The first flight of the Antarctic season has arrived in Antarctica, following four months of total darkness and six months of isolation for New Zealand’s winter-over team on the Ice. the press release can be found here.
A team of scientists from nine nations, led by Victoria University’s Dr Nancy Bertler, have made a huge breakthrough in Antarctica—successfully drilling more than 760m through the ice to the bedrock, on an island in the Ross Sea. The
international project has been headed up by GNS Science, Victoria University and Antarctica New Zealand. More.
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced three appointments to Antarctica New Zealand’s management board. Carolyn Burns, Tony O’Brien and Rob Fyfe will serve three-year terms on the board responsible for managing New Zealand’s programme in Antarctica.
“Board members are required to successfully guide New Zealand’s activities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. With these new appointments, I am confident the board has the right mix of skills and experience to do so,” Mr McCully says.
Professor Burns, a marine science expert, and Mr O’Brien, a media relations specialist, will begin their terms immediately. Mr Fyfe’s term will commence on 1 February 2013, once he steps down as CEO of Air New Zealand. Tenby Powell, a founder and director of Hunter Powell Investments, has been re-appointed for a second term. More.
The Sir Peter Blake Trust has selected the 2012 Antarctic Youth Ambassadors. The two ambassadors, Charles Wilkinson and Arran Whiteford, will travel to Antarctica during the 2012/13 field season for a couple of weeks where they will contribute to environmental and engineering work on the world’s coldest continent. Read more
Russell Gibb and Dan McCurdy of Geometria have been successfuly awarded the contract to 3D scan the whaling stations and environments of South Georgia. This is on the back of successful work completed with Prof Roberta Farrell and her team at Cape Evans, Royds and Hut point. Read more.
The Listener science writer Rebecca Priestley looks into the science around Antarctic toothfish. The full story can be found here.
New Zealand will host an innovative new science foundation that aims to accelerate global research on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean’s role in climate change and will be funded by some of the world’s wealthiest philanthropic foundations. the full story can be found here.
Southern Lakes Helicopters have won the tender to support our work in Antarctica this summer season. The full story can be found here:
How do ice sheets respond to a warming ocean? Find out here:
Writer and former Antarctica New Zealand Arts fellow Margret Mahy has died. The full story can be found here.
Google Street View has gone live with their imagery of the historic huts of the Ross Sea . The street view can be found here:
Dr Nancy Bertler has been interviewed by Radio New Zealand National's Veronika Meduna on what ice cores can tell us about past climate. The full interview can be found here:
Find out how living and working at Scott Base was in 1965. The full clip can be found here.
Antarctic Treaty Parties meeting in Hobart have endorsed a host of New Zealand proposals. The full story can be found in this press release.
National Geographic have released their stunning article on extreme microbes on Mt Erebus. The full article can be found here.
Scott Base staff have just dined out at their mid-winter feast. The full story can be found here.
Ancient Antarctica was warmer and wetter than previously suspected, enough to support vegetation along its edges, according to a new study based on the ANDRILL geological drilling programme. The full story can be found here.
Squadron Leader Aaron Benton is being decorated for leading a significant rescue mission to Antarctica. The full story can be found here.
Biosecurity in Antarctica looks to be a significant issue at the upcoming Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, which convenes in Hobart this week. The full story can be found here.
Antarctica New Zealand Arts Fellow, Owen Marshall has been awarded the Companion of the Order of Merit (CNZM) for his services to writing. Owen is a world renowned poet, short story writer and novelist who travelled to Scott Base over the 2009-10 season. The full story can be found here.
Antarctica New Zealand Arts Fellow, Peter James Smith's exhibition “On the nature of things” is now showing at Orexart gallery in Auckland. Details of the exhibition can be found here.
New Zealand and South Korea are set to launch a collaborative research effort in the Antarctic following the building of a $90 million state-of-the-art station In the Ross Sea. The full story can be found here.
The New Zealand IceFest, a biennial celebration of the country's links with Antarctica, will be held in Christchurch this year. The full story can be found here.
While New Zealand weathers an earthquake-induced Marmite drought, the 14 staff wintering at Scott Base are basking in an oversupply of the yeast spread. The full story can be found here.
A recent study published in the journal Polar Research indicates that New Zealand is one of the leading nations in science and policy making within the Antarctic Treaty system. The full press release can be found here .
Award-winning science broadcaster and writer Veronika Meduna has just launched her new book Science on Ice. Her Radio New Zealand National interview can be found here.
A new study has found Antarctica's massive ice shelves are shrinking due to warm currents beneath them. The full story and animation can be found here.
The crew at Scott Base will experience their last sunset today and will not see the sun again until late August. The full story can be found here.
Award-winning science broadcaster and writer Veronika Meduna has just launched her new book Science on Ice. Full details can be found here.
The world’s southernmost wind farm is living up to its extreme reputation by producing more energy than its target at
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade play a vital role in New Zealand’s place in Antarctica. The full story can be found here.
NIWA’s Dr Stuart Hanchet has released his latest research on Antarctic toothfish. The full story can be found here.
Scott Base is now in winter mode. Meet some of the 12 strong team who will winter over in this TVNZ interview.
Professor Steven Chown has been interviewed on the Invasive species now moving into some areas of Antarctica. The full story can be found here.
Antarctica New Zealand Arts Fellow, Anne Noble has been interviewed on her new book of photographs titled "Ice Blink". The full story can be found here.
2011 Sir Peter Blake Trust Antarctic Youth Ambassador, John Evans, will be giving a talk on his experiences in Antarctica at the University of Canterbury, 6.00pm, Tuesday, 20 March in lecture theatre E9.
Gateway Antarctica PhD student Daniel Price spent three weeks at McMurdo Sound recently gathering data for his research into mapping sea-ice thickness using satellites. The full story and video can be found here.
The annual ship offload that supplies both McMurdo Station and Scott Base has been captured in time lapse video. The full story can be found here.
Antarctica New Zealand has had a highly successful season supporting science that is at the leading edge of the discoveries in the Antarctic continent. The full press release can be found here.
A campaign has begun in Britain for a memorial there to Dr Trevor Hatherton who led New Zealand’s contribution to the International Geophysical Year (IGY), 1957-58. The full story can be found here.
With the Antarctic summer flying season at a close, the United States Air Force have left Christchurch with a parting gift.
A record NZ$10,000 was raised for charity by 304th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) over the Antarctic season. The full press release can be found here .
New Zealand Scientist, Dr Ian Hawes, has returned from a remote science camp near Lake Untersee, in East Antarctica, where he was part of a team studying life at the extremes of what is possible on earth. This event was run as an international collaboration by Russia's Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) and scientists from United States, Russia and New Zealand and lead by NASA’s exobiology team. The press release can be found here.
Ex- Antarctica New Zealand field trainer, Aaron Halstead to has been part of a successful climbing team which has reached the summit of the remote, unclimbed peak of Bouvet Island. The full story can be found here.
NIWA Oceanographer, Dr Craig Stevens has spent time examining the Drygalski Ice Tongue and its influence on the ocean in the Western Ross Sea. The full interview on Radio New Zealand National,can be found here.
Writer, Alice Miller,who was part of the media contingent to Scott Base this season, talks to the New Zealand Book Council about her experiences in Antarctica. The full interview can be found here.
The New Zealand Defence Force is currently aiding Scott Base with their annual offload and resupply. The full story can be found here.
Next week “Our Far South” expedition will be heading to Antarctica & the sub-Antarctic Islands to raise New Zealanders' awareness of the area & its importance. The full story can be found here:
Listener science writer Rebecca Priestley discusses the value of the Ross Island wind farm near Scott Base. The full story can be found here.
Antarctic Biologist Clive Evans talks to Kathryn Ryan on the anti-freeze properties of Antarctic Notothenioid fish. The full interview can be found here.
The first of the Roosevelt Island Ice Cores are returning to New Zealand. Over two summer seasons the team hopes to recover up to 750 m deep ice core to determine the stability of the Ross Ice Shelf and West Antarctica in a warming world. The full story can be found here.
Scott Base is 55 years old today. The full history can be found here.
Scott Base recently celebrated the centenary of Captain Robert Scott reaching the South Pole with his grandson Falcon Scott. The full story can be found here.
Dr Craig Rodger talks to Alison Balance on the use of very low frequency radio waves to measure solar energy, and detect global lightning from Arrival Heights near Scott Base. The full interview can be found here.
100 years ago today Robert Falcon Scott and his party arrived in the vicinity of the south geographic pole. His grandson Falcon Scott will attend a special dinner in his honour at Scott Base tonight. The full story can be found here.
The 2011/12 Sir Peter Blake Trust Antarctic Youth Ambassador, John Evans will return from Antarctica soon. John has been interviewed on his experience of working with the Antarctic Heritage Trust. The full story can be found here.
The Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole is nearing its conclusion with team Scott hoping to reach pole tomorrow. The full story can be found here.
Antarctic Society volunteers Linda Kestle and Ross Shapley have just completed their month long stay at Scott Base doing painting and light maintenance work. If you are interested in volunteering to work at Scott Base for the 2012/13 season you can find more information here.
2010 Antarctic Youth Ambassador Jamie Clarke has been interviewed on Radio New Zealand National’s Kiwi Summer programme with other leading Sir Peter Blake Trust future leaders. The full interview can be found here.
Almost one hundred years after Captain Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole, research he instigated is still being carried out. The full story can be found here.
Wellington writer, Alice Miller recently visited Scott base and recorded an audio diary for Radio New Zealand National, Summer Nights. The full story can be found here.
Antarctica New Zealand Logistics Team Leader, Paul Woodgate has been awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to transport. This is well-deserved recognition for over 30 years of work managing the logistics of going south with Antarctica New Zealand. The full story can be found here.
Lyttelton will be the first port of call this summer for Korea's new Icebreaker the Araon. The 6950-ton ship which has recently been launched will be conducting sea trials in the Ross Sea in January 2010. The media release can be downloaded here.