The Winter Lecture Series for 2018 has kicked off!

Back by popular demand this year’s Winter Lectures Series has something for everyone. The Lectures are held once a month over the cooler months, and cover a range of fascinating topics; from gecko and skink, biodiversity and aquatic plants to traditional Maori fishhooks. The free public talks are held at the Pepper Tree Restaurant in Coromandel town. Come get cosy beside the fire with a warming drink. All welcome. Pop those dates in your diary, and don’t forget to come early to secure a seat. We’ll see you there.

Sunday 6th May, 7pm
Reptiles of New Zealand
Doug Ashby, Herpetologist

Doug is a founding member of the NZ Herpetological Society and has been involved in the surveys and gecko rescues, notably the Whangamata Marina Moko skink rescue. He collects data on, and held for DOC, the striped gecko, and is enthusiastic in sharing his passion for NZ lizards and geckos. Doug and his partner Jane give talks around the region and partake in the MEG summer holiday programme, imparting his knowledge and appreciation to the next generation.

Sunday 1oth June, 7pm
The Kapiti Coast Biodiversity Project
Jean Flemming, Team Leader – Stream Restoration Project, Kapiti Coast Biodiversity Project

Jean will describe the journey she took with the Kapiti Coast Biodiversity Project, learning about our native fish, deciding whether to ‘weed release’ or not, and discovering which of our native trees are most drought resistant on this coastal plain. During the course of this journey Jean also studied who New Zealand’s environmental volunteers are and what motivates them. She will talk about the restoration project, what worked, what didn’t, as well as the results of her research on volunteers.

Sunday 1st July, 7pm
Living the Life Aquatic
Paul Champion, Biosecurity & Principal Scientist – Freshwater Ecology at NIWA

The state and use of New Zealand’s freshwater resources is currently a frequently discussed and often polarizing topic. Paul will briefly discuss the state and trends of our fresh waters, but will then focus on thing botanical.
Paul has specialist expertise in biosecurity, plant ecology and conservation of endangered plant species, especially in freshwater and wetland habitats.

Sunday 5th August, 7pm
Catching Fish Using Wood, Bone, Stone & Shell
Dr Chris Paulin, Author – Te Matau A Maui: Fishhooks, Fishing & Fisheries in New Zealand

Chris’s experience includes 37 years as a marine Biology Curator at Te Papa, where his research ranged from the taxonomy of New Zealand fishes to traditional Maori fishhooks and customary fishing techniques.
Chris has a unique perspective, integrating studies of Taonga with history, fishing, fisheries management, conservation and political ideologies.

Sunday 2nd September, 7pm
Unfortunately our final speaker has had to pull out so we will not run the final Winter Lecture of this year. Stay tuned for next year though, we are already working on another fantastic line up of speakers!