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1 Landscapes & People: New Zealand and the Cook Islands May 5 – June, 2014 View of Aoraki-Mount Cook from the Glentanner Station accommodations

2 Landscapes & People: New Zealand and the Cook Islands What is the program about? Coursework Activities & excursions Accommodations Finances Application process

3 What is the program about? Landscapes and People will provide a better understanding of the changing landscapes within two areas of the South Pacific. (1)Exploration of the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand, one of the most significant high-mountain environments of the Southern Hemisphere. > Focus on the physical geography of this high-mountain landscape, and the opportunities and risks these have provided for the earliest as well as present human inhabitants of Aotearoa/New Zealand. > This study will be accomplished as a four-week road trip through the Southern Alps, stretching from the South Pacific Ocean coast to the Tasman Sea coast. > Note: We will be hiking and working outside almost every day in late autumn weather: proper boots and clothing and a moderate level of fitness are required. (2)Travel to the Cook Islands, specifically the main island of Rarotonga. > Focus on the relations between the physical geography and the human inhabitants of the Cook Islands, beginning with the archipelago’s settlement as part of the great Polynesian migrations. The management of tropical cyclone and tsunami hazards at Rarotonga will be used as a case study of natural hazards management in small island nations. > We will be based out of the Cook Islands’ capital and waterfront town of Avarua.


5 Coursework  GEOG 491 : Natural hazard risk in New Zealand and the Cook Islands  An advanced study of the risks associated with selected natural hazards, and the management of these risks, in New Zealand and the Cook Islands.  Case studies will include the Christchurch earthquakes of 2011; mass movement, flood, glacial and meteorological hazards in the Southern Alps; and tropical cyclone and tsunami hazards at Rarotonga, Cook Islands.  GEOG 413 : Mountain Environments  Study of mountain environments from a physical geographical perspective, emphasizing the hazards, resources, and impacts which are created when humans interact with these environments.  Examples of case studies: the Southern Alps’ iconic tussock grasslands and high-mountain sheep stations: implications for management; tectonic processes including a study of the world famous Alpine Fault; mass movement processes in a geologically active mountain range; mountain weather on an oceanic island; glacier behaviour and resources. Etc etc.

6 Activities & Excursions Moeraki Boulders Oamaru blue penguins Nga Hau e Wha Marae, Christchurch Sheep shearing Rarotonga ‘Island Night ’

7 Accommodations Christchurch/Southern Alps: We will be staying either in motels or self-contained cabins at “holiday parks”. All rooms have their own bathrooms and cooking facilities, and common laundry areas. Accommodations will be in: Christchurch; Bealey (Arthurs Pass); Franz Josef Glacier; Wanaka; Queenstown; Glentanner Station (Mt Cook); Oamaru. Amenities (eateries, stores etc.) within easy walking distance everywhere except in Bealey and Glentanner. Avarua, Rarotonga: We will be staying in a motel in the heart of Avarua and within a five-minute walk of Avarua harbour. All rooms have their own bathrooms but very limited cooking facilities. All amenities in Avarua (eateries, stores, internet etc.) are within a few minutes’ walk. Note: You will be expected to share accommodations with other students; typically 4-6 students per room. WiFi or internet cafes will be available at most but not all accommodations. Plan to be without internet access at some of the more remote accommodations for a few days unless you plan to purchase a New Zealand mobile phone with internet access (available at Christchurch Airport).

8 Finances Program fee $3,300 Includes: Accommodations 4 group dinners All in-country transportation Cultural activities during the five weeks $384.25 Go Global fee

9 Program fee of $3,300 does not include: Round-trip air ticket (approx. $2,000-$2,100). **Critical that you purchase a flight which includes the Rarotonga leg; it is far more expensive to purchase a separate ticket to/from Rarotonga. Very few airlines fly there; you will have to book with Air New Zealand and early enough to ensure a seat on the only Auckland-Rarotonga flight on 3 rd June. This flight will sell out by March 2014. UBC tuition for 2 courses. Immunizations (some immunizations recommended for the Cook Islands but not required; check with your doctor). Groceries/meals. Visas (not required for Canadian citizens). Health/travel insurance (should include evacuation in case of serious illness in Rarotonga). Personal spending money including internet access. Day trips and recreation. Finances

10 Go Global Award of $1,000: 70% average in your best 24 credits (8 courses) Looking at your 2012-13 year – so last year! No Fails or Standing Deferreds Deposited in March directly to your SSC Finances

11 How the Program Fee is paid 1.Deposit in early December ($500) **Flight purchase ideally between Dec-Feb. 2.Second payment in late January ($800) 3.Third payment in late February ($1000) 4.Fourth payment in mid March ($1000) Finances

12 Application process Deadline: November 13 th Application is 100% online Respond to all questions on the application You may be asked for an interview Students notified near the end of November

13 Pre-departure 1 or 2 separate days on campus in Term 2 Preparation for your five weeks in the South Pacific Meet all other students in the program

14 Questions? Program Director Fes de Scally ( Go Global Coordinator Dana Lowton (

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