Insight for Sunday 31 March 2013
New Zealand has long been considered a leading player in Antarctica.
But is that set to change?
As countries with multi million dollar budgets set up numerous bases, many are questioning their motives. Are they there for science or for the oil and minerals?
On top of that, New Zealand's relationship with the United States has suffered over the past couple of years, with the two allies arguing over plans to protect the Ross Sea.
Radio NZ's Environment Reporter, Olivia Wix, explores New Zealand's changing role on the ice, and whether it can continue to be a key player.