A palynological study of Upper Cretaceous and Lower Paleocene sections from South Island, New Zealand, revealed the presence of two new species of Carpatella: Carpatella septata sp. nov. and Carpatella truncata sp. nov. Both species are stratigraphically important and the first occurrence of C. septata is a significant uppermost Maastrichtian event. Carpatella truncata is restricted to a narrow stratigraphical interval in the lowest Paleocene.