University of Canterbury Professor David Wiltshire has paid tribute to the renowned physicist who died yesterday.
Professor Stephen Toope said the 76-year-old Hawking, who died at his home in Cambridge, England today will be missed all over the world.
Hawking was known for groundbreaking work on black-holes and popular best-selling book: A Brief History of Time.
Stephen Hawking made his remarks while recording the BBC's annual Reith Lectures in early 2016.
The volcanic island exploded out of the Pacific Ocean in 2015 and the video shows how its shape has evolved.
Work is being done to find out how common such large quakes are along the fault line.