ITSU-XIX



ITSU-XIX to be Held in New Zealand in 2003

ITSU-XIX, Wellington, New Zealand, 29 September - 3 October 2003

The 19th Session of the International Co-ordination Group for the Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific (ITSU-XIX) will be held in Wellington, New Zealand at the Wellington Convention Centre .

All information regarding hotel accommodation, working documents, venue, etc are available on the ITSU-XIX page.

Note also that prior to the Session, the International Workshop: Tsunamis in the South Pacific – Research towards Preparedness and Mitigation, will take place, also in Wellington, New Zealand, between 25 and 27 September 2003 (same venue).

For more information on the Session please contact Dimitri Travin at the IOC through email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ITSU-XIX Local Information

On this page you will find practical information on the selected Hotel, currency exchange rates, Wellington, Dining, activities and attractions, etc.

 

  

 

ITSU XIX - Wellington Information Sheet
 
A special conference rate has been negotiated with the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor.  The rates are listed below.  Bookings can be made through Ministry of Civil Defence & emergency Management staff by emailing Sara Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 

 

 

 

City Suite $NZ 270 (approx. US$ 151)

Chancellor $NZ 185 (approx. US$ 104)

 

Standard $NZ 145 (approx. US$ 81)

 

 

 

Full Buffet breakfast $18 (Figures are GST exclusive)

 

 

 

Airport to Hotel: Taxi Fare from the local airport to the city is about NZ$25.00

 

 

 

Getting to the venue : from the Hotel to the venue is about a 5 minute walk through the city or a $10.00 taxi fare.

 

 

 

Exchange Rates

$NZ 1.00 = $US 0.56

 

$NZ 1.00 = $EURO 0.50

 

 

 

All transactions in New Zealand incur a Goods and Services Tax (GST = 12.5%).  This is inclusive of the advertised price.  If it is not then it will be clearly advertised as exclusive.

 

 

 

Wellington as a Destination

 

Wellington enjoys a well-earned reputation as New Zealand's arts and entertainment capital. It is home to the Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and The Royal New Zealand Ballet.

 

Wellingtonians, like most New Zealanders, tend to have a passion for sport. Whether cheering on their beloved Hurricanes and Lions rugby teams at the Westpac Stadium, nipping out after work for a mountain-biking session in the Town Belt or kayaking on the picturesque harbour.

 

Perched on the edge of a spectacular harbour, encircled by green, towering hills, Wellington is a stunning and compact city.  Vibrant, exciting and cultured, the nation’s capital combines the stimulation and sophistication of a big city with the quirkiness of a charming village.

 

Extending just two kilometres in diameter, Wellington is a truly ‘walking city’. Here you’ll find a unique blend of national treasures, arts and culture, gastronomic delights, shopping sensations and scenic beauty, making Wellington the ultimate urban destination in New Zealand.

 

Once you've explored Te Papa and Parliament, caught the Cable Car and descended through Carter Observatory and Wellington Botanic Garden, Wellington's harbour is one of the most stunning city-side stretches of water in the world. Explore it from the 55 km continuous coastal road.  The Dominion Post Ferry from Queen's Wharf visits Days Bay several times a day via the historic Matiu / Somes Island.  

 

Scores of walking and mountain-biking tracks around the city give a 360 degree perspective on this sparkling waterway. For those wanting a more rugged perspective, there are four-wheel drive or horseback tours at the head of the Harbour, overlooking Cook Strait.  Anyone not wanting a stroll can jump on a Wellington City Sights or Kapiti Coast tour or a Wellington Rover timetabled tour where you can jump on and off at various hot spots around the city and the South Coast.

 

For animal and bird lovers there's the Wellington Zoo where you can see New Zealand's national bird, the kiwi and our living dinosaur the tuatara, Otari-Wilton's Bush and Karori Wildlife Sanctuary or just up the coast is the Kapiti Island Nature Reserve. The Red Rocks Seal Colony is just on the south coast with tours departing the city centre. Kids will love Capital E. This unique family venue in Civic Square presents fun and challenging exhibitions and events for children. There is also many unique attractions for those of us with children and families.

 

Wellington is as well known for the attractions on its doorstep as those within the city itself. A day trip over the Rimutaka Mountain Pass is one of New Zealand's leading wine areas and a range of wine trails. It can also be your short-term home, thanks to a plethora of boutique lodges and farmstays

 

And if you're after an adrenalin rush to match the coffee rush of the city, try a Bungy Extreme or another New Zealand first, the Fly-by-Wire experience near Paekakariki.  

 

 

 

Downtown Wellington Restaurants and Cafes

Wellington is renowned for its café culture - coffee is one thing Wellingtonians take very seriously! With several local roasting companies, and more than 300 cafés and restaurants, choosing can also be a serious business.

 

From Malaysian to Mongolian, Pakistani to Pacific Rim, Wellington is a gastronomic delight.

 

After dinner, few cities have better nightlife - the colour and atmosphere enhanced by the intimacy of the city's heart. You can visit any establishment on foot and if you're having trouble staying awake in the small hours, there is of course the ever-present coffee.  On any given evening, you can find live music to tap your feet to.

 

 

 

Weather for September / October

The maximum average air temperatures for Wellington in September and October are between 13 – 15C.  The minimums are 7 – 8C.  In September New Zealand will be at the end of our southern hemisphere winter and starting to enter spring.  Wellington is famed for its cold windy southerlies that strike at any time and bring a chill to the whole city.  Bring warm clothes and a jacket.

 

 

 

Visa Waiver Agreements

If you are a citizen of one of the following countries, which have visa waiver agreements with New Zealand, you do not need to apply for a Visitor Visa if you plan to visit New Zealand for 3 months or less:

 

Andorra

 

Ireland

 

Portugal*

 

Argentina

 

Israel

 

Qatar

 

Austria

 

Italy

 

San Marino

 

Bahrain

 

Japan

 

Saudi Arabia

 

Belgium

 

Korea (South)

 

Singapore

 

Brazil

 

Kiribati

 

Slovenia

 

Brunei

 

Kuwait

 

South Africa

 

Canada

 

Liechtenstein

 

Spain

 

Chile

 

Luxembourg

 

Sweden

 

Czech Republic

 

Malaysia

 

Switzerland

 

Denmark

 

Malta

 

Tuvalu

 

Finland

 

Mexico

 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

 

France

 

Monaco

 

Uruguay

 

Germany

 

Nauru

 

USA**

 

Greece

 

Norway

 

Vatican City

 

Hong Kong***

 

Netherlands

 

 

 

Hungary

 

Oman

 

 

 

Iceland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are not in this list of countries the following site will provide information relating to applying for a New Zealand Visa.

 

 

 

http://www.immigration.govt.nz/

 

 

 

 

ITSU-XIX Agenda (provisional)

AGENDA

 

1.                  OPENING

 

2.                  ORGANIZATION OF THE SESSION

 

3.                  PROGRESS IN THE PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION

 

3.1   REPORT OF THE CHAIRMAN ON THE PROGRAMME AND BUDGET

3.2   NATIONAL REPORTS

3.3   ITIC DIRECTOR’S REPORT

3.4   PTWC DIRECTOR’S REPORT

3.5   RECENT TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS

3.6   SEA LEVEL ENHANCEMENTS

3.7   WORKING GROUP ON INTERNATIONAL TSUNAMI SIGNS AND
SYMBOLS

3.8   REPORT ON HTDB/PAC

 

4.                  TRAINING AND EDUCATION

4.1   ITSU TRAINING PROGRAMME

4.2   TRAINING COURSES (EXPERT LEVEL)

4.3   PUBLIC EDUCATION

4.4   OTHER

5.                  ITSU PUBLICATIONS AND AWARENESS TOOLS

5.1   TSUNAMI NEWSLETTER

5.2   TSUNAMI INFORMATION KIT

5.3   TSUNAMI GLOSSARY

5.4   ITSU WEBSITES

 

6.                  REGIONAL AND OTHER TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEMS

6.1
  
NORTHWEST PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM
6.2   IAS TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM
6.3   CENTRAL AMERICAN TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM
6.4   SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AND INDIAN OCEAN TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM
6.5   OTHER REGIONS

 

7.                  EXISTING PARTNERSHIPS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW ONES

7.1
  
CO-OPERATION WITH THE IUGG TSUNAMI COMMISSION
7.2   CO-OPERATION WITH ISDR
7.3   WORLD DATA CENTRE-A, SOLID EARTH GEOPHYSICS DEVELOPMENTS RELATED TO TSUNAMIS
7.4   COOPERATION WITH GLOSS
7.5   OTHER

 

8.                  PROPOSALS FOR FUTURE PROJECTS

 

9.                  LONG TERM STRATEGY OF THE ITSU PROGRAMME

 

10.       EVALUATION OF THE IOC TSUNAMI PROGRAMME

 

11.       OTHER BUSINESS

 

12.       PROGRAMME AND BUDGET FOR 2004-2005

 

13.       DATES AND PLACE FOR ITSU-XX

 

14.       ELECTION OF CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR

 

15.       ADOPTION OF THE SUMMARY REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS

 

16.       CLOSURE


ITSU-XIX Participants

Provisional List of Participants

Last update: 2 September 2003

 

Australia

Mr Gary Foley, Bureau of Meteorology (Head of delegation)

Mr Phil Parker, Bureau of Meteorology

Mr Rick Bailey, Bureau of Meteorology

Dr Linda Anderson-Berry, Bureau of Meteorology

Mr Neil Head, Emergency Management Australia

Mr Phil Cummins, Geoscience Australia


Canada

Dr Fred Stephenson

Chile

Capt. Fernando Mingram

Cdr. Rodrigo Nunez (Assistant Director ITIC)

Mr Emilio Lorca


China

Colombia : to be announced


Cook Islands

Costa Rica

Ecuador : to be announced

 

Fiji

France

Dr. Dominique Reymond

Dr. François Schindele (Chairman ITSU)


Guatemala

Indonesia : to be announced


Japan

Noritake Nishide

Mexico

New Zealand

Mr Mike O'Leary

Nicaragua

Mr Claudio Gutierrez Huete

North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea)

Peru

Capt. Walter Flores Servat


Philippines

Russian Federation  

Dr. Viacheslav Gusiakov

Dr Boris Levin

 

Samoa

Singapore

South Korea (Republic of Korea)

Mr Duck-Mo Woo

Dr. Duk-Kee Lee


Thailand

 

United States of America

Dr. Ralph LaDouce

Dr. Laura Kong (Director ITIC)

Dr. Charles McCreery (Vice-Chair ITSU)

 

IOC Secretariat

Mr Peter Pissierssens, Head Ocean Services IOC

Mr. Dmitri Travin, Programme Officer in charge of ITSU

Mr Adtrien Vannier, Administrative Assistant

 

 

New version of the Provisional Timetable

 

Click here to download the Provisional Timetable.

 

ITSU-XIX Working Documents (Prov list of documents)

Provisional list of document ITSU-XIX

 

Restricted Distribution                                                                   IOC/ITSU-XIX/4 prov.

 

 

 

INTERGOVERNMENTAL OCEANOGRAPHIC COMMISSION

(of UNESCO)

 

Nineteenth Session of the International Co-ordination Group for the Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific (ICG/ITSU-XIX)
29 September - 3 October 2003, Wellington, New Zealand

 

PROVISIONAL LIST OF DOCUMENTS

Version: 19 September 2003

 

 

Working Documents

Title

Agenda Item

IOC/ITSU-XIX/1 prov.

Provisional Agenda

2

IOC/ITSU-XIX/1 add.

Provisional Timetable

2

IOC/ITSU-XIX/2 prov.

Annotated Provisional Agenda (not available )

1-13

IOC/ITSU-XIX/3

Summary Report (prepared during the Session)

14

IOC/ITSU-XIX/4 prov.

Provisional List of Documents (this Document)

2

IOC/ITSU-XIX/5 prov.

Provisional List of Participants (latest version 18 September 2003)

2

IOC/ITSU-XIX/6

Report of the Chairman of ICG/ITSU on Intersessional Activities (F.Schindele)

 

3.1

IOC/ITSU-XIX/7

National Reports on Tsunami-related Activities

  1. Australia
  2. Canada
  3. Chile
  4. China
  5. Colombia
  6. Cook Islands
  7. Costa Rica
  8. Ecuador
  9. Fiji
  10. France
  11. Guatemala
  12. Indonesia
  13. Japan
  14. Mexico
  15. New Zealand
  16. Nicaragua
  17. Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  18. Peru
  19. Philippines
  20. Russian Federation
  21. Samoa
  22. Singapore
  23. Republic of Korea
  24. Thailand
  25. United States of America

 

IOC Member State but not ICG/ITSU Member:

  1. El Salvador

3.2

IOC/ITSU-XIX/8

Report of the ITIC Director (L. Kong)

3.3

IOC/ITSU-XIX/9

Report of the PTWC Director (C. McCreery)

3.4

IOC/ITSU-XIX/10

Progress Report of the ad hoc Working Group on International Tsunami Signs and Symbols (H.Gorziglia) PDF document

3.6

IOC/ITSU-XIX/11 Report on HTDB/PAC (V.Gusiakov)

3.7

IOC/ITSU-XIX/12

REPORT ON THE ICG/ITSU VISITING EXPERTS AND TSUNAMI TRAINING PROGRAMME, 1974-2003 (L.Kong)

4.1

IOC.ITSU-XIX/13 Cooperation with the IUGG Tsunami Commission(V. Gusiakov)

7.1

Information Documents

Title

Agenda Item

IOC/ITSU-XIX/Inf.1

Local arrangements for ITSU-XIX

2

IOC/ITSU-XIX/Inf.2

Format guidelines for the submission of National Reports

3.2

IOC/ITSU-XIX/Inf.4

List of IOC Circular Letters related to ITSU (inter-sessional period 2001-2003)

1-14

IOC/ITSU-XIX/Inf.5

Extract from the Summary Report of the Thirty-fifth Session of the IOC Executive Council (Paris, 4-14 June 2002) related to ITSU

3.1

IOC/INF-1181

Meeting of the Officers of the International Co-ordination Group for the Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific (ICG/ITSU), 10-13 February 2003, Honolulu, Hawaii

IOC Governing Bodies

 

IOC/ITSU-XVIII/3

Summary Report of the ICG/ITSU Eighteenth Session, Cartagena, Colombia, 8-11 October 2001 (E) (other versions F,S,R )

1-14

IOC/EC-XXXV/3

Summary Report of the Thirty-fifth Session of the IOC Executive Council (Paris, 4-14 June 2002)

1-14

IOC Workshop Reports, Training Course Reports, Technical Series


 

IOC Manual & Guides No. 37

Post-Tsunami Survey Field Guide, 1998, UNESCO

4, 5.1

IOC Manuals & Guides No. 35

IUGG-IOC TIME Project. Numerical Method of Tsunami Simulation with the Leap-Frog Scheme, 1997, UNESCO

6, 9.1

IOC Technical Series No. 1124

Tsunami Master Plan, 1999, UNESCO (E,F,S,R)

1-714

 

Tsunami Newsletter, Jan. 1998/Dec. 1999, Vol.XXXI

7.1

 

ITSU/ITIC Tsunami Annual

7.1

 

Tsunami Newsletter, Vol. XXXII, No.1-4

7.1

IOC Technical Series

Tsunami Glossary, 2001 (E,F,S,R)

7.3

 

Handbook for Tsunami Forecast in the Japan Sea, JMA, Jan. 2001

 8

 

Five-Year Master Plan for the Development of a Regional Tsunami Warning System in the Southwest pacific by Dr. G. Pararas-Carayannis, 1991, UNESCO (E only)

8

 

Tsunamis in the Caribbean Area, edited by J. Lander

8

IOC/INF-1149

Summary Report of the IAS Tsunami Warning System Meeting, 19-21 December 2000, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

 

 

8.2



ITIC publications

Tsunami Newsletter

2003
  • February 2003 (Vol. XXXV No. 1)
  • April 2003 (Vol. XXXV No. 2)
  • June 2003 (Vol. XXXV No. 3)
  • August 2003 (Vol. XXXV No. 4)

2002

  • January 2002 (Vol. XXXIV No. 1)
  • January 2002 Supplement (Vol. XXXIV No. 1)
  • April 2002 (Vol. XXXIV No. 2)
  • June 2002 (Vol. XXXIV No. 3)
  • August 2002 (Vol. XXXIV No. 4)
  • October 2002 (Vol. XXXIV No. 5)
  • December 2002 (Vol. XXXIV No. 6)

 

 

 

Other Documents

 

 

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Conclusions of the Lagos Forum: Coastal and Tsunami Early Warning Systems. 1 – 3 November 2001, Lagos, Portugal

Results: ITSU-XIX Summary Report

The Summary Report of the Nineteenth Session of the the International Coordination Group for the Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific, held in Wellington, New Zealand, from 29 September to 3 October 2003, is available.

The Report is available indocbig(DOC 668 KB) or inpdfbig (PDF 587 KB).

ABSTRACT

The Nineteenth Session of the International Coordination Group for the Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific was held in Wellington, New Zealand, from 29 September to 3 October 2003 under the Chairmanship of Dr. François Schindelé. It was attended by 34 participants from fifteen ICG/ITSU Member States, two organizations and two observers from other countries. The Session reviewed progress made during the inter-sessional period 2001-2003 and drafted its work plan for the period 2004-2005. This work plan will focus on (i) continued support for the International Tsunami Information Centre (ITIC); (ii) support for the development of the Global Tsunami Data Base (GTDB) and the new Integrated Tsunami Data Base (ITDB) consisting of the WinHTDB graphic shell and a Tsunami Travel Time (TTT) module; (iii) finalization of the Tsunami Information Kit; (iv) support for the newly established Working Group on a Comprehensive Tsunami Hazard Reduction Programme (TROIKA); (v) support the newly established Working Group on the Central American Pacific Coast Tsunami Warning System (CAPC-TWS); and (vi) support the newly established Working Group on the Tsunami Warning System in the Southwest Pacific and Indian Ocean (SWP-TWS). The Group requested a budget of US$ 141,500 for the biennium 2004-2005 to accomplish the work plan. The Group further decided to (i) study possibilities for cooperation with JCOMM; (ii) increase the duration of its ITSU Training Programme held in Hawaii (ITP-Hawaii) to three weeks, and establish an international component (ITP-International) for in-country assistance to Member States; (iii) establish a “Pool of Experts” to assist Member States with expert missions; (iv) accept the “Tsunami Hazard Zone” and “Tsunami Evacuation Route” signs and submit these to ISO; (v) recommend formal collaborative links with the Circum-Pacific Council; (vi) reduce the frequency of the Tsunami Newsletter to 4 issues per year; (vii) redefine the terms of reference of the IOC-ITSU and ITIC web sites; (viii) recommend close(r) collaboration with GLOSS, ISDR and with CEPREDENAC. The Group further revised the ITSU Master Plan Conclusions adding focus on the acquisition of data in real-time and optimizing the network to ensure accurate warning issuance and minimization of false warnings. The Group requested to urgently proceed with the Review of the ITSU Programme in 2004. The Group re-elected Dr. François Schindelé and Dr. Charles McCreery as Chair and Vice-Chair of ITSU respectively. The Group welcomed Mr. Emilio Lorca as the new ITIC Associate Director, replacing Cmdr. Rodrigo Nuñez.

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