Welcome to The Wanaka Branch of the
Royal Society of New Zealand.

The Wanaka group was formed in February 2013, becoming the 9th Regional branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand which is based in Wellington. Consistent with the aims of the central organisation, the main objective of the Wanaka Branch is to advance and promote science, technology and humanities in Wanaka and the Wanaka region.

The Branch seeks to achieve this by offering a series of 6 to 10 lectures each year. It aims to bring speakers who are highly regarded in their field of knowledge and expertise, as well as good communicators. Each year a number of eminent national and international speakers, who tour New Zealand under the umbrella of the Royal Society Wellington are included in the programme.

The Wanaka Branch is constituted as an unincorporated society and comprises a membership who appoint an executive committee at an AGM held in May each year. Members receive advance notices of lectures and other communications by email. Lectures are open to the public, and usually held at 6pm on a Friday in the Presbyterian Community Centre, 91 Tenby St, Wanaka.

Becoming a Member

Anyone is welcome to become a member of the Wanaka Branch. For information about types of memberships, subscriptions/fees, how to apply, and Rules of the Society, please click on the link below.

Upcoming Talks


Home Truths

Friday 10 Nov 2017, 6.00pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, 91 Tenby St, Wanaka.
Prof. Philippa Howden-Chapman. Professor of Public Health at the University of Otago, and director of the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.

Housing, particularly its quality, availability and affordability, has been one of the main election issues. In this talk I will focus on the scientific evidence from community trials carried out by He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme on the impact of policies such as retrofitting insulation, installing effective heaters, reducing safety hazards and distributing electricity vouchers. We are increasingly using the government’s integrated data infrastructure to look at a broad range of outcomes and to add to the accumulating and compelling evidence that housing has a major influence on the health and well-being of us all.


Antarctica – Living at the End of the World.

Friday 1 December 2017, 6.00pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, 91 Tenby St, Wanaka.
Anthony Powell – Filmmaker and Photographer.

Producer of award-winning film ‘Antarctica a year on ice’, Anthony has spent 10 winters in Antarctica, first as an engineer before changing direction. He will talk about his experiences in Antarctica, and his own personal journey to be coming a full time filmmaker.



Follow the “Grebes of Wanaka” with committee member John Darby


Saving Our Lakes – What Can We Do?