Nga Puna O Waiorea

Isabella Lenihan-Ikin is one of 30 teenage leaders selected from all across New Zealand after attending the Sir Peter Blake Youth Enviro-Leaders' Forum in Auckland in April, to embark on an expedition to the Kermadecs. The students - 18 girls and 12 boys - come from as far north as Whangarei, and as far south as Limehills in Southland. These leaders will be joined by a crew of 25 scientists, business leaders and adventurers from government agencies and organisations across New Zealand.

On the expedition they will contribute to New Zealand's scientific knowledge by helping with shark tagging, dolphin DNA sampling, and plankton monitoring. They will get to observe the Kermadecs' unique flora and fauna, and learn about one of New Zealand's little-visited northern outposts.

Follow their daily journey on board HMNZS Canterbury at http://www.sirpeterblaketrust.org/kermadecs-expedition/the-expedition-blog/