Auckland branch annual program

2018 Programme

APRIL Sunday 22nd–11:00 am
Field trip: Tapora on Kaipara to hunt for orbweb spiders.
Meet Kaukapakapa, (State Highway 16) in carpark by school/ public toilets.
Bring lunch. Contact Grace if help is needed with transport.
Leader: Grace Hall, phone (work 574 4107), 0272260428

MAY Thursday 28th–7:30 pm
Alan Flynn“A History of Fruit Fly detections in New Zealand”

JUNE Thursday 28th–7:30 pm
Chris Green“Return of the Giants: The wetapunga recovery programme”

JULY Sunday 1st–10:30 am
Field trip: Bug Lab.
Meet Auckland Zoo.
$18.50 just for Bug lab or $28.50 for zoo entry as well. Pay on the day or online before.
Leader: Grace Hall, phone (work): 574 4107

JULY Thursday 26th–6:30 pm
Annual dinner Venue: Tamaki Campus, Landcare Research Building. Pizzas ordered on the night.
This year a prize will be awarded to the best insect drinking vessel.
Organiser Grace Hall (work phone: 574 4107).

AUGUST Thursday 23rd–7:30 pm
Nicholas Martin“Fern Whitefly”
This illustrated talk shines a light on this hidden fauna was little known until recently, despite the brilliant white adults.

AUGUST Sunday 26th–11:30 am
Field trip: Mahurangi Regional Park.
Meet in carpark (end of Ngarewa Drive).
Bring lunch. We will look for caterpillars, early moths and anything else that thinks its spring.
Remember to pay toll if coming via SH1
Leader: Robert Hoare, phone 818 8452

SEPTEMBER Sunday 15th–10:00 am
Field trip: Craigavon Park, Blockhouse Bay.
Joint Meeting with Bot Soc. Details in next Newsletter.
Leader: Mike Wilcox, phone: 622 0323

SEPTEMBER Friday 28th–7:30 pm
Bryce McQuillan“Developing a pictorial guide to spiders: the story of a photographic endeavour.”

OCTOBER Thursday 25th–10:00 am
Robert Hoare“What’s happening in the world of New Zealand Moths”
An exciting update from Dr Robert, possibly with special guest star.

OCTOBER Sunday 28th–10:00 am
Field trip: A hunt for fern whitefly, the highs and lows.
Totara Park, Manurewa, in carpark.
Leader: Nicholas Martin, phone: 579 8632

NOVEMBER Thursday 22nd–7:30 pm
Asha Chhagan“Guava moth- The story of an Australian invader”

NOVEMBER Sunday 25th–10:30 am
Field trip: Site details in next Newsletter.
Come and test a new way of looking.
Leader: Nicholas Martin, phone: 579 8632

2019 Programme

FEBRUARY, Thursday 28th–7:30 pm
Annual General Meeting
To be held at Landcare Research, Tamaki Campus.
Bring along your ideas for next year’s programme.
Formal meeting is followed by member’s photographs.

FEBRUARY, Sunday 25th–7:30 pm
Field trip: Matuku Reserve, West Auckland.
Light trapping
Have dinner before or bring it with you.
Leader: Robert Hoare, phone: 818 8452.

MARCH, Thursday 28th–7:30 pm
Dongmei Li & Rebijith Balan“Genetic Sequencing for the Lay person”. These two MPI staff explain this valuable new aid for identification of potential unwanted organisms

MARCH, date and time to be confirmed
Field trip: Olive Davis Reserve, Manurewa.
Meet: At end of Ranfurly Road
Leader: Wendy Goad.

General Information

Evening Meetings

Meetings are held on the Tamaki Campus of the University Auckland in the Landcare Research building, which is at 231 Morrin Road and by the third entrance into the University campus along Morrin road.

Parking is available on the road outside the building. Doors will be open from 7:30 to 7:45 pm.

Tea and coffee are available. Visitors welcome. Please bring along for our display table any interesting specimens or photos you have found.

Field Trips

When participating in field trips, please bring:

  • Boots or strong footwear
  • Raincoat or warm clothing, sun hat
  • Lunch, drink (or suitable snack)
  • Collecting gear if desired
  • Pencil and paper
  • Torch (working)
  • Insect repellent
  • Whistle
  • Map of area

Car pooling: If you wish to go on a field trip and want to travel with someone else, contact the leader of the field trip who will try and find someone to take you.


Events in this programme are liable to alteration without notice. Please check with a committee member if you wish to confirm a topic or field trip. In the event of doubtful weather conditions for field trips, contact the trip leader.