Achieving win-win outcomes for native biodiversity and pastoral farming

Friday 4 September at 6.00pm, at the Presbyterian Community Centre, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka.
Prof David Norton, School of Forestry, University of Canterbury.
Cost – $5 per person.

In order to comply with the Alert Level 2 requirements for our upcoming talk, we need to restrict attendance to no more than 100 people. To avoid turning people away at the door, we are asking people to please RSVP in advance to secure a spot . Please do not RSVP until you are sure you can attend. We would also like to encourage all guests to arrive early in order to allow for the extra time required to safely check everybody in. And as always, please stay home if you aren’t feeling well.

For those of you who are unable to attend in person, we are planning to live-streaming the talk. You can join the meeting here: https://meet.google.com/wvk-rozf-scx

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


Electric Vehicles

Friday 6 November at 6.00pm, at the Presbyterian Community Centre, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka.
Oana Jones, Full Dome producer at Otago Museum.
Cost – $5 per person.

New Zealand is in a unique position for the adoption of electric cars. With a lot of cheap imports, a majority of our power generation from renewable sources, and a national network of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, EVs are becoming more and more of a popular option for motorists. In this talk, Oana will explore electric cars from a performance, environmental and financial point of view.

Members of the local EV community will be available after the talk with their electric vehicles to answer questions and give demonstrations.

Oana Jones is the Full Dome Producer at the Otago Museum. While her job mainly focuses on Astronomy, Oana has volunteered with EECA as an EV-angelist and is secretary of the Otago Electric Vehicles Society. In her spare time she collaborates on the YouTube series ‘Charged As’ which focuses on New Zealand EV stories.


Upcoming Mars Missions – Title TBC

Friday 12 February at 6.00pm, at the Presbyterian Community Centre, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka.
Dr Brian Pollard.
Cost – $5 per person.


Dr Pollard will speak about his Mars landing work: there are 3 missions scheduled to arrive at Mars in February 2021.
The orbiter and rover from China (no earlier than 11 February), the large rover from the US/NASA (Feb. 18, 2021), and one from UAE (the Hope orbiter). Details coming soon.

Thank you to the fine folks at Maori Point Wines, who generously donate award-winning central otago wine for our speakers.


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