South Canterbury

About Us

Our branch covers the areas from Rangitata to the Waitaki River. We currently have around 200 members.

To find out more about the South Canterbury branch, please contact Margaret McPherson on:

(03) 686 1494


Branch meetings

We hold monthly branch meetings on the third Thursday of every month (except December and January), at St. Johns Hall, WaiIti Road, Timaru, at 7.30p.m.

Meetings are open to all who wish to attend, and often have a guest speaker on a conservation-related topic.

Next meetings

Thursday 16 April 2015
Branch meeting at 7.30pm

‘What was the impact of pre-European Maori on our coastal and marine life?’ A presentation by Dr Nic Rawlence from Otago University.

Saturday 18 April 2015
Conways Bush Care Day.

Transport from Timaru and Temuka or meet on site at 9.45am at Rae Road. Bring tools and lunch. Weedbusting at the Reserve, pulling pest plants such as sycamore, ash, holly etc. At the same time enjoy the concert of the bellbirds and the 'wooshing' sound of the kereru (wood pigeon).


There are numerous opportunities to volunteer and get involved in projects around Canterbury. Volunteering is not only interesting and rewarding but it is also satisfying to know that you are making a difference.

Regular Events

Kakahu Bush, care and maintenance
1st Saturday each month except January.
Meet 9.30 am Hall Rd Lime kiln.
Contacts: John Talbot 6147896 or Fraser Ross 6843382. Share transport from Timaru.

We often have other events please contact Marg McPherson (03) 686 1494 or Justine (03) 688 8370 for more information.

KCC in South Canterbury

The KCC group meet monthly on a Sunday. 

Please call Win Parkes (03) 688 8195 or Justine (03) 688 8370 for more information.

Past outings

We had an excellent start to the year with a trip to Caroline Bay in February. Several new families joined us and some people participated on a bike ride as part of Bikewise week.

We then planted some small coprosmas and pingao, a yellow-leaved native grass that holds the sand and spreads its long fingers along the edge of the sand dunes. .

Thank you to all you Conservation Volunteers - and that means the Mums and Dads too who give up some of their weekend time to bring you on our outings. And special thanks for those delicious snacks and picnic lunches that kept us going on a very busy Sunday.

Past Meetings

Our branch regularly has speakers at meetings and we try to summarise those in the PDF's below for those who are interested.

June 2014 (PDF)
February 2015 (PDF)