RASNZ's 2016 Conference will be held in Napier and hosted by the Hawke's Bay Astronomical Society and held 20 - 22 May 2016.  The Conference venue will be MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier's recently reopened museum, theatre and art gallery.  The Conference will be followed by a two day astrophotography workshop.

Paper submissions may be made online.

Watch this space for further details as they come to hand.

STARDATE 2016 – January 8, 9, & 10th

Stardate is a three day convention for people interested in astronomy and viewing the night sky held at Stonehenge Aotearoa, near Carterton in the Wairarapa.

Click the Read More button below for event details and program.

Central Star Party 2016 - Janurary 1st to 5th

The Central Star Party has been established to hold annual star parties in the central North Island providing a fun social astronomical gathering laced with talks and activities.

Click the Read More below for further details or visit the Central Star Party website.

As President of RASNZ John Hearnshaw was invited to attend the Prime-Minister’s Science Prizes awards ceremony at Te Papa in Wellington. Click Read More for his report of the event.

RASNZ has strong links with the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve Board. Our President John Hearnshaw is also chairman of the board. His latest blog discusses the Starlight Festival that took place in Twizel recently.

The RASNZ Lecture Trust Inc.

The Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lecturer for 2016 will be Dr Michael Person.


The excellent 2015 RASNZ Conference at Lake Tekapo has finished. We hope to see you all in Napier next year.

Watch this space for articles from the conference over the next little while.

RASNZ members should log in from time to time for a preview of the conference CD contents, conference photographs and more as material comes to hand.