The key personnel at Dark Sky NZ are also the key personnel of the award winning international economic development consultancy Vinstar (www.vinstar.com) and they are:
A committed advocate for Dark Skies and an enthusiastic astronomer, Nalayini has maintained a home in the Hauraki Gulf islands for thirty years. She is a member of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), Royal New Zealand Astronomical Society (RASNZ), Auckland Astronomical Society (AAS) and the current chairperson of Astronz, established by AAS to make astronomy more accessible to New Zealanders. She contributes articles, regular book reviews and astronomer interviews for the AAS Journal and writes a monthly Starwatching column for the Waiheke Weekender. Nalayini is currently completing a master’s degree in astronomy at Swinburne University in Melbourne and her study of Aotea/Great Barrier Island’s night skies culminated in her nominating it for IDA Sanctuary status.
Though coming late into astronomy, Gareth is now an enthusiastic stargazer and the proud owner of a number of telescopes. An IT specialist and a successful playwright, he assisted with the data gathering process for Aotea/Great Barrier Island’s application for Dark Sky Sanctuary status and provided editorial inputs to this publication. Most recently he has been involved in astronomical public outreach events in the Hauraki Gulf. A member of the Auckland Astronomical Society for some years and a fervent supporter of Dark Sky area establishment, Gareth still keeps a home in Wales’s first Dark Sky Reserve in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Justin C. Le Grice
With more than 20 years’ experience in the IT industry, Justin is a space and science fiction aficionado and an enthusiastic stargazer. Dark Sky NZ’s initiatives are founded on a strong understanding of astronomy linked to the latest technological developments in the areas of darkness measurement with integrated global positioning. It is by harnessing these latest technologies that Justin has played key role in ensuring the work undertaken by the Dark Sky NZ assessment team is fast, effective and most importantly, accurate. Justin continues to work with the assessment team to ensure Dark Sky NZ remains abreast of the latest technological innovations and continues to apply them in its chosen field.