Board of Science and Art Report.
The President of the New Zealand Institute is a member of the “Science and Art Board Act, 1913.” I attended the two meetings of the Board held during 1926. The chief business conducted referred to the publication of scientific handbooks and bulletins and the New Zealand Journal of Science and Technology, the control of which by Cabinet minute is now vested in the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.
Other matters dealt with were the consideration of a scheme for the establishment of a joint Museum, Art Gallery and Scientific Library, making representations to the Government on the subject of hydrographical survey, representation of New Zealand at Science Congresses outside New Zealand, the establishment of an Archives Department, a Vulcanological Observatory, the Botanical Survey of New Zealand.
Arrangements were also made for the field excursions of members of the Dominion Museum staff, the proposed purchase of museum exhibits, the examination of Kaingaroa rock carvings, the amendment of Turnbull Library Rules.
The reports of several sub-committees were received and the Board endorsed the report of Sir Frank Heath, as follows:—
“That this Board gives general approval to the report of Sir Frank Heath, and considers its adoption would greatly improve the position of industry.”
Copies of the Board's Annual Report will be circulated.
B. C. Aston,
19th January, 1927.
This report by the President was adopted.