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Sled dog unveiled:

HECTOR

THE HERO By Céline Gibson

Photo by Kim Westerskov Antartica New Zealand Pictorial Collection

It has taken four years of planning and steadfast belief in their project, but for the NZ Antarctic Society’s Canterbury Branch, and members of the Lyttelton Advisory Committee in particular, the unveiling ceremony of ‘Hector’ the Sled Dog near the (currently being refurbished) Lyttelton Library on Saturday 1 October was a triumphal reward for their labours.

S

ue Stubenvoll, project co-ordinator, has been a tireless advocate for Hector from the outset. “The purpose of this statue is to remind us what’s so great about where we live, our strong Antarctic links and the bravery of our forbears.

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If one child asks, “Why is this dog here? Why is it so important?”, then our work is done!” The Lyttelton Antarctic Advisory Committee selected local sculptor, Mark Whyte, and local author, Ben Brown, to create an Antarctic sled dog that would forever encourage our future explorers to ask those very questions. Ben Brown’s Dogs of the Vastness is a book that should be in every New Zealand home. It is exquisitely illustrated by Trish Bowles, and edited by Sue. Though the story is fiction, there are companion pages throughout of superb archival photographs and accounts of renowned Antarctic explorers and their teams of valiant dogs. To quote from the plaque that will go alongside ‘Hector’: The Sled Dog symbolises the courage, commitment and comradeship of all those involved in this continuing endeavour. For info: www.antarctic.org.nz for pictures visit www.antarcticanz.govt.nz

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