Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Further geothermal recovery at Whakarewarewa

Further geothermal recovery at Whakarewarewa


For the second time in six months, a previously dormant geothermal feature has bubbled back into life at Te Puia|New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) in Rotorua’s Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley.

Located near the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, Te Puia|NZMACI guides recently noticed the Puapua hot spring had a nearby vent spurting a substantial amount of steam and water into the air.

The regeneration of this geyser like feature is yet another significant geothermal development in the valley, following Papakura Geyser’s revival in September last year.

The regeneration of both features has been attributed to Rotorua’s bore closure programme which was implemented between 1986 and 1992.

Papakura had been a consistently active geyser until March 1979 and its failure marked a turning point in the understanding of the damage that the bore use was having on geothermal springs and geysers.

GNS Science volcanologist, Brad Scott, says the recent changes at Te Puia are a continuation of the recovery that is being seen in Rotorua since the bore closure programme and is a sign that the decisions made then are having a positive impact on the geothermal activity in the area.

“The geyser feature associated with Puapua has been known to intermittently erupt occasionally over the last decade, but the current eruptions are coupled with the highest observed water levels for more than a decade in Puapua spring.”

Mr Scott says the nearby Wairoa Geyser has also had the highest observed water levels in more than 30 years.

Te Puia Chief Executive, Tim Cossar, says the regeneration of geothermal activity at Te Puia is encouraging for staff and the local iwi (tribe), and creates a new level of interest that adds to the overall visitor experience.

“You can still see the black line where the Puapua water level once boiled rigorously. Puapua used to be a popular cooking pool in the valley and one of our team recalls the last time he used it was back in 1983.”

Mr Cossar says manuhiri (visitors) to Te Puia are able to view Papakura and Puapua from existing pathways.

“We hope to see more revitalisation in the valley in the near future, so we can share these unique experiences with our manuhiri.”

-ends-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Gordon Campbell: The PM’s Hair-Pulling Power Trip

There have been striking differences between (a) the account of the waitress involved in the hair-pulling incidents, and (b) the account being given by Prime Minister John Key. The version by the waitress is available here and is recommended to anyone yet to read it. By her account, there were multiple instances of hair-pulling and these persisted and persisted long after she had made her annoyance clear to Key – who had also been advised by his wife, and by other café staff that the behavior was evidently not being welcomed. More>>

ALSO:

War: What’s To Commemorate?

Gordon Campbell in Werewolf: Is there anything that can be validly commemorated on this 100th anniversary of Gallipoli? Beyond, that is, a fleeting sense of empathy with the thousands of soldiers killed or wounded on April 25 1915 and in the months thereafter, until the whole thing was finally called off in December 1915. More>>

MORE IN WEREWOLF:

ALSO:

Peter Ellis Case: Minister Declines Request For Commission Of Inquiry

Justice Minister Amy Adams has declined a request from supporters of Peter Ellis for a Commission of Inquiry on the basis that an inquiry cannot be used to determine the liability of any person. More>>

Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Battle Obama Is Waging Over The TPP

For the past two and a half years, this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress... Last week, the White House finally, finally unveiled a draft TPA Bill. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Govt Breaks Free Doctors Visit Promise To Kids

Documents obtained by the Green Party show that the Government decided to fund only 90 percent of doctors’ visits for children suffering from an injury in an attempt trim the cost of the so-called “free” visits. More>>

ALSO:

Other Wars: Extension Of NZDF Commitment In Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force’s commitment of mentors and support staff to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Afghanistan has been extended out to December 2016, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

PM's Press Conference: Auckland Property Prices Increasing "Too Rapidly"

John Key accepted that Auckland property prices 'are going up too rapidly” in a press conference held today in Wellington, however he said that this is not anything new. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: ANZAC PMs Concerned About ISIL Bringing The War Home

Prime Minister Key and Prime Minister Abbott spoke of the bond formed between Australia and New Zealand in the “baptism of fire” of Gallipoli. Abbott stated that New Zealand and Australia’s values and interests are linked, and this is reflected in the joint operation in Iraq which will begin shortly. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news