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15 September: Dr Phil Battley will speak on  Migration of the Godwit - ZOOM

Phil is Associate Professor in Zoology, Ecology Group at Massey University, Palmerston North.

His research focus is on bird migration, particularly of shorebirds along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.  This work involves remote tracking of bar-tailed godwits (one of the world’s most extreme avian migrants) and red knots from New Zealand, and investigating the molecular basis to migration timing. 

Phil is a member of the National Response Team for Maritime New Zealand in the event of an oil spill, and is on the editorial board of Ibis, the Journal of the British Ornithologists' Union, and The Stilt (Australasian Wader Studies Group). 

He will talk about bar-tailed godwits - explaining why individual birds migrate when they do and why a bird shows zero interest in migrating one day, yet will rally a departing flock the next.


22 September : Anja and Maarten – April 2021, around the Mountain Track Desert landscapes, scrublands and beech forests.

Maarten will talk about completing the walk around Mt Ruapehu in April this year. This is a walk they started in 2014 but did not complete.


29 September: Sandra Greig, JP – “Taita”   ?????

Sandra is a former local Lower Hutt Regional Councillor and HVDHB member. Journalist from age 14 when she began having overseas magazines print her life down under. TAITA the book began as a multi-story. First Sandra’s great grandparents lived there in 1855, proof on their wedding cert. Her immediate grandfather lived on High St Taita during 1940-60. Taita Hotel archaeologist report gave the HCC a booklet full of information on Taita town and the local Maori owning Taita Hotel with URUPA out the back, as did the Wellington Regional Council river works. And so it began.


6 October 2021 : Catherine Croucher – Biking Adventures

“What, you’re by yourself?”, “Gosh, you’re brave” and “What about your husband?” Catherine often encounters such remarks while cycle-touring alone. She reflects on these and other related matters, while giving us an account of several bike trips she has recently done.


The club is always interested to hear from anybody wanting to be considered as a Wednesday night guest speaker and is open to suggestions


If you have any suggestions for speakers, or would like to give a presentation yourself, please contact

Pamela at club night, or email details to