"Wakey wakey" blasts over the loud speakers every morning to raise the nine South Pacific artists on board a navy frigate steaming north-east from New Zealand.
They're heading for the unspoilt and untouched Kermadec Island group and as Ponsonby resident John Reynolds discovers the voyage really is an awakening.
The island adventure was organised by American company Pew Environment Group as part of a campaign called the Global Ocean Legacy.
The worldwide project aims to ensure ongoing protection is established for fragile and unique environments such as the Kermadec Trench.
Read the full article, Artists Draw Inspiration From Remote Island Group, on the Auckland Now website.