In the “Subantarctic islands research strategy

The New Zealand Subantarctic islands are managed by Southland Conservancy of the Department of Conservation. Management has included pest eradications, weed control, threatened species recovery, archaeological survey and facilities maintenance.

Map of subantarctic islands south of New Zealand. Click to view full size.
Map of Subantartic Islands
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Frequency of visitation varies with management action undertaken by the department. However, the greatest pressure for access to the islands comes from researchers. Research projects can be long term and/or involve months of occupation of the islands or they can simply involve the collection of data and material which can be accomplished in a short time frame (a day or less per island).

In addition, some research may be aligned to the Department’s management goals whereas other research may be investigating global processes and have little obvious benefit to management of the islands. Thus, the purpose of this research strategy is, firstly, to provide a tool for managers to decide which research is most appropriate and, secondly, as a guide for researchers to indicate where the Department has specific research needs. The purpose is expanded upon in Section 2 of this strategy.

Map of the Antarctic Islands showing the ocean area south of New Zealand. (Crown Copyright: Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai).
New Zealand subantarctic islands map

The New Zealand Subantarctic islands comprise The Snares/Tini Heke, Bounty Islands, Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands and Campbell Islands/Motu Ihupuku.

Priorities for research, evaluation of research proposals and obligations of researchers are given in Section 3. In Section 4 research themes are developed and contain key research topics which range from those targeted at management needs through to those which take advantage of the location or other characteristics of the islands to understand regional or global phenomena.

Current research levels, including long-term research projects, are briefly described in Section 5 and in Section 6 logistics pertaining to work in the subantarctic islands are explained. A summary of information for researchers planning to work within the Subantarctic is in Appendix 1.

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