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Our People

The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve (AMIDSR) is managed by a board of dedicated people with wide ranging skills and interests. Our purpose is to preserve the dark sky reserve, provide outreach and education, promote star-gazing and astro-tourism, and protect astronomical research at Mt John University Observatory.

Our Mission

To maintain formal accreditation as a Dark Sky Reserve from the International Dark Sky Association (IDA), by working with key stakeholders and engaging with local communities to preserve the quality of the natural night skies through responsible lighting policies, actions, and public education.

Our Vision

That the quality of the natural night skies of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve are protected against light pollution – now and in perpetuity – and the reserve is recognised in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally as a centre for astro-tourism and public education.

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Steve Butler

Chair of the AMIDSR Board

President and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (RASNZ), leader of the RASNZ DarkSkies Group, and member of the International Dark-Sky Association.

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Prof John Hearnshaw

Astronomer

Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at the University of Canterbury. Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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Bruce Mincham

Treasurer

Representing the community of Twizel. 

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Alan Gilmore

Astronomer

Past Superintendent of Mt John Observatory, Manager of the Reserve, Lake Tekapo.

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Rebecca Greatrex

Secretary

Key driver of SH80 and SH8 being recognised as the 'Starlight Highway' by the NZTA.

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Hon Margaret Austin

Patron

Office of Patron and Project leader for AMIDSR. Advisor on world heritage issues. Companion of NZ Order of Merit.

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Cr Anne Munro

Mackenzie District Council

Representative of the Mackenzie District Council

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Gavin 'Snow' Loxton

Farmer and Environmentalist

Gavin manages Sawdon Station near Lake Tekapo.

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Victoria Campbell

University of Otago

Representing Maori perspectives on Astronomy. Kāi/Ngāi Tahu.

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Ursula Paul

Department of Conservation

Representative for the  Department of Conservation.

Marianne Rogers

Marianne Rogers

Advisor

Advisor on project management.

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Michele Banister 

University of Canterbury

Lecturer in astrophysics at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch.       

Amy Menard

Amy Menard

Skylark Creative

Administration and marketing.