Global Geoparks

Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust delays Geopark application

The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark (WWG) Trust has decided, in consultation with the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, to delay its application for UNESCO accreditation of the Waitaki Whitestone aspiring Geopark (WWaG). This decision was made following recommendations made in a report commissioned by the Trust and written by Professor Patrick McKeever, a founding member… Read more »

Waitaki Whitestone Geopark application dossier sent to UNESCO in Paris

Waitaki Whitestone Geopark is one step closer to becoming a UNESCO Global Geopark, with its 300-page dossier endorsed by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. The dossier was submitted to UNESCO headquarters in Paris this week. The proposed UNESCO Global Geopark documentation will be subjected to a desktop evaluation by the Paris Secretariat. If… Read more »

Best practice learning from Global Geoparks conference

An international Global Geoparks Network conference in Trentino, Italy provided a powerful networking opportunity this month. The members of the Network, of which membership is obligatory for UNESCO Global Geoparks, are committed to working together, exchanging ideas of best practice, and joining in common projects to raise the quality standards of all products and practices… Read more »

Waitaki Whitestone visit

Waitaki Whitestone has chalked up another milestone in its bid for UNESCO Global Geoparks status. Drivers behind the aspiring geopark hosted our Chair Robyn Baker from 13-14 August, along with two New Zealand UNESCO Global Geoparks Expert Advisory Panel members: Natural Sciences Commissioner Dr Geoff Hicks and Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research Māori development general manager… Read more »

Radio interview: Mike Gray on Waitaki Whitestone Geopark

Radio NZ’s Jesse Mulligan interviews Mike Gray, director of the Vanished World at Duntroon, who explains what makes the Waitaki region so special… and why it should become a UNESCO Global Geopark. Listen to the interview

‘Waitaki Whitestone’ preferred candidate for UNESCO Global Geoparks programme

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has endorsed the ‘Waitaki Whitestone Aspiring Geopark’ to bid for international UNESCO Global Geopark status. Waitaki District Council submitted an expression of interest to become a Geopark in April this year. The proposed Geopark would encompass most of the Waitaki District. It includes well-known tourist sites such as… Read more »

UNESCO Global Geoparks programme to be established in New Zealand

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is delighted to announce the establishment of a UNESCO Global Geoparks programme in New Zealand. “This will bring global recognition to areas of internationally significant geology in New Zealand that meet UNESCO’s criteria,” says Dr Geoff Hicks, Natural Sciences Commissioner, New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO (pictured). The… Read more »