Annika is BLAKE’s Senior Virtual Reality Environmental Educator, working with the NZ-VR team of Environmental Educators connecting thousands of young Kiwis with their marine environment. Annika’s involvement with BLAKE began in 2016 when she was selected as the BLAKE Antarctic Ambassador working alongside Antarctica New Zealand and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Team down in Antarctica on Sir Edmund Hillary’s Hut.
Annika spends as much time as she can above or below the water. She has worked as a dive instructor for Dive Tutukaka, an aquarist at Kelly Tarltons Aquarium, hiking guide for Active Adventures and volunteered for multiple non for profit organisations including Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust, Experiencing Marine Reserves, Ghost Fishing New Zealand and the Cancer Society.
Last year Annika was selected as the first ever Global Underwater Explorers NextGen Scholar, advancing her skills and knowledge around technical diving and sharing this journey with everyone.
Annika holds a Master of Architecture degree, where her interests in design, communication and the aquatic environment have led to integrating scientific exploration with visual storytelling to enhance knowledge and understanding of the ocean to a broader public consciousness.
Annika was awarded a Westpac New Zealand Women of Influence Youth Award for her to the marine environment. Using her passion and enthusiasm, she hopes to educate others to understand and cherish our unique environment to better protect it for the years to come.