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COMNAP Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2014

Wednesday 27 August - Friday 29 August 2014

Chateau on the Park Hotel, Christchurch, New Zealand

Hosted by Antarctica New Zealand 

Information updated 8 April 2014



Antarctica New Zealand Welcomes COMNAP delegates to Christchurch! 




COMNAP Delegates with a username and password to the member's only area of the COMNAP website, should go to: COMNAP AGM XXVI Member's Information which contains the FULL information for COMNAP delegates and a link to the registration page.

The information below is of a general/public nature and is not complete.

General Information


The COMNAP AGM is a member's-only meeting. Members wishing to attend the COMNAP AGM and related events must be registered. The COMNAP AGM will be held in Christchurch from 27-29 August 2014.
Registration for COMNAP members is now open by way of the member's only area of the COMNAP website.

In addition to the COMNAP AGM, COMNAP will convene the COMNAP Symposium 2014. This is a regular event held in even-numbered years. Anyone is welcome to attend the COMNAP Symposium, but they must still register to attend. The COMNAP Symposium will be held in Auckland on 25 August 2014.

The first circular and call for abstracts is available here:COMNAP Symposium First Circ Abstract Submission Form 02042014.pdfCOMNAP Symposium First Circ Abstract Submission Form 02042014.pdf

Registration for the COMNAP Symposium is by way of the SCAR OSC website (free and no username/password is required). Go to: http://www.scar2014.com/ 

SCAR will hold its Business Meetings, Delegates Meetings and the Open Science Conference (OSC). All the SCAR-related events wil be held in Auckland, New Zealand. The OSC will be held from 25-28 August 2014. COMNAP AGM delegates must register to attend the OSC if they wish to attend, registration is free for COMNAP AGM delegates.
Registration opened on 2 December 2013. Go to: 

COMNAP delegates are encouraged to attend the Auckland-based events for the Sunday evening, Monday all day and Tuesday morning, then fly to Christchurch. Transportation information for travel between Auckland and Christchurch is available on the member's only area of the COMNAP website.


COMNAP Member's Information

AGM Place: The Chateau on the Park Hotel. The COMNAP AGM XXVI (2014) will be held at Chateau on the Park Hotel. The address is: 189 Deans Avenue, Riccarton, Christchurch 8011. The telephone number is: +64 3 348 8999 See: chateau-park.co.nz   
COMNAP AGM Delegates can stay at the Chateau on the Park Hotel or there are a range of nearby hotels to choose from, more information is available on the member's only area of the COMNAP wesbite.


Letters of invitationFor those that require letters of invitation for visa/travel documents, please email Joanne Pollard at Antarctica New Zealand as soon as possible. Her email address is: j.pollard@antarcticanz.govt.nz. 
Also copy the email to 


Christchurch, "A gateway to Antarctica"

Christchurch is New Zealand's second-largest city. It is the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand and to Antarctica.There is nowhere else in the world where, within two hours of an international airport, you can ski at a world-class alpine resort, play golf, bungy jump, raft, mountain bike,  hot-air balloon, wind surf, whale watch and visit internationally acclaimed wineries and gardens. Bordered by hills and the pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps.

To find out more about visit the tourism website: http://www.christchurchnz.com/new-zealand/

Time Zone: New Zealand time is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +12).

Climate: New Zealand's climate is characterized by four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter. August is winter and it can be cold in Christchurch and mild in Auckland.  It is downhill ski season in the South Island.


Currency: The unit of New Zealand currency is the New Zealand Dollar. Foreign banknotes can be exchanged at foreign exchange banks and other authorized moneychangers including at the airports. ATMs/Bank machines are very common on New Zealand streets and in shopping areas and electronic transactions are very common. Visa, American Express and MasterCard are widely accepted at major hotels, taxis, shops and restaurants in the larger cities. Check with your credit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available. Normal banking hours are Monday to Friday 09:30a.m. - 16:30p.m. 

Electricity:Outlets for 220 volts (plug type I ). The Type I Electrical Plug has two flat, oblique blades that form an inverted V, and a grounding blade. ​​