As part of an ongoing appointment with Massey University in New Zealand, Prof Mark Macklin continues his research on reconstructing flood histories.

Prof Macklin is working with Massey University’s Prof Ian Fuller, leading a party of 15 artists, including Mark’s wife Judy, who are all involved in an Art-Science collaboration over the next two years in a Creative New Zealand and Wales Arts International funded project all about the Whanganui River- a river of special status owing to its importance to the region’s Māori tribe.

Below is a print by Judy Macklin, which was produced as part of this collaboration, showing Puketapu (Sacred Hill).

Title: Puketapu – Sacred Hill
Drypoint on harakeke paper
By Judy Macklin












The photograph below shows where Mark and his team took a c. 9m core back in 2016, as part of field research near the Whanganui River to reconstruct flood histories. The core itself contained records of nearly 2000 years of major floods in the area.