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L_R: Oamaru pillow lavas, Tongariro/Ngaruahoe/Ruapehu Complex. 

L-R: Oamaru Pillow Lavas, Otago; Tongariro/Ngauruhoe/Ruapehu Complex, Central North Island.

LAVA NZ is a special interest group for volcanologists and volcano enthusiasts. The group is associated with LAVA, a specialist group of the Geological Society of Australia. The two groups are managed separately under the auspices of their parent societies, but currently share a common once- to twice-yearly newsletter (LAVA News). LAVA stands for ‘Learned Australasian Volcanologist Association'. The aims of both LAVA NZ and LAVA are: 

  • To provide a forum for discussion between members interested in and/or working in ancient and modern volcanic environments in the Australasian region. 
  • To facilitate the exchange of ideas and information between workers in volcanology and related disciplines such as sedimentology, mineralisation and igneous geochemistry. 
  • To provide a stronger link between volcanological researchers and industry-based geologists working in volcanic terrains. 
  • To promote research into the volcanology of the Australasian region.
  • To provide a forum for promotion of volcanology within geoscience to the wider community.
LAVA NZ held its inaugural meeting at the Geosciences 2014 conference in New Plymouth.
You can join LAVA NZ by selecting this special interest group in your online GSNZ membership profile. If you would like to know more about LAVA NZ or have ideas or suggestions please contact Adrian Pittari (