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Thursday 18 June 2015

Mid Winter Antarctic Celebration

On behalf of the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Antarctic Society the Chair and Committee have pleasure in inviting you and your familyt join us in celebrating Mid Winter 2015

The Mid Winter Reception is a major event in the NZAS Wellington Branch calendar. It is held on the Thursday closest to midwinter and is our annual ceremony, with four toasts (Loyal Toast, Past Parties, Present Parties, Treaty Nations) to recognise the occasion. The Branch also invites all diplomats from Antarctic Treaty signatory nations.

The reception is a relaxed and enjoyable way to meet fellow Antarcticans and members of the diplomatic community.

It is a great event to bring along friends, partners, and colleagues. For a mere $15 per person we provide refreshments. We enjoy seeing a good turnout for this significant social occasion on our Branch calendar so please plan to be there!

RSVP by Thursday 11 June to: wellington@antarctic.org.nz

or Tamsin Falconer Phone 021 133 2953 Payment can be made by either:
a.Direct crediting our bank account (Wellington Branch NZAS Westpac Lambton Quay 03-0502-0116812-00) - Please add your surname as a comment
b.Cash/cheque on the night

Royal Society of New Zealand
11 Turnbull Street
Monday, 23 March 2015

Nerd Nite - Antarctica: the past, Antarctica: the present, Antarctica: the future

Jillian Dempster, Veronika Meduna, Rob Suisted

Jillian Dempster is the head of Antarctic and Southern Ocean policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a position she has held since 2011. Previously, Jillian has worked in international environmental diplomacy focusing on biodiversity and sustainability, following various roles in UN and multilateral affairs for MFAT. Jillian's early specialisation was in China trade and development. She has been posted to Beijing and Geneva during her more than twenty year career. Jillian will talk about the future of Antarctica and international partnerships.

Veronika Meduna is the producer and presenter of Our Changing World on Radio NZ Veronika trained and worked as a microbiologist before becoming a science journalist and writer. As part of her work, she has travelled to Antarctica twice and spent a term at Green College at Oxford University as a Chevening David Low Fellow, studying the media's role in communicating scientific risk and uncertainty. Her latest book, Science on Ice: Discovering the Secrets of Antarctica, explores what the frozen continent tells us about past and future climates, survival in extreme conditions and the evolution of life. It was a finalist in the 2013 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize. Veronika will talk about the history of Antarctica.

Rob Suisted is one of New Zealand's most respected nature photographers. His love of the outdoors and our wildlife has led him to a background in zoology, previously a career in conservation management (as NZ's national marine mammal advisor) & quality management systems, along with extensive experience in New Zealand's remote back-country areas. He is also a frequent visitor to the spectacular sub-Antarctic, and Antarctic regions to the south of New Zealand. He has just finished his 15th book project, has over 30 postage stamps with his work, hundreds of calendars, and been involved with many of New Zealand's biggest visual projects. He often speaks publicly on the subjects of photography, conservation, and his travels. Rob will talk about Antarctica in the present.

A meeting arranaged by NerdNite - wellington.nerdnite.com

Hotel Bristol

6pm (speakers to start at 6:30pm)


Friday 26 June, 2015

Mid Winter's Dinner

Mid-winter dinner is almost upon us! We are hoping that you and your friends will join us in our annual get-together.

The dinner is a three-course meal, plus tea & coffee, and the ticket is $37.00 per person. Please remember that non-member Friends and Family are welcome too!

The evening will be packed full with good friends, great food and stories of the past extracted from the Oral Histories Project that the branch has been working on: prepare to see and hear the stories told by the protagonists. Here is a sneak peak of the entertainment planned for the evening: http://youtu.be/SEWBkxwGEC4

To obtain a ticket for this event, please send an email to us at: Canterbury@antarctic.org.nz or ring the Branch treasurer John Rogers on (03) 329-6884. Payment can be made electronically into our bank account number 03-0802-0095005-000 with your surname in the reference field, or by cheque on the night.

However you choose to pay for the ticket, you must RSVP by Friday 19th June, 2015 to the above contacts as we need to know numbers for catering purposes.

We look forward to seeing you all on at the Canterbury Branch Mid-winter dinner celebrations

Visions Restaurant,
CPIT Campus,
cnr of Madras St and Saint Asaph St 90 Ilam Road

6 pm

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Trans-Antarctic Expedition: Behind the Scenes

Stephen Hicks

All was often not as it seemed during the expedition. Based on orginal socurce doicuments from several different achives, the lecture will reveal many of the little known controversies of the expedition.

UCSA Event Centre
90 Ilam Road
University of Canterbury

Plenty of free parking on site

6 pm

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