ANIMATION. Caldera eruptions leave behind large craters in the Earth – not what we think of when someone says volcano. Watch this animation to see how Lake Rotorua could have formed from a caldera eruption.
VIDEO. Every year, millions of kiwifruit are eaten with a neat little plastic tool, the ZESPRI spife, which is then thrown away. Aware that consumers are demanding more sustainable practices, ZESPRI partnered with Scion, a Crown Research Institute based in Rotorua, to find a solution. This is the story of the biospife, the world's first compostable spife.
TEACHING RESOURCE. David Hamilton is the Environment Bay of Plenty Chair in Lakes Management and Restoration at the University of Waikato. In his role, David studies 12 lakes in the Rotorua region to better understand how land use affects water quality and what might be done to preserve or restore water quality in the lakes.
VIDEO. Dr Martin Markotsis is a polymer scientist with Scion in Rotorua. Martin has a passion for environmentally friendly materials. He describes how this passion, along with other personal skills and attributes, help him drive innovation forward.
SCIENTIST PROFILE. Scientist Peter Hall is based at SCION in Rotorua. In his work at Scion, Peter's work looks at how biomass products such as woody biomass, agricultural plants, household wastes and even algae can be converted into energy products (such as heat, electricity and liquid fuel).
TEACHING RESOURCE. Two volcanoes, only 30 kilometres apart, erupt violently within weeks of each other. Strange coincidence or entirely predictable? Dr Darren Gravley from The University of Auckland is finding out.
VIDEO. In this video, David Hamilton explains what time and space means for the water cycle by taking a closer look at Lake Rotorua. Lake Rotorua’s water quality is the result of what happened to the water that infiltrated the land around the lake – the catchment area – a long time ago.