What's On Around New Zealand

27 August - 5 October 2014

Still Life: inside the Antarctic huts of Scott and Shackleton


Step 'inside' the historic huts of Antarctic explorers Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton to relive a time of extraordinary polar exploration. Experience a unique audiovisual work created by New Zealand photographer Jane Ussher and the Antarctic Heritage Trust to become immersed in the landscape, isolation and lives left behind by these heroic early explorers.

Encounter incredible Antarctic objects from Auckland Museum's collections and find out what it was like to live, work and play in the earth's southern-most continent. Then through the work of exhibition partner, Antarctic Heritage Trust, discover what's happening to conserve this heritage on the ice today.- Original immersive experience shown as part of NZ IceFest 2012, with support from the Christchurch City Council.

Jane Ussher

Jane Ussher is well known and respected for her documentary work as a photographer, and is regarded as one of New Zealand's foremost portrait photographers. For 29 years she was the chief photographer at The New Zealand Listener, after which she took up a career as a freelance photographer. In the past few years she has worked extensively for Red Cross and Oxfam, documenting their relief work in the Pacific Islands, as well as photographing for several leading New Zealand magazines.

Her work has featured in many books, including collections of her own photographs. In 2009 she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to photography, and was also indicted into the Massey University Hall of Fame.

Antarctic Heritage Trust

Since 2002 the Antarctic Heritage Trust has been engaged in the Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project, a long-term, multi-site cold-climate conservation project to conserve four historic expedition bases and their contents left behind in the Ross Sea Region of Antarctica and hailing from the 'heroic age' of Antarctic exploration (1895 – 1917).

The Trust has conserved Ernest Shackleton's only Antarctic base including 6000 artefacts, and Captain Scott's expedition base at Cape Evans. Scott's hut alone has more than 10,500 objects that the Trust cares for. In 2012 the Trust took on the responsibility for conserving Sir Edmund Hillary's original 1957 Trans-Antarctic Expedition base. 

Special Exibitions Hall, Auckland Museum

23 August to 3 September 2014

XXXIII SCAR Biennial Meeting and Open Science Conference

The Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) is holding the XXXIII SCAR Biennial Meeting and Open Science Conference in Auckland on 23 August and 3 September 2014. Further detail is available at the website www.scar2014.com.

Monday 25 August 2014

These Rough Notes

Named for some of the last words written in Robert Falcon Scott's diary, this unique experience in an evocation of Antarctica: of whiteness and cold and ceaseless winds. With texts by poet Bill Manhire set to music by composer Norman Meehan, sung by Hannah Griffin and interwoven with the images of photographer Anne Noble, this song cycle remembers those who live and those who have died on the ice.

$35 + booking fee


Sky City Conference Centre, Auckland


Tuesday 26 August, 2014

Te Radar's Antarcticana

Following Te Radar's trip to Antarctica with Our Far South, Te Radar presents Antarcticana, an illustrated comedic lecture on all things Antarctic. The rigours of scurvy, scientific madness, odd flora and fauna and the even odder folk who have explored there.

$35 + booking fee


Sky City Conference Centre, Auckland

Thursday 28 August

Smart Talk at Auckland Museum

Savour the wonder of Antarctic science after hours at Auckland Museum. Sit back and listen to a panel of internationally renowned Antarctic scientists from the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) talk about the international endeavour of Antarctic Science, discoveries of working as a scientist at the bottom of the earth, and what the future holds for Antarctica.

Panelists Dr Carlota Escutia, Universidad De Granada, Spain
Professor Martin Siegert, Co-Director, Grantham Institute, Imperial College, London
Professor Chuck Kennicutt, Professor Emeritus in Oceanography, Texas A&M University
Professor Richard Bellerby, Research Scientist, Norwegian Institute for Water Research

Moderator Wallace Chapman, Radio New Zealand Presenter
7pm, Doors open at 6pm

Auckland Museum

Until at least August 2013

Colossal Squid Specimen - Te Papa

See the only colossal squid specimen on display in the world.

The colossal squid is due for a check-up in March this year. Te Papa staff will assess her condition and decide how long she can safely stay on display. She'll be with us until at least August 2013. closing date.

The exhibition is located within the Mountains to Sea exhibition, Level 2.

For more info click here...

Entry is free.

The Museum is open from 10am to 6pm every day of the year and until 9pm on Thursdays.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

First Crossings: Jamie Fitzgerald and his Adventure to the South Pole

In 2007, Jamie Fitzgerald and Kevin Biggar skied to the South Pole, covering 1,111km in 52 days. Jamie and Kevin also present the First Crossings television series that showcases the great adventures undertaken by the pioneers to New Zealand. The Society, in conjunction with the School of Geography, Environment & Earth Sciences and the Antarctic Research Institute at Victoria University, is delighted to host a presentation by Jamie Fitzgerald on his Antarctic adventure.

6 pm

Maclaurin Lecture Theatre (MCLT) 102
Victoria University Wellington (Kelburn Campus)

Thursday, 21 June 2014

Annual Mid Winter Function

The Society will host diplomatic representatives from the Treaty Nations and dial into Scott Base as the Winter Crew celebrates the Longest Night.

To be advised

To be advised

26 September to 12 October 2014


IceFest, a festival that highlights New Zealand's leadership in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean is being held in Christchurch between 26 September to 12 October 2014. Refer to nzicefest.co.nz for further detail on the programme.

Ice Fest is coming to Christchurch from 27 September to 12 October, and Antarctic Society members have the chance to be involved.

Are you passionate about Antarctica? Based in Christchurch?

Willing to donate a few hours of your time?

In particular volunteers are needed for: guided walks round Lyttelton’s Antarctic trail on 4th and 11th October from 9-11am manning the IceFest book stall in Cathedral Square (throughout IceFest) manning the book stall at Lyttelton Farmer’s market, Saturdays 30th August & 27thSeptember 9-12.30 am If you are available to help and would like to involved in IceFest 2014, please visit http://nzicefest.co.nz/ or email Nita Smith on Nita.Smith@ccc.govt.nz

16 September 2014

Branch AGM

The Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Antarctic Society will hold it’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 16 September 2014 at 7.30pm at the Law Lecture Theatre 105, University of Canterbury, Christchurch.

Nominations are sought for Branch Officers for the year 2014-2015, to be agreed to by vote at the above branch AGM. Positions include Branch President, Branch Treasurer abd Branch Secretary. Volunteers are also sought for the Branch Committee. 


Law Lecture Theatre 105, University of Canterbury

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