAZPA Conference.

The Orana Wildlife Trust Board and staff are extremely proud to host this prestigious Conference and we all look forward to ensuring your time with us is an informative and educational experience.

The theme “Best Practice in Modern Zoos & Aquaria” is timely as we all continue to strive for excellence within our industry.

 The Conference programme and the keynote speakers are guaranteed to challenge our thinking and enthuse us to do even greater things.  It will also provide a stimulating opportunity to share information, exchange ideas and network with industry colleagues. 

 We look forward to seeing you in March 2004 and extending to you our warmest hospitality.

 Lynn Anderson
Chief Executive – Orana Wildlife Trust

About Your Hosts - Orana Wildlife Park and Southern Encounter Aquarium and Kiwi House
Orana Wildlife Trust (a registered charitable trust) owns and operates both Orana Wildlife Park and Southern Encounter Aquarium & Kiwi House.  The Trust’s mission encompasses conservation work in support of endangered species, education and provision of quality recreational facilities to be enjoyed by the community.

 Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand’s only open range zoo.  Opened in September 1976, the Park celebrated its 25th Anniversary just two years ago.  From small beginnings, today the public area of the Park covers 80 hectares and over 70 species are represented.  The main focus of the Park’s animal collection is African Savannah fauna and New Zealand native species.

The Park participates in many captive breeding programmes, some of which have in-situ links.  It has successfully bred a number of endangered and threatened NZ birds including Kiwi and Blue Duck.  In addition, the Park participates in the Australasian Species Management Program for a number of exotic species including White Rhino, Cheetah and African Wild Dog.

Education is an important focus and the Park’s Zoo School delivers programmes to thousands of New Zealand children each year to ensure that they develop responsible attitudes towards our world’s treasures, and tread lightly on this earth.

Officially opened in 1997, Southern Encounter is a unique attraction where visitors of all ages can see and learn about our unique aquatic life that is found in the waters surrounding NZ and in our beautiful rivers and streams.  A huge range of both marine and fresh water aquatic species are on display.  New Zealand Kiwi, our national icon, can be viewed in the state-of-the- art nocturnal house.

The facility provides the opportunity to educate the visiting public about our unique aquatic life and what they can do to protect the environment.  A formal education service is also offered to Canterbury schools. 

 For Further Information Contact 
Registration Package Requests & General Enquiries: 
Nathan Hawke, Orana Wildlife Park, P O Box 5130, Christchurch, New Zealand,
Telephone 03 359 7109, Fax 03 359 4330, Email

Abstract Submissions, Presenter & Programme Enquiries:
Lynn Anderson, Orana Wildlife Park, Contacts as Above, Email


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