RASNZ President John Drummond's season's greetings and round up of various activities coming up in 2018.

Welcome to the New Year! Many thanks to the RASNZ Council for a productive 2017 – and to you, the RASNZ members for your continued support. It is very encouraging to see so many people committed to the future of New Zealand astronomy and our Society. We would love to see the Society keep growing. Perhaps as a New Year’s resolution, aim at telling your astronomy friends about the RASNZ and how to join!

2018 should be another productive year. We have the annual RASNZ conference in Christchurch from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th May, followed by the Variable Star Symposium from Sunday 6th to Monday 7th May. Information will be found at http://www.rasnz.org.nz/index.php/groups-news-events/events/32-conference/444-conf-next as it becomes available. In addition, the following dates should be noted –

DATE (2018)

EVENT

VENUE

WEBSITE/INFO

Jan 1 (Mon)

RASNZ subscriptions for 2018 due

-

RASNZ Rule 114

Jan 18-23 (Thu-Tue)

Central Star Party

Hawkes Bay

http://www.censtar.party/

Jan 19-21 (Fri-Sun)

Star Date North Island

Carterton

http://www.astronomynz.org/

Feb 3 (Sat)

Deadline for RASNZ Fellow nominations

-

RASNZ Rule 19

Feb 3 (Sat)

Deadline for RASNZ Honorary Members nominations

-

RASNZ Rule 11

Feb 3 (Sat)

Deadline for RASNZ Murray Geddes nominations

-

RASNZ By-Law G5

Feb 3 (Sat)

Deadline for nominations of RASNZ Officers for 2018-20

-

RASNZ Rule 74

Feb 3 (Sat)

Deadline for the Earth & Sky Bright Star Award

-

RASNZ By-Laws K

Feb 15 (Thu)

RASNZ Section and Group reports due to the Secretary

-

RASNZ By-Law F14

Feb 16-19 (Fri-Mon)

Star Date South Island

Stavely

https://www.cas.org.nz/

Mar 15 (Thu)

SWAPA applications deadline (for high school students)

-

http://www.rasnz.org.nz

May 1 (Tue)

Round One of Kingdon-Tomlinson Trust Grants close

-

RASNZ By-Law J3

May 4-6 (Fri-Sun)

RASNZ Conference in Christchurch!

Christchurch

http://www.rasnz.org.nz

May 6-7 (Sun-Mon)

Variable Star Symposium – immediately follows conference

Christchurch

http://www.rasnz.org.nz

August – late Aug

StellerFest

Foxton

http://www.horoastronomy.org.nz/

Nov 1 (Thu)

Round Two of Kingdon-Tomlinson Trust Grants close

-

RASNZ By-Law J3

November – late Nov

NZ Astrophotography Workshop

Foxton

http://www.horoastronomy.org.nz/

May 2018 be a fantastic year for all RASNZ members and may you see many clear, starry skies.

John Drummond

RASNZ president

January 2018