Lunatic expedition brings joy to our lives

News that a Norwegian loony and others, including a Mana Party activist have sailed to the Antarctic, and planted a Mana party flag in the polar ice can only bring us joy.

The so-called accidental stowaway on a Norwegian sailor’s expedition to Antarctica is said to be a Maori political activist who has planted a Mana Party flag in the polar ice.

Adventurer Jarle Andhoy abruptly sailed his boat Nilaya out of Auckland last month, after Immigration NZ served him with a deportation notice.

Aboard was an unnamed New Zealander who was said to have been working below decks repairing the anchor when the boat departed.

But the Herald on Sunday has been told the New Zealander joined the boat trip deliberately.

He is 53-year-old South Aucklander Busby Noble, an acquaintance of one of the three men who died on Andhoy’s last Antarctic expedition.

Mana Party candidate Kereana Pene said he spoke to Noble by satellite phone this week, after the Nilaya reached Antarctica.

Noble had marked his arrival on the continent by planting a Mana Party flag he had taken with him.

Is this the first recorded case of geese migrating to the cold, rather than away from it?

Speaking of loonies on expeditions…. time for some Monty Python!


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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