Paihere GeoPark

Dr Sam Hampton of the University of Canterbury has been developing the concept of a GeoPark for the Banks Peninsula, called the Paihere (which translates as “bundle”) GeoPark. A GeoPark highlights regions of geographical significance, including geology, natural and human history, and landuse. Some GeoParks are UNESCO recognised with the aim being to give local people a sense of pride in their region and strengthen their identification with the area.

The Chair of the Trust Simon Mortlock and Trust Manager Suky Thompson are working with Dr Hampton to establish the most effective way the Trust could help this project progress.

Dr Sam Hampton pointing out geological features on his Pa Bay walk during the Banks Peninsula Walking Festival 2015