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Date, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand


The Mackenzie night sky celebrated at Christchurch International Airport

Air passengers flying in or out of Christchurch airport who happen to use the air bridge for gate 19 should admire the beautiful images of the Mackenzie night sky, photographed by Tekapo photographer Fraser Gunn to mark the formation of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.

The photographs line the whole length of the air bridge at gate 19. If you are not able to see the photographs see the website of John Doogan Photographer - Christchurch Airport Airbridges Virtual Reality Tour

John Doogan is a photographer from Christchurch and has taken photos of the air bridge displays at the airport, including Bridge 19, Mackenzie Night Sky. So you don't need to buy lots of flights in and out of Christchurch to admire these images!

Opening of the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve in Ireland

The third International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR) with gold-tier status to be recognized anywhere in the world by the International Dark-Sky Association is the Kerry IDSR in the west of the Republic of Ireland.

Martina McAuley (who is Irish) from Earth and Sky Ltd in tekapo travelled back to Ireland to represent the Aoraki Mackenzie IDSR at the opening of the Kerry IDSR on 6 August 2014. She presented them with a trophy from the Aoraki Mackenzie IDSR and took greetings from the members of the AMIDSR Board. The lead person in the Kerry application was Julie Ormonde, and we extended a warm invitation to her and any others from Kerry to come to the Second Starlight festival, to be held in Twizel, 9 to 11 October 2015. 

It is proposed to have a twinning relationship between the two reserves and a commemorative plaque is being planned. The following article is from the Kerryman newspaper:


Banner image courtesy of Fraser Gunn Photography, Tekapo