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December 09 - January 10

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Tuesday 1st December

Public Meeting - Where's the train now?

Speakers invited include:

MPs from all major parties (for and against the rail services)
Hamilton City Council Mayor
Cr Dave MacPhearson ( Hamilton City Council)
Environment Waikato Councillors
Auckland Regional Council Chairperson, Mike Lee
Campaign For Better Transport, Jon Reeves

Question and Answer Session

7:30pm - 9 :30 pm
Hamilton City Council Meeting rooms,
Garden Place
Hamilton Central

Jon Reeves
Waikato Commuter Trains NOW!
Campaign For Better Transport
021 535 295

CBT is a non politically aligned transport lobby which seeks to promote modern, sustainable transport solutions which benefit the economy as well as the environment. We seek to promote better use of New Zealand's transport assets. These include road, rail, sea, cycling and walking transport modes.

CBT is a voluntary organisation with a rapidly growing membership base across New Zealand, Australia, Unitied Kingdom and Switzerland.
You can join CBT online visit : www.BetterTransport.org.nz <http://www.BetterTransport.org.nz> and click on "Join Us"

Thursday 3rd December

The Waikato Botanical Society and University of Waikato Centre for Continuing Education present

An Evening of Islands
with award-winning documentary film-maker Robin Kewell

We are having Robin Kewell present a film evening again this year, following last years Eden Project film. This year he is showing two island films with a conservation/natural history theme: 

The Auckland Islands- Journey to the Isles of Despair ( Film 25 mins) 

Robin presents film footage taken as he sailed with natural history experts to the remote Auckland Islands 900 kilometres south of New Zealand. Situated at 50 degrees south, these islands are beyond the Roaring Forties and in the Furious Fifties...the average wind speed per day is over 35 knots. On the west coast cliffs rise sheer to a 1000ft, this is a land covered in snow and ice for many months but far enough from the Southern Ice cap to have a huge range of flora. See Hooker Sea lions, penguins, parakeets, albatross, bell birds, twisted wind-torn forests, and many weird and wonderful plants.

Planet Aldabra- No Man's Land ( Film 27 mins) 

An award-winning film commissioned by the Seychelles Islands Foundation about the largest single raised coral atoll in the world, Aldabra. North of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, home to 10,000 giant tortoises, the flightless rail, mangrove forests, roaring tides and now a World Heritage Site.

6.30pm for nibbles, 7pm film starts, lecture theatre L1, Waikato University.
All welcome $5 nibbles provided

January 2010

Tongariro Eco-adventure: a summer youth camp with A Rocha Aotearoa NZ and Scripture Union NZ

Powerful volcanoes, wild rivers, magnificent forests, delicate alpine flowers, beautiful birds, extraordinary insects. Join a group of young adults to explore the amazing ecosystems of Tongariro National Park.
Walk the Tongariro Crossing, meet real-life scientist and help on a conservation project.
Tongariro Eco-adventure is a partnership between A Rocha Aotearoa NZ
and Scripture Union. Combining a love of Tongariro's magnificent
ecosystems with all the fun and adventure of a kiwi summer camp, it
promises to be a wonderful experience. Registrations are now open. For
more information and contact details, visit www.scriptureunion.org.nz/camps/tongariro.htm

WHERE: Crusader Lodge, Mt Ruapehu
DATES: 10 – 15 January 2010
WHO FOR: 16-20 years old Co-ed
COST: $190
TEAM LEADERS: Richard Storey and Keith Hamill

Starting January 6th January

Northern King Country 2010 Summer Nature Programme
Heaps of wonderful trips, hardcopy of the programme available in the Environment Centre, Bookings to the I-site Te Kuiti Visitor Centre 07 878 8077. OR check out the DoC website.



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