Hawke's Bay Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Annual Report for Year Ended 31st December, 1949.
Meetings. 1949 was again a very active year for the Society. Council met five times, and at the Annual General Meeting Miss Woodhouse lectured on New Zealand books. At the two Quarterly Meetings Dr. Brown addressed members and friends on the Fiordland Expedition in August, and Dr. Falla spoke on the discovery of the Notornis in October.
Administration. The arrangements by which Council meets alternately in Napier and Hastings have been found to work satisfactorily for both Napier and Hastings members.
Membership. The total membership of the Branch is 136, of whom four are Life Members; 1948 membership, 126; died or left, 8; new members, 18.
Bulletin. Two bulletins appeared during the year, one containing Miss Woodhouse's talk on New Zealand Books given at the last Annual General Meeting in 1949, and the other containing Dr. Brown's lecture on the Fiordland Expedition.
Library. A meeting was held with representatives of the Art Society and the Public Library to discuss the question of duplicating the purchase of books, and it was decided that books on active Science should be the responsibility of the Royal Society, the Public Librarian making recommendations as she thought fit.
Incorporation. It has been decided during the year that the Society should become incorporated and the matter is now completed. The future name of the Society will be “The Hawke's Bay Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Incorporated.” The new rules have been drafted and have been approved by the Registrar.
Sections. Sections have been very active during the year. There are now six sections which have all held regular meetings during the year for members only, and on the visit of well-known personalities the meetings have been thrown open to all members and friends. Dr. Falla lectured to members and guests of the Ornithological Section at the Spring Quarterly meeting; Dr. Owen Thomas lectured on Phase Contrast Microscopy; and the Geographical Section undertook extensive field work in connection with the Land Utilization Survey.