TALKS:  Please note: Unless otherwise stated talks are held on the second Wednesday of each month except for December and January.   The venue is Tahunanui School Hall, Muritai Street, Tahunanui. All talks start at 7:30pm.  Contributions for the sales table are most welcome. Gold coin donation please towards hall hire and supper. Car pool to minimise global footprint.

WALKS:  Please wear appropriate clothing, sturdy footwear and gear to cope with weather changes, take sun block, lunch, drinks and snacks.  Contact the Trip Leader for more information.  

For queries on any part of the programme contact or phone 5450989 


Saturday 8 July   Weedbusters Ronga Reserve, Rai Valley

Ronga Recreation Reserve, Rai Valley Weedbusters. 10am-3pm. We have just been awarded $60,000 over three years to help restore this valley floor forest. We will be undertaking privet and old mans beard control. Meet at the reserve 10am returning 3pm. We can arrange shared rides. Tools provided. Bring lunch, water, stout footwear and warm clothes. If the weather looks bad, phone 5452431 on the day after 8am to check or find your way there. F&B have planted 5000 trees here as part of the long term management of this stunning treeland and forest. email is:


Saturday 15 July   Orphanage Stream Community Planting

Orphanage Stream Community Planting.10 am Nelson Nature are looking at the health of the urban streams that run through Stoke. F&B would like to help by planting shade trees alongside Orphanage Stream, above the whitebait spawning area by Bunning's carpark. Bring a spade (or be a planter) solid footwear and gloves. Contact Julie 5450989. If wet Saturday 22


Wednesday 19 July   Evening Talk about Healthy Oceans

NOTE 3rd Wednesday instead of our usual 2nd Wednesday.

Glenn Edney is an Ocean ecologist, underwater naturalist, professional diver, sailor, teacher and author. He has been exploring the Ocean and interacting with Ocean life for more than 30 years.

A professional diver Glenn has spent more than a year in total dive-time underwater. His professional diving career started in 1986 when he worked as an aquarium assistant and shark diver at Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World. He dived at the remarkable Poor Knights Islands with underwater naturalists, Wade and Jan Doak, on a daily basis. He was part of the dedicated team of diving enthusiasts and conservationists who finally achieved a marine reserve fully closed to fishing in 1998. He has run his own live-aboard dive business at the Poor Knights and still regularly skippers dive excursions to the islands.

Glenn has an MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College and Plymouth University in the UK. He studied Gaia theory, as well as complexity and chaos theory as they apply to ecological systems. He is a regular teacher on the MSc programme and a Masters dissertation supervisor and tutor on the Schumacher Certificate Programme in Colombia. His ongoing research is focused on understanding the Ocean as a living system, bringing together traditional indigenous Ocean knowledge and modern scientific ecological understanding. This research has led to his work with RESCCUE (Resilience of Ecosystems and Societies to Climate Change), an EU funded program in Vanuatu.

Over the years Glenn’s understanding of the Ocean as a vast living system has evolved from the many unique encounters he has experienced. His latest book, The Ocean is Alive: Re-visioning our Relationship with the Living Ocean, tells the story of a living Ocean and is the culmination of his current exploration into Ocean consciousness and Ocean mind.

Together with his wife Janey, they founded Ocean Spirit in 2015 with the aim of fostering in humanity a deeper and more harmonious relationship with the living Ocean. A large part of their current work is on educating about Ocean plastic pollution. They have launched the “Tutukaka Coast Plastic Free” Initiative, working with schools and community groups to engender change in the way we use plastics.