Since 2007, The Sir Peter Blake Trust - in partnership with Antarctica New Zealand, the Antarctic Heritage Trust, NIWA and the Department of Conservation - has provided opportunities for young New Zealanders (18 – 25 years) to work on projects in Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and New Zealand through the Blake Ambassador Programme. These Ambassadors have worked alongside teams of scientists, conservationists, engineers and conservators on environmental and heritage restoration projects to advance our understanding and address some of the big environmental questions and challenges facing society.
Blake Ambassador Awards
This year there will be 12 Blake Ambassador Awards in partnership with Antarctica New Zealand, the Antarctic Heritage Trust, NIWA, the Department of Conservation and the Auckland Museum. Details about the awards are described below.
Applications for Blake Ambassador - Southwest Pacific Expedition close 19 June 2017.
Applications for all other Blake Ambassadors close 30 June 2017.
Blake Antarctic Ambassador
Antarctic Heritage Trust (AHT) is a New Zealand-based charity with a vision of inspiring explorers. AHT’s mission is to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration. AHT is engaged in a long-term cold climate conservation project to protect the Antarctic explorers’ legacy: the bases and the artefacts they left behind in Antarctica’s Ross Sea region for current and future generations. The AHT’s Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project is a world leading heritage project to conserve human heritage in a polar environment. This project enjoys significant international profile and funding and the support of the New Zealand Government at the highest level.
As part of a partnership with Antarctica New Zealand and the Antarctic Heritage Trust, the Blake Antarctic Ambassador will support the Antarctic Heritage Trust implement the ongoing maintenance and monitoring phase of the Ross Sea Heritage (Hut) Restoration Project, to safeguard the expedition bases of Shackleton and Scott and on Ross Island, Antarctica.
Details about the Blake Antarctic Ambassador - Antarctic Heritage Trust Award can be found here.
Blake NIWA Ambassador
NIWA is New Zealand’s largest provider of climate, atmospheric, ocean and freshwater sciences. Approximately half of its effort is in developing new knowledge and the other half is in applying it. NIWA’s areas of expertise cover: Coasts and Oceans, Freshwater and Estuaries, Climate, Atmosphere and Weather.
Details about the Blake NIWA Ambassador Awards can be found here.
Blake DOC Ambassador
DOC's vision is for New Zealand to be the greatest living space on Earth - Kāore he wāhi i tua atu i a Aotearoa, hei wahi noho i te ao. This vision means ensuring that New Zealanders gain a wide range of benefits from healthy functioning ecosystems, recreation opportunities, and through living DOC's history.
To do this, DOC organise their work around five outcomes:
- the diversity of our natural heritage is maintained and restored
- our history is protected and brought to life
- more people participate in recreation
- more people engage with conservation and value its benefits
- conservation gains from more business partnerships.
Details about the Blake DOC Ambassador Awards can be found here.
Blake Ambassador - Southwest Pacific Expedition 2017
The Southwest Pacific Expedition led by the Auckland Museum on board RV Braveheart is an exciting 42 day voyage with a multidisciplinary Australian and New Zealand crew. The science leg 2 will depart Noumea, New Caledonia on Thursday 27 July and arrive in Suva, Fiji on August 7. The voyage will visit Matthew, Hunter and Walpole islands (12 days, 6-7 days sampling). The expedition survey will include targeted collecting, lots of photography, fish and invertebrate traps and baited underwater videos to assess density and abundance of top predators.
about the Blake Ambassador – Southwest Pacific Expedition 2017 can be found
If you have any questions about the Blake Ambassador Programme or the application process please contact :
(09) 307 8875
Blake Ambassador Alumni
Meet the Blake Ambassador Alumni here.