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Chinese Icebreaker to visit Lyttelton Port en route from Antarctica

A significant international event will kick-start 2015 with the visit of the Xuě Lóng, China's icebreaker and polar research vessel to the Port of Lyttelton in Christchurch. For three days from 16 January the Xuě Lóng, whose name translates to Snow Dragon, will dock for refuelling and cargo transfer in Lyttelton having travelled through the Southern Ocean from the Ross Sea region. Read more...

UPDATE FROM THE ICE #4 - Dr Regina Eisert

What do seals want for Christmas?

December 2014 - This year, we saw something nobody has ever seen before. Paul Kelly and Bill Stansfield, two volunteers seconded to Scott Base by the Antarctic Society, went for a Christmas Day walk in the pressure ridges when they spotted a seal with an enormous toothfish – on the sea ice, resting its head contentedly on its catch, looking for all intents and purposes like a very happy Labrador dog. Read more...

Two aspiring leaders selected for Antarctic Apprent-ICE

Blake McDonald and Peter O’Sullivan, both of Dunedin have been selected for the three month Apprent-ICE programme as a result of a New Zealand-wide search which began in October 2014. They will depart for Antarctica this week. Read more...

UPDATE FROM THE ICE #3 - Dr Regina Eisert

Seals, Tides, and an Epic Adventure!

December 2014 - Today I had an epic adventure: Tom, Kate, Shaun and I installed two survey cameras on top of Turtle Rock. For days, we had been trying to reach the summit of the island, but poor visibility and hidden cracks in the sea ice had kept us away. The solution was simple: take one extremely experienced pilot, a highly motivated team, and drop in by helicopter! Read more...

UPDATE FROM THE ICE #2 - Dr Regina Eisert

In the last news update, I explained that as scientists we are in Antarctica to find out what is going on with the toothfish in McMurdo Sound – is toothfish a "Gone Fish"? In that update, our friend the seal showed us that large toothfish are still roaming McMurdo Sound, but scientific journals rarely accept the contributions of marine mammal field assistants: It's now up to us to find fish for ourselves. Read more...

UPDATE FROM THE ICE - Dr Regina Eisert

UPDATE FROM THE ICE - Dr Regina Eisert – Research Scientist, Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury

A new kind of field assistant

The call comes over the public speaker system at Scott Base: We have a toothfish, who wants to help us carry it to the science building? Within minutes, people in orange and black jackets show up, ready to share in the excitement of science on the Ice... read more


REMEMBERANCE DAY SPEECH, 11 NOVEMBER 2014, Chapel of the Snows – McMurdo Station by GRAEME AYRES, Antarctica New Zealand General Manager, Base Operations and Logistics. Read the full speech here.


Korean Antarctic Programme opens office in Christchurch

Antarctica New Zealand welcomes the Korean National Antarctic Programme to Christchurch's Antarctic community.Today, the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) will open their New Zealand-based cooperation office at the International Antarctic Centre where the New Zealand, United States and Italian Antarctic programmes are currently based. Download press release here.


The Antarctic Apprent-ICE!

24 October 2014

The Antarctic Apprent-ICE is a collaboration between Antarctica New Zealand, BCITO and Certified Builders Association of New Zealand Inc to develop sustainable leadership opportunities through short term professional development projects in Antarctica.


Weddell seals exploring the deep, forever changing Antarctic marine science

For most of us the Antarctic is a vast mysterous wilderness of extraordinary beauty, that, even today after more than a century’s exploration, we know very little about. What we are now beginning to realise is the importance of this great southern continent in regulating Earth’s climate.


Leading Antarctic researcher wins global award

Professor Tim Naish, Director of Victoria University of Wellington’s Antarctic Research Centre, has received a prestigious international award for his outstanding research into understanding Antarctica’s response to past and present climate change and the role of Antarctica’s ice sheets in global sea-level change through time.


LINZ formalises Antarctica New Zealand relationship

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and Antarctica New Zealand have today signed a historic Record of Understanding – formalising their longstanding relationship and strengthening their ongoing commitment to collaborative projects on the world’s coldest continent.


Freak waves prove to be ultimate icebreaker

''Freak waves'' observed by early Antarctic explorers break up sea ice hundreds of kilometres from the open water, New Zealand researchers have found.


Growth in penguin numbers cold comfort

The annual penguin census by Antarctica New Zealand and Landcare Research has shown that Adelie penguins number are booming in the chilly western Ross Sea region, while elsewhere in Antarctica they are plummeting.


West Antarctic ice melting at alarming rates

The West Antarctic ice sheet is starting to slowly collapse.  A panel of Antarctic experts from NZ and the US debate how climate change is affecting Antarctica.


NZSAR awards certificate to NZ and US Antarctic Programmes

New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) has recognized the cooperation between Antarctica New Zealand and the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) in response to the loss of a Twin Otter aircraft and its crew in Antarctica in January 2013.


Antarctic website links science and policy

A major new initiative by Antarctica New Zealand and Landcare Research, the Antarctic Environments Portal, bridges the gap between scientists and decision makers by bringing science knowledge to the fingertips of policy makers.


NZARI Director discusses the relevance of recent East Antarctic study to New Zealand

A new study by researchers in Germany has found thawing of the Wilkes Basin in East Antarctica could trigger an unstoppable slide of ice into the ocean and raise sea levels by three to four metres over the next thousand years.



Top scientists debate issues facing Antarctica

New Zealand is playing host to an inaugural conference to help set the agenda for future Antarctic research.


Antarctic runway feeling the heat

NZ Government is being urged to consider setting aside funding for an ice runway servicing US and NZ operations in Antarctica.


Scientists and policymakers discuss Antarctica in Queenstown

Scientists and policymakers will meet in Queenstown this week to discusss the biggest issues facing Antarctica over the next two decades.


Antarctica New Zealand Chairman joins The Nation panel on TV3

TV3 The Nation's Lisa Owen wraps up the week with panelists Antarctica New Zealand Board Chair Rob Fenwick, Auckland University Associate Professor Damon Salesa and Herald on Sunday Deputy Editor Jonathan Milne.


Top Antarctic scientists warn NZ 'not ready' for worst as climate changes

TV3 The Nation's Lisa Owen talks to US Professor Chuck Kennicutt and NZ Professor Gary Wilson about how climate change is affecting Antarctica and the impact that it's having on New Zealand .


World Antarctic focus on New Zealand

The inaugural Antarctic and Southern Ocean Horizon Scan 'A View Beyond the Horizon:  Future Directions in Antarctic Science' is being held in Queenstown this Easter.


Voice for Antarctica 'down on the ice'

Nelson's Mike Armstrong has returned from Antarctica with new convictions about the value of ice science in unlocking the secrets of climate change.


The 1st Martha T. Muse Fellows Colloquium

A panel of Martha Muse Prize awardees and guests address the topic "Beyond the Horizon - Antarctica and the Southern Ocean 2065" in Queenstown on Tuesday April 22nd 2014.


Adélie penguin population approaches 30-year high

The Adélie penguin population in Antarctica's Ross Sea is booming, with numbers looking to be the highest they've been for 30 years.


No ordinary place, No ordinary assignment

Follow Marli and Michael on their journey of discovery with National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards. 


Life on the ice is pretty cool

University of Waikato researchers joint ScienceAlert for a chat to answer all of your questions about working in Antarctica. 


Google Hangout: What's it really like to be a scientist in Antarctica?

University of Waikato researchers joint ScienceAlert for a chat to answer all of your questions about working in Antarctica. 


Canadian research student optimistic about future after Antarctic expedition with NZ

A research student from St Francis Xavier University has just returned from a trip of a lifetime - a three-week expedition in Antarctica. 


Keen interest in FREE Marine and Antarctic Science course

University of Tasmania has launched a FREE online introductory course in Marine and Antarctic Science. 


New York Air National Guard closes 2013-14 Antarctic season

10 ski-equipped LC-130 cargo planes to fly 1,100 researchers, support staff and cargo to New Zealand instead of C-17 GlobemasterIII jets.


Antarctic organisations launch fellowships

Three leading Antarctic organisations, SCAR, COMNAP and CCAMLR, provide funding opportunities for early career researchers.


Aerial drones put to use by Antarctic scientists

New Zealand scientists are using an aerial drone to map organisms living in the Dry Valleys in Antarctica.


Journey to the Auckland Islands

NZARI's Director explains why New Zealand scientists are keen to set up a base on one of the most remote and inhospitable spots on Earth.


Science in Antarctica is no picnic

Doing science in Antarctica is far from easy and not just because of the freezing weather.


There’s snow feeling like subzero Parkrun

University of Canterbury PCAS (Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies) students take part in an Antarctic Parkrun.