The New Zealand Antarctic Youth Council (NZAYC), an initiative of the McGuinness Institute, is hosting a panel session discussing:

Exploring the Antarctic Treaty in 2056
5.30pm-6.30pm, Thursday, 14 July 2016
Location: McGuinness Institute, Level 2, 5 Cable St, Wellington, New Zealand
Please register your interest at

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Why 2056? We’ve chosen the year 2056 as this will mark 100 years since New Zealand first established its presence in Antarctica, an important context for a discussion around our long-term interest in the continent. In 1956, the Royal New Zealand Air Force scouted the route for New Zealand’s first Trans-Antarctic Expedition, and the Royal New Zealand Navy’s HMNZS Endeavour set sail from the Port of Wellington with materials to start building Scott Base. The panel will discuss New Zealand’s intent in 1956 and then explore what our interest might look like 100 years later.
  • Lionel Carter, Professor of Marine Geology, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Jillian Dempster, Head of Antarctic Southern Ocean Unit, Environment Division, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Neil Gilbert, Adjunct Senior Fellow at Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury
  • Rear Admiral John Martin, Chief of Navy
  • Tim Naish, Director of the Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Stuart Prior, Honorary Consul, Republic of Belarus
  • Lou Sanson, Director-General, Department of Conservation

See the NZAYC website for more detail. If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP at by Monday, 11 July 2016.