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2019 Meetings

BotSoc meetings are usually held at 7.30 pm on the third Monday of each month at Victoria University, Wellington, Lecturer Theatre M101, ground floor Murphy Building, west side of Kelburn Parade.   Enter building off Kelburn Parade about 20m below pedestrian overbridge.

Non-members are welcome to come to our evening meetings.

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To Help raise funds for BotSoc’s Jubilee Award Fund members are encouraged to bring named seedlings/cuttings for sale at each evening meeting.

2019 Programme

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Monday 18 February 2019:   Evening meeting – Ornamental to Detrimental – The invasion of New Zealand by non-native plants

Speaker:   Professor Philip Hulme, FRSNZ, Plant Biosecurity, Bioprotection Science, Lincoln University, was selected by the Royal Society Te Aparangi as the 2018 recipient of the Society’s Leonard Cockayne Lecture Award (in which he has then presented the lecture Ornamental to Detrimental throughout the county).   Unfortunately a number of BotSoc members missed this opportunity and so it was suggested and agreed that the lecture be repeated.   NZ suffers more from plant invasions than probably any other region on earth.   In his talk Prof. Hulme will explore the history of plant invasions in NZ, then examine the underlying causes and potential future trends.   He will take a particular look at ornamental horticulture, and consider how research can assist the government, industry and the public to be more effective in preventing and controlling the plant invaders.

Monday 18 March:   Evening meeting – 1. GWRC’s KNE, wetlands and riparian programmes. 2. Wellington Regional Indigenous Biodiversity Strategy process

1. Speaker:   Richard Romijn, Team Leader, Biodiversity Management Team, Greater Wellington Regional Council. Richard will describe the council’s Key Native Ecosystems, wetlands and riparian programmes, and how the council works with DOC and the QE2 National Trust.
2. Speaker:   Joshua McLennan-Deans, Co-ordinator, Biodiversity Framework workshops.

Monday 15 April:   Evening meeting – New Zealand’s biodiversity strategies: looking back and looking forward

Speaker:   Dr Wren Green, Environmental consultant. Cabinet has directed the Department of Conservation to complete a new National Biodiversity Strategy by December 2019.   For Dr Wren Green, it’s an opportunity to look at the work he and Bruce Clarkson did on the current NZ Biosecurity Strategy before and after its release in February 2000.   It’s also an opportunity to hear his views on the context and challenges facing those responsible for developing a Biodiversity Strategy that will satisfy the current Minister and Cabinet.

Monday 20 May:   Evening meeting – Members’ evening

Please share your botanical slides and photographs taken on BotSoc trips, your paintings, drawings and your favourite botanical readings.   Slides, on a USB stick, limited to 20 per person.   Val Smith will launch the 2nd volume of her book “Common Ground: who’s who of botanical names”.   For a gold-coin koha, or even ‘folding money’, buy one or more books we put on display, and help build up the Jubilee Award Fund which is used to support research on NZ plants.   Plant specimens to sell, or to discuss, would add to a memorable evening.   Please donate any spare botanical or other natural-history books, so we can build up a collection to auction at a future meeting, to raise funds for the Jubilee Award Fund.


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