Statement of Purpose & Values

Our vision: Antarctica and the Southern Ocean: valued, protected, understood


Advancing appreciation, conservation and knowledge of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean for the benefit of New Zealand and the world community through leadership, partnership and involvement in high quality Antarctic and Southern Ocean- related activities.


People are the key to Antarctica New Zealand’s success. This includes permanent staff; fixed term and contract staff; seconded staff from the New Zealand Defence Force and our many strategic partners in Government, the science community and other national Antarctic programmes. We seek to create a high performance organisation underpinned by a culture of shared beliefs, in particular through:

  • Safety We have an uncompromising commitment to each other’s safety.
  • Caring for the environment Sustainability is at the core of our work and we are totally committed to minimising our environmental impact.
  • Learning environment Feedback is actively encouraged and we will learn from previous experiences to continuously improve our performance.
  • Customer service We strive to deliver ever improving value to our stakeholders