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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 (GSNZ) and membership of the Auckland branch section - GeoClub. Some belong to one or the other and some belong to both.
  • Society membership entitles you to receive the GSNZ Newsletter, Branch newsletters and benefit from discounts.
  • GeoClub membership entitles you to a monthly GeoClub Newsletter by snail or email with information of upcoming talks and field trips (membership form and cost on page 3).

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?


At the Committee's annual meeting this month it was decided that we should have a long weekend trip to Gisborne and around East Cape in Autumn; and a week-long spring trip to Norfolk Island - more details later.

GEOCENE 1-11 can all be downloaded from
GEOCENE submissions invited:
Please send geology-related contributions to Jill Kenny.

2014 SUBS NOW DUE ($10 per member/family). Please pay Christine Major at meetings or send cheque to her 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 by email (  

NEXT MEETING: Epsom Community Centre, 200 Gillies Ave, Epsom. Opens at 7.15 PM for 7.30 PM start.
  • TUES 17th FEB, 7.30 PM. On shaky ground - an investigation into complex geology below a proposed high-rise development in Hong Kong by Geoclub member Philip Kirk.
    Philip will describe the investigation into ground conditions at Tung Chung - the new town development closest to Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok Airport. Preliminary investigations suggested that the site was underlain by granite weathered to 10-20m depth - but then marble was discovered - complete with well-developed karst features. 4000 investigation boreholes; multiple (conflicting) interpretations; the world's deepest bored pile and ultimately an abandoned tower-block site: Philip gives the "unauthorised" history of the project from a geologists perspective.

  • TUES 17th MAR, 7.30 PM. Geophysics detects surprises beneath South Auckland by David Robertson.
  • TUES 21st APR, 7.30 PM. Fossil penguins by GeoClub member Daniel Thomas
  • SUN 15th FEB, KAUAERANGA VALLEY GEOLOGY Leader: Bruce Hayward. All day trip to examine volcanic rocks in and around the upper Kaueranga River, Thames. Carpooling from Manukau City at 9 AM - meet at the Shell Station on the corner of Great South Rd and Lakewood Cres. Trip starts from DoC visitor centre, Kauaeranga Valley at 10.45 AM. Bring lunch, sun tan cream, sturdy footwear and the usual necessary field gear. If weather in doubt phone Bruce (523 1667) at 7.30 AM. Grade: Moderate - some forest track walking, some river boulder walking and wet feet.
  • SUN 1st MAR, WAIHEKE GEOLOGY Leader Bruce Hayward. All day trip to visit: Blackpool pillow lavas, Oneroa basal Waitematas, Stoney Batter, Onetangi Beach, Man o' War Bay, and drive around Waiheke. Catch 9AM Fullers ferry from Auckland (9.10 AM from Devonport). Buy your own ticket at wharf $36 adult return; free with gold card. We will use hired vans ($25 per person). Numbers limited so BOOK NOW by emailing/or phoning Helen Holzer (6367719, and confirming with your $25 (cheques made out to Auckland Geoclub) sent to 4a Kawau Rd, Greenlane or pay into Geoclub Kiwibank account (above) on-line. Bring lunch. Grade: Moderately easy, some intertidal walking and 2 km walk at Stoney Batter. No cancellation for weather.

    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_).