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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.

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Steve Butler

Chair of the AMIDSR Board

Introduction

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Bruce Mincham

Treasurer

Representing the community of Twizel. 

Rebecca Greatrex

Secretary

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

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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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Alan Gilmore

Astronomer

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

Hon Margaret Austin

Honorary board member

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

Representing the Mackenzie District Council.

Victoria Campbell

Victoria Campbell

University of Otago

Representing Maori perspectives on Astronomy. Kāi/Ngāi Tahu.

Marianne Rogers

Advisor

Advisor on project management.

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Gavin 'Snow' Loxton

Farmer and Environmentalist

Gavin manages Sawdon Station near Lake Tekapo.

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Ursula Paul

Department of Conservation

Ursula represents the Department of Conservation.

Karen Pollard

Associate Professor & Dean

Director of Mt John Observatory University of Canterbury, Christchurch.       

Amy Menard

Amy Menard

Administration/Marketing

Freelance marketing consultant at Skylark Creative.

Our Mission

Our Vision

The goals of the Board of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve are to protect and promote the quality of the dark skies over the reserve in order to retain accreditation from the International Dark-Sky Association.

 

To achieve these goals the Board will work to achieve the following Key Performance Indicators.

  • To submit an annual report to the IDA which meets their requirements.

  • To monitor the quality of the night sky and report to the IDA

  • To work with the Mackenzie District Council (MDC) to maintain rules which protect the night sky

  • To work with the MDC to ensure existing and proposed lighting complies with the rules

  • To provide public outreach events within the Reserve area including a bi-annual Starlight Festival or Conference.

  • To provide regular media releases outlining special events, information and concerns etc.

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