UC Waddle of penguins

CONGRATULATIONS for finding and collecting the UC Waddle of penguins

The Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP), the University of Canterbury College of Education, Health & Human Development, and University of Canterbury Gateway Antarctica are proud to be Learning Programme Partners for the Pop Up Penguins brought to Christchurch by Wild in Art.

COMNAP, the University of Canterbury College of Education, Health & Human Development, and Gateway Antarctica in collaboration with the Human Interface Technology Lab New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ), offer you the chance to enter in the draw to virtually explore Antarctica!

Who We Are

Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP)

The Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) is the international association, formed in 1988, which brings together its Members, who are the National Antarctic Programs. National Antarctic Programs are those organizations that have responsibility for delivering and supporting scientific research in the Antarctic Treaty Area on behalf of their respective governments and in the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty​. COMNAP consists of 30 National Antarctic Program Members. National Antarctic Programs collectively have the greatest first-hand experience of living and working in the Antarctic. Many of the National Antarctic Programs have operated in the Antarctic since the International Geophysical Year (IGY) of 1957/58.

College of Education, Health & Human Development |Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora

The University of Canterbury College of Education, Health and Human Development is a centre of excellence, leadership, and innovation with a reputation for preparing and supporting high-quality teachers, educational leaders, counsellors, sport coaches, nurses and other public health professionals. We equip our graduates to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and adults, and their communities. Our staff are leaders in their fields and our graduates are sought after nationally and internationally.

Gateway Antarctica

Drawing on Christchurch’s unique “Gateway City” status, the University of Canterbury’s Gateway Antarctica is an academic research centre that aims to be a focal point and catalyst for scholarship, research, and learning in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Boasting the world’s only postgraduate course that takes students to the ice for immersive research experiences, our interdisciplinary team of experts leads world-renowned research projects on climate change, marine ecosystems, and Antarctic governance.

Human Interface Technology Lab New Zealand |Hangarau Tangata, Tangata Hangarau

The Human Interface Technology Lab New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) | Hangarau Tangata, Tangata Hangarau at the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wananga o Waitaha is a dynamic, international, multidisciplinary environment, bringing together people with varying viewpoints to design new ways of supporting people in their everyday lives, be it at work, play, or school, using advanced technologies. HIT Lab takes a human-centred approach, starting by considering the people we are looking to support (e.g., young, old, skilled, unskilled), the tasks they need help with (e.g., repairing a device, visualizing a new house), and the environment they will be in (e.g., at work, in the home, visiting a museum), then designing solutions within these constraints using appropriate advanced technologies, such as VR, AR, games and robots. HIT Lab hopes to provide a welcoming space for people from a wide breadth of areas pertaining to the human condition, such as technical, design, artistic, and psychological.

Our Penguins


Aurora’s design was inspired by the international collaboration amongst all Antarctic Treaty nations.The images of the people on the front represent the range of research, operations and logistics provided by the national Antarctic programmes year-round in Antarctica. The images are the work of Chilean artist Pablo Ruiz Teneb, illustrator, graphic design specialist and currently Head of Design at Instituto Antártico Chileno. The back graphic, was designed by the British Antarctic Survey and represents international cooperation in the Antarctic. Each national flag being from a country that has signed the Antarctic Treaty-a document that proclaims the Antarctic a place for peace and science. The solid colours of white, black and red represent the pristine icy landscape, the deep darkness of winter, and the red COMNAP community logo. The word “aurora” is Latin for “dawn” and the Aurora Australis are the southern lights, best seen during the winter months in Antarctica.


The name Tiaki relates to the Māori concept of kaitiakitanga, which encapsulates guardianship, stewardship and protection. It focuses on the human relationship between land and waterways, as the water flows from our snow-capped mountains out to our rich and diverse ocean, which is up to us to protect it for the wellbeing of every living thing. Artist, Shaugn Briggs, thought about the connection between NZ and Antarctica, and the similarities that we share, and decided to use Kaikoura as a backdrop. This is an area where our snowy mountains meet the sea and it is a large feeding ground for our marine life that has come from Antarctica. Another thing that NZ shares with Antarctica is the Southern lights (Aurora Australis). The pāua shell wings and feet are a feature of Shaugn’s artistic style. The pāua is so realistic and has become something Shaugn is known for – in fact his ability to paint pāua with this detail in metallics has been featured in an international book. The front of the penguin has the realm of Takaroa, while the back represents the realm of Tāne Mahuta. Rehua can be found at the top of the back of the penguin shining down on all. This project has brought elements of Shaugn’s previous works together. He has painted several landscapes of mountains and the braided rivers, several paintings of pīwakawaka (fantails) and of course his series of pāua shells have all come together in this one piece.


Moana, Gateway Antarctica’s penguin, was designed and painted by Lucy Howell, Rose Foster, Andrea Herbert and Rodrigo Gomez-Fell – all researchers at Gateway Antarctica – to bring about their vision of the delicate connectedness among the marine and terrestrial spheres. Moana exudes this inextricable connection as a hoiho, the rarest penguin species in the world, by carrying some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s other endangered species on her back: a gold-striped gecko, Maui dolphin, and of course the kiwi, as examples. Our artists are affiliated with the University of Canterbury as students, researchers, and intellectuals, and they volunteered their time and energy toward Moana while taking classes and conducting research amidst a pandemic. Their willingness to tell Moana’s story is a testament to their dedication toward creating a future where each of these species, and their endangered kin around the world, still exist.

The Reward – Virtual and augmented reality environments @ UC HIT Lab NZ

Congratulations for finding and collecting the UC Waddle of penguins! You may now enter in the draw to win the tour of the UC HIT Lab NZ facilities and, while there, experience an eight-minute immersive 360 film of footage shot in Antarctica, take a ride in an off-road Ute or train through a virtual safari park, fly in a virtual helicopter over a virtual forest fire zone, and pet virtual spiders. Five (5) winners will be chosen by random draw performed by a computer process on 3 February 2021.
Antarctic experts will also be present during the virtual reality experience to enhance Antarctic knowledge.
Click this link to enter in the draw to win the UC HIT Lab NZ virtual experience.