Swarm of Volcanic earthquakes at Ruapehu 

Ruapehu Volcanic Update from GNS:

Over the last few days there has been a volcanic earthquake swarm at Mt Ruapehu. 
The Crater Lake temperature is now 40 °C. Mt Ruapehu remains at Volcanic Alert Level 1 (Minor volcanic unrest).

Since April 26 we have been recording a volcanic earthquake swarm beneath the Crater Lake of Mt Ruapehu. Swarms of volcanic earthquakes like these are uncommon on Ruapehu in recent years. Seismic activity at Mt Ruapehu is usually dominated by volcanic tremor.

The temperature of the Crater Lake has been rising since late 2015 and since mid-April 2016 the Crater Lake temperature has risen from 25 °C to 40 °C. Similar temperatures and rate of temperature increase were observed in March 2011, April 2014 and February 2015.

We have not noted any changes in other monitored parameters like volcanic gas, lake chemistry or lake overflow. A gas flight was performed on March 30 and the Crater Lake was sampled on April 14.

Currently we are uncertain of the implications of the recent observations. However at this time these changes at Ruapehu are not considered sufficient to change the Volcanic Alert Level.

GNS Science volcanologists continue to closely monitor Ruapehu through the GeoNet project.

The changes at Mt Ruapehu are not related to the volcanic eruption that occurred at White Island on Wednesday 27 April.

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Posted by 29 April 2016 16:33:00

1080 wānanga for hunters has been scheduled 

In response to a proposal by TBfree and the Department of Conservation to drop 1080 in and around the wider Ruapehu rohe Ngāti Rangi and Uenuku are holding a series of wānanga to share and collect information with uri before deciding a response

The next in this series of wānanga is on 5 May in the WPI training room from 7pm with the final in the series on 8 May at Maungārongo Marae from 9am here, all three options, for, against or possibly with conditions will be discussed.

Posted by 19 April 2016 18:56:00

Second 1080 wānanga on this Sunday 

In response to a proposal by TBfree and the Department of Conservation to drop 1080 in and around the wider Ruapehu rohe Ngāti Rangi and Uenuku are holding a series of wānanga to share and collect information with uri before deciding a response

The next in this series of wānanga is on THIS Sunday at Mangamingi Marae on the Ohākune-Raetihi Road starting at 9am with a Pōwhiri. Whether for or against, we extend this invite to all our uri to come, share your views and learn more about 1080 and it's use in pest management. Representatives from TBfree and DoC will also be there to help answer any questions you may have.

2016 1080 Wānanga schedule 

Sunday 13 March @ Mākaranui Marae
9am Pōwhiri, 10am site visit to Ohākune Lakes, 11am Marae discussions and information sharing, 1pm Lunch and Karakia.

Sunday 10 April @ Mangamingi Marae
9am Pōwhiri, 10am site visit, 11am Marae discussions and information sharing, 1pm Lunch and karakia.

Sunday 8 May @ Maungārongo Marae
10am Pōwhiri, 10.30am discussions, 12.30 Lunch and karakia.

A seperate wānanga is also being planned for hunters in April, the date and venue are yet to be confirmed

 

Posted by 05 April 2016 16:59:00