New Zealand has a strong connection to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Since 1957 New Zealand's research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean has underpinned our interests there, enhanced the protection of Antarctica’s unique environment, and improved our understanding of global systems.

The New Zealand Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Directions and Priorities provide a high-level framework for our research activities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. The New Zealand Government invests significantly through direct research funding and by providing logistical support. This investment is guided by the high-level framework. 

The current directions and priorities run from 2010-2020, meaning the 2020-2030 directions and priorities now need to be developed and agreed. To start that process we are seeking feedback on the 2010-2020 directions and priorities.

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* 1. Where are you from?

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* 2. How have you used the current directions and priorities? If you haven’t, why not?

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* 3. What has worked well under the current directions and priorities?

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* 4. What has not worked well under the current directions and priorities?

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* 5. There have been some major changes related to New Zealand’s Antarctic Science since the last strategy was developed including:
  • Significantly increased global attention on climate change;
  • New bases established in the Ross Sea region by South Korea and China;
  • The establishment of the Ross Sea region Marine Protected Area;
  • Increased global interest in the sustainability of Antarctic fisheries;
  • The establishment of the Antarctic Science Platform;
  • Increased focus on incorporating mātauranga Māori into New Zealand research programmes
  • The pending redevelopment of Scott Base.
Can you identify any other changes you think should be taken into consideration for the next iteration of our Antarctic and Southern Ocean directions and priorities, if so please describe them?

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* 6. Are there any themes, or specific directions or priorities that you think should be included in the next iteration? If so, please describe them along with your rationale for their inclusion.

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* 7. Do you think any of the changes identified in the previous question should be reflected in the 2020-2030 directions and priorities, if so how might we do so?

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* 8. Do you have any other comments about our current, or future, Antarctic and Southern Ocean directions and priorities?

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* 9. Leave this field blank if you would prefer to be anonymous 

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