Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are important to New Zealand.

New Zealand’s significant and enduring interests in the region include peace, security and effective governance, together with environmental, scientific, conservation, and economic interests.

We want to hear your views about how we express these interests.  We invite you to comment on a draft, plain English, statement of New Zealand’s Interests in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean – available here.

Please send your comments by 30 July 2018 to or post to: Environment Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Private Bag 18-901, Wellington.