Events In History
4 January 1958Hillary leads NZ party to South Pole
Sir Edmund Hillary led the New Zealand component of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition on the first overland trip to the South Pole since Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated journey in 1912. Read more...
20 January 1957Scott Base opened in Antarctica
Scott Base, New Zealand’s permanent Antarctic research station, was originally established to support the privately run Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Read more...
On 28 November 1979, 237 passengers and 20 crew were killed when Air New Zealand Flight TE901 crashed into the side of Mt Erebus, Antarctica. The tragedy was followed by a demanding recovery operation and a raging debate over who or what was to blame
Page 2 – Tourist flights to Antarctica
Air New Zealand and Qantas began offering sightseeing flight over the Antarctic in February 1977.
Page 3 – Timeline to disaster
The Erebus disaster was mainly caused by an unfortunate, late change in flight path and the white-out conditions in Antarctica.
Page 5 – Operation Overdue
A team of New Zealand Police officers and a Mountain Face Rescue Team were immediately dispatched to the scene of the Erebus disaster.
Page 6 – Finding the cause
With the death of so many people, it is not surprising that the investigations into the tragedy became a source of great debate and controversy.
The legendary mountaineer, adventurer and philanthropist – whose familiar, craggy face beams out from the $5 note – is the best-known New Zealander ever to have lived. His ascent of Mt Everest with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay on 29 May 1953 brought him worldwide fame – literally overnight.
Page 3 – From Everest to the South Pole
On 29 May – four days before the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – Hillary and the experienced Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mt Everest and became
Page 5 – Honouring Edmund Hillary
In 1987 Ed Hillary was among the first 20 people selected as members of the Order of New Zealand (ONZ), this country’s highest honour. He has been the recipient of
NZ and Antarctica share a long and rich history. From Tuati in 1839 to Edmund Hillary in the 1950s and more recent scientists, Kiwis have explored, examined and endured the frozen continent.
Page 2 – First among men
New Zealanders were actively or passively involved in a number of significant Antarctic firsts - notably the first landing on the continent proper in 1895 and the first
Page 3 – Triumph and tragedy
There is a New Zealand connection to a number of triumphs and tragedies that have occurred in Antarctica.
Page 4 – Sites of significance
There are connections between places in Antarctica and New Zealand, and between places in New Zealand and Antarctica.
Page 5 – Timeline
Key events in the history of New Zealand's involvement with the Antarctic
Page 6 – Further information
Sources of further information.
- erebus disaster
- quail island
- assisted immigration
- robert scott
- historic places
- edmund hillary
- ernest shackleton
- air force
- royal new zealand air force
- scott base
- richard byrd
- frank worsley
- air transport
- port chalmers
- famous firsts
- clarence hare
- paul reeves
- radio broadcasts
- louis potaka
- golden bay
- wellington city
- joseph kinsey
- mt cook
- victoria university
- royal new zealand navy
- justice system
From Tuati in 1839 to Edmund Hillary in the 1950s and more recent scientists, Kiwis have explored, examined and endured the frozen continent.