GDSNZ members enjoy a stimulating range of events including speakers, both international and local experts in their field, practical workshops and a variety of site visits. An active Events Committee also organises group trips to explore gardens and visit specialist suppliers of plants, landscaping materials, garden art and sculpture in other parts of the country. Group visits to conferences and garden events both here and abroad are encouraged and supported. All of these activities provide plenty of opportunity to exchange ideas and keep in touch with the latest developments in the industry.

We welcome non-members to our evening talks held during the winter months for a nominal charge of $10. Wine and nibbles are provided with an extra small charge for drinks.

GDSNZ Coromandel Garden Trip April 2021 - Save the date!
Friday 9th April am - Sunday 11th April pm
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2pm, 28th November at Auckland Zoo

We're all going to the zoo! 

That's right! Our 2020 Xmas party is going to be at Auckland Zoo on Saturday 28th November, 2020.

2pm - 4pm
Meet at the South East Asia Jungle track. Guided tour/talk of the newly opened primate habitat for orangutans and siamangs by Jon Palby, Lead Designer of the Sculptural Interpretations featured in the new South East Asia Precinct. We then hope to walk through parts of Ta Wao Nui (time permitting).

4 - 5.30pm Afternoon tea including tea and coffee in the Elephant House Cafe and outdoor area

Cost: $10 GDS members, $25 non-members (includes tour/talk and nibbles), $10 children under 15 years. Drinks available at your own expense.

Zoo entry: $24 adults (15 years +), $19 Seniors/Students (with ID), $13 children (5 - 14 years)

Everybody pays their own zoo entry
and arrives whenever they want in time to have a wander around the zoo, see the animals or areas they want to, then meet the group at 2pm. The afternoon tea has been subsidised by GDS and drinks will be available to purchase.

RSVP by Thursday 19th November to Val Puxty:

Payment for afternoon tea asap to VM Puxty 38-9008-0818502-06

Suggested itinerary for whoever arrives early... Lunch at Te Puna Cafe or Lookout cafe or bring picnic. Visit the areas of the zoo that we won't be walking through (eg African Safari, parts of Te Wao Nui). 2pm meet at the South East Asia Jungle Track entrance.

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Jon Parlby - Bio


Jon is an Auckland based Designer, originally from the South West of England. He is a multidisciplinary designer having worked across a broad range of design fields. He draws inspiration from contemporary architecture and aims to push the boundaries of material capabilities. Jon led the design of the Sculptural Interps that are featured in the new South East Asia Precinct at Auckland Zoo. Along with his work in design Jon also lectures on the Industrial Design Course at AUT and tinkers with furniture making in his workshop. 


Talking Points

  • Project Intro

  • The Design Process

  • Material Selection

  • Manufacturing Considerations  

  • Successes and Challenges

  • Designing for Destruction

  • Ongoing Development


Dawson & Co Lunch

Dawson & Co would like to invite you to view the 2020 outdoor collection from DEDON, Tribu and Cove Outdoor. Take in the latest international designs from some of the world's leading outdoor furniture makers with a light lunch and refreshments.

Time & Location

03 Dec, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

115 The Strand, 115 The Strand, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Limited spaces available

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Financial members only event - 10.30am, 3rd December

Fernando Caruncho Garden Visit, St Heliers, Auckland

Fernando Caruncho is an International Landscape designer and philosopher. Famous for his minimalist gardens and the use of light and organic shapes.

Caruncho has designed a garden in St Heliers, Auckland and GDSNZ have been granted a very special opportunity to visit this garden and numbers are strictly limited. GDS financial members only. Invitations and a link to book (1 ticket per person) will be sent to GDS financial members.

Time & Location

03 December, 10:30 am

Location sent to you once registered (in the interests of protecting the owners’ privacy)

About the Event

This is a GDS financial members only event and an invitation and a link to book (1 ticket per person) will be sent to GDS financial members.

Become a GDSNZ Financial Member

To receive invitations to more events like this in the future, be sure to register your interest in becoming a financial member. 

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