Our Far South

Our Far South: Beyond Stewart Island was a month-long voyage around Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands, organised by economist and investor Gareth Morgan.

Visit the Our Far South website 

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 vast region, which faces significant challenges, specifically in the fields of climate change, decreasing biodiversity, commercial interests and the present and future of the area's natural resources. 

The primary themes explored were:

  • protecting biodiversity
  • climate change
  • overfishing
  • mineral exploration
  • tourism
  • territorial aspirations.

Follow these links for updates from the voyage. 

Well, we arrived back from our month-long trip last week, glad to be home but also full of very moving memories from the amazing places we've seen, and the awe-inspiring wildlife living in them. Each of the voyage's members took something different out of the voyage, and we'll be sharing some of these learnings at a national school roadshow over the next few months.

Southern Blue Whiting Fishery

NIWA fisheries scientist Dr Stuart Hanchet describes the history and management of the southern blue whiting fishery, centred around New Zealand's subantarctic islands.

Sea ice and climate change

Dr Mike Williams, physical oceanographer at NIWA, explains the importance of Antarctic sea ice in the Earth's ocean and climate systems and how they may be affected by climate change.

Antarctic Climate Change

NIWA climate scientist Dr James Renwick explains what changes are occurring in the Antarctic in response to climate change and what's likely to happen in the future.

We awoke early (6.15am) to low cloud and rain, with a 20-30 knot southerly wind. Many of us elected to go on a trip to Northwest Bay.

The ship made record speed yesterday with speeds in excess of 13 knots! A light southerly breeze, calms seas and bout a 2-3 m swell.

We continue to steam north and expect to be at Campbell Island at 6.30am.

The last few days have been occupied with lectures and discussions as we steam north towards Campbell Island across the mighty Southern Ocean. It is remarkably calm and the ship is barely moving up and down – long may it last!