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

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.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Wellington Branch Annual General Meeting


Antrium House

Saturday, 18 October 2014

National Society Annual General Meeting


Whataitai room
ASB Sports Centre
72 Kemp Street

22-23 October, 2014

Symposium - Antarctic Expeditions - Reflections and Aspirations

Victoria University of Wellington is holding a symposium on Antarctic Expeditions– Reflections and Aspirations on 22 and 23 October 2014. The symposium, hosted in conjunction with GNS Science,is a mix of reflections on the past and visions of the future as part of the celebrations following the acquisition of the Colin Bull Polar Book Collection and opening of the S .T .Lee Antarctic Reading Room in the University’s Central Library.

All are welcome to attend some, or all ,of the event. For further details:

http://w w w .victoria.ac.nz/antarctic/about/events/vuwae2014symposium

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Sir Holmes Miller Memorial Lecture 2014

Antarctica and Climate Change: how times have changed

Presenter: Emeritus Professor Peter Barrett, Antarctic Research Centre

His vast experience in Antarctica egan in1962 exploring the Ellsworth Mountains witth a U S geology team. He then went on s sa US graduate student to map the geology of the Beardmore Glacier area, where he found the first tetrapod remains, getting immediate attention at the time for supporting the theory ofc ontinental drift. He went on to lead a series of drilling projects for understanding the younger history of Antarctica and its ice sheet.


Victoria University ofWellington,
Kelburn Campus

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

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