Meet Amanda Christophers

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Job: 

Logistics Coordinator for Antarctica New Zealand.

Job description: 

I kit out all personnel heading south to Antarctica. I make sure they have all their ECW (Extreme Cold Weather Clothing) and that they understand the clothing and layering.

Work background: 

Before I started working for AntNZ I had a mixed background of Outdoor Education and guiding, working for DOC and a little bit of ski patrolling.

Favourite part of job: 

Meeting all the cool people before they head to the ice.

Least favourite part of job: 

Dirty laundry! 

What I am working on now: 

I will be kitting out a science team that are heading out onto the Ross Ice Shelf for a month.

A quick story about a job well done: 

This time of the year we usually have three flights a week heading south. These flights carry passengers and science cargo. We have just come through some massive delays, where we couldn’t fly south for 8 days because of the weather on the ice. We still made it work, a few people got bumped and had to change their schedules to suit. “Hurry up and wait” is a very common saying in Antarctic logistics.

Qualifications: 

Outdoor Education, plus various work related qualifications.

Interests outside work: 

Skiing, Flux (my dog)! Going on big tramps and cheese!


Amanda is the logistics coordinator for Antarctica New Zealand. Image: LEARNZ.