Herbarium details: University of Waikato Herbarium (WAIK) Te Pā Whakahaumia o Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato


School of Science
University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
Hamilton 3240


+64 7 838 4372


+64 7 838 4324



First Floor, D–Block, Room D.1.14, School of Science and Technology, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton, New Zealand





Waikato University established with its own Act of Parliament and funded by the state.  The herbarium is staffed and maintained by the Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research (CBER).  The Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research was established in 1999 by the Department of Biological Sciences under the School of Science and Technology at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. The herbarium was moved to its current site in the University in 2003. It is now in a temperature controlled room and is a PC1 containment facility. The aims of the herbarium are to facilitate an integrated approach to botanical research in systematics, biodiversity and ecology, to provide consultancy and advocacy services, and to educate.


WAIK services requirements for systematic botanical research and identification of plants for the University, education of University of Waikato students, other government and public organisations, and individuals.  To serve as a repository for voucher specimens, with a focus on the plants of the greater Waikato region.

Scope of Collections

The collection consists predominantly of native, adventive and cultivated plants found in New Zealand and its offshore islands, and a small collection of bryophytes and lichens from Antarctica.  The flora of the Waikato region is well represented, including historical collections of M.C.Gudex and A.C.A.Caldwell.  The collections include some type specimens.

There are also a number of collections from the Pacific region, including New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, The Cook Islands and Hawaiian Islands.

Selected student herbaria (course requirements for Flora of New Zealand and Flora of the Pacific) are added each year to the teaching and main collections.

Number of Collections

Collections at 2008 total 20,000 specimens.

Approximately 80 percent of the specimens are angiosperms and gymnosperms, the remainder consisting of pteridophytes, bryophytes and lichens.

Approximately 67 percent of the collection is currently databased.


AKILLES Herbarium Management software from Auckland Museum (AK) in an Advanced Revelation (version 2.1) Database has been used at WAIK since 1993.

Ancillary Collections

The collected papers and diaries of M.C. Gudex.

Small botanical library relating principally to New Zealand flora.

Staff and Research

Herbarium Curator:  Toni Cornes

Herbarium Operator:  Dr Chrissen E.C. Gemmill:  Biosystematics, population and conservation genetics, and biogeography of endemic Pacific plants, in particular Pittosporum, Winteraceae and Lauraceae; molecular systematics of Antarctic mosses.

Prof B. D. Clarkson: Vegetation dynamics, autecology of threatened flora, and biosystematics of woody New Zealand flora.