Eight meetings of the Council and seven general meetings have been held. The membership of the Institute now stands at 116.
Early in the session the colony suffered a great loss in the death of Mr. T. Kirk, F.L.S. At the close of the session we have to note with regret the death of Mr. John Buchanan, F.L.S., another eminent botanist, and pioneer in scientific work in New Zealand; and last, but not least, the flight Honourable Sir George Grey, first President of the New Zealand Institute, and original President, in 1851, of the New Zealand Society—the first scientific society founded in New Zealand.
A committee has been set up to recommend books necessary for the library, and they have reported to the effect that monographs of the principal groups in the animal kingdom are specially required, and they have decided to take a separate group each year.
The Council trust that no time will be lost in making suitable arrangements for the completion of the work on the New Zealand flora, left incomplete by Mr. Kirk, as for many year the work has been urgently required.
The Council desires to recognise the satisfactory progress made by the New Zealand Institute in the publication of the valuable work by Mr. A. Hamilton on “The Art and Ethnology of the Maori.”