Programme

TALKS:  Please note: Unless otherwise stated talks are held on the second Wednesday of each month except for December and January.   The venue is Tahunanui School Hall, Muritai Street, Tahunanui. All talks start at 7:30pm.  Contributions for the sales table are most welcome. Gold coin donation please towards hall hire and supper. Car pool to minimise global footprint.

WALKS:  Please wear appropriate clothing, sturdy footwear and gear to cope with weather changes, take sun block, lunch, drinks and snacks.  Contact the Trip Leader for more information.  

For queries on any part of the programme contact nikau48@gmail.com or phone 5450989 

NOVEMBER

Saturday 18 November   Dun Mountain Wilding Pine Removal

Forest and Bird will be helping Nelson Nature with the removal of wilding pines from the Dun Mountain mineral belt.  Work will be located about 1½ hr walk up the main Dun Mt track from the south branch of the Maitai River.   For those who haven’t been off track in the mineral belt before, it is thick scratchy scrub.   There is loose rock and it can be steep in places.   Wear long pants and good boots (gaiters helpful too).   We will pull small Douglas fir and if you have a folding saw that will be handy.   For more info contact Julie 5450989 or nikau48@gmail.com.  Meet at 9 am at Maitai Dam carpark.

FEBRUARY  2018

Wednesday 14 February Evening Talk by Andrew Hamilton about Muck Diving

In tropical waters it is coral reefs that generally attract much of the attention of the underwater photographer - however in recent years there has been growing interest in a new area, that of tropical water 'muck' diving.   The latter gets its name from the sediment that lies at the bottom of many dive sites - a frequently muddy or "mucky" environment.   The term was first used to describe diving off the beaches made up of black sand in Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea - the "muck" substrate can be the habitat for unusual, exotic and juvenile organisms that make their homes in the sediment that compose a muck dive.   The environment of a typical muck dive has a very different ecology to the more well known tropical reef habitat.   In this talk Dr Andy Hamilton will present a colourful selection of photos and short films detailing the fascinating, bizarre and often outrageous inhabitants of muck dive sites in Bali and North Sulawesi in Indonesia.