Antarctic Partners

One of the great reasons for the success of NZ IceFest is the unique collaboration with our key partners, both national and international.
It’s all about creating longevity and legacy, and that’s where these close working relationships become invaluable. These are our partners for NZ IceFest 2014.

Antarctica New Zealand

Antarctica New Zealand is the Crown Entity responsible for developing, managing and executing New Zealand Government activities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, in particular the Ross Dependency. Antarctica New Zealand manages Scott Base, New Zealand’s Antarctic Research Station. It maintains New Zealand’s operational presence in the Ross Dependency for the benefit of present and future generations of New Zealanders. Antarctica New Zealand was established in 1996 by the New Zealand Antarctic Institute Act and is based in Christchurch.

Gateway Antarctica

Gateway Antarctica is the centre for Antarctic studies and research at the University of Canterbury. Gateway Antarctica plays a leading role in the quest for knowledge in a diverse range of national and international Antarctic research projects. This includes areas such as engineering in extreme environments, Antarctica as driver of (and responder to) climate change, connections between Antarctica and New Zealand, and human influences in and on Antarctica.

COMNAP – Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes

The Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) is an international association of 29 national Antarctic programmes which brings together the national officials responsible for planning, conducting and managing Antarctic science on behalf of their respective governments. COMNAP's purpose is to develop and promote best practice in managing the support of Antarctic research. COMNAP was established in September 1988 and is currently headquartered in Christchurch, New Zealand, at the COMNAP Secretariat which is located at the University of Canterbury.

Antarctic Heritage Trust

The Antarctic Heritage Trust is a not-for-profit responsible for the conservation of five historic sites in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica (including Ernest Shackleton’s, Robert Falcon Scott’s and Edmund Hillary’s expedition bases), through its Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project. To date, the Trust has meticulously conserved two iconic buildings (Shackleton’s 1908 base and Scott’s 1911 base) and more than 16,000 artefacts. Central to the Trust’s work is communicating and connecting people with the stories of the early polar explorers.     

NZARI – New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute

The New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) partners with research agencies to develop a global understanding of Antarctica’s impacts and vulnerability in a changing climate. NZARI's vision is to inform industry, government and community alike so that we can plan for impacts of change and, where possible, mitigate them. The focus is the Ross Sea Sector, where the Southern Ocean reaches its furthest south (85°S) beneath the Ross Ice Shelf.

GNS Science

GNS Science is the New Zealand research organisation that focuses on geological resources, environmental isotopes, industrial ion-beam technologies and natural hazards. They apply their research through consultancy and product development to create wealth, to protect the environment and to improve the safety of people. Our work in Antarctica discovers and measures the indicators of past climates that are recorded in the ice, so that the global science community can develop and test predictive models of climate change.

Canterbury Museum

From the beginnings of Antarctic discovery by Captain James Cook through to the ‘heroic’ polar exploration of Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen – including the triumphant expeditions of Sir Edmund Hilary and Sir Vivian Fuchs – Canterbury Museum is internationally renowned for sharing the stories and iconic artefacts of Antarctic endeavour, tragedy and adventure spanning 100 years.

NIWA – National Institute of Water and Atmosphere

NIWA scientists carry out research in Antarctica from the bottom of the ocean to the top of the atmosphere. Antarctica’s climate and atmosphere affect New Zealand and the rest of the world – changes there signal changes for the whole planet. NIWA has a long history of monitoring Antarctica’s climate, with records dating back to 1957. Their deepwater research vessel Tangaroa has completed ten voyages to this unique environment, discovering its habitats and gaining insights to its way of life. Their research in Antarctica includes climate, atmosphere, fisheries, biodiversity and oceanography.

New Zealand Antarctic Society

The New Zealand Antarctic Society was formed in 1933 and has branches in New Zealand's main centres as well as international membership. The Society brings together people interested in Antarctica to share knowledge in all sciences, exploration and discovery of Antarctica, to seek protection of the Antarctic environment and to promote New Zealand's interests in Antarctica. It is the only Antarctic organisation of its kind in the world and publishes Antarctic, a magazine-style, quarterly publication summarising international Antarctic events.

International Antarctic Centre

One of the New Zealand's best tourist attractions, the International Antarctic Centre provides visitors of all ages with an interactive, fun and exciting experience of Antarctica. Experience the dramatic seasonal lighting in the four seasons of Antarctica show where it snows every 6 minutes. Venture out onto "the ice" from Scott Base to play in "Antarctica" the snow and ice experience and survive an Antarctic storm! Hang out with Little Blue Penguins, buckle up for the famously exciting Hagglund ride, take an awesome simulated 4D Antarctic cruise, then watch a stunning movie on a MASSIVE screen! It's the closest you'll get to Antarctica without mounting your own expedition!

Heritage Expeditions

Twenty-five years ago, biologist Rodney Russ began Heritage Expeditions as a way to create ‘wilderness ambassadors’ who would advocate and support conservation efforts. This year the company celebrates 20 years of leading expeditions to the Antarctic. Heritage Expeditions is a leader in developing sustainable and best-practice tourism policies, supports numerous conservation funds, is a member of a number of conservation organisations and partners with Enderby Trust to provide scholarships for young people to join the expeditions.

University of Otago

Otago makes the most of its southern position, with loads of research based in and around the Antarctic. We also explore icy regions closer to home in the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

Polar Environments Research Theme

The Polar Environments Research group at University of Otago includes physicists, chemists, volcanologists and sedimentologists, geographers and glaciologists, mathematicians, zoologists and paleontologists, biochemists, physiologists and tourism policy experts, marine scientists and film-makers. All these people have an interest in the polar regions. Our geologists, geographers and surveyors also explore the Southern Alps, as do our botanists and ecologists.

APECS – Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar Regions and the wider cryosphere. Their aims are to stimulate interdisciplinary and international research collaborations, and develop effective future leaders in polar research, education and outreach.

SCAR – Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an inter-disciplinary committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU). SCAR is charged with initiating, developing and coordinating high-quality international scientific research in the Antarctic region, and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system. SCAR meets every two years to conduct its administrative business at the SCAR Delegates Meeting. SCAR also holds, prior to the Delegates Meeting, a major Open Science Conference to draw attention to Antarctic issues, along with meetings of the Standing Scientific Groups. This is being held for the first time in New Zealand in August 2014 and is hosted in Auckland.

Lincoln University

Lincoln University is New Zealand's specialist land-based university. They offer a full range of specialist programmes from vocational training, certificates and diplomas to undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate qualifications. Their flagship programmes include agriculture, agribusiness, horticulture, viticulture, conservation and ecology, supply chain management, biosecurity and bioprotection, landscape architecture, environmental policy and planning, tourism, property, sport and recreation, science and commerce. Lincoln is ranked in the top 500 by QS World Rankings and is ranked in the top 100 in the world for agricultural programmes.

The Centre for Science Communication

The Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago is the world’s largest postgraduate facility for science communication. It offers a Masters programme (as well PhD, and Postgraduate Diploma in Natural History Filmmaking) in three flavours; filmmaking, writing, and popularizing science.

University of Waikato

International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research
Based on more than 35 years of Antarctic research by University of Waikato the International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research continues annual field operations to provide integrated international research that will underpin the conservation, protection and management of Antarctica assuring New Zealand’s continued leadership in this area. The University of Waikato is committed to delivering a world-class education and research portfolio, providing a full and dynamic university experience, distinctive in character, and pursuing strong international links to advance knowledge. Waikato sits in the top 2% of the world's 17,000 universities and is ranked 46th in the world for universities under 50 years old. The international reputation of our academic leaders drives excellence in their faculties and schools creating graduates that are sought after internationally.

University of Auckland

The Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland is the largest science faculty in New Zealand. More than 7000 students study in their 10 schools and departments, learning from internationally-renowned lecturers. Many of their researchers work from pure science to create an applied technology or product with commercial value. They benefit from collaborations with other faculties in the University of Auckland, as well as with international institutions, and have extensive links with the Crown Research Institutes of New Zealand.

PEI – Polar Educators International

Polar Educators International (PEI) is a vital international network of educators and researchers aiming to provide a deeper understanding of current polar science. PEI represents trusted leaders working to inspire appreciation and knowledge of the polar regions, their connectedness to all Earth's systems, and importance to all humans across latitudes and cultures.

Embassy of Argentina

The Argentinean Embassy in New Zealand is very pleased to be part of NZ IceFest 2014. Argentina works closely with New Zealand on Antarctic issues, both countries being original signatories of the Antarctic Treaty and having, in Ushuaia and Christchurch, gateway cities to Antarctica. Argentina has had a permanent presence in Antarctica since 1904, being the first country to have a permanent base (Orcadas) south of the parallel of 60º (latitude south), which has been active ever since. Argentina has also developed many scientific activities and research in Antarctica.

Argentinean Embassy

Antzworks – Anthony Powell

Antzworks is the film production company founded by Anthony Powell. Anthony is a long-time Antarctic worker, and multi award winning photographer and film maker. He specialises in time-lapse photography and photography in extreme conditions. He is best known for his work on the Frozen Planet TV series, and his own feature film Antarctica: A Year on Ice.

Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington is proud to continue our association with NZ IceFest in 2014. Our staff and students have visited Antarctica every year since 1957, when two intrepid Victoria students joined an international expedition to the unexplored McMurdo Dry Valleys. This pioneering spirit continues today, through Victoria’s annual expeditions to the icy continent, and through the new knowledge being revealed by our researchers, based in the Antarctic Research Centre, New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute and Faculty of Science. Their discoveries are contributing towards a greater understanding of Antarctica’s past, present and future.