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The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve and light pollution issues in New Zealand

I will discuss the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, recognized by IDA in 2012, and how the reserve is managed and promoted to the public to make them aware of light pollution issues and in order to promote star-gazing and astro-tourism. AMIDSR is the world’s largest Dark Sky Reserve recognized by IDA and has gold tier status. We will have a Starlight festival in October to promote the Reserve to the public.

John Hearnshaw

AUTHORS/INSTITUTIONS: J. Hearnshaw, Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND

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