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PM and Sir Edmund Hillary off to Scott Base

15/01/2007 14:16:03

Helen Clark will be swapping the steaming heat of the Philippines this week for the icy cold of Antarctica.

The Prime Minister is today discussing climate change and free trade with 16 other leaders at the second East Asia summit.

However, early on Thursday morning, Miss Clark and Sir Edmund Hillary will be flying from Christchurch to the Antarctic to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Scott Base.

It was on January the 20th, 1957 that a New Zealand contingent, led by Sir Edmund, established the base as part of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

Helen Clark says she is delighted Sir Edmund is able to participate in the anniversary.

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