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Since 2007 BLAKE, in partnership with Antarctica New Zealand, NIWA, Tara Expeditions Foundation and the Department of Conservation - has provided opportunities for young New Zealanders (18 – 25 years) to work on projects in Antarctica, the Southern & Southwest Pacific Ocean and New Zealand through the BLAKE Ambassador Programme. These BLAKE Ambassadors have worked alongside teams of scientists, conservationists, engineers and conservators on environmental and heritage restoration projects to advance our understanding and address some of the big environmental questions and challenges facing society.

BLAKE Ambassadors

This year there will be 12 BLAKE Ambassador Awards in partnership with Tara Expeditions Foundation, Antarctica New Zealand, NIWA, and the Department of Conservation.

We are interested in extraordinary story tellers that use new and novel ways to communicate important environmental issues. Strong applications will have the right balance between applied skills for the Ambassadorship and the ability to explain how they may use our interactive platforms and other tools for high impact.


Applications are open to New Zealand citizens and residents only.

Interviews for Blake Ambassador Awards will be in these locations on the following days:

Dunedin – Monday 16 July

Christchurch – Tuesday 17 July

Wellington – Wednesday 18 July

Auckland / Hamilton – Thursday 19, Friday 20 July

Please ensure you are available during this week for an interview to be eligible. If you cannot attend under exceptional circumstances you will still be considered.

Details about each of the awards are described below. The link to the application page is at the bottom. 

BLAKE Tara Ambassador

Sir Peter called Seamaster an “extraordinary vessel, built to go anywhere there is 1.5 to 2 metres of water.” Sir Peter and his crew had started a five-year journey on Seamaster as part of blakexpeditions when he was killed in 2001. His mission was to visit ecologically sensitive parts of the planet “to make a difference” with a focus on water. Now Tara, the vessel continues to focus on oceans, science and education. Since 2003 the schooner has travelled 300,000 kilometers across the world’s oceans. They have completed 11 expeditions to study and understand the impacts of climate and ecological changes on the ocean. This award is supported by NIWA. 

 Details about the BLAKE Tara Ambassador Awards can be found here.

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BLAKE Antarctic Ambassador

Antarctica New Zealand is the government agency charged with carrying out New Zealand’s activities in Antarctica; supporting world leading science and environmental protection. Their vision is: Antarctica and the Southern Ocean – Valued, Protected, and Understood. We work to ensure that Antarctica’s environment continues to be protected, that scientists are supported to find the answers to complex scientific questions, and that science outcomes are communicated back to policy makers and the public.

In partnership with Antarctica New Zealand, the Blake Ambassador will develop new content that will share and promote the important role Antarctica New Zealand has supporting science and environmental protection.

Details about the BLAKE Antarctic Ambassador Award can be found here.

BLAKE NIWA Ambassador

NIWA is New Zealand’s largest provider of climate, atmospheric, ocean and freshwater sciences. Approximately half of its effort is in developing new knowledge and the other half is in applying it. NIWA’s areas of expertise cover: Coasts and Oceans, Freshwater and Estuaries, Climate, Atmosphere and Weather.

Details about the BLAKE NIWA Ambassador Awards can be found here.

BLAKE DOC Ambassador

DOC's vision is for New Zealand to be the greatest living space on Earth - Kāore he wāhi i tua atu i a Aotearoa, hei wahi noho i te ao. This vision means ensuring that New Zealanders gain a wide range of benefits from healthy functioning ecosystems, recreation opportunities, and through living DOC's history.

To do this, DOC organise their work around five outcomes:

  • the diversity of our natural heritage is maintained and restored
  • our history is protected and brought to life
  • more people participate in recreation
  • more people engage with conservation and value its benefits
  • conservation gains from more business partnerships.

Details about the BLAKE DOC Ambassador Awards can be found here.

If you have any questions about the Blake Ambassador Programme or the application process please contact :

Jacob Anderson
Programme Manager
(09) 307 8875 

Applications for 2018/19

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