'End of an Era' New Zealand meteorological service scientific conferences
The New Zealand Meteorological Service held an evening function on 30 June 1992 to celebrate the end of an era, i.e. the end of its existence, as after this date, the Service was divided into two separate institutions. By this time, however, the yearly Scientific Conferences, a long established regular feature of the Meteorological Service, had already ceased to exist. These conferences started in 1952, and the last one was held in 1989. They usually took place through four days of a week, in August for the first few years, and in October afterwards. But in 1980, the newly formed Meteorological Society of New Zealand (Inc.) also started yearly conferences and in most years during 1980-1989 the two were combined into a week-long event. This resulted in a reduction of the Meteorological Service conference duration to two to three days. Statistics show only a small reduction in the number of papers delivered during the shortened conferences which was due to reduced delivery times — prior to 1980, many speakers were allocated 30-45 minutes for their papers, which was exceptional after 1980, 15-20 minutes having become the norm.