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Fri, 05 Apr


Tauranga City Library

'Fungi Fetish: how fungi took over my life' talk with Shirley Kerr - Tauranga Library

Come along and meet award winning botanist and ex biology/science teacher Shirley Kerr, learn all about fungi and connect with other fungi loving people!

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'Fungi Fetish: how fungi took over my life' talk with Shirley Kerr - Tauranga Library
'Fungi Fetish: how fungi took over my life' talk with Shirley Kerr - Tauranga Library

Time & Location

05 Apr 2024, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm NZDT

Tauranga City Library, He Puna Manawa 21 Devonport Road, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand


About the event

About Shirley Kerr

Awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to mycology in 2021, Mrs Kerr has a background in education, teaching at several secondary schools between 1973 and 2017, specialising in biology. She has been a driving force for mycological exploration and education in the Bay of Plenty area. She has built a database of species on her website Kaimai Bush and in 2019 published A Field Guide to New Zealand Fungi, which has been highly acclaimed nationally and internationally for its accessibility. She has found at least five previously undescribed species and recorded in excess of 600 different species. She served on the council of the Fungal Network of New Zealand (FUNNZ) for 15 years, was Treasurer from 2009 to 2011, and played a key role in organising four annual New Zealand Fungi Forays. The Fungal Forays attract scientists from New Zealand and overseas. Mrs Kerr’s voluntary education efforts in mycology have included running workshops for upskilling in macro photography for botanical work, fostering children’s interest at national forays, organising field trips, public speaking engagements, and providing samples of Landcare New Zealand’s Herbarium or for overseas examination.

Presentation followed by Q&A with light refreshments.

A Field Guide to New Zealand Fungi, arguably the best NZ fungi field guide, will be available for sale at the event.

Event Details:

  • Date and Time: Friday 5th of April, 6-8pm
  • Location: Waihirere Room, Te Ao Mārama - Tauranga City Libraries
  • Doors Open: 5:50pm
  • Free event, all ages (recommended 10+)

Secure your spot now for an engaging Fungi Talk with Shirley Kerr, learning all about her journey with fungi and fostering a deeper connection to the fungal wonders around us!

Held in collaboration with Te Ao Mārama -Tauranga City Libraries.

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