A New Zealand-based Antarctic research organisation says there is still more work for the Government to do in the world's southernmost continent, despite its "strong" support for studies in the region.
Prime Minister John Key visited the organisation today for a briefing on New Zealand's long-term research in Antarctica, and the challenge of delivering complex science programmes in the region.
Antarctica New Zealand chief executive Peter Beggs says while it's clear the "support of the Government is strong", there's plenty more they can be doing to help.
"New Zealand's Antarctic scientists need to be at the top of their game. In Antarctica they require fit-for-purpose facilities and experienced logistics staff and equipment to deliver the answers to some of the most pressing climate change questions of our time."
Mr Beggs says research should be high on the country's agenda as weather conditions in the largely uninhabited landmass have a major impact on our own climate.
"The performance of the New Zealand economy, particularly the pastoral sector, is dependent on understanding climate and weather patterns.
"New Zealand's weather systems are influenced by changes in Antarctica."
The organisation has just concluded the second year of its multimillion-dollar investment into research facilities at Scott Base -- featuring three laboratories, two cargo bays, a computer suite and training rooms.