A voyage of a lifetime

From 26 February – 9 March 2018, 20 student voyagers, and 23 crew members, will embark on an expedition to the Kermadec Islands on board HMNZS Canterbury. One of the most remote and biodiverse spots on the planet, this untouched region has much to teach New Zealand and the world around climate change and ocean health.

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Jackson Thompson

Being able to interact with such a pristine environment, both above and below the water, was a powerful reminder of the ecological imbalance that currently exists throughout the world.

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Quiz: Begin

How well do you know the Kermadecs?

Put your knowledge of the Kermadecs to the test with this quick quiz.

How many species of dolphin and whale are estimated to migrate through the Kermadec region ?

How deep is the Kermadec Trench?

How many times deeper than the Grand Canyon is the Kermadec Trench?

Of about 350 species of seabirds worldwide, how many are found in the Kermadec region?

New Zealand has the world's fourth largest Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) a total marine area of 4,300,000 square kilometres - 15 times bigger than the New Zealand land mass. The Kermadec region represents how much of this marine environment?

What percentage of fish that have been found in New Zealands's marine territory (EEZ) occur in the Kermadec region?

What year were rats finally eradicated from Rangitahua / Raoul Island?

How many years had the red-crowned parakeets been absent from Rangitahua / Raoul Island before their return (after the last rats were killed in 2006)?

Teachers: Connect your Classroom

Classrooms and students can connect and engage in this Young Blake Expedition by following our blogs, photos, and videos as they come in or you could “Ring an Explorer”. Find out how to schedule a phone call via SAT phone here.

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Jackie Hazelhurst
Jackie Hazelhurst

Whanganui High School

Kermadec Voyage 2018

Throw us a question about our voyage & research, and our explorer on duty will answer it as soon as they are in range.

Q: Hi What kind of research/ experiments are you conducting on this voyage? Thanks - Heather, Muriwai

A: Hello Heather! I’m Jackie, one of the student voyagers from Whanganui and I hope I can provide something of an overview as to what we’ve been up to. I personally have been involved in the plankton tows, where a very fine mesh net (0.1mm gaps) is dragged through the water from a depth of roughly 20m. We gathered three samples from differing distances from the shore and collected mostly zooplankton – although the researchers involved (Mary Sewell and Tom Trnski) were looking at the larval stages of marine invertebrates and fish. As for the student voyagers, we have loved looking at the plankton samples under the microscopes – they look quite alien when observed from so close up – and have been interrogating the experts aboard on the discoveries they have made/are making in their respective fields. But that’s just me! Miriam, another voyager, has been involved with light trap collections at Boat Cove and says, ‘after pulling up the self made light traps, the microscopic specimens are emptied into sample containers and taken back to the frigate where they were put in ethanol to be preserved, ready to be taken back to the mainland. These samples will then be further analyses to identify the species (analyzing their DNA)’. The collection of the BRUV’s (Baited Remote Underwater Video) is also a task student voyagers have been involved in. Lucy went along on one of these missions and shares: ‘the collection of video footage is to examine and gain knowledge of biodiversity and abundance of species (specifically Galapagos sharks) at varied depths and locations across the  Kermadec region.’ Hope that this has helped and feel free to enquire more for further clarification. Thank you for your curiosity! It’s lovely to think of people at home eager to understand what we are up to. Best, Jackie. - Jackie Hazelhurst

Q: What are you most looking forward to on this voyage? - Liam, Wellington 

A: Being immersed in a completely new environment that is relatively untouched by the impacts of humans. I look forward to tapping into the massive range of knowledge on board, growing and developing my leadership skills and making new friends - Victoria Rhodes-Carlin

A: I'm most excited to see what an island would look like in its most pristine condition, as if man had never touched it and to be a part of the great Sir Peter Blake's legacy - Jorim-Paul Phillips

Q: How long does it take to get to the Kermadecs? - James, Auckland
A: Hi! Thanks for your question. We leave on Monday morning at 10am, and we should be reaching Raoul Island at about 7am on Wednesday - so approximately two days of travel time on the ship - Bhakti Patel.

Our Explorers

Anzac Gallate
Anzac Gallate

Cashmere High School

Kermadec Voyage 2018

Genevieve Scott-Jones
Genevieve Scott-Jones

St Paul's Collegiate School

Kermadec Voyage 2018

George Fyfe
George Fyfe

Scots College

Kermadec Voyage 2018

Jackie Hazelhurst
Jackie Hazelhurst

Whanganui High School

Kermadec Voyage 2018

Jorim-Paul Philips
Jorim-Paul Philips

Fa'atuatua Christian College

Kermadec Voayge 2018

Kenya Ashcroft
Kenya Ashcroft

St Kentigern College

Kermadec Voyage 2018

Lucy Coulston
Lucy Coulston

Gisborne Girls' High School

Kermadec Voyage 2018

Macy Duxfield
Macy Duxfield

Cullinane College

Kermadec Voyage 2018

Maha Fier
Maha Fier

Paraparaumu College

Kermadec Voyage 2018

Miriam Clark
Miriam Clark

Hurunui College

Kermadec Voyage 2018

Neil MacMillan
Neil MacMillan

Nelson College

Kermadec Voyage 2018

Oskar Lynch
Oskar Lynch

Napier Boys' High School

Kermadec Voyage 2018

Paice Vaughan
Paice Vaughan

Kaipara College

Kermadec Voyage 2018

Rebecca-Rose Ngatai
Rebecca-Rose Ngatai

Hamilton Girls' High School

Kermadec Voyage 2018

Roisin Blundell-Dorey
Roisin Blundell-Dorey

Buller High School

Kermadec Voyage 2018

Teaghan Kirby
Teaghan Kirby

Whangarei Girls' High School

Kermadec Voyage 2018

Tim Currie
Tim Currie

Timaru Boys' High School

Kermadec Voyage 2018

Yonni Kepes
Yonni Kepes

St Andrew's College

Kermadec Voyage 2018

Mark Orams
Mark Orams

Expedition Leader

Hannah Prior
Hannah Prior

Expedition Director

Jacob Anderson
Jacob Anderson

Communications

Bhakti Patel
Bhakti Patel

Team Leader

Libby Liggins
Libby Liggins

Science Leader

Tom Trnski
Tom Trnski

Science Leader

Leith Cooper
Leith Cooper

Educator at Sea

Andy Hamilton
Andy Hamilton

Team Leader

Chris Gaskin
Chris Gaskin

Ornithologist

Dave Aguirre
Dave Aguirre

Marine Ecologist

Edin Whitehead
Edin Whitehead

MSc Student - Ornithologist

Emma Betty
Emma Betty

PhD Student - Marine Ecologist

Lizzy Myers
Lizzy Myers

PhD Student - Marine Biologist

Lou Hunt
Lou Hunt

Team Leader

Brendon O'Hagan
Brendon O'Hagan

Cameraman / Editor

Mary Sewell
Mary Sewell

Marine Biologist

Wendy Nelson
Wendy Nelson

Marine Biologist

Lydia Syson
Lydia Syson

Journalist / Author

William Pike
William Pike

Team Leader

Sheelagh James
Sheelagh James

Expedition Doctor

Samara Nicholas
Samara Nicholas

Snorkel Leader

Lorna Doogan
Lorna Doogan

Snorkel Leader

Jackson Thompson
Jackson Thompson

Blake Ambassador

Victoria Rhodes-Carlin
Victoria Rhodes-Carlin

Blake Ambassador

The Kermadecs

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