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LATE: Season seven

LATE: The New Explorers

Past Event
Monday 8 September 2014
Events Centre

What is it that drives the likes of Sir Edmund Hillary, Ernest Shackleton, or Peter Jackson, and can we bottle it?

© Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

What is it that drives the likes of Sir Edmund Hillary, Ernest Shackleton, or Peter Jackson to climb to new heights, explore unknown realms, or create great film odysseys? And can we bottle it?

Chaired by Jesse Mulligan the expert panel for the evening featured adventurer and author Kevin Biggar, design icon Kate Sylvester, renowned physicist Professor Richard Easther, and Jack Thatcher the master celestial navigator for Te Aurere. Over the course of an hour the panel explored what it takes to push oneself to new limits, whether it be physically, creatively or intellectually.

Following the smart talk, Bond Street Bridge presented the audience with ‘The Explorers Club: Antarctica’, an acclaimed performance that uses a combination of spoken word storytelling, original folk songs, and multimedia projections to bring to life the incredible tales of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration.

There was also a chance to discover ‘Still Life: Inside the Antarctic Huts of Scott and Shackleton’, an exhibition that allows you to become immersed in the landscape, isolation and lives left behind by the heroic early explorers, Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Catch up on the discussion

Take a look back at what was said on the night using the #AMLateExplore hashtag, or listen to Radio New Zealand's recording of the panel discussion.