Blake Ambassadors announced

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NIWA has awarded sought-after Sir Peter Blake Trust ambassador awards to five talented Kiwi students who will spend part of summer working on exciting marine, freshwater, climate and atmosphere projects with leading NIWA scientists. 

The Ambassadors

Mitchell Chandler, 19, Nelson; Carl Meyer, 22, Wellington; Fenna Beets, 24, Tauranga; Joshua Brian, 21, Wellington; and Harriet Love, 20, from Dunedin join nine other awardees in the programme run by the Sir Peter Blake Trust in partnership with NIWA, Antarctica New Zealand, the Antarctic Heritage Trust and the Department of Conservation.

What they will be doing

As well as experiencing the hands-on elements of their studies they’ll also be developing relationships and partnerships in their field of interest.

The Blake NIWA Ambassadors will work on three different projects. They will:

  • - Join a voyage on RV Tangaroa and help scientists survey New Zealand fisheries, biodiversity and seabed geology on the Chatham Rise.
  • - Conduct climate and atmospheric studies with NIWA scientists at Lauder Atmospheric Research Station, Central Otago and NIWA in Wellington.
  • - Conduct freshwater quality field measurements and surveys of waterways, rivers and lakes at a range of sites in Hamilton and Christchurch.

NIWA Chief Executive John Morgan said NIWA and the Sir Peter Blake Trust had had a strong relationship for a number of years and was delighted to be part of its ambassador programme.

“These smart, passionate young people are our nation’s future, and we at NIWA are delighted to give them the opportunity to work in a wide range of the nationally and globally important environmental research NIWA is engaged in.

“This year we have increased our commitment by offering five ambassadorships, partly because of the immense success of last year’s programme, where two NIWA Blake Ambassadors joined a Tangaroa Antarctic research voyage studying whales and toothfish, and partly because we believe these experiences offer young people an invaluable insight into the exciting and varied opportunities and rewards offered by a career in science.”

Shelley Campbell, CEO of the Sir Peter Blake Trust says the programme is unique.

“It gives our Blake Ambassadors the opportunity to access expertise and opportunities that are very rare at this point in their studies or career.

“The Blake Ambassadors are all outstanding young people. It’s the quality of the programme, the participants and our partnerships that make it so successful” says Campbell.

The awards

Blake NIWA Ambassadors – Climate/Atmospheric Research Award

Awarded to Mitchell Chandler (Nelson), 29 November to 23 December 2015.

The Atmospheric Science Award is an opportunity to conduct field measurements of climate and atmospheric variables based at Lauder Atmospheric Research Station (Central Otago) and at NIWA in Wellington.

Blake NIWA Ambassadors – Oceans

Carl Meyer (Wellington) and Fenna Beets (Tauranga), 3 to 23 December 2015.

The Marine Science Award is an opportunity to join an expedition on board the RV Tangaroa which will be undertaking a voyage focused on surveying New Zealand fisheries, biodiversity and seabed geology. 

Blake NIWA Ambassadors – Fresh Water

Awarded to Joshua Brian (Wellington) and Harriet Love (Dunedin), January 2016.

The Freshwater Science Award is an opportunity to conduct freshwater quantity and quality field measurements and surveys of waterways, rivers and lakes at a range of locations in New Zealand with NIWA scientists.

Who is eligible 

To be eligible to receive a Blake Ambassador Award applicants must be 18-25 years old with leadership potential and have demonstrated a passion for the environment. In some cases study in the relevant field may be required. Applications for the 2016 awards will open in April 2016.

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Carl Mayer, NIWA Blake Ambassador (Oceans). [Credit Sir Peter Blake Trust]
Fenna Beets, NIWA Blake Ambassador, (Oceans). [Credit Sir Peter Blake Trust]
Harriet Love, NIWA Blake Ambassador, (Freshwater). [Credit Sir Peter Blake Trust]
Joshua Brian, NIWA Blake Ambassador, (Freshwater). [Sir Peter Blake Trust]
Mitchell Chandler, NIWA Blake Ambassador, (Climate). [Credit Sir Peter Blake Trust]
NIWA Blake Ambassadors: (L-R) Mitchell Chandler, Brian Blake, Fenna Beets, Carl Meyer, Harriet Love. [Credit Sir Peter Blake Trust]