Furry friends from the Antarctic

Katherine Wakelin, 10, patting puppy Mishka, who will be at the EA Network and Southern Huskies NZ’s The Antarctic Experience event next Wednesday.


In the middle of summer the EA Networks Centre is offering an Antarctic experience.

EA Network Centre has partnered up with Southern Huskies NZ to hold a school holiday event that will have seven highly trained huskies on site to teach children how to interact properly with the four-legged friend and their role in Antarctica.

“We are all about developing and understanding the dogs, and helping other people do the same,” Southern Huskies NZ owner Joe Murray said.

“We work closely with the Antarctic Centre in Christchurch, teaching people all about how dogs are used in the Antarctic.

“But we are also there to provide an education platform for adults and children covering all aspects of Huskies, we teach people young and hold how to pat them and respect them.”

Joe and his wife Lori run Southern Huskies NZ and have been in the industry for 30 years.

They currently have seven Huskies at their home in Rolleston.

On Tuesday they came to set up the EA Networks Centre for the event and were greeted by plenty of children from the facility visiting on school holidays.

The Antarctic Experience will take place at the EA Networks Centre on Wednesday with a session in the morning and a second in the afternoon.

The first session costs $20 per child and requires supervision, the second session is $30 per child and has a drop off available.

The age limit for the event is 5 to14-years-old’s, and spaces in each session are limited so bookings are required through the EA Networks Centre.

– By Maddison Gourlay