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NZ sets direction for Antarctic research

The impact of climate change on ice stability and weather patterns are among the main research priorities of a $21-million Antarctic science programme being finalised by the New Zealand government.

Science minister Paul Goldsmith has announced that research agency Antarctica NZ is working with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment to develop the three-year research agenda.

In a joint statement, foreign affairs minister Gerry Brownlee and Goldsmith said the Antarctic Science Platform would focus on “strategically aligned research that addresses key priorities for New Zealand”.

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