The New Zealand government has pledged a $350m funding boost for Scott Base.
Scott Base is New Zealand’s station on Antarctica. New Zealand has been at the base since 1957 – when Sir Edmund Hillary helped build the hut that preceded Scott Base.
As part of Jacinda Ardern’s announcement she visited the Antarctic Centre in Christchurch. While there the Prime Minister praised the “critical” work done out of the Scott Base before she was given a virtual tour inside the new facility.
The current base, built in the early 1980s and made up of 12 buildings painted in a distinctive shade of green.
It will be replaced with three interconnected buildings which will lift accommodation to 100 people. The new buildings will take 6 years to complete fully.