The Project Tongariro Memorial Award was established by the society in memory of Keith Maurice Blumhardt, William Edward Cooper, Douglas Neal McKenzie, Derek Ian White and Marie Pauline Williams, who died on Mt Ruapehu while testing helicopter rescue equipment on 9 December 1982.
The award is open to any applicant for study—for fauna, flora, geology, volcanology, weather and natural and human history of Tongariro National Park.
Since the inaugural award in 1991, 35 young researchers have benefited from these awards enabling a wide range of research to be done in the Park. From heather, to bats, skinks, kiwi, stoats, to visitor stats, to geology, to lahars, to botany and climate. An amazing legacy.
The amount shall be determined annually by the executive (originally up to $1000 but since 2002, up to $2000 as long as the society is in a position to fund the awards). Applications for the Awards are accepted up until the end of June each year and are considered at the first executive committee meeting of the new financial year (usually in July/August). The society’s executive seeks independent advice from a representative with an overview of science in the Turangi/Tongariro Conservancy (Dr Harry Keys has assisted with this review since the awards began and continues to do so). Applicants will be advised of the executive committees' decision by August 31st and the awards are announced publically at the annual DOC Conservation Awards
Recipients of awards are required to provide a photo and short resume suitable for publication by the society. Recipients are asked to acknowledge the society where possible in for example a research publication such as a thesis. All recipients agree to send a copy of their work, including a thesis, to TNHS and are encouraged to contribute a short article for the annual Tongariro Journal.
Note if no applicants meet the required standards in a particular year, an award will not be made.
Please contact Project Tongariro on firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to apply.
Project Tongariro Memorial Award Recipients
Janina Gillies The hazards pyroclastic flows on Mt Ruapehu
Elaine Smid Timescales of Ngauruhoe magma ascent and crustal contamination to improve volcanic hazard assessment
Simon Stewart Nitrogen food web interactions in Lake Taupo, New Zealand
Stefan Cook For the Study of characterising the stability of the rock mass material at the outlet of the Crater Lake, Mt Ruapehu
Matthew Dickson Research on the carbon storage sequestration in tussock grassland
Eric Breard Pyroclastic density currents
Benjamin Simons Deposit character & eruption processes, Blue Lake crater
Chris Conway Magmatic & glaciovolcanic evolution, Ruapehu
Rebecca Fitzgerald Te Maari Eruptions 2012: Field and Experimental Assessments of Ballistic Block-fall Hazard
James Cowlyn The significance of the Volcanic Phenomena; Pyroclastic Flows
Shaun Eves The Timing of Past Glaciation in Tongariro National Park
Jessie Prebble The Taxonomy of the rare tag-named entity, Myosotis aff. pygmaea “Volcanic Plateau”
Erin Hill Psychological and Health Benefits for Users of Tongariro National Park
Kirsty Myron Pittosporum kirkii: autecology and conservation of an endemic epiphytic shrub
Yvonne Taura Research on the effects of willow and willow control on the wetland aquatic invertebrates
Emma Phillip Forecasting the consequences of the failure of the eastern rim of Crater Lake, Ruapehu
Moniqua Nelson-Tunley Investigating the genetic dynamics of the small-scaled skink
Natalia Pardo Physical volcanology of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro (understanding the physical controls of large scale explosive eruptions)
Terry Blumhardt UK Search and Rescue methods to be used in Tongariro. Attended international SAR conference in Scotland
Michael Dann A revision of the native ant species Monomorium antarcticum
Anja Mobis The physical volcanology and hazards of pyroclastic eruptions from the Tongariro Volcanic Centre
Sascha Brocks Fantail breeding success after rodent control in the Karioi Rahui—a cost effective monitoring tool
Tom Pauli Contemporary glacial retreat on Ruapehu
Maureen Coombe Public perception re: volcanic hazards on Tongariro Crossing
Elizabeth Liggin Phylogeography of common NZ skink
Ruth Basher Physical volcanology of Te Maari Craters
Jessica Wallace Vertical flight activity of short-tailed bats (mystacina tuberculata) within beech and podocarp forest
Elizabeth Grove Melicytus aff. Aplinus 'Rangipo'
Candice Bardsley Physical volcanology of Red Crater
Joanna Mey Dactyllanthus Taylorii
Joanne Chizmar Volcanology of Tama Lakes
Ben Miller The physical volcanology, petrology and geochemistry of the Wahianoa Valley, SE Ruapehu
Gillian Lockett The geology, volcanology and petrology of a pyroclastic fall deposit, Rangataua Member, South Ruapehu
Ross Martin Stoat behaviour
Tristram Hayles The geology of the summit area, Ruapehu
Michelle Prinscep & Paul Broady Study of Chemistry/Bacteria in Tongariro National Park waterways
Amy Trass Study of forest restoration in the Park (fruit dispersal & forest regeneration on the volcanic plateau)
Anna Grant Post-release behaviour of captive-reared Kiwi
Gillian Rapson Forest-grassland dynamics, Mangaeheuheu Basin
Ross Martin Kiwi-Stoat control research
Vivienne Nichols Mangaturuturu lahars—from the study of beech stands
Shane Cronin Volcanic stratigraphy in the north east sector of Tongariro National Park
Nick Monteith Studying glacial history of Mt Tongariro and Mt Ruapehu
Charlotte Severne Geothermal investigations Tongariro—Waihi
Suzan Dopson Mistletoe
Mark Horricks Palynology (pollen samples) of Gibson's Swamp
Mathew Ward Investigating visitors' perceptions of crowding in Tongariro National Park
Xiang Limin Plant climate Panautea
Catherine Foster Heather