Our Story

Our vision statement is: Antarctica and the Southern Ocean – valued, protected, understood.

Valuing the intrinsic and scientific principles of Antarctica by using the Antarctic Treaty System as an effective governance body to ensure Antarctica’s future as a natural reserve devoted to peace and science.

Protecting Antarctica to the highest standards of environmental stewardship through efforts to minimise environmental footprints, leadership in protected area management, and through the conservation of heritage in the Ross Sea region.

Understanding the impacts and influence of a changing climate in Antarctica and on New Zealand's climate and ocean systems, including New Zealand's sub-Antarctic islands, and communication this knowledge.

New Zealand’s interests in Antarctica are founded in our geography and our history. Our direct connections can be traced back to the expeditions of Scott and Shackleton over one hundred years ago. We have maintained an active permanent presence in the Ross Dependency since 1956.