Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (Inc)

2022 Conference Whangarei, 3rd June - 5th June

Hosted by the Northland Astronomical Society

RASNZ was founded as the New Zealand Astronomical Society in November 1920, with its first meeting held in 1921. Please join us at the Conference and help us celebrate the Society’s Centenary.

RASNZ conferences are an opportunity for members, professional and amateur astronomers and interested members of the public to hear up to date presentations on a range of astronomical activities and topics.

Conferences also provide a chance to renew acquaintances and establish new friendships with like-minded people.

Keynote speakers for 2022

Dr. John C. Mather

Dr. John C. Mather is a Senior Astrophysicist in the Observational Cosmology Laboratory located at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. He is also the Senior Project Scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope.

John will be ‘Zooming’ his keynote to us at the speed of light from his base in Maryland as the JWST enters the science phase. 

Dr. Emily Kendall

Dr. Kendall is a post-doctoral researcher at Auckland University and part of the New Zealand contribution to the LISA project.

The LISA collaboration is an international project, lead by the European Space Agency, to develop a space-based gravitational wave interferometer

Glen Rowe

Glen Rowe was made a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand in 2020 and will give his fellows lecture at the opening of the conference in Whangarei.

“This talk is about how astronomy has been a thread that has woven itself into my life’s journey.  Sometimes its place has been deliberately pursued.  But mostly it has been a case of taking advantage of opportunities as they have popped up from time to time.”

Pre-Conference Tour

We invite delegates to the RASNZ 2022 conference to join our pre-conference tour in the main cultural and civic precinct of Whangarei, the Town Basin on the banks of the Hatea river.  The tour commences at 12:45pm and your ticket covers admission to the following guided events.

  • Rolling Ball Clock (Guided)
  • Claphams National Clock Museum (Guided)
  • Hundertwasser Art Center and Wairau Maori Art Gallery (Guided)
  • Hatea Loop and Sculpture Trail
  • Te Mata a Pohe Bridge
  • Camera Obscura

Registered conference delegates will be sent a link to book as there are only 25 places available.


Barge Park Events Centre, Maunu Road, Whangarei

The Conference will be held in the Barge Park events centre, with ample parking and green spaces for delegates. 

Next door is Heritage Park with the local Museum, Kiwi house and the Northland Astronomical Society with the observatory and planetarium, along with many other clubs.

Building the Next Generation Gravitational Observatory in Space

Free Public Lecture

The conference always makes the keynote available speaker on the last day for a public lecture. 

Bookings for this event need to be made separately from the conference registration.