Wairarapa News : May 11th 2011
2 WAIRARAPA NEWS, MAY 11, 2011 NEWS Editor Walt Dickson firstname.lastname@example.org Phone (06) 370-5690 Manager Lynette Juno email@example.com Fax (06) 370-5699 Web www.wairarapanews.co.nz Address 89 Chapel St, Masterton, PO Box 902 BOOKING DEADLINES Retail: 4pm Thursday Class: 11am Monday Except Public Holiday WN052748EM Better already. No contest. 5 In terms of patient recovery, our designer rooms are definitely something to write home about. However, having family around as patients recover is a much bigger plus. We know and understand it's the small things that leave a lasting impression. Talk to your doctor about coming to Boulcott, call us on 569 7555 or visit www.boulcotthospital.co.nz. You could be Living Free! Over $25,000 of Prizes to be won in this exciting new competition... Look out this weekend for the cloud-shaped card that will be dropped off in your letterbox and jump online to enter the draw. reachME Redvers back home with a cool idea Chilled out: Students disembarking from a zodiac onto the ice. Explorer Grant Redvers There is a great opportunity in the offing for a Wairarapa College student to join a two-week expedition to Antarctica in December on a scholarship with some 60 fellow students from around the world. This will be on one of the polar youth programmes run by the widely acclaimed Canadian not-for-profit organisation, Students On Ice (SOI). Among many awards is a Special Com- mendation from the US Congress for work with youth and the environment. SOI have now taken about 1500 young people from 40 countries to either the Arctic or Antarctic. That has included two from New Zea- land who both enthusiastically acclaim their trip as a life-shaping experience. SOI s aim is to raise awareness in these students, through hands-on learning and incredible experiences, about critical environmental issues imperilling the unique polar ecosystems and so inspire them to spread the message among their peers and in their communities on their return. This special scholarship has been proposed by Grant Redvers, who grew up and went to school in Masterton, and who has attained international stature as an adventure-scientist through his achievements as the expedition leader of the French vessel, Tara. The expedition intentionally embedded the Tara in sea-ice off Siberia to drift 1800km across the Arctic Ocean over 17 months until released again into open water off Greenland. It came the closest a drifting vessel has ever been to the North Pole. The Tara was previously Sir Peter Blake s boat, Seamaster, and the epic voy- age was undertaken in order to research the impacts of climate change in associ- ation with the 4th International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-08. With 20 people of several nationalities aboard, intimately confined for an extended period while surrounded by a vast, featureless, extremely remote and often hostile environment, there were all manner of human dramas, as well as the physical challenges, for Grant -- who was just 33 at the time -- to resolve and man- age. A full-length feature-film, Tara, Voyage to the Heart of the Climate Machine, has been made of the expedition and Grant has written a book, Tara Arctic, which recently won the Travcom Whitcoulls Readers Choice award. There have also been scientific papers published in academic journals and periodicals. All of this is a pretty remarkable accomplishment for a young lad from the Wairarapa and it is to acknowledge this that the scholarship has been mooted because Grant s deep-felt wish is that other young people from his hometown might also be able to experience the polar environment and be similarly inspired. The hope is that it will be possible to establish the scholarship on a regular basis -- perhaps every two years -- but that will depend on getting it off the ground successfully this year and an encouraging evaluation report afterwards. Although it will in future years be open to all colleges, this time only Wairarapa College students are eligible. The preference is for a year 12 pupil. Consideration will not just be given to applications from budding scientists and would-be academics, SOI encourages the involvement of students with a wide range of interests and abilities. Masterton Trust Lands Trust has pro- visionally made $5000 available to start the fundraising. The trust sees some analogy with its McDiarmid Scholarship which is awarded annually to the top chemistry student in the region in recognition of Nobel Prize winner, Alan McDiarmid s birth here in Masterton. It s not a cheap project, with an all-up cost, inclusive of return flights to the kick- off point in Argentina, close to $20,000. A number of funding bodies are being approached. Fundraising gets under way next week when Grant himself will talk about his exploits, about the Students On Ice pro- gramme, and show some of his stunning photos and a short film, with drinks and supper. The event is on Thursday, May 19 in the Masterton Town Hall at 7.30pm, Printcraft, New World and Breadcraft are supporting the evening and tickets ($20) are available from Hedley's and Wairarapa College, at the door or through firstname.lastname@example.org. No charge for students. Queries to Karen Barbour 372 3697 or 027 428 2851.
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