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Explorer Conference Inspires
Antarctic Heritage Trust was excited to deliver our inaugural Explorer Conference in South Auckland, New Zealand, which was attended by 100 Year 12 students from local high schools.
The Conference was officially opened by New Zealand’s Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, who told the students the story of her childhood hero, Sir Ernest Shackleton and urged them not to let a lack of confidence hold them back.
Mahu Whenua Inspiring Explorers™ Team
Inspiring Explorers Team Announced
We are excited to introduce our incredible Mahu Whenua Traverse Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ team!
The Inspiring Explorers™ are: Isaac Giesen, Emily Wilson, Ana Ross, Blake Hornblow and Libby Clifton. They’ll be joined by local Wakatipu High School students Sam Davis and Cameron Marshall.
In partnership with the Mountain Turk Club and led by two Trust staff (Nigel Watson and Marcus Waters), the team will take on an epic 50 kilometre five-day cross-country ski expedition, officially opening the Mahu Whenua Traverse.
This expedition, originally scheduled for August 2021, has been postponed due to New Zealand entering a Covid-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. The Trust hopes to complete the traverse in late September 2021 (Covid-19 levels permitting).
On Satin Waters – Musical Composition
Inspiring Explorer Ihlara McIndoe’s composition, On Satin Waters, was inspired by her 2020 Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ to Antarctica.
On Satin Waters was composed for violin and viola with pre-recorded electronics (composed of water and ice recordings taken during the expedition).
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Historic scales returned to Scott’s Discovery Hut in Antarctica
This season in Antarctica we were fortunate to repatriate a set of Salter scales to Scott’s Discovery Hut.
The scales were souvenired by Captain James Douglas who was a distinguished engineer and Naval command officer in charge of the construction of eight United States bases in Antarctica in the late 1950s.