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Newsletter - December 2002

Greetings from the President.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

We welcome two new members:
- Mr Chris Home, 61 Waller Ave Bucklands Beach Ak. ph 09-543-4455
- Mr Eric Stockwell, 41 Great South Rd Manurewa Ak. ph 09-266-8229

Our November Shell Convention was a great success. A good number attended with folk arriving from Nelson, Wellington, Whakatane, Rotorua, Cambridge, Hamilton, and Pukenui in the far North. 26 bidders vied for the 225 lots. Our sincere thanks to all who helped to make the convention a memorable event.
The Albany Hall proved such a successful venue for the show we plan to hire it again for future shows. The free trading tables were a great success providing a wide selection of shells for sale at excellent prices for sale before the auction.
A new team of 'clerks' ably assisted Prof. J. Grant Mackie who kindly officiated as the Auctioneer; and some enthusiastic bidding took place. Some lots attracted very good prices: lot 185 a Provocator mirabilis, fetched $420 and selections of NZ shells sold well.

A few members have indicated to Doug that they have shell lots already prepared for a future auction, so it is possible that we could hold a shell show and auction at Albany in November 2003. Could other members let Doug know as soon as possible if you have shells you would be interested in selling.

At the Tuesday evening meeting Mike Hart gave an interesting talk on his shelling experiences on Aitutaki Is. in the Cook is group.

Next Meeting: A.G.M. Tuesday 10th December 7:30 pm at the Museum.
Entrance by the rear Admin door between 7:15-7:30pm. We regret there can be no late admittance due to security regulations.
Museum Club Meeting: Our AGM should be short and congenial as all positions have willing persons to fill them, which is excellent.

The speakers for the evening will be the members who recently visited Little Barrier Is. It was an amazing field trip - even the launch trip to and from the Island was enjoyable. Members will bring photos and a video taken on the Island and talk about their personal experiences and impressions.

The meeting will conclude with our traditional Christmas party:
* please bring a plate of party fare
* and a pristine shell - wrapped - to exchange for our surprise party gift shell.

A weekend field trip to Cuvier Island (Latitude 36 25'S, longitude 175 47'E ) - especially planned for members with jobs - is scheduled to coincide with low mid day tides on the March 15-16th 2003.
As Cuvier has only a few boulder beaches - and a research project is required by DoC in order to overnight on the Island - Bruce Hazelwood plans to head a project to collect lands snails. Members on the field trip will be asked to assist Bruce briefly with the collection of leaf litter from designated sections of the Island. There will be plenty of time to pursue individual surveys of the Island's flora and fauna reserve. (For example seven varieties of reptiles, including tuatara, have been recorded on the Island.)

A scientific survey of Cuvier Is. was carried out by the Auckland University Field Club (ca.1980 ) and their comprehensive reports on the flora and fauna of the Island were published in'Tane, Journal of the Auckland University Field Cub Vol 271981'.

DoC would be interested in information on the land snail population. Accommodation is available for 12 people. There is no cost for a landing permit but the return boat trip from Whitianga will cost about $80 - $100 p.p. depending on numbers.

Would those interested in this trip please phone Rosa, 09 - 620-4523.

Library News: Librarian, Gladys Goulstone (38A Church Rd. Mangere Bridge, Ak.) ph. (AK) 634 2823, will be in attendance at the Library in the Matapuna Gallery on the Monday afternoon 2-3 pm before each meeting date.
Please contact her re. books on the list mailed Sept 01. Gladys has extra copies of this. She will deliver your book order to the meeting, or if you send her an A4 P.O handy bag with $2-95 in stamps, for each book, she will mail books to you. Please return books to Matapuna as soon as possible or to Gladys at the next meeting, or mail them to her address above.

Poineria: T and J Enderby, P-0 Box 139 Leigh, require articles for the next Poirieria issue. Queries: ph. 09 422 6127 or Email: enderby.t.j@xtra.co.nz (back copies available.)

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