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South Auckland student’s trip to Antarctica ends in quarantine before long journey home

17-year-old A’aifou Potemani got to kayak amongst wildlife in Antarctica when he and eight other young people were selected for the Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition.

But as New Zealand went into lockdown, A’aifou and his group had to find other ways of getting home.

“I felt so excited, like ‘Oh my gosh, I’m actually going to Antarctica!'” A’aifou told Tagata Pasifika’s Alistar Kata.

The group got the experience of a lifetime, exploring Antarctic ice and wildlife up close in kayaks and zodiacs.

But after completing their exhibition, the group were caught up in the global Covid-19 chaos.

For the full story, watch the video above.

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