About us

The Deep South Challenge is comprised of a number of teams drawn from a range of organisations. 

Deep South Challenge structure

The governance and management structure for the Deep South Challenge is outlined in the following schematic. A key element of this structure is the inclusion of Māori at all levels.

Deep South Challenge governance schematic.  Click on the image to expand it.

Independent Science Panel

The Independent Science Panel has been formed to provide the Board with independent science advice and input into the science strategy and priorities of the Deep South Challenge, as well as help with assessments of science quality and performance.  

Read more about the Independent Science Panel 

 

Governance Board

The collaborative parties of the Deep South Challenge appointed an independent Board to undertake governance and strategic direction for the Challenge.

Read more about the Governance Board

 

Kāhui Māori

The Challenge has established a Kāhui Māori to provide the Governance Board and Science Leadership Team with strategic counsel and input into the science strategy and priorities of the Challenge, and to help with the assessment of science quality, performance and responsiveness to iwi/hapū/whānau and Māori business goals.

Read more about the Deep South Challenge's Kāhui Māori

 

Science Leadership Team

The Science Leadership Team is responsible for scoping, leading and advancing the development of The Deep South Challenge.

Read more about the Science Leadership Team 

 

Challenge Parties

The Deep South Science Challenge, hosted by NIWA, is a research collaboration between the following Crown Research Institutes, universities and research providers.

 

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute
Landcare Research
University of Otago
Antarctica New Zealand
GNS Science
Victoria University of Wellington
 

Latest news and updates

New report highlights key research questions to help prepare for climate change

The Insurance, housing and climate adaptation report, commissioned by the Deep South National Science Challenge, highlights key research questions to help prepare coastal communities for climate change. 

The report is a collaboration between Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, Victoria University of Wellington and the Deep South Challenge and highlights issues New Zealand may face as it grapples with “increasingly severe risks” for coastal housing particularly sea level rise which is expected to exacerbate the frequency and impacts of flooding and storm surges. 

David Frame: Understanding climate risks makes us all less vulnerable

With the recent storms and floods ransacking parts of New Zealand, Professor David Frame put pen to paper to discuss floods, attribution and the power of citizen science to help us understand our climate and be more prepared.

Reaching a new generation: Jamie's World on Ice

In November last year our colleagues at Antarctica New Zealand took Kiwi YouTube and social media star Jamie Curry to Antarctica.