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Annika Andresen

Senior Virtual Reality Environmental Educator

I work with our NZ-VR team of Environmental Educators connecting thousands of young Kiwis with their marine environment. My involvement with BLAKE began in 2016 when I 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. It was amazing!

I spend as much time as I can above or below the water. I have 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. This year I am extremely honoured to been selected as the first ever Global Underwater Explorers NextGen Scholar, advancing my skills and knowledge around technical diving and sharing this journey with everyone.

I hold a Master of Architecture degree, where my 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.

I was awarded a Westpac New Zealand Women of Influence Youth Award for my dedication to the marine environment. Using my passion and enthusiasm, I hope to educate others to understand and cherish our unique environment to better protect it for the years to come.