Loder Cup Award
IntroductionThe Loder Cup is one of New Zealand’s oldest conservation awards; awarded to encourage and honour those who work to investigate, promote, retain and cherish the indigenous flora of Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Loder Cup acknowledges outstanding achievements in flora conservation work. The Cup is awarded by the Minister of Conservation each year to a person or group of people who best represent the objectives of the Cup, to celebrate their outstanding conservation work in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Gerald Loder donated the Cup in 1926 to 'encourage and honour New Zealanders who work to investigate, promote, retain and cherish our indigenous flora'.
Winners of the Loder Cup since it was first awarded in 1929.
Who it's awarded to
The Loder Cup is awarded to recognise the tremendous contribution individuals make to the preservation and protection of the unique flora of Aotearoa New Zealand for future generations.
The Minister of Conservation can award the Loder Cup to any person or group of people who are put forward by one of the nominating organisations. The Loder Cup Committee, comprised of Ministerial appointees, assesses the nominations each year against how the nominee:
- 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.
- has made a significant contribution over and above their employment expectations (if they work in the field of botany, plant conservation, or horticulture).
The Loder Cup Committee then provides its recommendation for the award to the Minister of Conservation, whose decision is final.
Each nomination will be considered for three years in a row, unless they win the Loder Cup, or the nominating body withdraws the nomination. After the third year, the nominating body must wait a year before submitting a nomination for the same person or group of people.
Who can nominate a person or group
Each of these organisations may nominate one person or one group of people for the Loder Cup:
- Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture*
- Royal Society Te Apārangi*
- New Zealand Botanical Society
- New Zealand Plant Conservation Network
- New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated
- Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of NZ*
- Recreation Aotearoa*
- New Zealand Conservation Authority
- Any Conservation Board
- Any university in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Any private person through one of the organisations listed above*
*and any affiliated society. Affiliated societies/private people must specify the official nominating organisation they are linked to.
Nominations open in March/April each year. Further information and assistance in making a nominations can be found in our factsheet:
The Loder Cup’s history
Gerald Walter Erskine Loder was born in 1861 in Sussex, England. He studied Law at Cambridge University and in 1886 he travelled to countries including Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Canada, and the USA.
In his life, Gerald Loder was a barrister, businessman, politician, botanist, and plant collector. He was a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant for Sussex, and served as President of the Royal Horticultural Society (1929-31) and President of the Royal English Arboricultural Society (1926-7).
In 1902, Gerald Loder purchased the Wakehurst Estate (West Sussex) and began expanding the garden, acquiring plants and seeds from various expeditions that he helped to fund, and within five years there were approximately 3,000 different species and cultivators. He practiced an interest in nurturing rare plants, particularly from the southern hemisphere, and particularly from New Zealand. In 1934, two years before his death he was made a peer, Lord Wakehurst of Ardingly.
Gerald Loder donated the Cup to New Zealand in 1926, after “having for many years taken an interest in the flora of New Zealand, and having cultivated as many New Zealand plants as possible at home”.
Gerald Loder was captivated by our indigenous flora on his first visit to New Zealand in 1886, and remained passionatly involved with our "incomparable flora" until his death in 1936.
Winners of the Loder Cup
2022 Loder Cup winner - Simon Walls
Former Golden Bay Department of Conservation ranger Simon Walls has been presented with one of New Zealand’s most prestigious conservation awards, the Loder Cup 2022, by the Minister of Conservation Poto Williams.
2021 Loder Cup winner - Dr Beverley Clarkson
Wetlands expert and advocate Dr Beverley Clarkson was presented with New Zealand’s most prestigious conservation award, the Loder Cup 2021 by Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan.
2020 Loder Cup winner - Graeme Atkins
Graeme Atkins was awarded the 2020 Loder Cup for his outstanding protection of very rare plants on the East Coast, a region which is relatively under-studied.
2019 Loder Cup winner - Chris Horne
Chris Horne was awarded the 2019 Loder Cup for over 40 years advocating for the protection and restoration of native ecosystems, particularly in the greater Wellington region.
2018 Loder Cup winner - Robert McGowan
Robert McGowan was awarded the 2018 Loder Cup for over 25 years contribution to investigate, promote, retain and cherish New Zealand’s indigenous flora.
2017 Loder Cup winner - Prof. Peter de Lange
Prof. Peter de Lange was awarded the 2017 Loder Cup for over 25 years contribution to investigate, promote, retain and cherish New Zealand’s indigenous flora.
2015/16 Loder Cup winners - Barbara and Neill Simpson
Queenstown couple Barbara and Neill Simpson received the Loder Cup for 2015/16 for their tireless work to protect native flora and get others involved in conservation.
2014 Loder Cup winner - Clive Paton
Clive Paton of Martinborough was awarded the 2014 Loder Cup for his significant contribution to habitat restoration in New Zealand.
2013 Loder Cup winner - Nicholas Head
The Conservation Minister presented the Loder Cup to Christchurch botanist Nicholas Head - described as a tireless advocate for Canterbury’s unique plant life and for numerous trusts and organisations.
2012 Loder Cup winner - Dr Allen
Dr Allen of Dunedin is the winner of the 2012 Loder Cup Award. Since the early 1970s, Dr Allen has been instrumental in establishing and administering several NGOs.
2011 Loder Cup winner - Mark Dean
Tauranga man Mark Dean was nominated in recognition of his comprehensive contribution to the conservation of native flora, comprising work across a range of commercial, community and national involvement.
2010 Loder Cup winner - Dr Colin Burrows
The 2010 Loder Cup winner was Christchurch botanist, Dr Colin Burrows. The award acknowledges a lifetime spent studying, protecting and teaching others about New Zealand's native plant life.
2009 Loder Cup winner - Dr Philip Simpson
The Loder Cup winner for 2009 is Nelson botanist, Dr Philip Simpson. The Loder Cup recognises Philip's dedication to conserving and promoting New Zealand’s native plant life.
2008 Loder Cup winner - Shannel Courtney
The winner of New Zealand's premier conservation award, the Loder Cup, is Shannel Courtney, who is a threatened plant technical support officer with the Department of Conservation.
2007 Loder Cup winner - Amanda Baird
Chatham’s Island's Amanda Baird overcame considerable obstacles to help some of New Zealand’s rarest plants. She was the 2007 recipient of the Loder Cup.
2006 Loder Cup winner - Bruce Clarkson
Dr Bruce Clarkson of Hamilton has been awarded the 2006 Loder Cup for his contributions to botany and conservation.
2005 Loder Cup winner - Ewen Cameron
Auckland Museum botany curator Ewen Cameron has been awarded the 2005 Loder Cup for his outstanding contribution to botany and conservation.