Oamaru Scott 100 organisers are expecting an
international panel of guests to attend four days of events to
mark the arrival of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's ship Terra
Nova to Oamaru in 1913.
Event co-convener Bruce Albiston said Antarctic adventurer
and wildlife cameraman James Blake had been confirmed as the
guest speaker for the Scott Commemoration dinner on February
Mr Albiston said Mr Blake, son of New Zealand sailor the late
Sir Peter Blake, had a long association with the Antarctic,
and was part of a team responsible for the restoration of
Shackleton's Hut in the Antarctic.
''We believe locals and visitors alike will want to hear
James speak, as well as our international visitors. James has
shown in his involvements the same spirit which imbued the
Scott era a century ago. He has a contemporary perspective
that will add real value to the Oamaru commemoration. James
will be visiting schools and sharing in other Scott 100
''We are deeply grateful to the Sir Peter Blake Trust which,
together with Antarctica NZ, has generously sponsored James'
He said Royal Society of New Zealand president Prof Sir David
Skegg and United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust chairwoman
Philippa Foster Back would also be present and contributing
to the occasion, along with other international guests,
including Zoe Young, the granddaughter of Captain Scott's
widow Kathleen Scott and Lord Kennet.
Scott 100 celebrations in Oamaru will run from February 6 to
February 10, and Mr Albiston said the event was creating a
lot of interest.
''There is a remarkable level of interest generated by the
Oamaru programme, and we are confident that those who join us
will experience the historic significance of the Scott Polar
epic that gripped the world a century ago.''