During the past winter session six ordinary meetings were held, at which nine papers prepared by members were read.
The number of members is 85, being an increase of 7 on the number of the previous year; but, in reality, the increase is 16, as three of the members whose names were printed in the annual report of last year, have since died, and six others have also left the Hawke's Bay District, and therefore resigned.
Throughout the year some Zoological, Botanical, Palæontological, and Geological specimens have been collected by a few of the members of the Institute for the Museum.
Thirty volumes of valuable scientific works (mentioned in the last annual report as being ordered from England) have been received and are now in the library of the society, together with a few others obtained here in New Zealand, and another large lot, to the amount of £60, has lately been ordered from London.
A further sum of £3 18s. 6d. has been contributed towards defraying expenses of publication of the “Transactions of the New Zealand Institute.”
The audited statement of accounts shows a balance of £200 5s. 2d. remaining to the credit of the society.