REDnews reporters on the ground at remote Auckland Islands

Luke Parker
REDnews reporters on the ground at remote Auckland Islands

17-year old's Simran Rughani and Oxana Repina are on the trip of a lifetime.

Both have been selected to join the Sir Peter Blake Trust’s Young Blake Expedition voyage down to the remote Auckland Islands (465 km’s south of Bluff).

The group which includes 12 other students embarked yesterday to spend five days working with scientists on terrestrial and marine ecology and geology projects that will inform the proposed Blake Station.

So REDnews asked Simran and Oxana to be our on the ground journalists to report back daily with photos, footage, and commentary as to exactly what they’re seeing, experiencing and getting up to on the islands.

Simran will write an account of the day and Oxana will capture it in photos.

Make sure you check our REDnews Lifestyle section for regular updates. 

SEE ALSO: Talented teens voyage in Sir Peter’s footsteps

 

Lets meet the team:

Simran RughaniSimran Rughani

Simran Rughani has just completed Year 13 at Birkenhead College on the North Shore in Auckland.

Simran was the special projects coordinator for the school’s 2015 Arts Council, has been captain of her Netball team for the past few consecutive years and was a senior leader in the choir and environmental group.

Not only was Simran a leader in the school but she has a strong sense of community, being awarded the Rotary community services trophy in 2015 and gives back by working at a local after school and holiday care program.

In 2015, Simran started the process of establishing an Auckland Youth Environmental Council with peers from around Auckland City.

Simran is passionate for the environment and believes that we need to take actions to protect our natural resources and environment if we have any chance of appreciating it in the future.

She is hoping to further her environmental awareness by majoring in either Environmental Studies or Environmental Science in a conjoint degree at Victoria University over the course of the next few years.

Simran attended the Sir Peter Blake Trust’s Young Enviro Leaders Forum (YELF) in 2015, which made her eligible to apply for the Young Blake Expedition to the Auckland Islands.

 

Oxana RepinaOxana Repina

Oxana Repina has just graduated from Rutherford College in 2015 as Dux and plans to complete a degree in Environmental Science.

Her passion for conservation and the environment comes from her love of the outdoors, especially tramping and surfing.

She enjoys running, recently completing the full Taupo Marathon; and has also played badminton for Waitakere since 2011.

In 2015, Oxana was also part of the team of four students representing New Zealand at the 12th International Geography Olympiad in Russia.

At school, Oxana has been part of the Environment Committee for the past four years and successfully submitted an application for $4000 worth of new recycling bins funded by Keep New Zealand Beautiful (KNZB), and then worked with staff and students to set up a recycling system and education campaign. She has also volunteered at several planting days.

Oxana is passionate about landscape and wildlife photography, and won the 2013 New Zealand Geographic Young Photographer of the Year award.

She hopes to be able to use photography to allow young people in particular to engage more with our unique natural environment, increasing understanding and appreciation – because once we care about something, we will do what we can to protect it.

Oxana attended the Sir Peter Blake Trust’s Young Enviro Leaders Forum (YELF) in 2015, which made her eligible to apply for the Young Blake Expedition to the Auckland Islands.

SEE ALSO: Talented teens voyage in Sir Peter’s footsteps

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