Explorer Conference

When

Friday 2 July

Where

Vodafone Events Centre
Sir Noel Robinson Conference Centre
and Vector Wero Whitewater Park
Manukau, Auckland

Antarctic Heritage Trust’s inaugural Explorer Conference brings together 100 Year 12 students to learn what it takes to be explorers. You will hear from inspirational speakers, workshop a range of topics through an explorer’s lens and engage in activities to put learning into action.
Focusing on the explorer qualities of curiosity, resilience, leadership, innovation, and team work, the Conference will encourage you to engage with the spirit of exploration and have the confidence to head into the unknown. These traits are as critical today as they were for Antarctic explorers Sir Ernest Shackleton and Sir Edmund Hillary. Past participants in Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Inspiring Explorers Expeditions™ will lead workshops and support you throughout the day.

Programme

8.45amStudents arrive
9.00amIntroductory session
Welcome
Official opening address
– special guest
Inspirational speaker – William Pike
10.00amWorkshop 1
10.30amMorning tea – food supplied
10.50amWorkshop 2
11.20am10 minute break
11.30amWorkshop 3
12.00pmLunch – food supplied
12.30pmAction-Based Learning at Vector Wero Whitewater Park
2.30pmClosing session
Inspirational speaker – Brando Yelavich
Farewell and next steps
3.00pmStudents depart

Registration

Students must register for the conference and submit their Workshop and Action Based Learning preferences online.

The Explorer Conference is a special initiative for selected schools only. If you are not connected with one of the schools invited to attend, please keep an eye out on our website and social channels for other Inspiring Explorers initiatives you can be involved in.

Registrations close Friday 11 June
2020 Inspiring Explorers Jaylee Savage (left) and A’aifou Kaufusi-Potenami (right)

Workshop Sessions

You will attend three workshop sessions during the Explorer Conference. When you register online you will have an opportunity to let us know which workshops you would like to attend by ranking all the workshop sessions from 1 to 6, with 1 being the workshop you would most like to attend, and 6 being the workshop you would least like to attend. We will do our best to accommodate your choices, but please note there are no guarantees. Here is some information to help you choose.

Workshop Option 1

Lighting Your Spark

Led by Hollie Woodhouse

Do you have a dream? An idea? But you’re not too sure how to make it happen or where to start? Nine years ago, this was Hollie. She knew she had to take the first step, but had no idea how or what that journey would include.
Hollie wrote a simple list of goals. One was to do an adventure each year. Simply writing down that goal was enough to light her spark.

2018 Inspiring Explorer Hollie Woodhouse
About Hollie

Hollie’s thirst for adventure has taken her to the Sahara Desert and the Amazon Jungle, where she competed in endurance events covering over
200km in five days. Back home, Hollie has competed in the Coast To Coast and Red Bull Defiance. In 2015 she founded a magazine, Say Yes To Adventure, she is an avid blogger, and has shared her stories of exploration and discovery through public talks and presentations.
In 2018 Hollie joined the Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ to ski across the Greenland Ice Cap.

Workshop Option 2

Resilience and Overcoming Obstacles

Led by Brando Yelavich

Learn about personal growth and how to use painful or challenging experiences as a tool to build resilience.
Achieving your dreams can be as simple as changing your mindset and how you perceive things. Brando will demonstrate how he learned this through his own experiences and share with you some pretty cool stories from his expeditions!

2018 Inspiring Explorer Brando Yelavich
About Brando

Brando was diagnosed with ADHD and Dyslexia at a young age. Feeling directionless, and despondent about his place in life, he decided to circumnavigate the entire coastline of New Zealand. This 8,700km journey took six hundred days and changed his life forever. Since then Brando has dedicated himself to becoming a full-time explorer inspiring others to explore the world around them.
In 2018 he joined the Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ to ski across the Greenland Ice Cap.

Workshop Option 3

Storytelling and Technology

Led by Anzac Gallate

Find out how to explore the Antarctic using technology, and learn ways to share your stories for maximum impact. This workshop will also look at how to incorporate exploration into your daily life.
Come and find out about the Antarctic Heritage Trust’s new Augmented Reality App, and hear from its creator Anzac Gallate.

2020 Inspiring Explorer Anzac Gallate
About Anzac

Anzac is studying Marine Biology at university and has been obsessed with Antarctica since he was 10.

After joining the Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ to the Antarctic Peninsula in 2020, he’s combined his scientific mind with his creative mind to develop an explorer journal which works in partnership with an app. Users can watch augmented reality and 360° videos come to life off the page by scanning codes throughout the booklet.

Workshop Option 4

How to Perform at Your Best

Led by Mike Dawson

Join double Olympian Mike Dawson to learn all about the Olympic Games, high performance sport and expeditions.
This workshop will focus on how to get your best performance under pressure, the power of failure and adapting to uncertainty by drawing parallels between the elite sport environment and expeditions to remote corners of the world.

2019 and 2020 Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ Mentor Mike Dawson
About Mike

During Mike’s kayaking career he competed in two Olympic Games, achieved silver and bronze medals in extreme kayaking championships, and has
participated in kayaking expeditions in Chile, Uganda, Pakistan and beyond. Mike is also a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee Athlete Commission.
In 2019 and 2020 he joined the Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ to the Antarctic Peninsula as a mentor and in 2021 became a governance intern on the Antarctic Heritage Trust Board.

Workshop Option 5

Environment and Exploration

Led by Owain John

Owain will draw links between human exploration and the environment. Learn about about whether time spent immersed in nature is important, and how to form an emotional/spiritual connection to your local environment through exploration. You will also take a look at whether the environment in Aotearoa New Zealand changed, and ways exploration can be used as a tool to combat today’s biggest environmental challenges.

2020 Inspiring Explorer Owain John
About Owain

Owain is the former CEO of educational social enterprise, Squawk Squad. His vision is to empower the next generation of Kiwi kids to become environmental leaders, through education and action.
Owain joined the 2020 Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ to the Antarctic Peninsula and developed a nine week education pilot programme called Climate Change – Expedition to Antarctica which engaged with 4,400 primary school students.

Workshop Option 6

Giving Back to Community

Led by Leah Stewart and Georgie Archibald

A look at different ways of giving back to community through an explorer lens. To create meaningful change in our local communities, we need to keep our own cups full while also offering service to create ripple effects to fill the cups of others.
Leah and Georgie explore this through their own experiences giving back to Pacific, youth, sporting, sustainability, and organ donor communities.

2019 Inspiring Explorer Leah Stewart
About Leah

Leah has a passion for filmmaking and social change. She studied television and screen production at AUT, has worked as a freelance camera operator and won international awards for her documentary filmmaking.
Leah is a disability support worker, currently working for clients with complex mental health. She has also founded the Kidney Donor Whānau support group to provide donor to donor peer support for living kidney donors.
In 2019 she joined the Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ to the Antarctic Peninsula.

2020 Inspiring Explorers Georgie Archibald
About Georgie

Georgie is a Learning Advisor Pasifika at Ara Institute of Canterbury, providing learning support that is culturally responsive to diverse student needs and supporting Pasifika students with their academic literacies.
Georgie studied Law and English Literature here in New Zealand and gained a Fulbright Award to continue her studies in the United States.
In 2019 she joined the Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ to the Antarctic Peninsula and has joined the Antarctic Heritage Trust Board as a governance intern.

2020 Inspiring Explorers Jaylee Savage (left) and A’aifou Kaufusi-Potenami (right)

Action-Based Learning Session

In the afternoon you will meet former Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate students Jaylee Savage and A’aifou Kaufusi-Potenami who travelled to Antarctica on an Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ in 2020.
You will also take part in an Action-Based Learning Session. When you register you will have an opportunity to let us know which activities you would like to take part in by ranking the options from 1 to 3, with 1 being the activity you would most like to do, and 3 being the activity you would least like to do. We will do our best to accommodate your choices, but there are no guarantees.

What to bring

You will get wet during the afternoon activities, so please bring togs, a tee-shirt, a pair of shorts, and a warm top (that you don’t mind getting wet). Wetsuits will be provided and no swimming ability is needed.
Please bring a drink bottle.

Activity Option 1

River Rush Rafting

Your rafting guide will direct you safely through Grade 3-4 rapids, ending with an exhilarating 4.5m drop down the Pump Waterfall – the highest man-made waterfall in the world!

River Rush Rafting
Activity Option 2

Build Your Own Raft

An awesome activity that will test your teamwork while assembling your own raft from drums, ropes and timber. Once assembled you will have the chance to sail your raft across the lake.

Build Your Own Raft
Activity Option 3

Flat Water Kayaking or Paddle Boarding

Choose between a paddle board or a sit-on-top kayak (or try both!) and test your skills on the flatwater lake without the rapids.

Kayaking at Vector Wero Whitewater Park

Inspirational Speaker – William Pike

During the introductory session you will hear from Inspiring Explorer William Pike.
William is a well-known Kiwi, sought-after speaker and a role model to youth nationally and internationally.
William spent many years developing his passion for exploration and the outdoors. In 2007 he was on Mt Ruapehu during a volcanic eruption and
he was injured, which resulted in him losing his right leg below the knee.
William has gone on to inspire young people through the formation of the William Pike Challenge, a nationwide youth development programme which runs in more than 90 schools. By participating in the programme youth learn how to step outside their comfort zone and develop resilience, confidence and connections with their community.
In 2017 William climbed Mount Scott in Antarctica on an Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ and has served as a governance intern on the Antarctic Heritage Trust Board.
He is passionate about sharing his love of exploration and is keen to inspire the next generation of young New Zealanders to explore
and look after their world.
He was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Young New Zealander of the Year Awards and is a social entrepreneur.
Antarctic Heritage Trust is proud to partner with William Pike Challenge for our Young Inspiring Explorers™ programme.

2017 Inspiring Explorer William Pike

Registration

Students must register for the conference and submit their Workshop and Action Based Learning preferences online.

The Explorer Conference is a special initiative for selected schools only. If you are not connected with one of the schools invited to attend, please keep an eye out on our website and social channels for other Inspiring Explorers initiatives you can be involved in.

Registrations close Friday 11 June