Hydraulics engineer Owen Little usually works in sunny Nelson's port, at Fluid Power Solutions, but this week he will be working in a very different climate: the open ice fields 20km out from McMurdo Station.
Little said he had always wanted to go to Antarctica, and had even unsuccessfully applied to go before, so he jumped at the chance when researchers from the University of Minnesota Duluth set out an Australasia-wide hunt for hydraulic engineers.
With Little's help, the US research team will be able to access ice that hasn't seen the light of day for thousands of years.
Little flew out of Christchurch on Thursday evening, and will spend three weeks working in -40°C temperatures to help diagnose and solve the problem.
Samples from this depth will allow scientists to study ancient climate conditions on Earth.
Little said he had already begun training for the unique challenges working in Antarctica would face, but said he still didn't know what to expect.
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