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The New Zealand Antarctic Society is a New Zealand-based incorporated society. The Society is governed by a National Council made up of the Society’s Officers and representatives from each Branch Committee. There are three Branch Committees – Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury and a burgeoning national and international membership.

The Society’s structure and operations are defined in its constitution. This determines who can make decisions regarding the Society and its future and how those decisions are taken. The Council and Branch Committees meet regularly throughout the year.

The Society’s constitution sets out its objectives:


Biographies of Patron and National Council Executive


Emeritus Professor Peter Barrett, FRSNZ, FGS (Hons), PM, NZAM Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington

National Council

President: Rex Hendry 
Secretary: Stuart Grayson
Treasurer: Aaron Reilly
North Island Vice President: Natalie Robinson
South Island Vice President: Hubertien Wichers
Auckland Branch Chair: Robyn Denize
Wellington Branch: Maurice Bognuda
Canterbury Branch Chair: Vacant
Membership Officer: Jordan Sparrow
Editor Antarctic magazine: Liz Bridgeman
Website Manager: Rob Wheadon

Science and Advocacy Committee (terms of reference)

Robin Falconer (chair)
Peter Barrett 
Grant Avery
Brett Fotheringham
Rex Hendry
Clive Howard-Williams
Margaret Austin

Communications Committee

Anthony Powell (chair)
Hubertien Wichers
Jingwen Wu
Julia Martin
Rex Hendry

Education-Outreach Committee

Shelley Hersey (chair)
Natalie Robinson

Editorial Committee

Robyn Denize (chair)
Stuart Grayson
Peter Barrett
Liz Bridgeman
Ben Mack
Adele Jackson

Stewardship Committee

Chair: Vacant
Mike Wing
Rob Wheadon

Scott Base ReBuild Working Party (terms of reference)

Tamsin Falconer (chair)
Grant Avery
Peter Barrett
Rex Hendry

Life Members

Current Life Members, by year elected

1. Robin Ormerod (1996)
2. Randal Heke NZAM (2003, deceased)
3. Margaret Bradshaw PM (2006)
4. Colin Monteath QSM (2014)
5. John Parsloe (2014)
6. David Harrowfield NZAM (2016)
7. Robert Park (2016)
8. Frank Graveson PM (2017)
9. Mike Wing PM (2017)
10. Lester Chaplow (2019)
11. Max Quinn (2019)
12. Peter Barrett PM, NZAM (2023)

PM: Polar Medal
NZAM: New Zealand Antarctic Medal

Auckland Branch

Chair: Robin Denize
Secretary: Roger McGarry
Treasurer: Mike Wing
Committee Member: Linda Kestle
Committee Member: Nicholas O’Flaherty

Wellington Branch

Chair: Maurice Bognuda
Secretary: TBA
Treasurer: Warren Dickinson
Committee Member: Peter Barrett
Committee Member: Robin Falconer
Committee Member: Natalie Robinson
Committee Member: Jeff Ashby
Committee Member: Julia Martin
Committee Member: Prasad Shelke

Canterbury Branch

Chair: Vacant
Secretary: Anne Hunter
Treasurer: Geoffrey Price
Committee Member: Bill Nye
Committee Member: Faye Broughton
Committee Member: Jane Ellis

Additional National Roles

Social Media: Gabriela Roldan

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