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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?


Once again, Prof Cam Nelson of Waikato University drove up to give us a superb and easily understood talk at the Nov meeting. This year his topic was calcareous algal contributions to making limestones and what they can tell us about the rocks they occur in. The large turnout was entertained and educated all evening and we thank Cam (who is not well) for his huge efforts over recent years to come and share some of his vast knowledge and research experience. Since our last newsletter, the week long trip by 18 Geoclubbers to Norfolk Island has returned with many reports of a more relaxed style of trip, with great weather and the advantages of staying in one place all week located right in the gentile retail/restaurant centre of the island. Everybody had a chance to taste various aspects of the island's geology, human history, botany, ornithology, underwater marine life, sunbathing on the beach and icecream. The highlight came on the first day with a boat trip circumnavigating Norfolk and the two smaller offshore islands. Thankyous to those involved in organizing the trip - Helen Holzer, Christine Major and Bruce Hayward. Last Sun 19 members drove all the way up to Pahi to examine the two different Eocene greensands and two different Oligocene and middle Eocene muddy limestones within slabs of Northland Allochthon. Find of the day was two pieces of fossil nautiloid by Malcolm MacAvoy. Many thanks to leader Bruce Hayward.

2016 SUBS NOW DUE ($10 per email member/family; $20 per postal member/family). Please pay Peter Scott at 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 13 IS OUT - a good read for Xmas.

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.
    All members are invited to prepare a 5-10 min presentation on something geological - a computer projected talk (bring on a memory stick), specimens to talk about or something else. If you do not have something to present please come along and support those who do. A small contribution to a Christmas supper afterwards would sweeten up the last meeting of 2015. Meeting starts with short AGM. Anyone who wishes to join the committee is invited to volunteer. This is also your annual opportunity to suggest what you would like the club to offer next year.
  • No monthly meeting in January. First meeting in 2016 is Feb 16th
  • SUN 20th Dec CHRISTMAS BBQ, HUNUA FALLS. Short walk to the falls to look at the rocks at 5.30 PM from the carpark followed by BBQ picnic tea. Optional hunt for fossil Eocene leaves in Drury Coal Measures (repeat of earlier trip this year) in small stream bed. Meet at 4 PM at junction of Ponga Rd and Hunua Rd (6 km before falls). Bring a hammer, and newspaper to wrap fossils. Moderately easy. Leader Bruce Hayward. For BBQ bring your own food and something to go on the supplied BBQ. If weather is threatening, ring Bruce (5231667) at 2.30 PM to check whether the trip is on or not.

    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_).