A New Zealander who joined an expedition to Antarctica with Norwegian adventurer Jarle Anhoy says leaving on the journey was a split second decision.
Busby Noble was on board the Nilaya when it sailed from Auckland in January this year to find the remains of another yacht, the Berserk, thought to have sunk in McMurdo Sound.
Mr Noble, who is now in Norway, said he intends to come back to New Zealand within a month.
He said his wife is distraught and wants him to come home, and he apologises to anyone else he has upset.
Mr Noble says he is trying to bring about international awareness of the challenges Maori face in New Zealand.