Give your feedback on NZ’s scientific research programme in Antarctica!

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On 24 July our Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) launched an on-line survey on behalf of MBIE, DoC, and Antarctica NZ, seeking public comment on NZ’s science programme over the last decade, since 2010.

The 2020-2030 directions and priorities need to be developed and agreed now. To start that process, the NZ Government is seeking your feedback on the 2010-2020 directions and priorities:

  • what worked well,
  • what didn’t work well, and
  • what changes should be made for the 2020-2030 decade.

The deadline for responses is 16 August, 2019.

This 29 page document has been the NZ Government’s strategic plan for its science programme for the current decade, which finishes next year:

The survey can be accessed by clicking on this link 

Have your say NOW, so that you can have a hand in influencing how NZ spends its science budget in Antarctica for the next decade.

The following major changes need to be considered since the last strategy was developed:

  • 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.

The survey has no ”SAVE”  button – only a DONE button to submit. You may can download the questions here as a WORD document if you wish, to draft your responses and save as you go, and then paste into the survey.

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