French research expedition Tara Pacific anchors in Auckland [fr]
Tara, formerly Sir Peter Blake’s vessel Seamaster, has returned to New Zealand for the first time since the death of the Kiwi yachtsman and environmentalist.
Tara will tie up alongside the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre (July 1- 9) and will be the centrepoint of several free events.
While berthed in Auckland, Tara Expéditions, The Sir Peter Blake Trust and the Auckland Council, are inviting New Zealanders to a public outdoor photo and video exhibition, with a focus on oceans. Visitors and school groups will be able to explore the legendary schooner and talk to the crew about the science and life on board from Sunday 2 July to Sunday 9 July. Bookings are recommended and there is no charge.
Sir Peter called Seamaster an “extraordinary vessel, built to go anywhere there is 1.5 to 2 meters of water.” Sir Peter and his crew had started a five-year journey on Seamaster as part of blakexpeditions when he was killed in 2001. His mission was to visit ecologically sensitive parts of the planet “to make a difference” with a focus on water. Tara continues to focus on oceans, science and education. Since 2003 the schooner has travelled 300,000 kilometers across the world’s oceans. They have completed 10 expeditions to study and understand the impacts of climate and ecological changes on the ocean.
At midday Tara arrives in Auckland to welcome flotilla.
Visitors and school groups will be able to explore the legendary schooner and talk to the crew about the science and life on board. Bookings are recommended and there is no charge. http://bit.ly/2rWmWm0
Auckland Conversation Event (ANZ Viaduct Event Centre) with a focus on ocean leadership. Panellists for the night are: Mark Orams, former Team NZ member, inaugural CEO of the Sir Peter Blake Trust, scientist, environmentalist, adventurer, currently Associate Dean at AUT; Sir Peter Blake Trust CEO Shelley Campbell; The Tara Expeditions Foundation Executive Director and former America’s Cup sailor Romain Troublé; and Associate Professor Dr. Rochelle Constantine, University of Auckland Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, and champion of the Hauraki Gulf. Register here: https://conversations.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/events/future-our-oceans-continuing-sir-peter-blakes-environmental-legacy
The Sir Peter Blake Trust continues Sir Peter Blake’s legacy. It delivers programmes and experiences to young people with a focus on environmental action and leadership.
The event is supported by: New Zealand Maritime Museum, The Kermadecs, Hauraki Gulf Forum, Omnigraphics, Phantom Bill Stickers, France-New Zealand Friendship Fund, Alliance Française, Eleven PR, TBWA, QSM, Soar Print and Network Visual.
French scientists on board collect and analyse thousands of samples. Its current expedition, Tara Pacific started in 2016, and is focused on the evolution of coral in the Pacific and the impact of human activity and climate change.
A documentary has been produced on the Tara’s work: