Partners and funding
The New Zealand-Australia Ecosystems Voyage is supported by funding from Antarctica New Zealand (ANZ), Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) and NIWA.
The science projects include collaboration with other nations including Australia, Italy, Korea and the United States.
This is in keeping with a key priority of the New Zealand Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Directions and Priorities 2010–2020: to create larger collaborative programmes of research, especially when undertaking ship-based marine research.
Antarctica New Zealand
Antarctica New Zealand is the Crown Entity responsible for developing, managing and executing New Zealand Government activites in Antactica and the Southern Ocean, in particular the Ross Dependency. Antarctica New Zealand manages Scott Base, New Zealand's Antarctic research station, and has provided funding support for this voyage.
Australian Antarctic Division
The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) is responsible for advancement of Australia's strategic, scientific, environmental and economic interests in the Antarctic by protecting, administering and researching the region. Collaboration with AAD is fundamental to two of our science objectives and their support represents a contribution by Australia to the multinational Southern Ocean Research Partnership (IWC – SORP).
Sir Peter Blake Trust
On board will be two University of Otago science students who are acompanying the voyage as part of the Sir Peter Blake Trust ambasador programme.
Other partners and collaborations
Southern Ocean Research Partnership
The Southern Ocean Research Partnership (SORP) is an initiative of the International Whaling Commission to promote cooperative, coordinated and strategic non-lethal whale research around Antarctica.
New Zealand and Australia are both member states of SORP and data from this voyage is likely to contribute to all of SORP's long-term research projects.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography and University of Washington (USA)
Scripps are providing the Argo floats that will be deployed during the transits from Wellington to Antarctica and back.
Colorado State University, in conjunction with Scripps, will also collaborate on collection of underway atmospheric chemistry measurements.
University of Canterbury
University of Canterbury (New Zealand) Associate Professor Adrian McDonald will be installing a ceilometer on Tangaroa during the voyage to allow measurements of cloud properties and boundary layer height in the Southern Ocean.
Italian Research Programme in Antarctica
Dr Marino Vacchi of the Italian Research Programme in Antarctica is collaborating on the deployment of a moored echosounder in Terra Nova Bay.
New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
We also acknowledge the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment for their part-funding of this voyage.