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.
Tauranga Boys' College
St Cuthbert's College, Auckland
Otago Boys' High School, Dunedin
St Margaret's College, Christchurch
Taumarunui High School
Palmerston North Girls' High School
Rotorua Boys' High School
Nayland College, Nelson
Buller High School, Westport
Auckland Girls' Grammar School
One Tree Hill College, Auckland
Southern Right Whales
Southern Right Whales - Tohora - Eubalaena Australis / By Bernard Potter & Dr. Will Rayment (University of Otago) read more..
Our Southern Wilderness Revealed
An eco-system poster created by Nick Kingston & Artist Dave Gunson read more..
Clues to Past Climates
Reconstructing climate change / By Imogen Browne - Otago University read more..