Why are we here?

With the aim of inspiring New Zealanders to understand the global significance of the Southern Ocean & Sub-Antarctic Islands and the role they play in understanding and monitoring the effects of climate change, The Sir Peter Blake Trust, together with the Royal New Zealand Navy, the Department of Conservation, New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute, NIWA, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Youth Development and the Lion Foundation, took 12 teenage leaders on an expedition to the Auckland Islands from 10 - 23 February, 2014. This was the second voyage for the Young Blake Expeditions programme. The Young Blake Expeditions programme aims to follow in the footsteps of Sir Peter Blake and to mobilise and inspire the next generation of kiwi leaders, adventurers and marine environmentalists.

The 12 teenage leaders from around New Zealand were selected after attending the Sir Peter Blake Youth EnviroLeaders' Forum in Christchurch in 2013. They were joined by a crew of scientists, business and community leaders, communicators and adventurers from government agencies and organisations across New Zealand.

Our Explorers

Ben Richards
Ben Richards

Tauranga Boys' College

Elizabeth Huang
Elizabeth Huang

St Cuthbert's College, Auckland

Hamish Lilley
Hamish Lilley

Otago Boys' High School, Dunedin

Isabella Brown
Isabella Brown

St Margaret's College, Christchurch

Jed Long
Jed Long

Taumarunui High School

Jessica Jenkins
Jessica Jenkins

Paraparaumu College

Katrina Jensen
Katrina Jensen

Palmerston North Girls' High School

Mania Oxenham
Mania Oxenham

Rotorua Boys' High School

Mitchell Chandler
Mitchell Chandler

Nayland College, Nelson

Samantha Kingsbury
Samantha Kingsbury

Buller High School, Westport

Sedef Duder-Ozyurt
Sedef Duder-Ozyurt

Auckland Girls' Grammar School

Tremayne Reid
Tremayne Reid

One Tree Hill College, Auckland

Hannah Prior
Hannah Prior

Chief Operating Officer

Haley McCrystal Coe
Haley McCrystal Coe

Strategic Projects and Partnerships Manager

Don Robertson
Don Robertson

Chief Operating Officer

Gary Wilson
Gary Wilson

Expedition Leader & Scientific Project Director

Sheelagh James
Sheelagh James

Expedition Doctor

Sarah Trotman
Sarah Trotman

Blake Leader Award 2006

Resources

Southern Right Whales
Southern Right Whales

Southern Right Whales - Tohora - Eubalaena Australis / By Bernard Potter & Dr. Will Rayment (University of Otago) read more..

Our Southern Wilderness Revealed
Our Southern Wilderness Revealed

An eco-system poster created by Nick Kingston & Artist Dave Gunson read more..

Clues to Past Climates
Clues to Past Climates

Reconstructing climate change / By Imogen Browne - Otago University read more..

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