Our Far South
Our Far South: Beyond Stewart Island was a month-long voyage around Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands in 2012, organised by economist and investor Gareth Morgan.
The voyage aimed to raise New Zealanders' awareness of the issues that face the region south of Stewart Island: the Southern Ocean, the sub-Antarctic islands, and Antarctica. New Zealand has a significant stake in this huge region, which faces significant opportunities and challenges.
The main themes explored during the voyage were:
- climate change
- protecting biodiversity
- mineral exploitation, and
- the territorial aspirations of various countries.
50 New Zealanders took part. They included NIWA’s Dr Rob Murdoch, and people from entertainment, science, education, industry and environmental organisations. Dr Murdoch presented seminars about NIWA's work on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.
We produced a number of videos to go with Dr Murdoch’s presentations. You can watch them below.
- Climate change and deepsea life
- Southern blue whiting fishery
- Sea ice and climate change
- Antarctic coastal marine life in a changing climate
- Antarctic climate change
- Antarctic marine food webs
- The decline of subantarctic wildlife
- Ocean acidification
- Exploring Antarctic deepsea life
- The Antarctic toothfish fishery
- Ecosystem effects and mitigation of the toothfish fishery
- Management of the toothfish fishery
- Iron fertilisation
- Southern Ocean productivity
- Phytoplankton and climate change
- Antarctic seabed biodiversity
- Antarctic coastal marine life
- Seabird diversity in the Southern Ocean
- Subantarctic oceanography
- Antarctic sea ice
- Antarctic and Southern Ocean climate
- Southern Ocean gas exchange
- The iron hypothesis