A supply ship left the South Island port of Timaru carrying helicopters and equipment to join a passenger yacht already on its way to the World Heritage-listed Antipodes Island.
It is a vital habitat for many seabirds, including albatrosses, as well as other animals found nowhere else on Earth, such as the Antipodes Island and Reischek's parakeets, pipit and snipe.
The critically endangered Antipodes Island wandering albatross will be functionally extinct within the next 20 years unless the devastating decline in their population is halted, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says.
The population of this rare wandering albatross, which breeds almost exclusively on the remote Antipodes Island in the New Zealand subantarctic, has experienced an alarming decline in the past 13 years, with very high mortality of females and reduced breeding success.
Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage is accompanying a Department of Conservation-led Million Dollar Mouse monitoring team heading to Antipodes Island
group in the New Zealand subantarctic.
Stephen Horn, the team leader for this effort, project managed the recent successful Million Dollar Mouse eradication on Antipodes Island
, also in the Subantarctic.
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has evacuated a government staff member with a potentially serious condition from the Antipodes Islands
in its second medical evacuation in three weeks.
Fortunately, the storms soon subside and we're able to explore our next stop, the Antipodes Islands
, on a Zodiac tour.
Voyages to New Zealand and the sub-Antarctic islands will include the seldom-visited Antipodes Islands
, while OrionOs Papua New Guinea itineraries will include an new voyage across northern Papua to West Papua and Maluku.
Topics include the controversy over German novelist Gunter Grass's revelation that he served in the Waffen-SS during World War II, interactions between Poles and French in the films of Krystof Kieslowski, a 19th century Polish traveler's observations on European colonists in New Zealand's Antipodes Islands
, differences between depictions of violence by European writers and indigenous Pacific writers, language policies and their implementation regarding regional and minority languages in the European Union, the socioeconomic needs of Ukrainian economic migrants in Poland, and Europe's relationship with contemporary Islam.
The nearest land to this point is the Antipodes Islands
, a territory of New Zealand.
To the southwest of the Chathams group, the Antipodes Islands
will catch an earlier sunrise - but they are strictly protected as a wildlife reserve for sea mammals.