A voyage of a lifetime

With the aim of inspiring New Zealanders to understand the global significance of the Kermadec Islands and to encourage stewardship of the Kermadec Marine Reserve and the planet's oceans generally, The Sir Peter Blake Trust, together with the Ministry for the Environment, the Royal New Zealand Navy, Department of Conservation, Pew Environment Group, Experiencing Marine Reserves and LEARNZ, sent 30 young New Zealanders on an expedition to the Kermadecs, from 8-19 August, 2012. The secondary school students travelled on board the HMNZS Canterbury, with a crew of subject experts, scientists, artists, educators, and leaders.

Our Explorers

Alex Gregory
Alex Gregory

Christ's College Christchurch

Anna Clark
Anna Clark

Hurunui College North Canterbury

Asia Brownlie
Asia Brownlie

Wellington Girls' College

Daniel Goldthorpe
Daniel Goldthorpe

Marlborough Boys' College Blenheim

Craig Smith
Craig Smith

St Thomas of Canterbury College Christchurch

Eilis Donnelly
Eilis Donnelly

Palmerston North Girls' High School

Elijah Koopu
Elijah Koopu

Rotorua Boys' High School

Felix Bornholdt
Felix Bornholdt

St Patrick's College Wellington

Freya O'Sullivan
Freya O'Sullivan

Tauranga Girls' College

Gomathi Rajasekaran
Gomathi Rajasekaran

Manurewa High School Auckland

Hamish Darling
Hamish Darling

John McGlashan College Dunedin

Isabella Lenihan-Ikin
Isabella Lenihan-Ikin

Western Springs College Auckland

Jack Hamilton
Jack Hamilton

Whangarei Boys' High School

Jamie Darbyshire
Jamie Darbyshire

Hawera High School

John Whitcombe
John Whitcombe

John Paul II High School Greymouth

Lily Pryor-Rodgers
Lily Pryor-Rodgers

Kapiti College, Paekakariki

Logan Candy
Logan Candy

Gisborne Boys' High School

Lucy Tothill
Lucy Tothill

St Margaret's College Christchurch

Melania Napa'a
Melania Napa'a

Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate Auckland

Melissa Churchouse
Melissa Churchouse

Wanganui Girls' College Wanganui

Nicholas Humphries
Nicholas Humphries

Fiordland College Te Anau

Olivia Jay
Olivia Jay

Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, Hamilton

Patricia Harrison
Patricia Harrison

Hillcrest High School, Hamilton

Rebecca Vella-King
Rebecca Vella-King

Logan Park High School, Dunedin

Rhiannon Scott
Rhiannon Scott

Taihape Area School

Rose Mickleson
Rose Mickleson

Woodford House, Havelock North

Ruahei Demant
Ruahei Demant

Mahurangi College, Warkworth

Sophie Smith
Sophie Smith

Southland Girls' High School, Invercargill

Susanna Lees Watts
Susanna Lees Watts

Auckland Girls' Grammar School

Tre Ratahi
Tre Ratahi

Upper Hutt College

Don Robertson
Don Robertson

Chief Operating Officer

Commander Sean Stewart
Commander Sean Stewart

HMNZS Canterbury

Hannah Prior
Hannah Prior

Chief Operating Officer

Andrew Berry
Andrew Berry

Blake Leader Award 2006

Sheelagh James
Sheelagh James

Expedition Doctor

Bruce Foster
Bruce Foster

Photographer & Film Maker

Samara Nicholas
Samara Nicholas

Blake Leader & Snorkeling Director

Clinton Duffy
Clinton Duffy

Shark Expert

Mark Weldon
Mark Weldon

Blake Leader & Expedition Team Leader

Sam Johnson
Sam Johnson

Blake Leader & Expedition Team Leader

Rebecca Priestley
Rebecca Priestley

Expedition Writer & Columnist for The Listener

Helen Bostock
Helen Bostock

Marine Geologist

Isaac Sutherland
Isaac Sutherland

Ngati Kuri Representative

Libby Liggins
Libby Liggins

Scientist and 2008 Antarctic Youth Ambassador

Michael Moyes
Michael Moyes

Expedition Team Leader

Peter Sommerville
Peter Sommerville

LEARNZ - Field Trip Project Director

Steve Hathaway
Steve Hathaway

Underwater Cameraman

Steven Ullrich
Steven Ullrich

Marine Collector & Architect

Andrew Penny
Andrew Penny

LEARNZ - Field Trip teacher

Rochelle Constantine
Rochelle Constantine

Marine Mammal Specialist

Virginia Larson
Virginia Larson

Expedition Writer & Editor for North & South

William Mansfield
William Mansfield

Pew Environment Group Ambassador

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