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Exciting adventure: Victor Anderlini wants to see how much Antarctica has changed since his last visit.
Photo: REBECCA THOMSON
By REBECCA THOMSON
All set for the great trek south
Victor Anderlini is one of 50 Wellingtonians
heading to Antarctica for the adventure of a
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.
Mr Morgan is sponsoring the project,
which aims to raise New Zealanders'
awareness of the issues facing the area. He
is also funding a group of scientists as part
of the project.
However, Mr Anderlini's trip is being
paid for by Gareth's son and Trade Me
founder Sam Morgan.
It's a wonderful opportunity,'' said Mr
Anderlini. I've been before, but that was 40
years ago. I went in 1972, for my first
research project outside of the Americas.
I was helping a graduate student from
Canterbury University to set up a lab for
analysing pesticides down there.''
The Our Far South Voyage group
comprises scientists, writers, artists, IT
specialists, conservationists and
Broadcaster Nick Tansley and comedian
Te Radar are part of the group, which will
focus on how the continent is affected by
climate change, territorial claims and
treaties, over-fishing and tourism.
Mr Anderlini said he was interested to
see how the place had changed since his
When I was last there, there were no tourist
groups that I knew of.
I was able to see seals and adelie penguins
close up. I was sitting on a rock right where
penguins were also sitting. One of them
jumped up on my boot and looked right at me.''
The group will travel on Russian icebreaker
Spirit of Enderby to the Ross ice shelf via
Campbell Island, The Snares, Auckland Island
and Macquarie Island.
Mr Anderlini said they would live on the
ship, but would go ashore to explore the islands
We're going to an area that's recognised as
having the highest number of animal species
that can't be found elsewhere in the world,'' he
We will be stopping in the sub-Antarctic
islands, which I've never visited. They're a very
important nest area for birds.''
Mr Anderlini said after the expedition he
wanted to use what he learned to educate New
Zealanders about Antarctic marine
It's in our interest to understand what's
going on, not just around us but further afield.
For example, if the penguins are dying out in
Antarctica, then we're probably next. That's
something we need to know about.''
He said he also wanted to use the trip to
push for the establishment of a marine centre
on Wellington's south coast.
By EMMA BEER
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown is still
struggling to meet the transport
minister, despite saying several
months ago she hoped to do so
Ms Wade-Brown told The
Wellingtonian last October that
she was planning to speak to the
transport minister to present a
case for Wellington to get more
funding for a road tunnel under
the Basin Reserve.
However, despite meeting
senior NZ Transport Agency
officials, she is still waiting for a
They didn't announce that [the
new minister] until this year, so
You can't meet with a minister
of transport until they've decided
who it is.''
Prime Minister John Key
named his new cabinet on Decem-
Steven Joyce was the transport
minister until the election. He has
been replaced by Gerry Brownlee.
Ms Wade-Brown said: I met
[NZ Transport Agency] senior
officials and have a series of
requests in with ministerial
offices for a meeting.
I've put the forward the Urban
Design case for good urban design
outcomes at the Basin and at
It was clear the stumbling
block is that the NZ Transport
Agency is only funded for trans-
They are interested in traffic
Urban design is not their top
focus and issues of military
heritage or the setting for the
memorial park are not their
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