Explorer Conference 2021
Antarctic Heritage Trust was excited to deliver our inaugural Explorer Conference on 2 July in Auckland, New Zealand attended by 100 Year 12 students from South Auckland high schools.
The Conference was officially opened by New Zealand’s Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, who told the students Sir Ernest Shackleton was her childhood hero and urged them not to let a lack of confidence hold them back.
Focused on the explorer qualities of curiosity, resilience, leadership, innovation and teamwork, the conference encouraged students to adopt an explorer’s mindset and have the confidence to step outside their comfort zones.
They heard from inspirational speakers and workshopped topics led by young people who have taken part in the Trust’s Inspiring Explorers Expeditions™. The students then challenged themselves in action-based learning activities at Vector Wero Whitewater Park.