Starts 26th May, 10-11.30am


Fascinated by science and the way our world works? Like variety? Then this course is for you. Speakers from quite different backgrounds will give us insights into their specialist subjects:

26th May:   Our Star – Our Climate – Graham Townsend.   What does science tell us about the Sun’s role in Earth’s climate history? A user-friendly introduction to the 4.5 billion year roller-coaster of our planet’s past climates and their impact on life.

2nd June:  Sex in Plants – Paul Broady.   Many people are unaware of the roles flowers, pollen, seeds and fruits play in the lifecycle of a flowering plant. How did this lifecycle evolve from those of more ancient plants such as conifers, ferns and mosses? When did the green algae come into the picture as the ancestor of all land plants?  How did lifecycles evolve as plants became more highly adapted to life on land? 

9th June: Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula Geopark Project – Sam Hampton (Director).   Discover how the Banks Peninsula’s Geopark status is helping to connect locals and visitors to this incredible landscape and build a sense of kaitiakitanga (guardianship and protection).