Coming events

You’ll come across details of these on the Events page but as they’ve all been added  recently, thought I would highlight them here too.

Emeritus Professor Sir Alan Mark, from the Botany Department at Otago University, will deliver the same lecture on June 12 in Tauranga and June 13 in Hamilton – An Appeal for a Wise Political Response to our Deteriorating World.

He is the leader of an appeal by a group of 100 New Zealanders to all political parties to design robust cross-party strategies and policies to give future generations the best chance of security, peace, social justice and opportunity for all.

Sir Alan is one of this country’s leading plant ecologists and was actively involved in protests over the raising of Lake Manapouri. He is a former president of Forest and Bird and is now a Conservation Ambassador for that organisation. Sir Alan was made a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1987 and was knighted for his conservation work in 2010.

Hear him in Tauranga on Wednesday, June 12, at 6pm in Lecture Theatre 104 at the Bongard Centre, 200 Cameron Rd; in Hamilton on Thursday, June 13, at 6.30pm in Room SG.02 at the University of Waikato (Gate 8, Hillcrest Rd). The information I’ve been sent did not indicate the need to book or that there is a charge. For more information email J Faber.

Laurie Jeyes has been in touch to say the date of his popular free rose pruning demonstration at Palmer’s in Bethlehem won’t be Sunday, June 16 after all as the rose society has another event that day. He will advise asap the new date and I’ll let you all know.

The country’s annual Garden Bird Survey takes place between June 29 and July 7. Participants need to watch for birds in the garden for 1 hour only at some time between the survey dates, record species seen or heard, and complete a survey form, either online (preferred) or on paper. Click on the link for more details.

Thinking ahead, all things tulip (and Dutch) will be celebrated at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival in Victoria, Australia, from September 12 to October 8, the 60th festival.

Katikati-based Kings Seeds has some ideas for schools wanting to raise funds and for community groups wanting to raise funds. Although there’s no obvious place to find the information on their website, NZ Bulbs, based in Feilding, does the same sort of thing. You might have to drop them an email for information.

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