Beneath the waves
Raranga Whāriki Papa Moana
Two active island volcanoes lie off the Bay of Plenty coast: Tūhua/Mayor Island and Whakaari/White Island.
Risks from these near-shore islands are missing from hazard forecasting and emergency management plans.
To reduce vulnerability in our communities and to near sea-level infrastructure, our research is investigating the potential hazards – above and below the water by mapping the physical anatomy of each island.
By partnering with communities, educators, hazard managers, industry and iwi we can package the new information in the best way to increase awareness and usefulness.
Return of the 3rd Beneath the Waves voyage to Tūhua/Mayor & Whakaari/White island volcanoes
The RV Tangaroa has returned from a successful voyage to learn more about the Tūhua/Mayor and Whakaari/White island volcanoes.
Watch a video of the expedition team explain what they did on the voyage and some early insights gleaned from the seabed sediment samples taken to learn about the volcanoes’ eruption histories.