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Our 2021 lecture programme begins Tuesday 23 February.  Check the Lectures page for details.


The Case for Airborne Pollen Monitoring in New Zealand 

Free public lecture hosted by the Royal Society of NZ, Wellington Branch
Presented by Professor Rewi Newnham, Victoria University of Wellington
Wednesday 10 March 2021
6.00 – 7.00 pm
Victoria University Lecture Theatre KKLT301, Kirk Building, Kelburn Campus

In New Zealand, hayfever and asthma prevalence is increasing, especially among children, and we don’t know why. Pollen is a likely contributor, but information on airborne pollen levels is scarce and out-of-date.  Beyond the health sector, pollen monitoring is becoming increasingly important for tracing the biological impacts of climate change. This talk presents the trans-disciplinary case for routine monitoring and forecasting airborne pollen levels in New Zealand.


History through Art and Architecture:  A virtual tour around Italy’s magnificent villas and palaces

This 5 week lecture series is being offered through Club Garibaldi in Wellington and begins on Saturday 27 February.  Participants may attend the whole series or just individual sessions.  For further information and contact details, see the attached flyer.


Do you and your partner have a great love story?  

Pallas McTaggart, a broadcast media researcher in Auckland, is looking for a couple to take part in an international documentary series which tells stories about people over 70. The stories are about love.

The couple should have an interesting, amazing back story but there also needs to be something current we can follow. Eg, perhaps a wedding anniversary coming up, or it is a long life together love story, thwarted love, interracial couple.

You can check out Pallas’s work history at his Linked In page:

Email Pallas pallasm@xtra.co.nz if you are interested in further details.



Climate Change: Solutions

The University of Exeter in England is offering a four week on-line course exploring solutions to climate change.  The course begins on 15 February (but the material can be accessed anytime after that) and is free of charge. For further details of content and how to participate, go to the website https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/climate-change-the-solutions 


Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Institutions

This Commission of Inquiry is looking into abuse in care during the period 1950-1999.  The linked fact sheet provides further information and contact details if you or any other family members or friends consider yourself a survivor of abuse or witnessed abuse of others.  It includes information on why and how to participate if you choose to.