The New Zealand Rhododendron Association (NZRA) was formed in 1944 and was
incorporated in August 1945. The objects of the Association were :-
To act as a common meeting ground for
To encourage the cultivation, the study and the improvement of
Rhododendrons by such means as the Association see fit.
In 2005 the rules were updated and the objects
are now as follows:-
To promote, aid, foster, develop, and
protect the interests of Rhododendron gardening and cultivation
in New Zealand by whatever means the Association may think fit.
To be the umbrella co-ordinating body for
Regional Rhododendron Groups with regard to national and
international matters relating to Rhododendron gardening, and
To promote and organise activities that
assist networking amongst members, and others in related fields,
and to generally promote the public interest in Rhododendron
gardening and cultivation.
To undertake activities including the
investment in real and intellectual property that assists the
attainment of the objects of the Association.
To encourage the cultivation, study,
research and improvement of Rhododendrons by such means as the
NZRA shall from time to time see fit.
To enter into arrangements, including
contractual agreements and relationships with commercial and
other parties, that assist the attainment of the objects of the
To secure to those interested in New Zealand
Rhododendron gardening and cultivation all the advantages of
unanimity of action.
To create a feeling of unity amongst members
of the Association throughout New Zealand.
To do all other things as may be deemed
necessary to promote the rhododendron plant, and the interests
of those involved in New Zealand rhododendron gardening and
The Association is administered by the NZRA
Council, consisting of eleven members from throughout New
Zealand, elected based on geographic areas, plus immediate past
president, the treasurer and the secretary.
The named images on this site are all New
Zealand raised rhododendrons. The section on New Zealand hybrid
rhododendrons will grow in time.