May 2020 Newsflash

Hydrogeology SIG - meet convenor Hisham Zarour

I’m a passionate hydrogeologist with around 30 year's experience.  I’ve worked in New Zealand, Australia and the Middle East for research, regional, state and central government organisations, the United Nations Development Programme, the private sector and international consultancies.

I first came to New Zealand in 2004 to work for Horizons Regional Council as a groundwater scientist.  In 2006, I started my PhD study at Massey University.  Since then, I’ve worked and lived in New Zealand and overseas, returning in September 2019 to take up my current position with Stantec.
In addition to being a GSNZ member, I’m a member in the New Zealand Hydrological Society, the International Association of Hydrogeologists, the National Ground Water Association (USA) and
a Professional Member of the Royal Society Te Aparangi.

I believe we all can benefit from interacting with each other, crossing discipline and geographic boundaries.  I am keen to build bridges between organisations in New Zealand and globally who share an interest in groundwater geology, hydrology, quality and modelling. I would like to work with as many GSNZ members as possible to nourish our multidisciplinary interest in groundwater with the mutual benefit from interacting with other professionals and associations in New Zealand and internationally.

Hisham Zarour
Principal Hydrogeologist

To join the Hydrogeology SIG please select this from the SIG options on your membership profile. 

More information about the group is available on the Hydrogeology SIG page


Hochstetter Lecture

The annual Hochstetter Lecture will be going ahead, albeit in a revised format.  This years' lecturer Phaedra Upton is planning a combination of in person talks and and a virtual event. 

Exact details are yet to be determined but we would like to assure all our members this event will be going ahead this year.

The outline of Phaedra's talk can be found here.


Virtual field trip to One Tree Point

In the week before lockdown GSNZ member Lorna Strachan prepared a set of videos using a 360 degree camera.  The videos form part of a much bigger virtual field-trip for her 3rd year Sedimentology students at the University of Auckland. 

The outcrop at One Tree Point, near Whangarei, is small (250m long), but allows for easy access and analyses.  The exposed strata are Pleistocene in age (130-85 ka) and are part of a shoreface and beach succession. The students combine physical sedimentology with ichnology to answer the question:  “How did the environment of deposition at One Tree Point change during the Early Pleistocene?”

You can view the videos on YouTube here


Trans-Tasman Quaternary Science pop-up e-conference

Wednesday 1 & Thursday 2 July 2020

Purpose: an informal e-conference to highlight new or ongoing work studying the Holocene and Pleistocene record.

Presentation contents can range from past climates/environments, tectonics, stratigraphy, geomorphology, volcanology, biogeography etc., and the geography can span beyond Australia and New Zealand to our neighbouring Southern Ocean, tropical islands, Antarctica, etc. We particularly encourage submissions from early career researchers and postgraduate students.

Talks are 10 mins max, with time afterwards for discussion.

Participants from either New Zealand or Australia can attend both days. 

If you are interested in presenting, please send the following to Chris Moy, who will chair the first day, if you are based in NZ or wish to present research on that region; or Helen Bostock, who will chair the second day, if you are based in Australia and have an Australian project, by end of day on Monday, 8 June:



Contact email address:

Informative title:

Key points: These bullets (similar to what you read in papers in AGU journals) should convey the main points and conclusions of the presentation. Up to four key point statements are allowed.

A schedule and along with details about the presentation format will be distributed closer to the day.