2012

2012

WINFLY

23.08.2012

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.

Bedrock Breakthrough in Antarctica

21/12/12

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.

380m midway point reached by RICE (Roosevelt Island Climate Evolution) project

7/12/12

A Kiwi-led group of scientists with logistics support from Antarctica New Zealand have drilled over half-way into the 800m slab of ice they’re camped on for the second season in the remote Roosevelt Island located 700km east of Scott Base. The Roosevelt Island Climate Evolution (RICE) collaborative project involves seven countries (New Zealand, United States, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Australia, and Italy).  More.

Antarctic Blue Whale photo-identification

28/11/2012
  
Antarctica New Zealand is proud to support the Antarctic Blue Whale Project, a flagship collaborative research project bringing together shipping, logistics and scientific resources to better understand blue whale population health and dynamics over the last 50 years.  Part of the Southern Ocean Research Partnership (SORP), the project uses non-lethal research technqies so blue whales can be studied without loss or harm.  More.

Hon Murray McCully Announces Appointments to Board of Antarctica New Zealand

28/11/2012

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.

 

2012 Ross Dependency Definitives stamp issue

23/11/2012
 
Made up of ice shelves, glaciers, seas, mountain ranges and volcanoes, the Ross Dependency is home to some of the most impressive landscapes in Antarctica.  This breath-taking scenery is spectacularly featured in the 2012 Ross Dependency Definitives stamp issue.
 
Originating at the geographic South Pole, the Ross Dependency is constitutionally part of New Zealand.  The five Definitive stamps in this issue reflect the distinctive scenery and historic significance of this remote region.  More

Hundreds attend Scott exhibition opening

22/11/2012
 
More than 250 people attended the opening of Scott's Last Expedition at Canterbury Museum last night.
 
The stunning exhibition, officially opened by Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker, proved a huge success much to the delight of Museum Director Anthony Wright and Antarctic Heritage Trust Executive Director Nigel Watson.  More

Antarctic Pioneer Richard Barwick will be missed

19/11/2012
 
Richard (Dick) Barwick's Antarctic achievements leave a legacy few associated with the icy continent are not familiar with.
 
Richard's first brush with the ice was as part of Sir Edmund Hillary's TAE support team in the summer of 1956/57. He returned the following summer as part of New
Zealand's role the Commonwealth Antarctic Research Programme.  Dick along with Barrie McKelvey, Peter Webb and Colin Bull were also the first research team to explore the McMurdo Dry Valleys in a 1958/59 VUWWAE expedition.  The Barwick Valley is named after Dick and likewise McKelvey Valley, Webb Glacier and Bull Pass after his colleagues.   Many of the Wright and Victoria Valley place names were named by these pioneers and Dick holds a very special place in NZ Antarctic history.
 
Since the 1980's Dick has become a world authority on Devonian fish with extensive field experience across Australia locating and examining fossils .  He has supervised 50 graduate students and retired in 1996 from ANU.
 
Sadly he passed away peacefully at the Canberra Hospital on 10th November 2012 aged  83.  A private funeral will be held at 11am on Tuesday 20th November at Tobin Bros Chapel, Belconnen.  An online guest book for your expressions is available here and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Red Cross or www.MSF.org.au
 
A celebration of Richard's life will be held at the Australian National University in the weeks to come.

Southern Lakes Helicopters arrives on the ice for their first season with Antarctica New Zealand

14.11.2012
Te Anau based Southern Lakes Helicopters, and their Squirrel B3, have landed on the ice to begin their first summer season with Antarctica New Zealand. “Antarctica New Zealand is pleased to have awarded our helicopter contract to Southern Lakes and certainly someone with the flying experience of Richard Hayes.“ Lou Sanson, CEO, Antarctica New Zealand. More

Hon Murray McCully Announces Appointments to Board of Antarctica New Zealand

28.11.2012
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.

Sir Peter Blake Trust announces 2012 Antarctic Youth Ambassadors

17.09.2012

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

ANTARCTICA NEW ZEALAND CONFIRMS THIRD AND FINAL EREBUS REMEMBRANCE TRIP

03.09.2012
Antarctica New Zealand today confirmed it will host a third and final flight to Antarctica in early February next year for the families of those who lost loved ones in the Mt Erebus tragedy. Read more

3D SCANNING IN ANTARCTICA

28.08.2012

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.

TOOTHFISH SCIENCE

21.08.2012

The Listener science writer Rebecca Priestley looks into the science around Antarctic toothfish. The full story can be found here.

NZARI LAUNCHED

20.08.2012

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.

HELICOPTER SUPPORT

17.08.2012

Southern Lakes Helicopters have won the tender to support our work in Antarctica this summer season. The full story can be found here:

ICE SHEET SCIENCE

26.07.2012

How do ice sheets respond to a warming ocean? Find out here:

MARGRET MAHY 1936-2012

24.07.2012

Writer and former Antarctica New Zealand Arts fellow Margret Mahy has died. The full story can be found here.

GOOGLE STREET VIEW OF HISTORIC HUTS

18.07.2012

Google Street View has gone live with their imagery of the historic huts of the Ross Sea . The street view can be found here:

ICE CORES

16.07.2012

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:

SCOTT BASE 1965

02.07.2012

Find out how living and working at Scott Base was in 1965. The full clip can be found here.

ATCM MEETING IN HOBART

22.06.2012

Antarctic Treaty Parties meeting in Hobart have endorsed a host of New Zealand proposals. The full story can be found in this press release.

EXTREME MICROBES IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

20.06.2012

National Geographic have released their stunning article on extreme microbes on Mt Erebus. The full article can be found here.

SCOTT BASE MID WINTER DINNER

20.06.2012

Scott Base staff have just dined out at their mid-winter feast. The full story can be found here.

ANDRILL RESEARCH IN NATURE MAGAZINE

19.06.2012

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.

RNZAF ICE PILOT HONOURED

15.06.2012

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

11.06.2012

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.

OWEN MARSHALL HONOURED

06.06.2012

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.

ICE FISH SCIENCE

05.06.2012

Understanding how natural fish antifreeze binds to ice may have benefits for agriculture and industry. The full story can be found here.

PETER JAMES SMITH EXHIBITION

30.05.2012

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.

NZ/ KOREA RESEARCH COLLABORATION

18.05.2012

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.

ICEFEST

17.05.2012

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.

SCOTT BASE MARMITE SURPLUS

16.05.2012

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.

NZ LEADER IN ANTARCTIC AFFAIRS

07.05.2012

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 .

ICE BLINK REVIEWED

01.05.2012

Antarctica New Zealand Arts Fellow Anne Noble’s Ice Blink exhibition and book have been reviewed. The full story can be found here.

VERONIKA MEDUNA INTERVIEW

26.04.2012

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.

ICE SHELVES SHRINKING

26.04.2012

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.

LAST SUNSET AT SCOTT BASE

24.04.2012

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.

SCIENCE ON ICE PUBLISHED

20.04.2012

Award-winning science broadcaster and writer Veronika Meduna has just launched her new book Science on Ice. Full details can be found here.

ROSS ISLAND WIND FARM PERFORMANCE

19.04.2012

The world’s southernmost wind farm is living up to its extreme reputation by producing more energy than its target at Ross Island, Antarctica. The full Press release can be found here.

SCOTT REMEMBERED

02.04.2012

Rebecca Priestley remembers the anniversary of Captain Scott’s death and his legacy of Antarctic science. The full story can be found here.

ANTARCTIC POLICY

27.03.2012

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade play a vital role in New Zealand’s place in Antarctica. The full story can be found here.

TOOTHFISH RESEARCH

27.03.2012

NIWA’s Dr Stuart Hanchet has released his latest research on Antarctic toothfish. The full story can be found here.

SCOTT BASE WINTER CREW

23.03.2012

Scott Base is now in winter mode. Meet some of the 12 strong team who will winter over in this TVNZ interview.

INVASIVE SPECIES IN ANTARCTICA

22.03.2012

Professor Steven Chown has been interviewed on the Invasive species now moving into some areas of Antarctica. The full story can be found here.

ICE BLINK INTERVIEW

20.03.2012

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.

ANTARCTIC YOUTH AMBASSADOR TALK

19.03.2012

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.

SEA ICE SCIENCE

13.03.2012

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.

SHIP OFFLOAD TIME LAPSE

13.03.2012

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.

SUCCESSFUL SCIENCE SEASON COMPLETE

12.03.2012

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.

DR TREVOR HATHERTON

09.03.2012

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.

US AIR FORCE DONATION

08.03.2012

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 .

NZ SCIENTISTS IN RUSSIAN COLLABORATION

02.03.2012

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.

BOUVET ISLAND PEAK CLIMBED

28.02.2012

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.

DR CRAIG STEVENS ON RADIO NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL

24.02.2012

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.

ALICE MILLER INTERVIEW

21.02.2012

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.

NZDF HELPING OUT AT SCOTT BASE

20.02.2012

The New Zealand Defence Force is currently aiding Scott Base with their annual offload and resupply. The full story can be found here.

OUR FAR SOUTH

03.02.2012

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:

ROSS ISLAND WINDFARM

27.01.2011

Listener science writer Rebecca Priestley discusses the value of the Ross Island wind farm near Scott Base. The full story can be found here.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR CLIVE EVANS ON NINE TO NOON

24.01.2012

Antarctic Biologist Clive Evans talks to Kathryn Ryan on the anti-freeze properties of Antarctic Notothenioid fish. The full interview can be found here.

RICE ICE CORES RETURNING TO NEW ZEALAND

23.01.2011

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 BIRTHDAY

20.01.2011

Scott Base is 55 years old today. The full history can be found here.

SCOTT CENTENARY AT SCOTT BASE

19.01.2012

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.

SPACE PHYSICS IN ANTARCTICA

19.01.2012

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.

SCOTT CENTENARY

17.01.2012

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.

ANTARCTIC YOUTH AMBASSADOR RETURNING FROM ICE

16.01.2012

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.

SCOTT-AMUNDSEN CENTENARY RACE

16.01.2012

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.

VOLUNTEERS

16.01.2011

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.

ANTARCTIC YOUTH AMBASSADOR ON RADIO NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL

13.01.2012

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.

NEW ZEALAND SCIENTISTS LINKED TO SCOTT

11.01.2012

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.

ALICE MILLER ON RADIO NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL

02.01.2012

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.

PAUL WOODGATE HONOURED

01.01.2012

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.

KOREAN ICEBREAKER VISITS LYTTELTON

08.01.2010

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.