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21 Aug 2019

Wednesday 21 August 2019

The Friends of King’s College are proud to present the 15th annual Friend's Ladies Lunch, proudly sponsored by Orsini Fine Jewellery.

Join the King’s College ladies for what we promise will be a fabulous afternoon of great company, food, amazing prizes and entertainment, led by our superb Master of Ceremonies Hamish McKay.

Date: Wednesday 21 August
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Venue: The Northern Club, 19 Princes St, Auckland, 1010

The Friends of King’s College are proud to introduce world renowned sailor and current King's Parent, Chris Dickson as the guest speaker at the event. Chris has recently finished a 6 month long voyage across the Pacific Ocean, determined to tackle one of deadliest threats to the sea and its marine life: PLASTIC pollution. 

During the journey, crew members used a mantra trawl to collect plastic particles from parts of the ocean where very little data has been collected before. This critical data will be added to the Global Estimate of Marine Plastic Pollution. This estimate is used to educate and support legislative changes for our future. Secure your ticket today to hear more from Chris on his voyage across the ocean.

At the lunch, a number of wonderful prizes will be available for bidding as silent and live auctions. Exciting items include the once in a lifetime kiwi egg lift experience, one night's stay for two at the luxurious Huka Lodge and many more!

Guest speaker - Chris Dickson

Chris Dickson, MBE, has been a professional yacht racing skipper for over 30 years. He has raced successfully in most of the Worlds' Ocean Racing Classics, including the Sydney-Hobart, Fastnet, Transpac, Bermuda and Whitbread (now Volvo) Round the World Race. He is based in New Zealand with his two teenage daughters.

He has skippered in 5 Americas Cups, owned his own Americas Cup and Whitbread Teams, and been CEO for 2 Americas Cups. He has won numerous dinghy titles, competed in the Olympics and won more than a dozen World titles.

Chris is an enthusiastic free diver, stand up paddle boarder and regular television and radio yachting commentator. He races and cruises thousands of ocean miles every year.

Awarded an MBE for “Services to Yachting”, Chris is a self-confessed “lover of the oceans;” and is involved with several ecological programs.

Operation nest egg - Kiwi egg lift

In 2005 a remnant kiwi population was discovered in Maungataniwha Forest (Northern Hawkes Bay). Without intervention this population would have soon become extinct to this area due to predation by stoats.

The Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust created a project to remove kiwi eggs from this forest to be incubated, hatched, and the chicks raised in a crèche until they reach a weight of 1kg. Once kiwis reach this weight they are big enough to repel a stoat attack and are released back into this forest.

This is an opportunity to visit Maungataniwha Forest and stay the night in comfortable accommodation  at the Forest Lifeforce Headquarters. You will get a first hand look at all aspects of this operation and discussion about the successes and challenges of kiwi conservation .

The main event is for you to retrieve a Kiwi Eggs from the wild, where they will be incubated, hatched and raised in the hope that they will survive and successfully breed and therefore to help re-establish this remnant population.

This trip would be available from Sept to Dec 2019

The experience includes a trip for two in a helicopter from Auckland to Maungataniwha, a night time excursion into the forest to extract eggs from the nests.  Returning back to Auckland the following day. All meals included.