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Wildlife Conference May 2023

"Rehabbers in Emergency Response"



to be held on the 13th-14th May 2023, Auckland


WReNNZ is New Zealand's national wildlife network, open to everyone interested in New Zealand wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release. Annually WReNNZ provides quality wildlife education focused on best practice rehabilitation, biennially hosting a national wildlife conference.

The 2023 WReNNZ Wildlife Conference will be held on the13th -14th May in Auckland, at the Auckland Zoo.

Registration starts at 8.30am on Saturday 13th May and the conference will conclude at 4.30pm on Sunday 14th May.

The WReNNZ AGM will be held first on Sunday morning 14th May; all attendees are welcome to attend and voting is open to WReNNZ members only. After the AGM conference sessions will recommence at 10am.


Programme Overview

Two Days of Speakers

Rehabilitation Presentations 13th and 14th May

  • Various speakers

 Dinner (Saturday evening) - Malt Public House

  • Dinner is optional but booking is essential as numbers are limited. Dinner is NOT included in the conference fee

AGM Sunday 14th May

  • Optional AGM session for all conference attendees, voting open for WReNNZ members only

There will be a 30-minute tour of the Auckland Zoo veterinary hospital


For those travelling to Auckland for the conference there is an extensive range of places to stay, with many options conveniently located near both the airport and the venue.

To see a wide variety of accommodation choices visit AirBnB,, Expedia or use the button link below to review Google results. 



Tickets & Member Discounts

Early bird ticket prices are available until 14th April 2023, or until all tickets are sold.


WReNNZ members receive access to discounted rates.

Early Bird pricing has closed 

  • Early Bird Non-Members $150

  • Early Bird Members $90 

  • Students $90


The following prices now apply:


  • Non-Members $180

  • Members $120

  • Students $120

Registration will close on the 8th of May, 2023 or when all tickets are sold.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no refund once registrations have closed, but should the conference be cancelled or postponed, a full refund will be given.

If you would like ongoing access to discounted wildlife training rates and you are not yet a WReNNZ member, please join today before buying your conference tickets.


Our Speakers 

Kate McInnes

DOC Veterinarian

Presentation will be virtual

Baukje Lenting

MPI Veterinarian

Presentation will be virtual

Lynn Miller

Wild Ways Ltd

Jenn Rhodes

WIRES Australia

Pauline Nijman

Practice Manager, Companion Animal Hospital, School of Veterinary Science, Massey University

Carolyn Press-McKenzie



Rosalie Goldsworthy

Penguin Rescue

Tracie Poole

Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician, Central energy Trust Wildbase Recover

Leanne Taylor

CEO WIRES Australia


Craig Pritchard


Presentation will be virtual

Stephanie Maitland

Fundraising Consultant, Mailtand & Associates

Catherine Francescon 

Lead Senior Bird Keeper, Auckland Zoo

Adam Naylor 

Auckland Zoo Veterinarian

Tania Bishop

WIRES Australia Veterinarian

Presentation will be virtual

Janelle Ward

Wildlife Veterinarian


Ready to Book?

Contact Us


If you have any questions, please get in touch.

For more information about WReNNZ, visit WRENNZ.ORG.NZ.

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