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Newsletter - March 2002

Last Word
Les Kermode, a leading authority on Auckland geology and the friend of many shell club members, died suddenly while on a field trip to Rangitoto Island.
Bob Foster of Abbey Specimen Shells, U.S.A, also died recently.

Mr. M. Tapply, 29/52 Wellpark Ave, Grey Lynn, a member of more than 40 yrs standing, is about to enter hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Bruce Hazelwood recently entered Greenlane Hospital for a heart operation and is now on the mend. We look forward to seeing him up and about.

The Committee sends salutations to all members. The February meeting was well attended, considering the frightful weather. Two shell collections of particular interest on display were Patricia Langford's Arctic specimens and an eclectic display of W/W shells by visiting British shell collector, Alistair Moncur. Patricia also gave a short account of her recent trip to Russia.
Heather Smith exhibited examples of her superb art work and Doug Snook gave a full account of the 4th National Shell Show held in Wellington in January. View the list of prize-winners.
Margaret Morley gave a slide presentation of previous visits to Great Barrier Island.

The Committee Meeting on Sun. Feb. 17th, held at the home of Doug and Judith Snook home at Takanini was well attended and very productive. Thanks to Judith for the refreshments.

Next Meeting: Tuesday 12th March 7:30pm Auckland Museum.
Entrance by the rear Admin door between 7:15-7:30pm. We regret there can be no late admittance due to security regulations. Mystery Door Prize !
1. A full account of our recent Mahia expedition. Shell collections from the trip will be on display.
2. Bland Bay. Please bring along shells from this location or your recent acquisitions from other localities, for display and discussion.

Expedition to Hahei
During late January several members visited the marine reserve in the vicinity of Hahei Beach, on the Coromandel's eastern coast.

Expedition to Great Barrier Island is Go!
We have a team of 8 members and 2 crew and we hope to make a short video of the trip to show at the March meeting.

Library News
Please photo-copy sections of interest from our library books so that they are returned as soon as possible.
Our library now has a set of 3 video tapes of the BBC documentary "The Blue Planet".
Librarian Gladys Goulstone ph. 634-2823, will be in attendance at the Library in the Mataapuna Gallery on the Monday afternoon 2-3 pm before each meeting date. Please contact her re books on the mailed list (Sept 01 - Gladys has extra copies of this.) and will deliver them to the meeting, or if you send her an A4 P.0. handy bag with $2-95 in stamps, for each book, she will mail them to you.

Bits and Pieces
Peter Poortman (ph. 817-5697) has a large supply of cardboard boxes to give away, ranging from matchbox size to about 30cm sq. These are ideal for holding shells in a collection.

Purchase of NZ Shells wanted by Dr. Dobroszlav Lajos. 2890. TATA. Dobroszlau L U. 20 HUNGARY.
For his list of required shells ph. Rosa 620-4523.

Chris Vos, Worldwide Ficidae and Tonnidae, Merellaan 13, B-3270 Scherpenheuvel, Belgium. Would like to buy/sell/exchange N.Z Tonnidae. His E-mail is;

Jim Miller, Tallahassee, Florida; would like mainly dark coloured specimens of Pecten novaezelandiae but lighter ones with dark markings would also be acceptable. He would also like to correspond with shell collectors as he is a diver and has Florida species to trade.

N.B. The URL for the Wellington Shell Club website has changed slightly. It is now:

The sailing trip to Gt Barrier Is. was a great success. We returned tired but happy with an ample bounty of specimens. More details later.

Tony and Jenny Enderby, P.O Box 139 Leigh, require articles for the next Poirieria issue. All queries: ph.09-422-6127 or Email
Back copies are available.

Subscriptions are due
Send $20 to Rosa Tyson, 16 Kain St. Mt Eden. Auckland 4

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