The Winter Lecture Series for 2019 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 Climate Change, the Northland Forest Collapse, to The Future of Food and Energy. 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 5th May, 7pm
Challenges of Climate Change for Coromandel Communities
Dennis Tegg, Thomas Everth and John Leenman

Lawyer and researcher Dennis Tegg will talk about the role of central and local government in adapting to coastal hazards and how adaptation and support for those affected could be funded.
Science teacher Thomas Everth will focus on promoting long-term thinking and forward planning with the aim of avoiding future losses to society from predictable impacts, such as new developments in low lying coastal sites. Electric vehicle advocate John Leenman will outline the opportunities and rewards from taking personal action to reduce transport and energy admissions. John will discuss electric car-charging infrastructure and home charging.

Sunday 23rd June, 7pm
Northland Forest Collapse
Dean Baigent-Mercer, Environmental Writer & Activist

Dean is coming to Coromandel to talk about the links between forest collapse and climate change, masting events and waves of bird extinction in these islands and what can be achieved to help nature thrive from the situation we have inherited.

Sunday 7th July, 7pm
The Future of Food and Energy
Dr Mike Joy, Senior Researcher, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University

The human population has reached a level far in excess of the ability of the planet to sustain it long-term through using synthetic nitrogen. To be able to feed the burgeoning population without fossil fuels and keep greenhouse gas emissions at a safe level will require a drastic change. This required change will have many human and ecological health benefits but puts new Zealand in a challenging position.

Sunday 4th August, 7pm
Secretive and fascinating world of native orchids
Carlos Lehenbach, curator of the botanical collections at the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

People has been fascinated (or obsessed?) with orchids for centuries. They have colonised almost every corner of the world including New Zealand, where more than 110 species have been recorded. Carlos will talk about orchid diversity in New Zealand, recently discovered species, new species awaiting formal description and pollination strategy that has evolved in a group of spider orchids. Carlos will also highlight the threats to the survival of our native orchids and a number of ongoing collaborative studies that will help us to propagate native orchids and secure their long term survival.

Sunday 1st September, 7pm
Kapati Marine Reserve, Sustainable Coastlines
Ben Knight,

More Info Coming…