Celebrating 60 years of New Zealand's presence on ice
New Zealand and the Antarctic
January 2008 - January 2017
We are very excited to announce the launch of David Harrowfield's book 'New Zealand and the Antarctic' in commemoration of New Zealand's 60 year presence in Antarctica; this book covers the decade to 2017, when several key decisions resulted in Antarctica being elevated in New Zealand's global sphere of influence. We would also like to congratulate Dr Harrowfield on becoming a life member at the Antarctic Society.
Download the e-book here
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 hosted 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.
Lady June Hillary Interview
Click here to watch an interview with Lady June Hillary as she shares stories of the Trans Antarctic Expedition team, and discusses her memories of the day they embarked for Antarctica on the HMNZS Endeavour.
TEDxScottBase was filmed in Antarctica on Sunday 15th January 2017 and broadcast on Sunday, 22nd January 2017, across multiple time zones. This was a national celebration, held on international soil, with collaborators from all around the globe, at New Zealand’s Antarctic research station, Scott Base.
TAE Hut Time Lapse
The Antarctic Heritage Trust’s team on the Ice spent three months this summer working to restore Hillary’s Hut and the artefacts inside. Thanks to a successful public fundraising campaign and support from the New Zealand Government the Hut was restored and artefacts conserved in time for Scott Base’s 60th anniversary celebrations in January 2017 . Now painted with its original colours this important piece of Antarctic history stands out once again.
Click here to view a time lapse video of the restoration of the TAE hut.