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
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 - j.eccles_at_auckland.ac.nz
GeoClub: Bruce Hayward - b.hayward_at_geomarine.org.nz or Hugh Grenfell - h.grenfell_at_orcon.net.nz
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.
NEXT MEETINGS & FIELD TRIPS
We were treated to four superb presentations by club members at our April meeting. Ian Simpson gave an account of his visit to and study of Aniseed Valley copper smelters, in the Nelson Ophiolte. Wendy Goad introduced us to the Australian landform they call Silt Jetties, which she had recently visited in Victoria. Christine Major showed us the beauty that can be seen if you are a gun tramper, like her, in her visual description of Matiri limestone plateaux in northwest Nelson. Bruce Hayward gave his interpretation of the origins of Matukutureia and Te Motu a Hiaroa's explosion craters and tuff rings. Many thanks to all presenters.
Early in May, we had a four-day field trip to Northland with 30 people attending on one of more of the days. Highlights included NZ's best exposure through Last Interglacial beach and sand dunes at One Tree Pt; first Geoclub visits to little known lava-flow-dammed Lake Ora; quarried Onoke Volcano (Kamo); Puhipuhi basalt karst (private farm); Puketona scoria cones, craters and stone gardens (private land); Kawiti limestone cave; and karst and the exposure at North Ocean beach of Northland's most complicated geology. Many thanks to the leaders and organisers Bruce, Maureen and Christine.
Geocene 19 is NOW out and was sent as an attachment to all members, but it was too large (9 mb) for the email boxes of seven members. It can be downloaded direct from the web - see below: Great job Jill!
Geocene 20 submissions are invited: Please send contributions to Jill Kenny. email@example.com
All Geocene volumes can be accessed at http://www.gsnz.org.nz/information/auckland-i-46.html#mag
NEXT MEETINGS: Epsom Community Centre, 200 Gillies Ave, Epsom. Opens at 7.15 PM for 7.30 PM start.
- TUES 21st MAY 7.30 PM "Adjustment of marine gas hydrates to environmental changes at glacial time scales. Results from seismic surveys and ocean drilling on the Hikurangi Margin, New Zealand." by Ingo Pecher, University of Auckland.
NEXT FIELD TRIPS:
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.
When & Where?
- SUN MAY 19th EXPLORE THE WAITEMATA SANDSTONES AROUND KAURI Pt, BIRKENHEAD. Leader Bruce Hayward. Start at Noon at end of Balmain Rd, Birkenhead. Low tide 1.30 PM. LT Noon. Bring gear for all weather, lunch as we start, suitable footwear for slightly muddy and wet sand and maybe a few slippery sandstone foreshores. Classification: Moderately easy, about 3 km walk all up. If weather is inclement ring Bruce (5231667) at 10.30 AM for possible postponement.
- SUN JUN 23rd OLD TE HENGA RD QUARRY, ANDESITE-SEDIMENT RELATIONS
Leader Hugh Grenfell. Meet and park at 10 AM opposite junction of Te Henga and Aio Wira roads, about 2 km west of Scenic Drive turnoff to Bethells Beach. Classification: Easy walking on gravel roads and paths, will probably finish by Noon. If weather is inclement ring Bruce (5231667) at 8.30 AM for possible postponement.
- SUN NOV 3rd to SUN NOV 10th GEOLOGY HIGHLIGHTS OF NORTHWEST NELSON.
Leader Bruce Hayward. Fly in (land before 10.45 AM) and out (leave after 6 PM) of Nelson Airport. Shared van transport. Stay 7 nights in Takaka (~$55 ppn). May include 1 day Farewell Spit trip if sufficient numbers want it.
PLEASE BOOK ASAP with Maureen Burke by phoning her on Auck 4190879 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. NUMBERS ARE LIMITED, so first in sees the rocks. Maureen will confirm the booking with you and ask you to pay the approx. accommodation cost of $400 pp as a deposit banked in the Geoclub Account - Kiwibank Account No: 38-9010-0285768-00, Put your name in the payment reference and NWNelson. Please do NOT pay until given the nod by Maureen. Tell her if you want to do or do NOT want Cape Farewell trip (~$150 for 6.5 hrs).
Grade: Moderately easy at most stops - a few more active. Book your airfares early (now) to get cheap rates.
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. NEW MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO JOIN US
ANY ENQUIRIES: Ring Bruce Hayward, during day, ph: 523 1667,
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 - jill.kenny_at_xtra.co.nz (substitute @ for _at_).
- Geocene 1, June 2006 (2.8Mb pdf)
- Geocene 2, May 2007 (1Mb pdf)
- Geocene 3, March 2008 (1Mb pdf)
- Geocene 4, February 2009 (2Mb pdf)
- Geocene 5, December 2009 (3.8Mb pdf)
- Geocene 6, April 2011 (3.4Mb pdf)
- Geocene 7, January 2012 (3Mb pdf)
- Geocene 8, October 2012 (5Mb pdf)
- Geocene 9, May 2013 (4.8Mb pdf) , Geocene_Kenny1.zip (4.2Mb)
- Geocene 10, June 2013 (3.2Mb pdf) , Geocene_Kenny2.zip (7Mb)
- Geocene 11, July 2014 (5.2Mb pdf)
- Geocene 12, March 2015 (4.4Mb pdf)
- Geocene 13, November 2015 (5.3Mb pdf)
- Geocene 14, November 2016 (5.3Mb pdf)
- Geocene 15, August 2017 (2.5Mb pdf)
- Geocene 16, February 2018 (2.5Mb pdf)
- Geocene 17, June 2018 (5.7Mb pdf)
- Geocene 18, October 2018 (4.5Mb pdf)
- Geocene 19, April 2019 (3.6Mb pdf)
- Geocene Index 2006-2018