The Whangarei Rock and Gemstone Club Inc was formed in 1973, but was originally called Northland Gemstone and Geology Group, then becoming the Northland Gemstone Club followed by becoming incorporated. We are an affiliated member of the National Association of New Zealand Rock and Mineral Clubs Inc.
Currently we have about 48 members ranging in age from over 90 to primary-aged school children. Our activities are designed to be of interest to people of all ages – one only needs to be interested in rocks, fossils or geology! Club meetings are held in our clubroom, normally on the first Monday of each month, excepting for January. However, this is sometimes changed to a Sunday or Tuesday if the first Monday happens to be a Public Holiday. Club meetings start at about 7.30pm, although the doors open about 7pm. The focus of club meetings is rocks or geology. Sometimes we have guest speakers with a variety of topics ranging for example, from the significance of dune lakes to mining, while club members are encouraged to bring along rocks for discussion or identification. Often, we have Spotlight, where the focus is on a particular type of rock or environment, e.g. obsidian.
|Workshop in action|
|Making rock animals|
|Jewellery and rocks for sale in clubrooms|
|Fieldtrip to Puhipuhi|
|Petrified wood from Tinopai|
In conjunction with the Educational Centre at KiwiNorth, club members have also participated in educational days for local school children. Club shows are held yearly. Important features of these are the colourful showcase displays of rocks and large educational posters usually on local geology. Childrens’ activities are always popular with children and adults alike, especially the microscopic displays of tiny fossils and minerals. Trading tables have rocks, minerals and jewellery for sale, and refreshments are available.
|Club show: Umaria family looking at microscope displays|
Club contacts details are:
Carol and Bill Adams - Ph 4329639 (evenings) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Shirley Gates - Ph 4346501( evenings) or email@example.com
Fay and Rob Carver - Ph 4357373
|Club show: fossil poster|