The Princess Royal, Pricess Anne flew by RNZAF Hercules from Christchurch to the Ross Dependency arriving on Thuersday 7 Feb 2002 after a boomerang flight the previous day. Princess Anne, while staying at Scott Base, visited various historic huts in the area as well as the nearby American McMurdo Baseand the Italian base at Terra Nova Bay. She was scheduled to attend a special anniversary dinner at Scott base to celebrate the centenary of the first British Antarctic Expedition of Capt Robert F Scott arriving in the Antarctic, as well as a special church service in the Chapel of the Snows before returning to Christchurch February 10th.
While in Christchurch she laid a wreath at the famous Scott Statue in Worcester Boulevard before attending a civic function in the Canterbury Museum's Antarctic Wing on Monday Febraury 11th.
Princess Anne speeking to Rev Father John Coleman with Christchurch mayor Gary Moore and the Mayoress look on
The wreath placed at the Scott Memorial February 11 2002
HRH Princess Anne - 6 to 10 February 2002
Jim Lovell - Apollo 13 Astronaut - January 2000
The 71-year-old former astronaut has made two trips to the moon -- the historic first lunar orbit flight, December 1968's Apollo 8, and the aborted Apollo 13 mission in April 1970. And now he's added a new destination to his exotic resume -- the South Pole.
Last January, Lovell accompanied planetary scientist Paul Sipiera to Antarctica's Thiel Mountains, and visited the South Pole as part of a privately funded meteorite expedition. The team spent five days camping out in snow and ice, and found 19 meteorites
"It was cold, and it was windy," Lovell says. "We were in two-man tents. The wind kept blowing the snow over; we had to keep shoveling snow. And I said, 'Why is a guy who's 71 still out here shoveling snow?'"
The answer is that even today, Lovell has exploration in his blood. "Life can get awful boring if you're not doing anything," he says.
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New Zealand Prime Minister John KEY
Prime Minister John Key will visit Antarctica from 17 to 21 January to highlight New Zealand’s interests and activities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.
Mr Key will visit New Zealand science and environmental management programmes, view New Zealand’s historic hut conservation projects, and participate in a ceremony celebrating the installation of Maori artwork at Scott Base.
“New Zealand has a history of ground-breaking exploration, scientific discovery and involvement in Antarctica, and I am looking forward to meeting the New Zealanders who work there,” Mr Key says.
The visit will also provide an opportunity to see first-hand the issues facing Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.
Mr Key will also visit United States bases at the South Pole and McMurdo Station to reaffirm the close relationship New Zealand and the United States share on the Ice.
“New Zealand and the United States have worked closely together in Antarctica for more than 50 years. Enhanced marine protection for the Ross Sea region, deeper research collaboration and improving the efficiency of our Antarctic programmes are among our current priorities”.
Mr Key, who last visited Antarctica when he was Leader of the Opposition. On this visit he will be accompanied by wife Bronagh, and Sir Mark Solomon of Ngāi