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Keep up to date with trip progress and articles that might be of interest.

Fishing for facts in the toothfish debate


Image Courtesy:Stu Hanchet, NIWA

17 April 2012

Fishing for Antarctic Toothfish in the Ross Sea is estimated to earn New Zealand $20 million to $30 million each year.

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Public-private ventures could fund protection schemes

Mice attacking albatross chicks10 April 2012

In a post financial crisis world where expanding indebtedness is no longer a ticket to prosperity and where the tax drag on private incomes already annoys large tracts of the population, pursuit of greater well-being via expanding government is no longer an option.

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Mice attacking albatross chicks

Mice attacking albatross chicks29 March 2012

House mice, once thought not to cause much threat to seabirds are filmed here eating Albatross chicks alive, on Gough Island. Thanks to Ross Wanless for the footage.

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Gareth Morgan backs $1m mice plan

Gareth Morgan is on a mission to save Antipodes wildlife which is under attack from mice.28 March 2012

Gareth Morgan is on a mission to save Antipodes' wildlife which is under attack from mice.

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Southern Ocean and Antarctica

Antarctica trip inspires Kiwis to act18 March 2012

The Our Far South team continue their journey of discovery through the Southern Ocean....

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Antarctica trip inspires Kiwis to act

Antarctica trip inspires Kiwis to act09 March 2012

A trip to Antarctica has inspired a group of Kiwi explorers to raise funds for the protection of the environment.
More than 50 New Zealanders from a variety of backgrounds have recently returned from the frozen continent on a eco-trip organised by economist and philanthropist Gareth Morgan.

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Next stop Antarctica

Antarctica trip inspires Kiwis to act03 March 2012

Our Far South is an expedition that aims to raise New Zealanders' awareness of the area south of Stewart Island. Gareth Morgan, Te Radar, scientists and 50 everyday Kiwis are onboard to learn and then share their experience.

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Exploring the ocean

Exploring the ocean17 February 2012

Scientists aboard the NZ Research Vessel Tangaroa talk about the realities of scientific research on the high seas, as they make measurements of temperature, salinity, carbon dioxide, sediment and living organisms in the deep ocean. They want to understand the role of the oceans in controlling climate change, today, in the geological past, and in the future. Their work is beginning to show that both the temperature and saltiness of the oceans has been changing over the past few decades, and major changes in the ocean currents in the geological past can be linked to past climate change. Watch the video


Auckland Island’s Important breeding ground for albatross

Auckland Island’s Important breeding ground for albatross17 February 2012

As with many environmental issues, the real problems are caused not by one of these impacts, but by all of them together. The best example of this is the albatross.

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Argo Floats

Argo Floats16 February 2012

Over the past few decades we have learnt more about the importance rising sea levels and the role of ocean currents in our climate. At the same time we have increasingly realised how limited that knowledge of the ocean was, particularly the deep ocean. Ocean science was tough – the closest analogy would be trying to study the Earth from an alien spaceship parked above a thick layer of cloud. The results gleaned from the Argo float programme changed all that. View full article


Northlander Paul Bonetti off to Antarctica

Northlander Paul Bonetti off to Antarctica11 February 2012

Antarctica has been in Paul Bonetti's sights since he was captivated by a presentation at Forum North in Whangarei by yachtsman Peter Blake, later Sir Peter.

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Gareth Morgan heads to Antarctica

Gareth Morgan heads to Antarctica3 February 2012

Philanthropist Gareth Morgan has set sail on a trip to the sub-Antarctic, taking with him a crew of people keen to explore the icy waters.

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Mission Antarctica

Mission Antarctica2 February 2012

Victor Anderlini is one of 50 Wellingtonians heading to Antarctica for the adventure of a lifetime.
A marine biologist and co-founder of the marine education centre, Dr Anderlini is part of philanthropist Gareth Morgan's Our Far South Voyage, which leaves for Antarctica on February 10. View full article


'Trip of a lifetime' to the Antarctic

Trip of a lifetime to the Antarctic1 February 2012

Freezing cold, ice and sleet, terrible working conditions and being bossed around by a bunch of boffins.

It sounds like the holiday from hell, but two Dunedin men have paid around $20,000 for the privilege.

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Far south too special to spoil

Far south too special to spoil16 January 2012

A marine biologist and keen photographer, Bob Zuur has travelled to many exotic places but says they don't get much more impressive than Antarctica where he heads next month as part of a New Zealand voyage aimed at raising the profile of Earth's southernmost continent.
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Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons: Changing times in frozen south

Changing times in frozen south4 January 2012

The biology of our far south - the southern ocean, the sub-Antarctic islands, and that slice of Antarctica known as the Ross Protectorate - is changing.

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High risk shift in vital chiller ocean

Changing times in frozen south3 January 2012

Yesterday, we looked at how the race for resources is heating up in the Antarctic. That's not the only thing getting hotter. In our 2009 book Poles Apart, written with John McCrystal, we surveyed the evidence for global warming.
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Our Far South - Where a Race for Resources is Well Underway

Changing times in frozen south2 January 2012

Little has changed, the race for resources (including territory) continues to this day, albeit disguised as anything but an unseemly expression of national hegemony.

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The Sub-Antarctic Islands & Pest Eradication

Pest EradicationIsolated, windswept, beautiful and fragile, New Zealand's sub-antarctic islands are unique and irreplaceable.Described by the United Nations Environment Program as "the most diverse and extensive of all sub-antarctic archipelagos", all five island groups were honored with World Heritage status in 1998.

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Richlister's mission for Happy Feet

Happy Feet10 December 2011


Remember Happy Feet? Gareth Morgan does, and he's on a mission to find where he went.

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It's only a game – Te Papa’s blog

TangaroaTe Papa’s curator of terrestrial vertebrates Dr Colin Miskelly tells the tenth installment of the unfolding story of the emperor penguin that went where none had gone before.

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Heading home, or heading east? – Te Papa’s blog

TangaroaIt is four days since the world’s most famous penguin escaped down the stern ramp of the Tangaroa. After two months of intense scrutiny, you might think that he was slipping into the obscurity of being a speck in the great southern ocean, and the anonymity of being one of over 300,000 emperor penguins on the planet. No such luck!

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Free at last! – Te Papa’s blog

TangaroaSeventy-six days after he stepped ashore on Peka Peka Beach (and 72 days after he was taken into care), the wandering emperor penguin has been returned to the southern ocean.

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Flying penguins? - BCC video

TangaroaHappy Feet should have had the following retrofit – The BBC have come up with a fantastic penguin retrofit that enables these wonderful creatures to fulfill the ambition of any bird – to fly.

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Hitching a ride south - Te Papa's blog

Tangaroa19 August 2011

Dr Colin Miskelly tells the sixth part of the unfolding story of the emperor penguin that went where none had gone before (at least in the age of digital media).

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Rocky road to fame – Te Papa’s blog

Rocky road to fame22 July 2011

Dr Colin Miskelly explains the theories behind why there are rocks in emperor penguins stomachs.

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How to track a penguin – Te Papa’s blog 

How to track a penguin11 July 2011

Dr Colin Miskelly explains the trials and tribulations of tracking an emperor penguin once it is well enough to be released back at sea.

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Where should Happy Feet be released? – Te Papa’s blog

happy feet on beach6 July 2011

Dr Colin Miskelly discusses where Happy Feet should be released and how far these juvenile penguins swim

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A chip off the old block – Lionel Carter

Chip of the old ice block5 July 2011

How fast is the ice melting and why is the Antarctic ice melting?

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Happy Feet on Campbell Live

Campbell Live video1 July 2011

Gareth launches a project to get Kiwi kids supplying fish to Happy Feet while he is recuperating at Wellington Hospital.

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Gareth talks about Happy Feet’s future 

Gareth talks happy feet29 June 2011

Gareth visits Happy Feet in his early days at Wellington zoo

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Young emperor penguin taken into care – Te Papa’s blog

Taken into care29 June 2011

Happy feet is taken into care at Wellington zoo after eating sand and driftwood.

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An emperor penguin on Peka Peka beach – Te Papa’s blog

peka peka beach23 June 2011

Colin Miskelly explains what a lone emperor penguin is doing on Peka Peka beach.

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24 hours in Antarctica – Gareth Morgan

24 hours in Antarctica24 February 2011

A whirlwind 24 hour trip to Antarctic leaves Gareth longing for more and excited about the Our Far South journey

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