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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?


The Feb meeting was a well-attended potpourri centred on the Ihumatao cluster of volcanoes and the Save Our Unique Land campaign. Dave Veart gave a clear and entertaining talk on the archaeology of the stonefields of Auckland and Bruce Hayward outlined the local volcanic landforms and their loss to quarrying. Invars and Pania from SOUL explained the campaign to stop the Fletchers housing subdivision and the local cultural ties to this land. For those who missed how to find out more about SOUL or how to contact them, here are the addresses: Facebook: Website: e-mail:

21 members attended the Feb field trip to Weymouth with many Pliocene fossil shells, seeds and leaves being seen. Many thanks to Hugh Grenfell for his leadership. 13 members joined Peter Scott to examine the Waitemata Sandstone cliffs between Narrow Neck and Takapuna on a fine day early in March. Many thanks Peter.

2016 SUBS NOW DUE ($10 per email member/family; $20 per postal member/family). If you have not yet paid, please pay Christine Major at the Dec meeting or send cheque to GeoClub at 151 Victoria Road, Devonport, or transfer money to: Kiwibank Account No: 38-9010-0285768-00, Acc. reference: AUCK GEOCLUB; Put your name in the payment reference and notify the Treasurer, Christine Major by email (

Geocene 14 submissions invited: Please send contributions to Jill Kenny.

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

  • TUES 15th March, 7.30 PM. tudying Volcanic Hazards at Mount Taranaki by Geoff Lerner, PhD student, Auckland University (30 mins). Special event: Dinosaurs in the Botanic Gardens, later in 2016 by Laurence Taylor (20 mins); plus short presentations: The Antarctic Glossopteris story by Malcolm Simpson; Strange Victorian Souvenirs by Hugh Grenfell.
  • Additional lecture worth attending organized by GSNZ and Auckland University:
    FRI 1st April, 1-2 PM University of Auckland, Clock Tower Bldg, Theatre 105-018. The Younger Dryas Cosmic Impact Cataclysm 12,800 yrs ago: Extinction of ice-age giants, human culture disruption and abrupt climate change by Hon Prof James Kennett, Univ of California, Santa Barbara (ex NZer; Hon FRSNZ).
    Get the very latest on this astounding recent discovery.
  • SAT 19th MARCH. MIOCENE SUBMARINE CANYONS, SOUTH OF MURIWAI. Leader Bruce Hayward. Explore the geology in the cliffs and shore platforms around Bartrum and Powell Bays (only accessible through the kindness of the owner). Meet at 11 AM at junction of Oaia and Waitea Roads, above Muriwai. (We will carpool to drive down long private driveway and through keypad controlled gates) no late arrivals sorry). Low tide 2.15 PM. Moderate difficulty, short steep slope and rock steps descent, otherwise rock shore traverses and boardwalk and wooden steps. Bring lunch. If weather is threatening, ring Bruce (5231667) at 9.30 AM to check whether the trip is on or not.
  • SAT (FRI 29th) 30th APRIL to MON 2nd MAY. GEOLOGY AND FOSSILS OF WANGANUI BASIN, Taumaranui to Stratford to Wanganui and return. Down the Forgotten World Highway. Guest Leader: Dr Julie Palmer, Massey University. Request for bookings and deposit coming shortly.

    When & Where?

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


    ANY ENQUIRIES: Ring Bruce Hayward, during day, ph: 578 1491,

    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_).