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Among developed nations, New Zealand has a nearly unique combination of circumstances that underscore the value of its remaining dark night skies: a strategic southern hemisphere location, ease of access, and appeal to the burgeoning global astrotourism market. In many respects, it is emerging as a world leader in this arena, but the light of its cities presents a challenge.
Given its strategic South Island location, Dr John Barentine, Director of Conservation for the International Dark-Sky Association in Tucson, Arizona makes a case for the community of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula to seek status as an International Dark Sky Community.
4pm, Friday 11 May