During the session six ordinary meetings have been held, at which two papers were read and two lectures delivered.
In addition to the ordinary meetings, a course of popular lectures has been delivered under the auspices of the Institute, but only with a moderate amount of success.
During the session 5 new members have joined the Institute, and 16 names have been struck off the list.
The Institute has to deplore the removal by death of Mr. T. H. Potts, who was one of its earliest members, and contributed largely by his minute observation of nature to a knowledge of the natural history of New Zealand.
The Institute has obtained a valuable portrait of the late Sir Julius von Haast, painted by Mr. A. Cambridge. This has been hung in the library.
The balance-sheet shows a total receipt of £129 8s. 11d., and a total expenditure of £118 4s. 9d., leaving a credit balance of £11 4s. 2d. The reserve, consisting of the subscriptions of life-members, now amounts to £67 6s.