Hawke's Bay Philosophical Institute.
Nine meetings were held during 1916, and the following papers were read. “Shakespeare's Tercentenary,” by several members; “Educational Science,” by D. A. Strachan, M.A.; “Colenso's Diaries,” by W. Dinwiddie; “Some High Temperatures in Modern Industry” (illustrated), by J. H. Edmundson, “A Trip Across the Kaikouras” (including discovery there of the black land-snail), by F. Hutchinson, jun.; “Mind in Animals,” by Sir Robert Stout; “The Artesian Wells of Hawke's Bay,” by H. Hill, B.A., F.G.S.; “The Battle of Omarunui” (two versions, illustrated), by W. Heslop, J. B. Fielder, and Colonel Porter; “Distinctive Features of Modern Civilization,” by W. Kerr, M.A.
At the annual meeting, 2nd December, 1916, the annual report was read and adopted.
At the end of the session the membership of the Institute was seventy-nine, two members having left the district and four new members having joined. The Council met five times. The Treasurer's statement shows a credit balance of £63 0s. 3d.
Officers for 1917.—President—W. Dinwiddie. Vice-President—T. Hyde. Council—W. A. Armour, M.A., M.Sc.; J. W. Craig; H. Hill, B.A., F.G.S.; F. Hutchinson, jun.; W. Kerr, M.A.; T. C. Moore, M.D. Hon. Secretary—E. F. Northcroft (Roslyn Road, Napier). Hon. Treasurer—D. A. Strachan, M.A. (Education Office, Napier) Hon. Auditor — J. S. Large. Hon. Lanternest—E. G. Loten. Representative—H. Hill, B.A., F.G.S.