Category: Events

Walk and Dinner

Meet 6:00 pm at the Summerhill car park for a walk in Summerhill Reserve, then back for dinner at the Indian Summer Restaurant. Alternatively, come along for dinner only at 7:30 pm.  All welcome.  Contact our Social Convenor to register your interest.

Penguins: Antarctic field work and little penguin conservation

John Cockrem is a penguin biologist who has worked with Adelie and emperor penguins in Antarctica, and with hoiho (yellow-eyed penguins) and kororā (little penguins) in New Zealand. He will talk about field work with penguins in Antarctica, including trips around Ross Island and camping on sea ice to work with emperor penguins.

The second part of the talk will cover conservation studies of kororā at Napier Port, Mana Island and other North and South Island sites, work with community groups, and advocacy for kororā that face threats such as marina building and sand mining  off the coast of Taranaki.


Towards a Manawatu Geopark

Moves are afoot to create a Manawatu Geopark centred upon Te Apiti, the Manawatu Gorge and its surrounding environs. There is a wealth of geological and geomorphological opportunities for designated geosites which help explain the evolution of the region, both from a neotectonic but also past climate history standpoint. In this talk I will explain the basis for a number of these sites and what you can see and understand about the geological history above a convergent plate boundary.

Snow Sports

Snow sports featuring lift-accessed terrain nearly wasn’t ‘a thing’ at Ruapehu this year, but thankfully, it is!  This show and tell will include interesting ‘stuff’ from all over the place.  That is to say, we have a lot of places to show, from yonks ago to just the other day, and we will filter the content to ensure there is something to whet everyone’s interest. 

Photo Competition

It’s time to look through your photos ready for this year’s competition. The best 3 images in each category
will be chosen by an independent judging panel and the best image in each category will be chosen by
popular vote on the night. Categories will include:

o Alpine scenery with no people or man-made objects
o Alpine scenery including people or man-made objects
o Bush/lowland/subalpine and no people or man-made objects
o Bush/lowland/subalpine with a human element
o Historic Photographs (Before 1 January 2020)
o New Zealand native flora & fauna
o Long exposure

There will be a prize for every photographer who enters an image as well as prizes for the best image in each
category and the best image overall. The competition rules are on the club website. Entries need to be in
by Friday 21st July.

Note: Voting for your favourite image will be electronic so please bring along a smart device with a QR code reader “on”.

Click here for more details.

Seven Days in the Wilderness

The southern part of Nelson Lakes National Park is one of the more remote areas of New Zealand. Howie Nicholson, Peter  Bowker and Ken Mercer will report on a recent trip which included four alpine passes, snow, bush bashing and few tracks.


Exploring the Cobb Valley

In February this year seven of us ventured into the beautiful Cobb Valley in Kahurangi National Park,near Nelson,where the drive in is an adventure in itself. There are mountain ranges as far as the eye can see, beech forests, sub-alpine meadows, several tracks, lakes, tarns, streams, huts and plenty of weka.You will hear about our adventures along with some history of the area including some past rescues in Kahurangi National Park.

All Welcome.

Rivers and Streams as Habitat

Rivers and Streams as habitat –the living things (fish, invertebrates, algae and bacteria) that make rivers and streams their home, and the impact that water quality, quantity and barriers have on who lives where.