Whakarewarewa Earth Science Facilityby whaka - May 16th, 2012. Filed under: Member Updates.
Fascinating view as two world’s collide
A new centre designed to give visitors a better insight into Whakarewarewa Village’s geothermal nature, opened in the village on October 3, 2011. Known as Te Matapuna O Papatuanuku – The Healing Springs of Mother Earth, the Whakarewarewa Earth Science Facility is a cooperative venture between Whakarewarewa – The Living Thermal Village and the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS).
The establishment of the facility came from a desire by GNS to have a more prominent local presence in earth sciences alongside a desire by village residents, businesses and guides to have a better understanding of the surrounding geothermal environment. The only facility of its kind in the Rotorua area, Te Matapuna O Papatuanuku takes a visit to the village to a whole new level. Visitors can compare and contrast the two versions about how Whakarewarewa’s geothermal features came to be – the mythological Maori version and the scientific version.
Whakarewarewa Village resource coordinator Paora Tapsell said visitors often asked guides about the village’s geothermal history and features. He says whilst the guides could formerly only offer the Maori version, now they can offer an alternate scientific explanation as well.
Situated in the heart of the village, the facility features displays describing the village’s geothermal features. Visitors can also enjoy a virtual historic tour of the region by way of a DVD featuring the late Rotorua historian Don Stafford.
Open seven days a week, the facility will enable the Whakarewarewa – The Living Thermal Village to offer educational packages and hands on activities for visiting schools.
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