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Air New Zealand has launched a global search for an environmental enthusiast interested in sharing the wonders of the Antarctic frozen continent with the world. Antarctica: No Ordinary Place, No Ordinary Assignment will take the recipient of this “money can’t buy,” once-in-a-lifetime experience to Antarctica New Zealand’s Christchurch headquarters to team up with National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards before flying south to the frozen continent for two weeks.

Air New Zealand’s chief executive officer Christopher Luxon says the successful candidate will not only live at New Zealand’s Scott Base research support station in one of the most fragile and special places on earth, they will also help draw worldwide attention to global environmental issues and the scientific research underway in Antarctica to address these.

“The best suited candidate will have a passion for the environment and want to play a role in building awareness of the efforts we all need to make in order to better protect the world we live in. Strong communication skills are a must, along with a healthy respect for the difficult operating conditions in Antarctica,” says Luxon.

Air New Zealand has deep links to Antarctica and has been a strong supporter of scientific research on the continent, including $100,000 grants to two Antarctic researchers to support their post-doctoral studies; travel for scientists and research equipment from Canada and the United Kingdom to New Zealand to join Antarctic research efforts; flights for New Zealand based-researchers to travel to Canada and the United States to advance international research collaboration; partnering with the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute on polar amplification research and its potential consequences.

Luxon says Air New Zealand expects this once-in-a-lifetime experience in Antarctica to resonate with environmental, scientific, adventure and creative communities across the globe. “We’re looking forward to seeing some amazing international interest.” Budding Antarctic explorers can apply for this opportunity at by Nov. 6 at 11 p.m. EST.

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