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Jacinda Ardern visits Antarctica

The Kiwi PM visits New Zealand research lab

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has landed in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.

The C17 landed at 5:09pm. After disembarking, the Prime Minister will travel by Hagglund to Scott Base.

Source: New Zealand Antarctica Lab

The Prime Minister joined the ‘boomerang club’ yesterday when her NZAF C130 Hercules had to return due to strong winds and inclement weather in Antarctica. Today’s flight is on a United States C17, and left at 11:38am. The flight will take about five hours.

While in Antarctica, the Prime Minister will experience life at Scott Base and learn about the world-leading science Antarctica New Zealand supports.

Originally planned for two days, her schedule has now changed. However, the Prime Minister will still visit field teams researching sea ice in a changing environment, the Dry Valleys and the historic huts.

She will see first hand where the new Scott Base will be situated, as well as the wind farm that contributes sustainable electricity for both Scott Base and the US McMurdo Station.

This is all dependent on Antarctic weather.

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Atom is a Kiwi and gained experience in news reporting, bicultural and cross-cultural reporting, news photography, media law and ethics at the Auckland University of Technology.