Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Antarctica comes to Cathedral Square

Antarctica comes to Cathedral Square

Huskies and Hägglund in Cathedral Square? Yep you heard it right, bring the family and enjoy some freezing fun and learn about Christchurch’s connections with the icy continent at Explore Antarctica on Saturday 5 October, 11am to 4pm.
_______

Spring has arrived in Ōtautahi Christchurch and it’s the time of year when the city welcomes the New Zealand, US, Italian and Korean Antarctic programmes, as they gather here to start their journey down to Antarctica.

This year, ChristchurchNZ and The Antarctic Office will host Explore Antarctica – a family fun day to welcome the international programmes and showcase the city’s wealth of Antarctic connections.

On Saturday 5 October, Christchurch residents will have a taste of the icy continent, with crowd-favourite Huskies on site lapping up the attention, all-terrain Hägglund vehicles used down on the ice on show, and…..a special surprise, sure to be a crowd-pleaser, to be announced soon.

Children are invited to come along dressed as their favourite explorer (past or present) and will be in to win a major Antarctic themed experience.

Grab a bite to eat at one of the delicious food vendors and check out the big screen, showcasing spectacular scenery and a glimpse of life at Scott Base. For those with a sense of adventure can take part in the husky-themed scavenger hunt!

The event will see Antarctic heroes who have come through Ōtautahi Christchurch on their expeditions, come to life.

ChristchurchNZ’s Head of Antarctic Office David Kennedy said the event was an opportunity to welcome, educate and celebrate Christchurch’s connections with the frozen continent.

“Christchurch is one of five cities in the world recognised as an Antarctic gateway, the city has a longstanding history with academic, scientific and cultural links from the early 1900s through to today.

Explore Antarctica is our chance to get Christchurch residents and our future scientists, engineers, conservationists and geologists excited about protecting and learning from Antarctica’s unique landscape and wildlife.

“We want to celebrate that Christchurch is the best city to access all this international expertise and experience,” said Kennedy.

Come along for a free, fun and all-things-Antarctic day on Saturday 5 October, 11am to 4pm, in Cathedral Square.

To register your interest in Explore Antarctica, visit our event page.

For more Antarctic-related events in Christchurch during October visit our Whats On page.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Campbell on: the local body election result in Wellington

For obvious reasons, politics is more of a big deal in the capital city than anywhere else in the country. Even so, fewer than four in ten eligible voters bothered to vote in Saturday’s local body elections in Wellington (turnout 39.66%).

Even less was felt to be at stake this time around than in 2016, when 45% of the electorate voted Justin Lester into the mayoralty.

To put it mildly, the Lester-led Council failed to live up to expectations. Lester will be remembered mainly for the fact that somehow, he managed to lose this election. . More>>

 
 

Could Do Better: Post-Sroubek Review Of Deportation Info

Ms Tremain acknowledges that the review highlighted some aspects of the process that can be improved and makes five main recommendations to strengthen the existing processes for preparing files for decision-makers. Those recommendations are: More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A New Book On The Leaky Homes Scandal

We all know that journalism is short of cash and under pressure from the speed, brevity and clickbait pressures of the 24/7 news cycle… but hey, given the right subject and a sufficiently stubborn journalist, it can still surpass most of the works of the academic historians... More>>

Regulation: Review Finds NZTA Road Safety Failings

The independent review, carried out by consultant agency MartinJenkins, lists at least 10 reasons for the failures including the agency being focused on customer service at the expense of its policing functions. More>>

ALSO:

Rod Carr: Climate Change Commission Chair-Designate Announced

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has today announced the appointment of Dr Rod Carr as Chair-designate for the Climate Change Commission. More>>

ALSO:

Compliance Complaints: 'Putting Right' Holidays Act Underpayment In Health

The Government is putting right a decade’s worth of underpayment to nurses, doctors and other health workers, says Health Minister Dr David Clark. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Disasterous Police Pursuit, Excessive Use Of Dogs

At no stage did Police follow the correct procedure for the commencement of a pursuit... A Police dog handler used his dog to help with the arrest of two of the young people. One suffered injuries resulting in his hospitalisation, and the Authority found that the use of the dog was an excessive use of force. More>>

ALSO:

‘Hard Place To Be Happy’: Report On Youth Residential Care

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says the report, A Hard Place to be Happy, contains important challenges from children and young people, aged 9 to 17, about their experiences in care and protection residences. “I found this report extremely difficult to read, and I think most New Zealanders would too.” More>>

Africa And Middle East Refugees: 'Family Link' Restriction Removed

The founder of the Double the Quota campaign has applauded the coalition government for Friday’s announcement that a discriminatory policy would be removed. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels