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Who Are We?

  • The Geoscience Society of New Zealand is an incorporated society which encourages the advancement of the earth sciences in New Zealand. Membership is open to all people interested in the pursuits of the Society.
  • The Auckland Branch is one of seven local branches who organise illustrated lectures, discussion meetings, field trips and social events.
  • The Branch has two different membership types - membership of the national body (Geoscience Society of New Zealand) and membership of the Auckland branch section - GeoClub. Some belong to one or the other and some belong to both.
  • Geoscience Society membership entitles you to receive the GSNZ Newsletter, Branch newsletters and benefit from discounts. For more information go here.
  • GeoClub membership entitles you to a monthly GeoClub Newsletter by snail or email with information of upcoming talks and field trips. For more information about GeoClub go here and for the GeoClub membership form go here .

Branch Rep: Jennifer Eccles -
GeoClub: Bruce Hayward - or Hugh Grenfell -


What is "GeoClub'?

  • Established in 1992 at Auckland Museum the GeoClub is now part of the Auckland Branch of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand at Auckland University. The Club is a mix of enthusiastic amateurs and professionals who share a common interest in the study and understanding of Auckland's geology and fossils and has a membership of approximately 100.
  • No previous knowledge or understanding of geology is required to become a member, although most of our members started by taking an adult education course or a geology paper at University. The main requirement is an enthusiasm to understand something about the long history of the earth and our region.
  • Recent Club field trips have included visits to Hokianga, East Cape, Rotorua, Port Waikato, Waihi Gold Mine, Puketotara Peninsula, Kawau Island, the Miranda coast, Piha, Browns Island, Pollen Island, Whangaparoa, the Hillsborough coast, Queens Street building stones, Takapuna fossil forest to mention a few.

  • Geology is a hobby that families and people of all ages can enjoy. It gets you out into the open air and is a great way to exercise. It takes you to fascinating places you have never visited before and above all you will start seeing the landscape with new eyes. No longer will you just see sheep grazing on hills. You will start to see the lava flows, the fault lines, the folded strata that control the shape of the hills, ancient river terraces and coastal plains.

What do we do?

  • Monthly meetings at the Epsom Community Centre, 200 Gillies Ave with lectures and slide shows. Parking is available (see below ) with easy access from the motorway. Books and pamphlets on New Zealand geology available at wholesale prices. Expert assistance available to help identify your problem rocks, minerals or fossils.
  • Frequent field trips of half or full day duration in the weekends throughout the year. Car-pooling is encouraged. Periodic long weekend field trips to interesting geology further from Auckland, with costs kept low with budget accommodation.


What's On?


A select group of 14 members turned up for the annual Christmas BBQ held this year at Pt Chev. Hugh led people around the Waitemata exposures before all returned to the safety of the reserve for a sumptuous picnic.

Our Dec meeting resulted in the whole committee being re-elected unopposed. They are (in alphabetic order): Bruce Hayward, Christine Major, Garry Carr, Hugh Grenfell, Kath Prickett, Maureen Burke, Peter Daymond-King, Peter Scott, Wendy Goad. Treasurer Christine Major told us we were in good health financially and the subs could stay at the same rate as was set in 1992. This was followed by a wonderful series of members' presentations: Ian Simpson on Onekaka iron mining and smelter history; Anthony Blaschke on reflections on major mining and smelting projects in NZ; Ken and Lee on their sailing exploits from Auckland to Stewart Island and return; Rod Martin on Vanadium in Aranga Quarry; Peter Scott on Somerset events; Grant Moffat on long gaps between early European visitors to Pacific Islands; Bruce Hayward on fossil leaves near Whitianga; Hugh Grenfell on Hochstetter bust in Auckland Museum; and Peter Daymond-King on a new group of trace fossils. Afterwards we were treated to a sumptuous Christmas Supper provided by everyone. Thank you to all for a great year and for your generosity with the supper.

Geocene 22 submissions are invited: Please send contributions to Jill Kenny.
All Geocene volumes can be accessed at

2020 Geoclub subscriptions are now due (STILL $10 per email member/family; $20 per postal member/family for those without internet only). Please pay our treasure, Christine Major: n cash at Dec meeting, or ransfer money to: Kiwibank Account No: 38-9010-0285768-00, Acc. reference: AUCK GEOCLUB; Put your name in the payment reference and notify Christine (, or end your cheque to Geoclub, 36 Lincoln St, Ponsonby, Auckland, 1021 BEFORE MARCH as our bank will NOT accept cheques after that date.  

MEETINGS: Epsom Community Centre, 200 Gillies Ave, Epsom. Opens at 7.15 PM for 7.30 PM start.

  • TUES 18 Auckland University graduate students' research presentations:
    Nicholas Gampell -"Evidence in speleothems for volcanic eruptions - the Taupo 232+/-10 CE recorded in a New Zealand stalagmite."
    Sophia Tsang -"Modelling the hazard footprint and consequences of lava flows in Auckland's urban environment."
    Alec Wild - "Modelling population exposure to an Auckland Volcanic Field eruption and evacuation clearance time."
  • TUES 17 MAR More Auckland University graduate students' research presentations:


NB: If any field trip particpant has an allergy that requires them to carry an EpiPen or similar they must inform the field trip leader at the start of the trip - not when an emergency might suddenly happen.

    Carpool at 10 AM at usual Manukau City spot. Meet at the Z petrol station on the corner of Lakewood Crescent and Great South Road. Low tide 11 AM. Bring lunch, sun cream, easy walking, slightly muddy in places, 4-5 stops. Finish mid afternoon when tide comes in. If weather looks threatening and wet phone Hugh at 8.30 AM (ph: 8278401).
    Carpool at 9.30 AM at usual Albany spot. Meet and park in Cornerstone Drive opposite entrance to bus carpark, cnr with Kaipiho Lane. Start outside Sullivans Bay campground (end of Ngarewa Dr) 10.30 AM. Low tide 12.30 PM. Bring lunch, some scrambling around and over intertidal rocks. Finish mid afternoon. If weather looks threatening and wet phone Bruce at 8.30 AM (ph: 5231667). Suggested carpool contribution to driver $10.

When & Where?

CLUB NIGHTS are on the THIRD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, except January, doors open 7.15PM, talks begin 7.30PM, at the Epsom Community Centre, 200 Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.


ANY ENQUIRIES: Ring Bruce Hayward, during day, ph: 523 1667,

GeoClub meeting location


Geocene Magazine

Geocene is a periodic publication of GeoClub, a section of the Auckland branch of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand.

Contributions about the geology of New Zealand (particularly northern New Zealand) from members are welcome. Please note articles are lightly edited but not refereed.

Please email the Editor, Jill Kenny - (substitute @ for _at_).