Climate change and ocean health will be the focus of
three Otago secondary school environmental leaders who have
been selected to attend the 11th annual Sir Peter Blake Youth
EnviroLeaders' Forum in Wellington next month.
Shanna Verhoef (17), of Bayfield High School. Juliette
McMullan (16), of Otago Girls' High School, and Rowan Biggs
(17), of Wakatipu High School, are among 50 year 11-13
environmental leaders from around the country who will
participate in the five-day forum (April 27-May 1), which
aims to address topical environmental issues facing New
Zealand, and to help delegates develop strategies to address
The forum provides a hands on, pupil-driven programme,
designed to inspire and build the capability of young
A forum spokeswoman said delegates would have the opportunity
to participate in field trips and workshops, develop
leadership skills, and meet and engage like-minded
contemporaries, inspiring and informative speakers and
experts - including Sir Peter Blake Trust alumni, Ministry
for the Environment staff, local and national politicians,
subject experts, and business and community leaders.
The forum also puts the pupils in the running to win a
place on a Young Blake Expedition.
Following the inaugural Young Blake Expedition to the
Kermadecs in 2012 and the Young Blake Expedition to the
Southern Ocean and Subantarctic in February this year,
delegates at the 2014 Youth EnviroLeaders' Forum may also be
eligible for selection, she said.
Details about future expeditions will be available later this