Antarctica’s icy expanse has always held a particular fascination for environmental scientists and explorers. From the Antarctic expeditions of Sir Edmund Hillary to the permanent research facility at Scott Base, New Zealand has maintained close ties with this enigmatic continent.

As a global airline, Air New Zealand helps people experience the world. So it’s important for us to find ways to help minimise our impact. Balancing our business needs with our environmental responsibilities is an ongoing mission. Partnerships with trailblazers in environmental science and innovation help us make a difference.

Air New Zealand has deep links to Antarctica and has been a strong supporter of New Zealand scientific research on the continent for several years by providing travel for international research collaboration and educational grants for Antarctic scientists. In 2012 we formally signed up to a three year partnership with Antarctica New Zealand and the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI). Through this partnership we are supporting essential scientific research on the ice that provides a greater understanding of Antarctica and the impacts of climate change.

With our support, NZARI recently launched a Polar Amplification research project which assesses the amplification of the warming polar regions and the effects of this phenomenon. This research will help scientists understand the potential future impacts of global climate change.