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Help Save Sir Ed's Hut

  • And that's a wrap!     19 September 2016
    Posted by: Antarctic Heritage Trust - Expedition South
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    We have done it New Zealand! 27 days and 2012-kilometres on three Massey Ferguson tractors... two of them the same vintage TE20s that Sir Ed's expedition took from Scott Base to the South Pole. Snow, storms, mechanical breakdowns were all a part of the journey but it's been worth it.

    Thank you to everyone for your support - we still need another $300,000 to reach our goal of $1 million to save and conserve Sir Ed's Antarctic Hut and preserve it for 25 years. If we can get 60,000 people to give us $5, we're there... so please spread the word and again, thank you for helping us get there!

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  • One more day!     18 September 2016
    Posted by: Antarctic Heritage Trust - Expedition South
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    Sadly, tomorrow is the last day of our expedition south... Our final leg from Pukaki to Mt Cook is set to be an exciting one! With Husky's helping us get up to Mt Cook to finish off the journey -pretty similar to Sir Ed and his time on the ice!

    Thank you to everyone for your support. This journey wouldn't have been as positive without everyones donations and encouragement and we're grateful that so many kiwis appreciate the significance of Sir Ed's hut.

    So thanks again, one more sleep and one more final push to bring it home, we couldn't have done it without you!

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  • Trekking through South Canterbury     17 September 2016
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    Geraldine put on a stunning day for us today!

    Thanks to everyone who came out and saw us today, we love the support! If you're in South Canterbury but missed us today - we'll be at the Fairlie Vintage Machinery Museum in the morning between 9 & 10am.

    We'd love to see you there!

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  • 3 days to go!     16 September 2016
    Posted by: Antarctic Heritage Trust - Expedition South
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    Check out all of those Massey Fergusons!

    Last night we had the privilege of viewing Anthony Hampton's stunning collection of vintage tractors, while also enjoying a BBQ he put on for us.

    If you're in South Canterbury tomorrow, come down and see us in Geraldine. We'll be on the corner of Talbot Street and Fairly highway between 9 and 10am.

    Hope to see you there! Thanks again for all of your support.

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  • Heading South     15 September 2016
    Posted by: Antarctic Heritage Trust - Expedition South
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    Visiting the International Antarctic Centre and snapping a pic with the hägglunds was a must.

    We've had a great couple of days in Christchurch, sharing the journey with locals and listening to Bill Cranfield, who was a pilot on the original expedition in Antarctica, last night at our fundraising dinner.

    Next stop, Ashburton!

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  • Taking on the rugged South Island     12 September 2016
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    Thank you to everyone for your donations - we are getting so much closer to saving Sir Ed's legacy and that means a lot to us.

    We've been having a blast in the South Island's Hurunui countryside, visiting View Hill School and going off roading!

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  • We made it!     10 September 2016
    Posted by: Antarctic Heritage Trust - Expedition South
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    It was a bit hit and miss in places, with deep snowdrifts and six-inch snow for most of the way, but our Ferguson tractors got us through!

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  • Off the beaten track     9 September 2016
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    Thanks for having us Blenheim!

    The team are currently on an adventure, driving through Molesworth Station to Hanmer Springs. The road's closed for a reason at this time of year but we think the old Fergusons can handle it. See you on the other side!

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  • Wild weather hits Expedition South     8 September 2016
    Posted by: Antarctic Heritage Trust - Expedition South

    Please spread the word and spare a thought for the team who are braving the wild weather en route to Blenheim today.

    The guys are doing it tough on the vintage tractors and some extra donations would really help boost their spirits!

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  • Crossing the Straight     7 September 2016
    Posted by: Antarctic Heritage Trust - Expedition South
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    Luckily the weather held out for our Bluebridge sailing to Picton!

    This morning we said goodbye to the North Island and had a great send off by Minister Peter Dunne and the Right Honourable Paul East - the Trust’s chairman.

    We get the privilege to meet so many people at each stop and yesterday we met up with Randal Heke, who built Scott Base with 8 others in 1957!

    If you’re in the Blenheim region, come and see us at Allan Scott Family Wines tomorrow, we’ll have a BBQ, delicious Scott Base wines and additional Ferguson tractors.

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  • We've reached the capital!      6 September 2016
    Posted by: Antarctic Heritage Trust - Expedition South
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    Today we’re in the capital and it’s also our last full day in the North Island before we cross the ditch to Picton.

    We’ve had a great week navigating the Whanganui River roads, learning about the modifications on Sir Ed's tractor in Fielding, catching up with locals in Masterton and taking the tractors over the Rimutaka Hill.

    There are so many accomodating locals and tractor enthusiasts, like us, who make our trip that much more special and we’re excited to meet even more in the next half of our expedition south.

    The school visits have also been one of the highlights of our expedition - they get so excited about the tractors and the history of Sir Ed and his hut. Check out this group effort as they pulled the Ferguson!

    You can find us at the Picton Marina tomorrow between 5:30 and 6:30pm after the Ferguson’s have made their trip on the Bluebridge.

    Come down and say hi! We love sharing our journey with everybody.

    Thank you to everyone for your support!

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  • Our journey so far     31 August 2016
    Posted by: Antarctic Heritage Trust - Expedition South
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    Yesterday we took the tractors up Mt Ruapehu, this was where Sir Ed fell in love with snow on his first school ski trip. And today we're hanging out with locals in Raetihi, before we continue south to Whanganui tomorrow!

    We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to the restoration of Sir Ed's hut so far and helping us reach a grand total of $585,241.

    We're loving the support and the true kiwi hospitality that we've been receiving in each town and we've still got so many more to pass through - and $414,759 to raise.

    So if you see us passing through your town, give us a wave or come and say hello!

    We appreciate any donations no matter how big or small, as we expedition south for the legacy of Sir Ed.

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