Celebrating 60 years of New Zealand's presence on ice
TEDxScottBase, January 2017
TEDxScottBase will be filmed in Antarctica on Sunday 15th January 2017. It will then be broadcast on Sunday, 22nd January 2017, across multiple time zones. This will be a national celebration, held on international soil, with collaborators from all around the globe, at New Zealand’s Antarctic research station, Scott Base. Instead of bringing viewers to Antarctica, TEDxScottBase will bring the event to the world in a cutting edge fashion. Not only will the event be broadcast in its entirety around the globe, but live viewing events led by TEDxScottBase Ambassadors will be held worldwide. TVNZ, New Zealand’s public broadcaster, will be in Antarctica filming TEDxScottBase for a current affairs feature piece, interspersed with Antarctic scientific research pieces. Click here to find out more
We are enormously excited to be able to unveil the incredible line up of speakers who will take to the ice for TEDxScottBase. From what it's like to walk in space to a mind-blowing insight into some of Antarctica's tiniest residents, they all have amazing ideas worth spreading.
A huge thank you to our amazing partners, without whom this event would not be possible.
60th Anniversary Celebratory Dinner
In celebration of the heroic adventures the Trans-Antarctic Expedition members embarked on to establish New Zealand's first (and only) Antarctic research base in Antarctica, Hon Mayor of Christchurch Lianne Dalziel, and our Board Chairman, Brian Roche will be hosting the TAE Expedition members for dinner at The Canterbury Club on 20th January 2017.
This date marks 60 years since the establishment of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition (TAE) Hut in 1957. The expedition took place in 1956/57, and the International Geophysical Year (ICY) (which was actually two years – 1957/58), during which scientific research was undertaken.
There are three original huts remaining at Scott Base today- the mess hut (or Hut A) and two small magnetic huts. The mess hut or TAE/IGY hut as it is now known, also included the leader’s room and the radio room.
The Antarctic Heritage Trust has a Conservation Plan to save the hut and its artefacts, preserving them for the next 25 years. Find out more about the project here.
Our Antarctic Story
View the last 60 years of New Zealand's activities at Scott Base in Antarctica through our pictorial collection ADAM, which now hosts over 70,000 items dating back to when it all began in 1957!
See records of our people, our places, our projects, our buildings and much more - New Zealand's Antarctic history at the click of a button.