North Canterbury eNews October


19 September 2017

October eNews

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Public Talk: Microbes and Climate Change or Don't Forget the Bugs.  

7:30pm, Tuesday 10th October 2017
WEA, 59 Gloucester Street (op. Art Gallery)

Thankfully, many people are persuaded that we have a dire future if we do not quickly and greatly reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases. Whatever our success in doing so, microbes will have a considerable role in determining what that future might be. Might their activities amplify the warming caused by us or might they act to reduce that warming? They have roles in both increasing and decreasing the atmospheric concentrations of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.

We will look at some examples of recent science that contribute to an understanding of what the future might hold. Major themes will focus on global scale effects and on our ignorance including the difficulties of understanding highly complex ecological systems. There will be some graphs but an effort will be made to make them understandable! Forests, birds and whales will also be mentioned. After all, everything is connected to microbes in some way.

Paul Broady is a microbiologist with a particular interest in microscopic algae.

Supper and a chat afterwards. All welcome.

2018 Conservation Calendars & Diaries  

Support North Canterbury Branch of Forest and Bird by purchasing some of these stunning conservation calendars and diaries produced by Craig Potton Publishing, in association with the Royal Forest & Bird Society.

Get your order in early as they always sell out!

All proceeds from the calendar and diary sales go directly towards funding our local conservation projects and advocacy work. Feel free to encourage your neighbours, friends and family to purchase a calendar or diary as well. 

2018 Conservation Calendar - Only $16 each (recommended retail price $17.99)

2018 Conservation Diary - Only $23 each (recommended retail price $24.99)

To place your order simply fill in the online order form and click Submit, and follow the instructions for payment. 

Please visit our website for further information. Please pass this email onto friends and family so they can place their orders.

Field Trip: Styx River

1:00-5:30pm, Sunday 22 October
Meet Nunweek Park (Wooldridge Road - look out for the Forest and Bird flag)


Photo: Hugh Thorpe

October's field trip along the Styx River will focus on the six values for which the City manages our rivers - landscape, ecology, recreation, culture, heritage and drainage. We will start at Nunweek Park and (time permitting) finish at the flood gates where the Styx joins the Waimakariri River at Brooklands.

The trip entails a mix of bussing and walking from the top of the Styx River to the bottom (time permitting). In total there will be about 2.5km of easy walking. It will begin at Nunweek Park (Wooldridge Rd.) where there is ample parking for cars (or bikes!) The Forest and Bird banner will signal the gathering point.

For more information about the trip, look at the Forest and Bird website here and for more about the Styx River check out the Styx-Purakunui Living Laboratory Trust website here.

Please email Hugh Thorpe to confirm your attendance. There is a cost of $20 per person for the bus hire.

Calder Green Reserve Sign Installation

Photos: Hugh Thorpe

Working Bees

For more details of our working bees, please go to our website here

1:00-3:00pm: Saturday 23rd September

  • Middelmost Mudfish Project Planting

    1:00-4.00pm: Saturday 30th September
    332 Island Road, View Hill, Oxford.. 


    Photo: Greg Stanley

    ECO Canterbury Environmental Activities Calendar

    The ECO calendar displays upcoming activities of environmental, conservation and sustainability groups in the Canterbury region.

    View here.

    Mahoe-nui Working Bee.

    Photo: Helen Hills

    South Island Kokako Talk and Workshop for Searchers

    10.00 - 12.00pm, Sunday 8 October
    31 Nga Mahi Rd, Sockburn, Christchurch

    The South Island Kokako Charitable Trust invites you to join experts in a conversation about the search for this illusive bird.

    Places are limited, so register early by email:


    Get in touch!

    If you have any questions, suggestions or just want to say hello then please drop us a line.

    Chair - Colleen Phillip (Ph: 981 8556)
    Secretary - Frances Wall
    Treasurer - Hugh Thorpe
    KCC - to be confirmed
    Mahoe-nui Bush - Helen Hills
    Website, eNews - Michael Godfrey
    Boyle Base - Lesley Shand (Ph: 379 0316)
    Calder Green Reserve - Mick Ingram (Ph: 03 384 8080 / 021 816633)

    Membership - for changes to membership or donations.  (Ph: 0800 200 064)

    Committee members - 
    Valerie Campbell
    Steve Attwood

    Penny Wright
    Helen Hills
    Hugh Thorpe
    George Moon
    Rick Robinson
    Shannon Gilmore
    Gabriel Calcott
    Renee Habluetzel
    Paul Broady

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    Links of interest

    Rod Oram on New Zealand's environmental failures and on our water problems.

    Al Jazeera video on New Zealand's water problems.

    Mike Joy honoured.