Herbarium Specimens

About the Network

Since 1982, New Zealand's herbarium curators have meet on an annual basis to report on activities, to discuss herbarium practise and matters of mutual concern, to formulate national policies, and to foster cooperation and training opportunities.

In 1989 the New Zealand National Herbarium Network was formed based on the concept of the Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria (CHAH).    There are currently 17 Network members, 13 of which are registered in Index Herbariorum.  The Network meets annually, normally in November.

The Network promotes the definition of the "National Herbarium" of New Zealand as being the aggregate holdings of all the herbaria in the Network.  Approximately 1.4 million plant and fungal specimens are now held in New Zealand herbaria.