Our stories

GeoCamp inspires the next generation

Inspiring children to develop a passion for science and encouraging students to consider a career path in science are all part of our community engagement activities.

Unravelling the mystery of the Pink and White Terraces

The mystery of whether New Zealand’s famous Pink and White Terraces — Te Otukapuarangi and Te Tarata — still exist and their exact whereabouts is one step closer to being solved. A first glimpse of the Pink Terraces in an expedition mounted by GNS Science has provided some initial answers.

Wananga with north Taranaki iwi

Telling stories from different perspectives — scientific and Māori — provides GNS Science with a much greater appreciation of fundamental issues facing our communities.

Delving into a submarine volcano

GNS Science has led research on an active submarine volcano northeast of White Island, which may help the world find more clean-tech minerals such as copper as we move towards a low-carbon society.

Reviving land and water resources for tangata whenua

GNS Science and local iwi are partnering in two new land and water restoration projects. One project is aiming to rehabilitate land impacted by geothermal development near Reporoa in the Rotorua district, and the other will improve land and water quality around Hokianga Harbour in Northland. 

Geological map gets better and better

The development of the New Zealand landmass we see today occurred over many hundreds of millions of years. And yet we regularly need to update our geological maps to reflect the changes happening now and our increased understanding as science moves forward. 

Unlocking the secrets of the Hikurangi Subduction Zone

New Zealand’s largest and most active fault — the Hikurangi subduction zone — continues to be intensively researched to reveal the history of past earthquakes and modern-day fault slip behaviour. This zone is where the Pacific tectonic plate dives beneath the Australian plate, and it can produce our largest earthquakes and tsunamis.