Dr Beverley Clarkson and Hon Kiri Allan holding the Loder Cup trophy
Image: Peter Drury | ©

Introduction

The Loder Cup is one of New Zealand’s oldest conservation awards. It acknowledges individuals and groups who make an outstanding contribution to conserving native plants of Aotearoa New Zealand.

    The Loder Cup acknowledges outstanding achievements in flora conservation work. Gerald Loder donated the Loder Cup in 1926 to 'encourage and honour New Zealanders who work to investigate, promote, retain and cherish our indigenous flora'.

    The Minister of Conservation awards the Loder Cup to a person or group of people who best represent the objectives of the Cup, to celebrate their outstanding conservation work in New Zealand.

    Winners of the Loder Cup since it was first awarded in 1929.

    Who it's awarded to

    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. Each nomination will be considered for two consecutive years unless it wins the Loder Cup or the nominating body withdraws the nomination.

    After the second year, the nominating body must wait a year before submitting a nomination for the same person or group of people. The Minister of Conservation may not award the Loder Cup to previous recipients, and the Committee may refrain from making a recommendation if none are suitable. 

    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 and any affiliated society
    • Royal Society of New Zealand and any affiliated society
    • Any university in New Zealand
    • Nursery and Garden Industry Association
    • New Zealand Recreation Association and any affiliated society
    • New Zealand Plant Conservation Network
    • Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand and any affiliated society
    • New Zealand Conservation Authority and any Conservation Board
    • New Zealand Botanical Society
    • Any private person through one of the organisations listed above*

    *Affiliated societies/private people must specify the official nominating organisation they are linked to. 

    How to nominate a person or group

    Nominations for the Loder Cup 2022 are now closed. Nominations for 2023 will be open in approximatly March/April 2023. 

    To nominate a person or group of people you must:

    1. Download and complete the nomination form.
    2. Prepare and collate the following documents to support your nomination:
      • a letter of recommendation/nomination statement
      • an outline of the achievements with clear demonstration of outcomes (maximum of 5 pages)
      • a brief CV for a nominated individual, or a detailed description of a nominated group's work
      • extra materials eg, presentations, references, letters of support, media releases and articles
    3. Send the completed nomination, including all attachments, in pdf format to nominations@doc.govt.nz or post to the Statutory Bodies Team at the Department's National Office.

    Guidelines for the letter of recommendation/nomination statement

    The letter of recommendation/nomination statement must:

    • be written by the nominating organisation
    • be no longer than two A4 pages
    • include a statement about why the nominee’s work qualifies for a Loder Cup nomination – outlining achievements with clear demonstration of outcome
    • explain how the nominee’s work:
      • 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 New Zealand’s indigenous flor
      • has made a significant contribution over and above his/her employment expectations if he/she work in the field of botany or plant conservation

    How nominations are considered

    The Loder Cup Committee 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, comprised of Ministerial appointees, provides its recommendation for the award to the Minister of Conservation, whose decision is final.

    Each nomination will be considered for two years in a row, unless they win the Loder Cup, or the nominating body withdraws the nomination. After the second year, the nominating body must wait a year before submitting a nomination for the same person or group of people.

    The Minister of Conservation may not award the Loder Cup to previous recipients and the Committee may refrain from making a recommendation if none are suitable.

    The Loder Cup’s history

    Gerald Loder was captivated by our indigenous flora on his first visit to New Zealand in 1886. Over many years Gerald collected a large selection of New Zealand and Southern Hemisphere flora to plant on his estate in Surrey, England.

    In 1926 Gerald donated a cup to encourage and honour New Zealanders who investigate, promote, retain and cherish our indigenous flora. Gerald Loder became Lord Wakehurst in 1934. He was passionately involved with our "incomparable flora" until his death in 1936.

    Winners of the Loder Cup

    2021 Loder Cup winner - Dr Beverley Clarkson
    Dr Clarkson is a plant ecologist based at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research in Hamilton. She is nationally renowned for her knowledge and championing of the value of New Zealand’s wetlands.

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