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Last Chance To RSVP: New Zealand Branch – Nelson Discussion Group – Geology and Resources of New Zealand Coalfields (Monograph 33)

Don't miss out! RSVP to join the New Zealand Branch to hear Alan Sherwood discuss Monograph 33 in Nelson on Friday 20th September.

Date: Friday 20 September 2019

Time: 5:00pm for 5:30pm Start

Nick Smith’s Community Rooms
544 Waimea Road
Annesbrook, Nelson

Parking: Parking at Nick Smith’s rooms

Cost: Free to attend

Includes: Cocktails

RSVP: Please RSVP your intention to attend by email to Carol Foote by Wednesday 18th September for catering purposes.

AusIMM published Monograph 33 in June 2019.

The Monograph covers:

  • The geological history of coal deposition in New Zealand from Late Cretaceous to Pliocene
  • The geology and resources of coal regions and individual coalfields
  • A revised coal resource inventory for New Zealand
  • A history of the coal industry, including the role of government
  • General coal properties and utilisation
  • The place of coal in the New Zealand economy
  • Mining prospects in the main coalfields


This is the re-scheduled date for Alan Sherwood's talk after the South Island sector of his national tour was disrupted by bad weather in August. Order forms for Monograph 33 will be available at the meeting.

Please note this notice also includes a summary of NDG meetings for the rest of this year.

Alan will give a talk on the main messages and conclusions that come out of the monograph.

Rather than giving a descriptive geological talk, Alan will discuss New Zealand's coal resources and the place of coal in the New Zealand economy.

For more information: New Zealand Branch – Announcing the AusIMM Monograph 33 Roadshow

Hardcopy and digital versions of Monograph 33 are now available for purchase.

Find out more

Previous Meeting:

Dr Caroline Orchiston (University of Otago) discussed the potential short and long-term impacts of an Alpine Fault event (AF8 – The Science beneath our feet). The AF8 Project is aimed at improving knowledge of, readiness for and a collective resilience to a magnitude 8 earthquake on the Alpine Fault. The Science Beneath Our Feet builds on the project’s extensive science outreach programme and collaborative approach to preparedness, extending this engagement to schools and communities in areas identified by the AF8 Scenario as most likely to be affected by an AF8 event. By sharing Alpine Fault hazard and impact research, this project aims to equip the next important generation of decision makers in the Alpine Fault region with the the knowledge and interest to engage with Alpine Fault science, and what this information means for their community.

Forthcoming Meetings:

Friday 11th October: “The Geological Photography of Lloyd Homer”. Speaker: Simon Nathan (GNS). Venue: Nick Smith's Rooms. This will be our normal monthly meeting.

Tuesday 15th October: “Earthquakes, Geometry, the Mantle Wedge and Tsunami” 2019 Hochstetter Lecture.

Speaker: Dr Bill Fry (GNS) hosted by Nelson Science Society. 7.30pm. Venue to be confirmed

Monday 21st October: Proposed Nelson date for Geoff Lyman's tour of NZ speaking on Geostatistics and Gold Sampling. Date, time and final talk title to be confirmed. Venue: Nick Smith's rooms.

Wednesday 23rd October: “Alpine Fault 8-The Science Beneath our Feet”. Back by popular demand. If you missed Dr Caroline Orchiston's sold out talk at NDG in June then mark the date now. Caroline and her Alpine Fault team will be back in Nelson for a Public Lecture hosted by Nelson Science Society (see Summary above).

Venue: Old St Johns, 320 Hardy St, Nelson at 7.00pm. No reservations required, space is limited first come first served.

Friday 13th December: NDG Christmas Party. Mark your diaries now for this year's Christmas Party. Venue: Nelson Golf Club. 7.00pm for 7.30pm sit down dinner. Speaker: Alan Eggers on the “Status of the Uranium Industry”.


Lots to look forward to!

John Dow


T: (021) 406 234

James Macdonald


T: (021) 0245 1166


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