Christchurch Antarctic Office

The Christchurch Antarctic Office was established by the Christchurch City Council in March 2016 to provide strategic direction and leadership for the development and implementation of the city’s Antarctic Strategy and, among other responsibilities, to maintain effective engagement with stakeholders; to increase an understanding of Antarctica by valuing and sharing Canterbury’s links to Antarctica and to strengthen links between Antarctic related organisations in Canterbury and New Zealand.

The role of the Christchurch Antarctic Office, in delivering the city’s Antarctic Gateway Strategy, is to co-ordinate, facilitate, motivate, develop and explore greater community, cultural, economic, educational, environmental and scientific value from Christchurch’s longstanding connections to Antarctica.

Christchurch’s Antarctic Gateway Strategy, which was approved by Council in May this year, sets out a vision ‘for Christchurch to be an Antarctic city that celebrates and realises the value of its gateway status for the benefit of the city and the nation, for current and future generations.’

The Strategy is built on three themes: kaitiakitanga, manaakitanga and exploration.

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