New Zealand Antarctic Society

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New Zealand Antarctic Society (Inc.)
Headformer patron Sir Edmund Hillary

New Zealand Antarctic Society was formed in 1933 by New Zealand businessman Arthur Leigh Hunt and Antarctic explorers Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Sir Douglas Mawson.[1]

Its aims are:

  • to bring together people interested in the region
  • to share knowledge of the region
  • to foster interest in the region
  • to seek and support protection of the Antarctic environment
  • to promote New Zealand's interests in the region

Since 1956 it has published a quarterly magazine, Antarctic.[2]

A set of Ross Dependency postage stamps celebrated the society's 50th anniversary in 1983.[3][4]

The national office is now in Auckland.

Claims to the territory


  1. ^ "Our History". New Zealand Antarctic Society. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Our magazine". New Zealand Antarctic Society. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  3. ^ "New Zealand Antarctic Society 50th anniversary". New Zealand History. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  4. ^ "New Zealand Antarctic Society 1933-1983 stamp series - Ross Dependency". Colin Monteath. Retrieved 10 March 2022.

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