Welcome to the Hawke’s Bay Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand. The Branch was established in 1874 as the “Philosophical Institute” by Rev. William Colenso and others. Some indication of the scope of Colenso’s scholastic output can be seen in the New Zealand Electronic Text Collection of Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Elizabeth Pishief has written a comprehensive history of the Hawke’s Bay Branch.

The Hawke’s Bay Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand is one of a number of regional societies of the national body. The branch is active in the advancement of science and the public understanding of science, particularly through the delivery of lectures to members and the general public of Hawke’s Bay. From time to time it also assists other science promotion activities, in particular supporting science teaching in schools, and maintenance of facilities relevant to its aims.

Coming events are listed as posts on this site and to keep abreast of our activities. Becoming a member at very modest cost helps us continue our work.

The Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ) is an independent statutory body incorporating the National Academy of Science and Technology and a constituency of scientific, technological and humanities societies, regional societies, Fellows and individual Members.

RSNZ advances and promotes science, technology and humanities in New Zealand, recognises and encourages excellence in research, supports education, and publishes scientific journals, reports, and educational resources.  It administers research grants, fellowships, awards and prizes.