Simon Walls presented with the Loder Cup at Onetahua Marae
Image: DOC


The Loder Cup is one of New Zealand’s oldest conservation awards. Nominations are open for the 2024 award.

Nominations open for 2024 Loder Cup Award

We are now taking nominations to be considered for the award of the Loder Cup in 2024.

Nominations close 5 pm on Friday 26 April 2024.

Criteria to consider when submitting a nomination include whether the candidate:

  • meets Gerald Loder’s objective to “encourage and honour New Zealanders who work to investigate, promote, retain and cherish New Zealand’s indigenous flora”
  • has made a tangible difference to the protection of Aotearoa New Zealand’s indigenous flora, and
  • has made a significant contribution over and above their employment expectations (if they work in the field of botany, plant conservation, or horticulture).

Nominations must be submitted from one of 10 nominating organisations, or any private individual or socities that can show affiliations to one of the nominating organistions.

How to apply

Download and complete the nomination form: 2024 nomination form (PDF, 450K)

Ensure you include:

  • a completed nomination form
  • an outline of achievements – this should include a brief summary of the nominee’s achievements, and the consequent outcomes, and should not exceed five pages
  • a brief CV or detailed description of a nominated group’s work, and
  • any additional material – this should be limited to instances where they are deemed highly relevant and should not exceed six items.

Send PDFs of the nomination form and documents to support your nomination to:


Or post:

Dr Rick McGovern-Wilson
Manager Statutory Appointments
Department of Conservation
PO Box 10 420
Wellington 6143

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