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  • From Sea to Summit: the Māori and the Crown

    Typically, the stones that have made their way through faraway moraines down to the mouths of glacier-fed rivers never return to their high-altitude origins. But on the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitingi between the British Crown and the indigenous Māori people of New Zealand, Māori and Crown representatives came together…

  • Roundup: Hazard Films, Water Scarcity, and Peace Building

    Roundup: Films, Water and Peace   Films Raise Awareness in Volcanic Regions From Science Direct: “The medium of film is well established for education and communication about hazardous phenomena as it provides engaging ways to directly view hazards and their impacts… Using volcanic eruptions as a focus, an evidence-based methodology was devised to create, use, and…

  • A Living Piece of History: An Outdoor Ice Rink in New Zealand

    The remains of an outdoor ice rink near Mount Harper/Mahaanui in New Zealand offer insight into the establishment, use and decline of what may have been the largest outdoor ice rink in the Southern hemisphere. The privately built rink on South Island was a popular social amenity from the 1930s to the 1950s, playing an…

  • Rediscovering Julius von Haast, Pioneer of Glaciology

    In the history of glaciology, New Zealand’s German-born Julius von Haast ranks as an influential but otherwise little-known pioneer. In the 19th century, Haast’s scientific explorations led him to glacier-rich areas across New Zealand where he gave names to landforms, including the well-known Franz Josef, Hooker, and Mueller Glaciers on the West Coast’s South Island. A recent report by Sascha…

  • An Earthquake, a Landslide and Two Glaciers in New Zealand

    Glaciers can play an important role in landscape dynamics, interacting with other factors to shape landscape development. Two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck North Canterbury, New Zealand, a landslide occurred between nearby Fox and Franz Josef glaciers. This landslide could offer insight into the role of glaciers in seismically active areas, particularly concerning…

  • As Glaciers Melt, Tourists Keep on Coming to New Zealand

    While more people are visiting iconic New Zealand glaciers because of concerns that climate change might wipe out the ice masses altogether, visitors are reportedly underwhelmed by the melting, gray glaciers.  This finding is documented in a new multidisciplinary study, “Implications of climate change for glacier tourism,” released last month in Tourism Geographies. The findings were published…

  • Roundup: Glacier Tourism, Monitoring, and Melt

    Each weekly Roundup, we highlight three stories from the forefront of glacier news.   Tourists’ take “last chance” to see New Zealand Glaciers From The International Journal of Tourism Space, Place and Environment: “For more than 100 years, the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers in Westland Tai Poutini National Park have attracted thousands of tourists annually and…

  • For New Zealand Visitors, Helicopters Offer Only Way Onto Two Glaciers

    The only way for visitors to walk on two iconic glaciers in New Zealand, the Fox and Franz Joseph Glaciers, is by taking a helicopter ride— a situation that probably won’t change in the foreseeable future, a spokesperson for New Zealand’s Department of Conservation has told GlacierHub. The Associated Press reported in March, under the headline…

  • Roundup: Fewer Hikers, Less Pollen, More Algae on Glaciers

    Each week, we highlight three stories from the forefront of glacier news. New Zealand Glaciers Banned Hiking From Mashable.com: “New Zealand is renowned for its wondrous scenery, and among the country’s top tourist attractions are two glaciers that are both stunning and unusual because they snake down from the mountains to a temperate rain forest,…

  • Helicopter Crashes in New Zealand Glacier

    A helicopter flying over the Fox Glacier in New Zealand crashed during bad weather last weekend, killing all seven passengers. Four of the victims were British tourists and two were Australian. The pilot, who had 3,000 hours of flying experience, was from New Zealand. The main body of the helicopter was found crushed between blocks of…