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Antarctic Scott Base revamp on the cards

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/05/2017 Karen Sweeney

New Zealand certainly isn't giving Antarctica the cold shoulder, pouring $9.6 million into its presence on the icy continent in the coming years.

Scott Base, the permanent presence for Kiwis in Antarctica, will be redeveloped down the track with Thursday's budget allocating $4 million capital for the work when it's needed, expected within the next decade.

It's a site that underpins the nation's strategic interests, Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

"A revamped Scott Base will allow us to continue providing safe and effective logistics and also supports the high-quality Antarctic science relevant to New Zealand's policy and interest," he said.

Maintaining a presence in Antarctica will also give New Zealand continued influence in the Antarctic Treaty System.

The budget has also allocated $2.1 million over two years in operational costs for Scott Base and $3.5 million for office space at the National Antarctic Programmes in Christchurch.

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