Antarctica New Zealand's role in science is to establish themes and priorities for New Zealand Antarctic science; encourage and facilitate the implementation of science projects that deliver on them; and present the outcomes and benefits of and advocate for Antarctic science.
A strategy for New Zealand Science in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean published in 2004 established themes and priorities for New Zealand Antarctic science. These are addressed by the science events and projects that Antarctica New Zealand supports. A new strategy is currently being finalised and the draft is available on this website.
A science support bidding round is held annually for those wishing to undertake research in Antarctica.
Workshops have been facilitated by Antarctica New Zealand to advocate for and disseminate science research in Antarctica and three postgraduate scholarships are awarded annually. Antarctica New Zealand holds an annual conference to allow groups it supports the opportunity to share their work with the wider Antarctic community.