A story 35 million years in the making featuring volcanos, moa and 2 metre-tall penguins had its latest instalment inscribed by human hand on Monday, August 13, 2018, when the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust Deed was signed by Ngāi Tahu representative David Higgins, Mayor for Waitaki District Gary Kircher, and Vanished World Incorporated’s Mike Gray as the first three of a potential seven trustees.
- Fact 1: Some UNESCO Geoparks cross national borders - the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark unites the Republic of Ireland, the UK and Northern Ireland.
- Fact 2: Ōamaru’s Cape Wanbrow is actually an extinct volcano. You can find some of the best examples of pillow lava in the world there.
Mayor Gary Kircher said that a huge debt of gratitude was due the Vanished World volunteers who have worked tirelessly on fostering the dream of a Geopark over the past 17 years. “Without the efforts of these far-sighted people, we would not have been in a position to bid for UNESCO Global Geopark accreditation”, he said. “It was a couple of years ago when I first met with their committee to discuss aspirations for their area to become this thing called a Geopark. Fast forward to today, and we are well on our way to achieving that dream!”