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Wildlife Conference May 2021


held on the 14th-15th May 2021, 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 2021 WReNNZ Wildlife Conference will be held  on the14th-15th May in Auckland, at the Auckland Zoo.

Registration starts at 8.30am on Friday 14th May and the conference will conclude at 4.00pm on Saturday 15th May.

The WReNNZ AGM will be held first on Saturday morning 15th May; all attendees are welcome to attend and voting is open to WReNNZ members only. After the AGM conference sessions will recommence at 10am.

Registration has closed

Programme Overview

Two Days of Speakers

Rehabilitation Presentations 14th and 15th May

  • Guest Speaker is Dr Stuart Hunter - Senior Lecturer in Wildlife Pathology, Massey University

Restaurant Monsoon Poon - Dinner (Friday evening)

  • Dinner is optional and is not included in the conference fee, the cost for dinner will be $45 per person + drinks

AGM Saturday 15th 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

Free Auckland Zoo pass for use after the conference and valid for one week



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 10th April 2021, or until all tickets are sold.


WReNNZ members receive access to discounted rates.

For the 2 day conference ticket pricing is:

  • Early Bird Non-Members $150 (save 17%)

  • Early Bird Members $90 (save 25%)

  • Students $90


After 10th April if tickets are still available the following prices will apply:


  • Non-Members $180

  • Members $120

  • Students $90

Registration will close on the 10th May 2021 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 & Topics

Dr Stuart Hunter

Trauma in New Zealand Wildlife (This is a graphic presentation and some people may find the photos disturbing)

Rachel Avilla

WRMD – Understanding the Benefits and Uses of this Amazing FREE Tool (via Zoom)

Lynn Miller CWR, PhD

The Role of One Health in Professional Rehabilitation

Pauline Nijman

Preparing to be Inundated!

Tania Mutiara DVM

Comparing Active and Passive Rehabilitation Program of Kereru (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae) to Determine Fitness to Release

Christine Sumner PhD

SPCA's Role in Preparedness and Impacts on Wild Animal Welfare

Daniela Najera  DVM

Ensuring we can Respond to our Patients' Needs in an Uncertain World

Dr Janelle Ward

Wildlife Triage and Decision Making

Lynn Miller CWR, PhD

What's for dinner? That Age-old Question! Eating well in Rehab

Rosalie Goldsworthy MNZM

When Every Penguin Counts – Hoiho Conservation

Pauline Nijman

Morepork vs Parapara

Ian McLean

An Introduction to Birds New Zealand

Dave Houston

The Challenges of Recovering an Obscure Shorebird

Breeze Buchanan

Preventative Medicine in the Rehabilitating Patient at Auckland Zoo 

Dr James Chatterton MSc Dipl ECZM (ZHM) MRCVS

Avian Analgesia and Fluid Therapy

Leanne Taylor

WIRES - What a Large Scale Wildlife Emergency Taught us about Preparedness (via Zoom)


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If you have any questions, please get in touch.

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

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