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.
See the winners of the Loder Cup award including 2018 winner Robert McGowan.
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
To nominate a person or group of people you must:
- Request a nomination form from Rick McGovern-Wilson - see contact details below.
- Complete the nomination form, then prepare and collate these 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
- Send the original nomination form and original supporting documents, plus nine copies of all to Rick McGovern-Wilson - see contact details below.
If the person or group you have nominated wins the Loder Cup, you will need to organise a celebration for the winner's family, friends and colleagues, so the Minister of Conservation can present the Cup.
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
If you need more information about nominating a person or group of people for the Loder Cup contact:
Department of Conservation
PO Box 10 420
Phone: +64 27 200 5716
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.
The Conservation Minister presented the Loder Cup to Christchurch botanist Nicholas Head - described as a tireless advocate for Canterbury’s unique plant life and for numerous trusts and organisations.
Tauranga man Mark Dean was nominated in recognition of his comprehensive contribution to the conservation of native flora, comprising work across a range of commercial, community and national involvement.