Antarctica: No ordinary place, no ordinary assignment
Air New Zealand is currently promoting its global search for an 'environmental enthusiast keen to share the wonders of the Antarctic frozen continent with the world.'
The competition details are on this website: http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/voiceforantarctica/ The competition requires entrants to choose one of two Antarctica videos on the site and to either record a voiceover or write a commentary to accompany the film.
The winner will go to Antarctica New Zealand's Christchurch headquarters to team up with National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards before flying south to the frozen continent for two weeks.
Jason Edwards, who is an Australian, will accompany the winner for the whole journey, capturing the adventure via photography and blogs and tweets from the ice.
Win and Promote global environmental issues and scientific research
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the successful candidate will not only live at New Zealand's Scott Base research support station in one of the most fragile and special places on earth, they will also help draw worldwide attention to global environmental issues and the scientific research underway in Antarctica to address these.
"The best suited candidate will have a passion for the environment and want to play a role in building awareness of the efforts we all need to make to better protect the world we live in. Strong communication skills are a must along with a healthy respect for the difficult operating conditions in Antarctica," Mr Luxon says.
Air New Zealand says it has deep links to Antarctica and has been a strong supporter of scientific research on the continent, including:
- $100,000 grants to two Antarctic researchers to support their post doctoral studies.
- Travel for scientists and research equipment from Canada and the United Kingdom to New Zealand to join Antarctic research efforts.
- Flights for New Zealand based re-searchers to travel to Canada and the United States to advance international research collaboration.
- Partnering with the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute on polar amplification research and its potential consequences.
The competition involves the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute and Antarctica New Zealand and is supported by a corporate partnership of players including the National Geographic Channel and Murdoch's FOX one stop media, which is better known for promoting consumerism and growth.
Antarctica New Zealand Chairman Rob Fenwick wants more corporations to support scientific research that creates a better understanding of the continent and the impact of climate change. He stated:
"Air New Zealand is a role model for other companies when it comes to playing a leadership position in supporting research around climate change in Antarctica. Our team hugely appreciates the long standing support of New Zealand's national airline. It acknowledges that aviation is a significant contributor of carbon emissions and alongside the airline's daily operational efforts to reduce its environment impact, it is also making substantive contributions to science. And these efforts are not just confined to Antarctica. It is doing a tremendous amount to partner with the New Zealand Department of Conservation as well."
Source: From a Press Release issued by Air New Zealand Public Affairs