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Starlight Conference 2019 Opening Ceremony

Powhiri (Official Māori welcome), Kapa haka performance
Thanks to Te Wera King and Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua

Public talk open to all conference participants and accompanying guests

Victoria Campbell, University of Otago, Ngai Tahu Kotai Mano Kaika

Session 1: Dark sky places and the global scene
Chairperson: John Hearnshaw

Ruskin Hartley

Executive Director, International Dark Sky Assn, Tucson Arizona, USA

Celebrating the Night: From the flash of a firefly to the star studded sky.

Adam Dalton

International Dark Sky Places Program Manager, IDA, Tucson Arizona, USA

International Dark Sky Places and New Zealand: Status Report.

Robert Dick

CEO, Canadian Lighting Company, Ontario, Canada

The Canadian Dark-Sky Preserve Program, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Pedro Sanhueza

Office for the Protection of the Night Sky of Northern Chile (OPCC) (with Guillermo Damke, Universidad de La Serena/AURA Inc. Chile, Rodolfo Angeloni, Universidad de La Serena, Chile, Miguel Martínez, OPCC, Chile Hugo Rojas, OPCC, Chile)

Protecting the Night Sky of Northern Chile: A Proposal to Restrict Spectral Emissions in the Era of LED.

Session 2: Dark sky places and the global scene. Dark sky places in New Zealand
Chairperson: Nalayini Davies

Antonia Varela Perez

Director of the Starlight Foundation, Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, Tenerife, Spain

The Starlight Foundation: 12 years of commitment with the Starlight Declaration

Antonia Varela Perez

John Hearnshaw

Chair, Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve Board/ University of Canterbury, NZ

Dark skies in the Mackenzie – the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve


Richard Somerville-Ryan

Great Barrier Island – Aotea, Auckland

Protecting Beyond the Back of Beyond - The Great Barrier Island International Dark Sky Sanctuary

Amie Young

Tourism Product Development Advisor, Great South

Dark South – The Stewart Island/ Rakiura International Dark Sky Sanctuary Journey


David Welch (presented by Robert Dick)

Chair of the IUCN Dark Skies Advisory Group, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Dark Sky Places of the World: The evolution of the dark sky place idea, and where it’s at today

Session 3: Best lighting practices for dark sky places - Astro-tourism
Chairperson: Steve Butler

Richard Wainscoat

Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, USA

Preserving the dark night sky at observatories in the era of LED lighting

Mike Geddis

EnergyLight, Christchurch

The Dark Sky
Light Pollution and how to reduce it

Lara and David Mitchell

Lumican, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Responsible lighting choices
and the undeniable data

Marnie Ogg

Australasian Dark Sky Alliance – Sydney, Australia

Dark Skies, a movement around the globe

Megan Miller

Mackenzie Region Trade & Media Marketing Executive, Christchurch NZ and Jason Menard, Mackenzie Region Digital Marketing Executive, Christchurch NZ

Experiencing the Night Sky: Astro-Tourism, Travel Trends and the Visitor Economy

Session 4: Dark sky places and World Heritage. Dark sky protection in other countries
Chairperson: Bruce Mincham

Clive Ruggles

University of Leicester, UK

Astronomical World Heritage and dark skies—an update


Al and Patricia (Annie) Grauer (with Nalayini and Gareth Davies, Auckland NZ)

Cosmic Campground, New Mexico, USA

Space Weather Animates the Natural Night Sky


Junichi Watanabe

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan

Star Watching Campaign: Outreach Effort for Light Pollution by the Japanese Government

Phil Langill

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada (with Suzanne Oel (Foothills County), Greg Shyba (ASCCA) & Roland Dechesne (RASC))

Keeping it Dark in the Country, a Success Story of Astronomical Proportions

Charlotte Harley

Elan Valley Trust, Powys, Wales

Dark Skies of Wales


Starlight Conference Dinner speaker: Graeme Murray, co-founder of Earth & Sky - the forerunner of the Dark Sky Project.

Session 5: Light pollution as a global environmental issue
Chairperson: Kaye Paardekooper

Fabio Falchi

Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dell’Inquinamento Luminoso <br>(Light Pollution Science and Technology Institute), Thiene, Italy

Light pollution: the good, the bad and the ugly
(pre-recorded talk)

Chris Kyba

 GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany

The importance of visual observations of skyglow by amateurs
(pre-recorded talk)

Ramotholo Sefako

 South African Astronomical Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa

Sutherland Central Astronomy Advantage Area (SCAAA) Protection Regulations:
Preserving Dark Skies at SAAO

Notice of the Minister's decision on protection measures to be applied within SCAAA


Mike Chapman

Sydney Outdoor Lighting Improvement Society (SOLIS), Sydney, Australia

Mitigating obtrusive light on the night sky in regional areas

Duncan Steel

Xerra Earth Observation Institute, Alexandra, Central Otago, NZ

Earth’s artificial rings

Session 6: Blue light and its impact on human health and the environment.
Chairperson: Alan Gilmore

Alexander Tups

 Department of Physiology, Centre of Neuroendocrinology and Brain
Health Research Centre, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

The importance of the circadian clock and artificial lighting at the correct time for human metabolic health


Kyra Xavia


The importance of access to the night sky
and the value of darkness and sleep

Session 7: Astrophotography and the beauty of the night sky.
Astronomy at Mt John Observatory and Canterbury University.
Dark sky protection in China
Chairperson: John Hearnshaw

Alan Gilmore and Pam Kilmartin

Mt John Observatory, University of Canterbury

Astrometric observations of Near-Earth Objects from Mt John Observatory

Karen Pollard

School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, University of Canterbury.
Director Mt John Observatory, Lake Tekapo

Astrophysics Research at the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory


Lei Ping

China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Fund (CBCGDF),
Shenzen, Guangdong Province, China

The Exploration of the Way of Sky Protection


Liu Hao

Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Fund (CBCGDF),
Shangrao City, Jiangxi Province, China

Protecting the Dark Sky, Building a Beautiful China


Session 8: Artificial light at night and its impact on the environment
Chairperson: Steve Butler

Karen Arthur

Department of the Environment and Energy, Australian Government, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Development of National Light Pollution Guidelines for Wildlife in Australia

Karen Arthur

Karen Trevino

US National Park Service, Denver, CO, USA

Starcrossed: Preserving Night Skies in U.S. National Parks


Jeff Dalley

Department of Conservation, Christchurch, New Zealand

Sounds and lights in the environment


Session 9: The End of Night, Dark sky protection in Indonesia
Chairperson: Margaret Austin

Paul Bogard

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA

Is it the End of Night?

Premana Premadi

Bosscha Observatory, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia

Developing Dark Sky Protection Strategy in Indonesia
(co-authors: R. Breton, D.Y. Yuna & O. Katz)

Dwi Yoshafetri Yuna

Bosscha Observatory, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia

Why East Nusa Tenggara should be an amazing destination for astro-tourism (co-author: P.W. Premadi)

Dwi Yoshafetri Yuna - Why East Nusa Tenggara should be an amazing destination for astro-tourism

Session 10: New Zealand Aspiring Dark Sky Places – Towards a Dark Sky Nation
Chairperson: Nalayini Davies

Hendra Agus Prastyo

Bosscha Observatory, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia

Spatiotemporal Analysis of Light Pollution Distribution Patterns around observatories in Indonesia
(co-authors: D. Herdiwijaya and P.W. Premadi)

Kyra Xavia


Protecting Ecology and Saving Our Stars via a Constellation of Small Amber-lit Coastal Communities

Damien McNamara

North Otago Astronomical Society, Oamaru, NZ

Using darkness to enlighten

Ralph Bradley

Wai-iti Nelson

In the dark at the top - Happening in the top of the South

Jill Wolff

Naseby Vision, Naseby, Central Otago, NZ

The long and winding trail

Jill Wolff - The long and winding trail

Alistair Brickell

Stargazers B&B and Astronomy Tours, Whitianga, Coromandel, NZ

Stargazing on the Coromandel peninsula

Ken Ross

Far North District Council, Kaikohe, NZ

He kanohi ki te kanohi/ Face to face

Kim Wesney

Waiheke Island

Good Night Waiheke or Good Bye to the Night Waiheke?

Clare Quirke

Selwyn District Council, Canterbury, NZ

Letting stars reflect in Te Waihora and the moon light up Te Tiritiri-o-te-moana (Southern Alps)
Selwyn District plans to protect the Dark Sky

Clare Quirke

Ricky Clarkson

Greater Wellington Regional Council, Wainuiomata-Orongorongo Dark-Sky Project

The Wainuiomata-Orongorongo Dark-sky Project.

Session 11: Towards a dark sky nation
Chairperson: Margaret Austin

Steve Butler

RASNZ Dark Skies Group, Invercargill

Nalayini Davies

ASTRONZ and Auckland Astronomical Society

Towards a Dark Sky Nation – the vision, the challenges and opportunities

Panel discussion

Towards a Dark Sky Nation

Panel: Ruskin Hartley, Nalayini Davies, Andy Roberts (DOC), Clive Ruggles
Facilitator: Margaret Austin

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