Subject: Hanzab
From: "Paul Jones" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2001 21:13:53 +1100
Received this official answer on HANZAB.  From the query I posted yesterday.
 I dont think it has appeared on the list, so I am putting up this response
as an answer to my query that I expect is of interest to other people.

>Hello Paul,
>In response to your message to Birding-Aus (below), Birds Australia has not

>'suspended' the Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds.
>Furthermore, there is no intention to cancel or suspend the series, and
>work on this project is continuing.
>Financial realities have forced us to reduce the very large team which has

>been working on the project in recent years---and I presume this reduction

>in staff is what you are alluding to.
>We have been fortunate in recent years in that very generous donations have

>allowed us to employ a large number of staff to work on the Handbook, but
>our current situation means that regretably we now have to reduce the  size

>of this team.  However, we still have a full editing/production team
>working to ensure that Vol. 6 of the Handbook is published on schedule, and

>there are still sub-editors continuing work on Vol. 7, the final volume of

>the series.  So, we are continuing work on the Handbook at the greatest
>level which our financial resources permit and there is absolutely no
>question of the project being 'suspended'.
>Yours sincerely,
>Will Steele
>At 15:30 21/11/01 +1100, you wrote:
>>Further to the message by the person using the name of Calamanthus
>>maybe someone should put up exact details on what is happening with the
>>of handbook of Australian / New Zealand Birds.  I am not sure of the exact

>>so if someone has them, please put them up.

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