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Amateur Radio Branch 63 Upper Hutt
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Meet people and make friends using radio to talk around New Zealand and the rest of the world. Experiment with electronics & radio.each Friday night 7.30 informal get together.

Animation Beginners Classes for Ulead
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Ulead Gif Animator 5 user and learner online hobby group. Ulead Photo Impact editing software contains UGA5 which is a fun application. Learn how to make your own animations … animate photographs, animated writing signatures and more!

Auckland  Seed Savers
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Seed saving is an enjoyable activity that everyone can undertake. The Auckland Seed Savers was established to perpetuate and promote genetic diversity within food crops with an emphasis on heirloom vegetables (these are seeds that are handed down from one generation to the next). Since the 1920’s we have lost at least 90% of our vegetable cultivars, due to rationalization by our major seed suppliers. We meet twice a year at the AUCKLAND REGIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS. There is a Spring meeting and our AGM is during the Autumn meeting. New members are most welcome to join us at our meetings and to share in a lite pot luck lunch. During the meeting old & new members have a chance to swap seeds and chat with each other, & share their gardening secrets.. During the year, there are meetings in other parts of Auckland, and field trips to private gardens or north to ‘The Koanga Gardens’, and any other places of interest to the members. As well as these activities, there are various garden shows and ‘The ECO Show’ held in New Lynn each year, and we try to have display stands at least in some of these shows each year. Sometimes these displays will be in conjunction with the Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens, and in 2006 we had a stand at the Ellerslie Flower Show. and achieved a Gold Medal at our first major flower and gardening show. Seed collecting and cleaning and handy tips on selecting, harvesting and cleaning seeds for donating to the Auckland Seedsavers Seed Bank. Seed saving is an enjoyable activity that everyone can undertake. As seedsavers members, we have often been asked by friends why do you bother saving seeds? Why do you not just buy what is available at your garden center ? I guess there are many reasons why we try to save much of our own seed. We can get a wider variety of plants that are not available commercially. We do not want to grow vegetables that have been bred to have thick skins and able to look good even if they have been grown in the South Island then transported to Auckland for sale. I want to grow vegetables that taste great, that are adapted to conditions in my garden, and most importantly that are full of vitamins and minerals that are needed for a healthy diet. Scientific research is supporting the idea that heritage vegetables and fruit are healthier than commercial ones. As a member of the Auckland Seedsavers, you can learn about the preservation, distribution and exchange of open-pollinated seeds in your local area, and share in the experiences of others. The Seedsavers network is a non-profit group of like-minded individuals who are passionate about saving our plant heritage, and growing those fantastic fruit and vegetables that have been passed down through families and friends. Grown, cooked and eaten by you and your family, what better story can there be. Every seed has a story – come and share yours. You can email us at:- akseedsavers@orcon.net.nz or saimuller@paradise.net.nz

Auckland Dollmakers & Collectors Club
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Formed in 1985 the Auckland Dollmakers & Collectors club holds Club days once a month (Sunday) at Ferndale house Mt Albert. Meet with others who enjoy this hobby we have an excellant library. Share your knowledge and have some fun. Annual show in September each year at Freemans Bay Community Centre Hepburn St, Ponosnby. Show includes doll competitions, raffles, doll valuations, doll traders. for more information please call.

Book Discussion Scheme
Short Description: NZ’s only nationwide book club/book group organisation (non-profit)
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Book groups are a great way for men and women to make reading a social experience, to develop friendships, and to share perspectives and keep involved in current affairs. Book Discussion Scheme makes reading affordable, convenient & fun by lending book-sets and professionally prepared book notes. More than 900 fiction and non-fiction titles available. Individuals and small groups (up to 12 people) can join. Phone 365 6210 or email bds@bds.org.nz
Watch our 3-minute introductory video at www.bds.org.nz/vid

Christmas Displays Community
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We are a NZ based website that brings together people from around New Zealand who like Christmas Displays. Learn how to do your own, chat in the forum, share recipes, photos and lots more. Visit our website today.

Cloth Dolls For Fun
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Foxton Town & Country Spinners and Weavers
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We are affiliated to the NZ Spinners Weavers and woolcrafters and our aims are to provide a local club outlet to fulfil the aims of the society. We meet weekly on Tuesdays and on Thursdays at our Club rooms at 204 Foxton Shannon Road from 10am to 2pm (approx) Tuesdays is a general club day, where we may have hands on demo’s or see videos, as well as discuss and show our latest creations, or get more experienced advice on a technique. Every 2nd Thursday of the month the group concentrate on Felting, and exploring that technique, and on the 3rd Thursday of the month the Weavers in the group get together. We have also held workshops with visiting Tutors as being part of the NZSWWS means that we have access to national and overseas Tutors. We have an extensive library, and equipment can be hired out on a weekly basis. Please feel free to come in and see us, and if you would like any further information please give us call………… Marion 06) 368 1060…. Dorothy 06) 363 8850….. Molly 06) 363 8777….

Friends of the Botanic Gardens Inc
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To promote,support and protect the Gardens for the purpose for which they were established. Also to promote public interest in and appreciation of the flora and fauna.

Hamilton Amateur Radio Club (Branch 12 NZART)
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Meet people and make friends using radio to talk around New Zealand and the rest of the world. Experiment with electronics & radio. The Committee meet at the Clubrooms on the first Wednesday of the month. General club meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month, generally at the clubrooms. We generally have a speaker speaking on an aspect of Amateur Radio, followed by a time of fellowship and a cup of coffee together. AREC Section Meetings are held on the fifth Wednesday of the month. http://zl1ux.tripod.com/

 
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