Welcome to the New Zealand Starlight Conference 2019, which will be held from October 20th to 23rd 2019 in Tekapo, New Zealand.

Topics to be covered include:

· Dark sky protection;
· Combatting light pollution;
· Star-gazing;
· Astro-tourism;
· Lighting ordinances;
· Lighting technology;
· Properties of LED and the NZTA LED roll-out
· Measuring sky brightness/darkness
· Health and environmental impact of LEDs;
· Aesthetics of the night sky;
· Networking of NZ dark sky places and dark-sky place collaborations;
· Progress towards NZ becoming the world’s first Dark Sky Nation;
· Remote island dark sky places and global collaborations.

If you would like to be considered as a speaker, or a potential sponsor, please get in touch.


Tekapo is situated in the South Island of New Zealand, within the Aoraki-Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.


We are proposed to organise a 2019 New Zealand Starlight Conference in Tekapo, New Zealand between the 20th and 23rd of October 2019.

The Organising Committee consists of

Co-chairs: John Hearnshaw (AMIDSR) and Nalayini Brito (Auckland Astron Society)

Treasurer: Bruce Mincham (AMIDSR)

Members:  Steve Butler (Invercargill), Chris Davis (Ngai Tahu Tourism), Lee Mauger (Martinborough Dark Sky Society), Margaret Austin (formerly AMIDSR).

This will be an official IDA Conference, supporting organisations and international speakers are encouraged to get in touch.


Please contact one of the team with any enquiries

John Hearnshaw – john.hearnshaw@canterbury.ac.nz
Nalayini Brito – nbrito@vinstar.co.nz
Lee Mauger – lee@martinboroughdarksky.org