Annika Andresen is a virtual reality environmental educator for BLAKE NZ, connecting thousands of young Kiwis with their marine environment. Annika holds a Master of Architecture degree, where her thesis investigated the role architecture plays on the connection people have with their environment. During her studies, Annika worked as a dive instructor for Dive Tutukaka and was the President of the Auckland University Underwater Club. Annika has just been awarded New Zealand Women of Influence Youth Award for 2019. Using her natural enthusiasm and infectious personality, Annika hopes to educate others to understand and cherish our unique environment to better protect it for the years to come.
Annika is looking forward to joining the GUE community, building on her knowledge, and developing her skills as a diver. She hopes to gain a greater understanding of conservation projects, hearing diving stories, and being able to share these experiences with everyone. During the scholarship year she aims to complete the Rec 3, Scientific Diver, Technical Diver 1, and Cave Diver 1 courses.Learn more about Annika from her interview with InDepth!