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Opportunites of a lifetime.

Remote locations across New Zealand

November 2020 - March 2021

New Zealanders (aged 18 - 25)

Free

APPLICATIONS FOR 2020 CLOSED

2020 BLAKE Ambassadors 

This year, the following 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 Ambassador - Freshwater

Ko Tainui te waka Ko Tararua te maunga Ko Ōhau te awa Ko Tukorehe te marae Ko Ngāti Tukorehe te iwi Ko Tessa Thomson tōku ingoa. Kia ora! I am Tessa Thomson and I am so excited to be the BLAKE NIWA Freshwater ambassador for 2020. I have just finished my undergraduate degree at Te […]

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BLAKE GNS Ambassador - Lakes380

I’m a Junior Contaminated Land Specialist working for Aurecon in Wellington. In my role, I provide clients with expert advice around compliance with environmental regulations and management of contaminated land and water. I was raised in Rotorua, a city perched on the edge of the polluted Lake Rotorua (an ‘environmental disaster’). I am very excited […]

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BLAKE DOC Ambassador - Takahē programme

“Kia ora e te whānau, ko Brittany ahau. I have been chosen as one of this year’s BLAKE Department of Conservation Ambassadors. I will be lucky enough to join the DOC Rangers in March 2021 at the Burwood Takahē Breeding Centre to learn about the Takahē feed-out programme. While down there, I will also be […]

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BLAKE DOC Ambassador - Takahē programme

Kia ora. My name is Elizabeth Werner and I am an upcoming Science Communicator. I am studying for a BSc at Victoria University of Wellington, doing a double major in Ecology and Biodiversity with Environmental Studies. Protecting and raising awareness for our native and endemic species in Aotearoa is important to me, because we have […]

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BLAKE DOC Ambassador - Hoiho and Rāpoka

Kia ora! My name is Wednesday, I am a 5th-year student from the University of Auckland currently working towards my Masters of Science in Marine Science. Originally from Mount Maunganui, I am an avid diver and love being in, on and around the water and love sharing my passion for environmental conservation, research and education […]

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BLAKE DOC Ambassador - Hoiho and Rāpoka

I am a 25 year old masters student at the University of Otago. I am studying human – leopard seal interactions in New Zealand. I grew up in Tāmaki Makaurau and have always had a love for animals. I studied animal management and welfare at UNITEC for my undergraduate degree. During that degree I volunteered […]

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BLAKE NIWA Ambassador - Climate/Atmosphere

I’ve spent my last three years studying for my Bachelor of Science at the University of Canterbury in the Physical and Chemical Sciences department during which time I’ve discovered my main interest is in the boundary between physics and chemistry. I have always had a passion for the environment and especially excited to use the […]

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BLAKE NIWA Ambassador - Aquaculture

I’m Jenny Ann and I’m currently a Masters student at Massey University. My research is on the Long-spined sea urchin in north-east New Zealand and Rangitāhua. This urchin has the potential to damage our ecosystem and fisheries. My research will help us understand its population history and demography and begin to inform what we might […]

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BLAKE NIWA Ambassador - Aquaculture

Ever since I was young, I’ve been interested in marine life and the ocean. I remember particularly enjoying spending time gazing into intertidal rockpools and trying to name all the animals I could see. I grew up close to the beach and loved going fishing just out off Wenderholm Regional park with Dad. In 2018 […]

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