For the third year we are excited to offer again a week long event featuring renowned astrophotographer, Mark Gee. The workshops will include; Astrophotography setup, learning the art of time lapse, one-on-one guidance and feedback from Mark alongside self directed work and an unforgettable experience on our Beautiful island.
The program is also designed to capture the essence of Aotea's community and lifestyle, and will include a Marae visit with a traditional Māori powhiri (welcome). During this visit kaumatua and kuia of Ngāti Rehua Ngāti Wai ki Aotea will share the story of Matariki and explain the significance for Māori.
In 2017 Aotea (Great Barrier Island) was recognised as a Dark Sky Sanctuary by the International Dark Sky Association. The honour of obtaining “sanctuary status” recognises the outstanding night sky environment of the Island as well as the commitment of the Island community to preserve and protect the quality of the Aotea night environment. Great Barrier Island is the only Island in the world to be awarded this status.
Come and see for yourself the beauty of night our island has to offer.