First Meeting: 3rd July, 1895.
Mr. T. Kirk, F.L.S., President, in the chair.
The President expressed his thanks for the honour conferred upon him by his election to the chair for the current year. He made a brief reference to the recent death of Professor Huxley, to whose distinguished abilities he pad a graceful tribute. Mr. Kirk then read his inaugral address, “The Displacement of Species.” (Transactions, p. 1.)
Sir James Hector proposed a vote of thanks to the President for his interesting address. He agreed with the view that the vast changes which had been effected in the fauna and flora could never be recovered from. Some were good and others very bad, and often resulted from the misdirected energy of colonists who did not realise how easy it is to disturb the delicate balance of nature.
Mr. Travers had great pleasure in seconding the vote of thanks. He had often pointed out the necessity of taking steps to prevent the introduction of undesirable plants, &c. Foreign organisms obtain a greater flourishing power here than in their own climate. He had observed the rapid growth in New Zealand of plants that would be considered insignificant in their own country-and the same with insects. Nothing was done to prevent the spread of injurious plants and insects in the first instance, and it is difficult to do it now. Snakes and toads are not allowed into the country, although they are really useful; but stoats and weasels are introduced, and they are doing harm all over the country, and it is penal to destroy them.
The vote of thanks was carried.
Mr. Kirk returned thanks.
New Members.-Dr. A. G. Talbot, Mr. A. Haylock.