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Past RASNZ Conferences

RASNZ has been organising annual conferences for decades, providing a platform for astronomers and space science enthusiasts to come together and share their knowledge, research, and experiences.

Previous RASNZ conferences have covered a wide range of topics, including the search for exoplanets, the history of astronomy, the study of the night sky, and the role of citizen science in astronomy.


These conferences have attracted a diverse range of participants, including amateur and professional astronomers, students, researchers, and educators from around New Zealand and beyond.

The conferences have also featured keynote speakers, workshops, and observing sessions, providing opportunities for attendees to learn new skills, exchange ideas, and network with others in the field. 

2022 RASNZ Conference

Approximately 80 individuals were in attendance at the event, with formal proceedings commencing on Friday evening. The program started with a ceremonial performance by Te Raa Nehua, a Whangarei Kaumātua, which symbolically united the two groups. Whangarei Mayor Sheryl Mai delivered a speech, extending a warm welcome to the visitors to the area. RASNZ President Steve Butler acknowledged that participants came from all across the country, from Southland to Northland. He also extended a special welcome to the senior secondary SWAPA students, who are passionate about astronomy.

2021 RASNZ Centennial Conference

The 2021 RASNZ 100th anniversary conference, held in Wellington, was a resounding success, attracting about 150 attendees, including a large number of young people, including university students and "Students with a Passion for Astronomy." The conference featured excellent talks and engaging social interactions during morning tea and lunch breaks, providing a welcome break from the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Saturday night banquet was a highlight of the conference, with awards presented to deserving winners, including Damien McNamara, Amy Young, and Janine Bidmead.

Historical Conferences

Take a journey through the history of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand by browsing a stunning gallery of photos from our conferences spanning from 1967 to 2013!

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