NIWA VESSEL TANGAROA
Tangaroa engaged on Fisheries research in Antarctic Waters. She was involved in New Zealand's contribution to OCEAN'98, the United Nations "International Year of the Ocean".
2000 February - March
The "Tangaroa" undertook a geoscientific research trip for the Australian Antarctic Division early in 2000 carrying a number of Italian scientists from the Italian Observatorio Geofisico Sperimentale to an area off the Antarctic coast between the Dibble and the Ninnis Glaciers in King GeorgeV Land. The "Tangaroa"left Wellington on the 10th of February, 2000 and returned to Wellington on the 20th March 2000
2001 ROSS SEA DEEPWATER MAPPING
The "Tangaroa" undertook a Hydrographic Cruise in the Ross Sea starting from January 29th, 2001 and finishing 17 March, 2001. This work was carried out on behalf of New Zealand's LINZ (Land information New Zealand) to collect data for the first official hydrographic chart of the Ross Sea. with the increased frequency of vessels in the area, the New Zealand Government decided on the need for accurate navigational maps. "Tangaroa" was extensively modified for the survey with a multimillion dollar echo-sounder fitted to the hull.
Japan / New Zealand Co-operation - The Tangaroa was chartered in 2002 by the Japanese National Institute of Polar Research to take part in JARE 43 and in particular their STAGE programme. This refers to and is an acronym for Studies on Antarctic Ocean & Global Environment. "Tangaroa" was one of 4 vessels involved in JARE 43. the others were "Aurora Australis" from Australia and "Hakuho Maru" and "Shirase" both from Japan. "Tangaroa" departed her home port, Wellington on the 28th of January 2002. "Tangaroa" picked up her Japanese party in Hobart on the 5th of February, 2002 before departing for the Antarctic coast working mainly in TAAF waters close to Dumont d' Urville.
She carried a 28 person Japanese Science party plus One Norwegian, one Italian working on behalf on Australia and the "Tangaroa's" New Zealand crew led by Captain Andrew Leachman. Her Ice Pilot was New Zealander John Parsloe. "Tangaroa" returned to Hobart on the 8th of March 2002 after a successful expedition.
LEACHMAN Andrew (Captain) PARSLOE John (Ice Pilot)
2004 January to March.
Trip to Ice for 8 week research programme. The "Tangaroa" and the "Italica" operated a joint Ross Sea expedition to map the sea bed of the Ross Sea and the area around the nearby Balleny Islands. The vessels also undertook marine biology research during which several new marine species were discovered.
January 17 2001 The "Braveheart" departed Lyttelton for the Ross Sea in Antarctica with a team of American and New Zealand researchers seeking to study the very large Iceberg B15 which had calved off the Ross Ice Shelf the previous season. Return 10 March 2001
KERR Iain Captain STONE Gregory Dr with USGS SKILES Wes Cinematographer with USGS SPRUIT John ships engineer
INGHAM CE HUMPHRIES John G LANGEVAD Michael W
SALMON Kenneth J KING Geoffrey AM BARGH Ken A
REID Brian E JONES Llewelyn R BLACK Alexander W
THOMSON Robert B FARMER Douglas William BROWN Raymond F
MARTIN Peter J LOWE Peter A STENT Norman E
TAYLOR Claude B WOODGYER Malcolm G EXLEY Robert R
SUTER Douglas M MAIN Brian JL WYLDE Leonard J
RIDGWAY Norman M ROWLES Desmond S GREEN Edwin Neville
LUCY Bill CUTFIELD Simon CRAIG Ron JOHNS Warren RIORDAN Allan
LOWE Harold LEWIS Gary BROMLEY Tony McKERROW Bob
BROMLEY Tony SMITH Tony THOMPSON Peter NEWLAND Bob
SOUTH POLE STATION
NATHAN Simon WALLER John BISSET Kevin ANDERSON Lloyd