NZART Annual Conference 2018

Otago Branch 30 are your hosts for this year’s annual N.Z.A.R.T. Conference and cordially invites members and partners to join with us to celebrate the 92nd conference and also our own 90th year of operation.


This year the venue is at Burns Lodge, 89 Church Street, Mosgiel. This is about 12 minutes’ drive southwest of the city and about 15 minutes drive from Dunedin airport.

Provisional Programme

The AGM will be on the Saturday morning and includes the official opening, housekeeping, roll call, and remits. This will continue after morning tea until lunch time. Saturday afternoon will include the AREC and other forums and afternoon tea. The Sunday programme will includes the usual WARO, SPAM, OTC and AMSat meetings plus other interesting forums. Morning and afternoon teas, lunches and dinners are all onsite.

Alternative Programme

We think those going on this programme on both the Saturday and Sunday will really appreciate what’s on offer. Some of it will include a tour of the Orokanui Ecosanctury together with lunch, a visit to the Planetarium at Otago Museum, a tour of the old Dunedin Prison and Toitu Early Settlers Museum. Your two lunches are in very nice locations. We are hoping for fine days but as this event will be in winter you need to be prepared for any change in weather so we would suggest that you bring a warm hat, coat, and sturdy footwear, and an umbrella.

The current NZART Annual Conference 2018 – Alternative Programme can be downloaded as a PDF now.


Copies of the latest Conference 2018 Forums Time/Place and the Conference 2018 Forums List are available in PDF format and can be downloaded now.

Keynote Speaker

We have timed this years keynote speaker to be prior to the buffet dinner on the Saturday so that our ladies on the Alternative Programme don’t miss out on hearing him. He is well worth listening to and his presentation should be awe inspiring.


These will be from 1800 to 2100 on Friday 1 June and on Saturday 2 June between 0800 and 0900 near the main venue entrance. There you will pick up your swinger ID. Remember, no swinger ID means no entry to any part of the venue. This also means that if you are coming just to the free AGM then you must register with us so we can supply a swinger ID to you. If you wish to come just to the AGM for free then the “no catering option” applies. Your Saturday options are on the registration form.

Registration Form

We have kept the costs as low as possible and they are very much the same as the last few conferences.

Please note: early registrations end on 17 May 2018 after which an additional $25 late payment fee will apply.

Airport Transfers

Kiwi Shuttles can provide your transport from the airport to Burns Lodge or the city. We have negotiated a 10% discount so long as you book online and quote “NZART”.  Should you have a telephone inquiry the number is 0800-365-494. The current full cost is $20.00 per person door to door.


Due to licencing restrictions the venue can only offer a BYO system to us. This should be no problem for you as there are many retail liquor outlets in Mosgiel and the city.


Burns Lodge offers very clean, warm, comfortable and cheap accommodation and you can book directly with them. Breakfast is included in your room costs. You can contact Burns Lodge by phone number at 03-489-2600 or visit them online.

There are motels in Mosgiel and these details have been previously advertised in Break-In. Further accommodation is available in Dunedin city and an online search will give you many options.

Local Repeaters

  • VHF 690 and 665 (146.900 and 146.650) (Mt Cargill & Highcliff)
  • UHF 915 and 9925 (National System) (439.150 and 439.925) (Rudd Road & Mt Cargill)
  • UHF 820 (and is linked to 690) (438.200) (Saddle Hill)
  • UHF 830 simplex and is linked to 685 Queenstown (438.300) (Halfway Bush)
  • UHF DMR (Highcliff)
  • VHF APRS (Highcliff)

Note: The 690 repeater is our main VHF repeater in Dunedin and is easily accessed in Mosgiel via the link on 820.

Monday 4 June

We are looking at the possibility of a trip similar to the one we did to Shag Valley in 2008. One option is a bit further south of the city to Invercargill to the satellite tracking station and museum but could end up taking the whole day and may therefore not work out due to your travel arrangement. Keep an eye on our website for any updates. If enough people were to go it would be by bus but this may be too costly if not enough people went.


There is some parking available on site with the use of two driveways. To use the main parking area you should use the driveway to the right hand side of the venue. Caravans and motorhomes are not permitted on site and no provision is made for camping. Motorhome and caravan users may be able to use the A & P Showgrounds located on the corner of Gordon Road and Dukes Road. This is approximately 2 kms from the venue.


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