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Opportunites of a lifetime.

Remote locations across New Zealand

November 2020 - March 2021

New Zealanders (aged 18 - 25)



2020 BLAKE Ambassadors 

This year, nine talented young New Zealanders from all over the country have been selected to take part in the 2020/2021 BLAKE Ambassador programme.

Through BLAKE’s partnerships with NIWA, the Department of Conservation (DOC) and GNS Science, these young leaders have been given the opportunity to take part in important science and conservation projects.

Placed in remote locations around New Zealand, the BLAKE Ambassadors programme offers unique opportunities to young people to contribute to important projects while advancing their career opportunities.

Each programme is designed to both advance BLAKE Ambassadors’ understanding of some of the big questions and challenges facing the environment and develop their leadership capability to drive positive change and inspire other New Zealanders.

BLAKE NIWA Ambassadors – 2020

  • Climate/Atmosphere, Wellington/Lauder – Amy Burney (University of Canterbury)
  • Aquaculture, Bream Head – Georgia Hrstich (Massey Univrsity) and Jenny Sweatman (Massey University)
  • Freshwater, Waikato – Tessa Thomson (Victoria University)

BLAKE DOC Ambassadors – 2020

  • Takahē feed out programme, Burwood – Elizabeth Werner (Victoria University) and Brittany Florence-Bennett (Victoria University)
  • Hoiho/Rāpoka, Dunedin and The Catlins – Giverny Forbes (University of Otago) and Wednesday Davis (University of Auckland)

BLAKE GNS Ambassador – 2020

  • GNS Science Lakes380 – Soltice Morrison (Aurecon NZ)

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 the BLAKE Antarctic Ambassador and the BLAKE NIWA Marine Ambassador on board RV Tangaroa are not available in 2020. 

For more information email Jacob Anderson at or phone (09) 307 8875.

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