September 2020 Newsflash

Are you ready to take a leadership role to support the geoscience community?

The GSNZ committee fills an important role in the NZ Geoscience community. It shapes the rules and develops the standards to which the community should adhere.  It supports the community via an annual conference, Newsletters, newsflashes and other events. Committee members should:

  • expect to take an active role in the committee
  • be willing to promote the society within their branch
  • contribute ideas to the committee for discussion and development
  • be available to attend all (or the majority) of meetings throughout the year
  • participate in the annual conference and attend the AGM.

A rough estimation of the time commitment is 8 days a year.  This includes preparing for and attending meetings, and working in subcommittees or groups to facilitate strategic tasks outside of meetings. 

For more information and a confidential, no-strings chat about what's involved please contact GSNZ President, James Scott.


Newsletter Editor

All good things come to an end and your Society is looking for a new Newsletter Editor.

This is a great opportunity for someone to gain valuable hands on experience of science communication, including the practical side of working with a designer and commercial printer. 

Main tasks include:

  • Liaise and build rapport with the geoscience community
  • Collect and compile articles, images and notices
  • Work closely with the graphic designer on layout
  • Manage the relationship with a commercial printer.

In order to remain informed of Society affairs the Newsletter Editor is able to attend executive committee meetings, but this is by no means a requisite of the role.

If you are considering this role and would like more details please get in touch. 

16th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits

The GSNZ is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event and GSNZ members will be able to register to attend at reduced rates.

Volcanism in Zealandia and the southwest Pacific

Part 1: Regional, South Island and Antarctic Volcanism

With the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) Scientific Assembly intending to be in Rotorua in 2022, the New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics has compiled a two part special issue that offers a collection of articles summarising our state of knowledge on 'Volcanism in Zealandia and the southwest Pacific'.

GSNZ members have FREE access to this journal via the Members’ section of the website.  

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New issue of the New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics released

Articles include:

  • Inversion history of the northern Tasman Ridge, Taranaki Basin, New Zealand: implications for petroleum migration and accumulation.
  • Re-evaluating New Zealand’s endemic Pliocene penguin genus.
  • Characterising microseismicity in a low seismicity region: applications of short-term broadband seismic arrays in Dunedin, New Zealand.
  • Structural settings of gold deposits within the Reefton goldfield, western New Zealand.

GSNZ members have FREE access to this journal via the Members’ section of the website. 

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Learning Lessons from Foulden Maar

GSNZ member and Associate Professor Daphne Lee from the Department of Geology at the University of Otago spoke to Radio New Zealand about recent research from Otago's Foulden Maar site where mummified leaves could provide an insight into how ancient plants responded to living in a world with elevated levels of carbon dioxide.

You can listen to the interview with Bryan Crump here

Whispers of Gold

On the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, lie the ghosts of Waiuta, one of New Zealand’s richest gold towns.

WHISPERS OF GOLD tells Waiuta’s story from its beginnings to current day. Archive film and photographs give a rare glimpse of 1900’s mining town life – the colourful characters, stories, and the gold that kept its heart beating but left a toxic legacy.

Waiuta has now come full circle as a passionate group restore it as an official New Zealand Landmark, while others are looking to once again mine the untold riches below.

More information including screening locations and times can be found on the Whispers of Gold website.