In May 2011 a group of leading artists from the South Pacific region travelled on the HMNZS Otago to a place rarely explored - the Kermadec Islands.
The artists were Niuean-born John Pule, painter John Reynolds, inter-media artist Phil Dadson, leading Australian sculptor/installation artist Fiona Hall, Wellington-based sculptor Elizabeth Thomson, one of New Zealand's most acclaimed artists Dame Robin White, documentary film maker Bruce Foster, photographer Jason O'Hara, and text-based artist Gregory O'Brien.
In November 2011 an exhibition of all new art from these artists and inspired by their time in the waters of the Kermadec Trench will go on display at Tauranga Art Gallery.
The Kermadec Initiative is a project of the Global Ocean Legacy programme of The Pew Environment Group. The Pew Environment Group is a supporter of the Kermadec artists' voyage and exhibition. The Pew Environment Group is looking to raise awareness about one of the greatest, least known, natural wilderness areas on the planet.