OUR CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

  • Great Greenhouse Gas Grass Off
  • Zealandia switch clue to climate
  • Latest on Lakes380
  • Top award for early career scientist

NATURAL FORCES AT WORK

  • Monitoring March tsunami
  • Celebrating 20 years of GeoNet
  • Front row to the Hikurangi margin
  • New Alpine Fault insights

Te Pū Ao

Te Pū Ao

A digital magazine from GNS Science


TOWARDS ZERO CARBON

  • The future of green hydrogen
  • Powering up in Northland

LAND AND SEA DISCOVERIES

  • Lake Rotomahana like never before
  • Jam roll or ancient underwater landslide?
  • Augmented reality geoscience on tour

A digital magazine from GNS Science

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Welcome to Te Pū Ao

Welcome to
Te Pū Ao

A message from Gary Wilson, General Manager Strategy and Chief Scientist.

This is the second edition of GNS Science’s digital magazine Te Pū Ao.

In the video, hear Gary speak about what GNS Science is doing for a cleaner, safer, more prosperous New Zealand, including outlining GNS Science’s own carbon reduction plans under the Toitū Envirocare programme.

Also, many thanks for clicking to donate to The Wonder Project in our inaugural issue. For every click, we’ve been able to help young Kiwis learn more and get excited about science, technology, engineering and maths.

OUR
CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

Environment and Climate

Great Greenhouse Gas Grass Off

Last year GNS Science launched the #GreatGreenhouseGasGrassOff project and now national results are in. Grass sample testing during Level 4 lockdown showed a significant drop in fossil fuel CO2 emissions across the country.

Environment and Climate

Top award for early career scientist

GNS Science’s Dr Georgia Grant took out the 2020 Hatherton Award, from Royal Society Te Apārangi, for her paper on sea-level variability during the Pliocene Epoch, which was published in Nature in 2019.

Environment and Climate

Latest on Lakes380

Delving deep into the secrets preserved under our nation’s lakes, the Lakes380 project has captured the imagination of communities, iwi and scientists.

Environment and Climate

Zealandia Switch clue to climate

Te Riu-a-Maui/Zealandia could play a key role in the Earth’s climate – sitting in the middle of a crossroads between ocean currents and climate.

GeoCamp Wairarapa

“If you make good observations, you can’t be wrong.”

That’s the heart of GeoCamp – a hands-on, field-based immersive learning experience designed to challenge kids to ‘step into the shoes of a scientist’ and discover the wonder of scientific inquiry for themselves.

Held this year in south Wairarapa, GeoCamp 2021 saw 31 intermediate-age local students and their teachers exploring the science on their doorstep, led by expert scientists from GNS Science.

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NATURAL FORCES AT WORK

Natural Hazards and Risks

New Alpine Fault insights

The Alpine Fault represents a major earthquake threat to the South Island and recent scientific findings have helped to refine the nature of that threat. One of those findings puts the chance of a major quake on the fault at 75% in the next 50 years, compared to the previously estimated figure of 29%.

Natural Hazards and Risks

Front row to the Hikurangi margin

Data gathered from seafloor observatories east of Gisborne earlier this year is giving scientists an unprecedented insight into the internal workings of the Hikurangi subduction zone.

Natural Hazards and Risks

Monitoring March tsunami

New Zealand’s network of deep ocean tsunami sensors demonstrated its value during the series of earthquakes and tsunamis off East Cape and at Raoul Island in early March.

Natural Hazards and Risks

Celebrating 20 years of GeoNet

In July GeoNet will hit a ground-breaking milestone as it turns 20 years old. That’s two decades of growing the network, building data sets, increasing monitoring capabilities and improving awareness of the geohazards we live with here in Aotearoa.

Inspiring the next generation of scientists

This summer, GNS Science once again hosted a cohort of student researchers.
Our involvement in annual scholarship programmes accelerates the practical learning of early career scientists, exposes them the incredible range of science we work on, and ultimately contributes to the science sector’s goal of creating a diverse workforce.

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TOWARDS ZERO CARBON

ENERGY FUTURES

The future of green hydrogen

A major new investment in New Zealand’s energy future could transform the way we produce, use and store energy.

ENERGY FUTURES

Powering up in Northland

One of the largest projects ever undertaken in Northland has had GNS Science expertise and planning input. The 32MW Ngāwhā Geothermal Power Station near Kaikohe, owned and operated by Top Energy, went live in December 2020.

Billy Apple X GNS Science

The full-colour framed canvas which now hangs in our Avalon office is the second collaboration between conceptual artist Billy Apple® and GNS Principal Scientist Cornel de Ronde.

Created as a companion to the stainless-steel plaque in the Tararua Ranges which marks the geographical centre of New Zealand’s Extended Continental Shelf, Billy gifted the artwork to GNS to acknowledge all the hard work done to pinpoint the centre of New Zealand’s territory.

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LAND AND SEA DISCOVERIES

LAND AND MARINE GEOSCIENCE

Jam roll or ancient underwater landslide?

How can a virtual field trip include not just excellent science, but the experience of being out on location? GNS Science’s Malcolm Arnot and Suzanne Bull decided to give it a try - and the results are a mix of science, travelogue and impressive drone shots, with the odd cake thrown in.

LAND AND MARINE GEOSCIENCE

Lake Rotomahana like never before

A new map of the lake floor of Lake Rotomahana is the first new bathymetric map of the lake in 40 years and represents nearly a decade of data gathering by GNS Science and American partners.

LAND AND MARINE GEOSCIENCE

Augmented reality geoscience on tour

What do you get when you cross a humble sandbox with cutting edge augmented reality (AR) technology? The most immersive and exciting geoscience school lesson ever!

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The eight members of Science New Zealand proudly work individually and collectively alongside the rest of government to create a more prosperous, sustainable and innovative New Zealand.

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smart and passionate people
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sites accross New Zealand
6,000+
science projects each year
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nationally significant databases & collections
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