Sunday 9 March 2014, with Philippa Tolley
NZ Radio Awards 2013: winner of the Best Documentary or Feature Programme & co-winner of Best Daily or Weekly series under an Hour Duration
Insight for 9 March 2014 - Antarctic Expeditions ( 27′ 54″ )
Veronika Meduna follows the aftermath of an Antarctic expedition getting stuck in the ice over Christmas
When the privately-funded Australasian Antarctic Expedition aboard the polar vessel Akademik Shokalskiy became trapped in fast ice last Christmas, it triggered a $2-million international rescue operation.
Attempts to help the stranded vessel meant ships were diverted and the Antarctic research programmes of four nations were delayed.
As Antarctic Treaty nations prepare for their annual meeting and the International Maritime Organisation is finalising a new Polar Code to ensure safe shipping operations in Antarctic waters, Veronika Meduna, from Radio New Zealand's science programme Our Changing World, investigates what long-term impacts the incident will have on both Antarctic science and tourism.
Vessel photo courtesy of Barbara and John Tucker
Video: Difficulties transferring all-terrain vehicles for passenger transport onto the ice
Coming Up on Insight
8:12 am Sunday 16 March: Insight: Online health – on the way
There's a huge on line revolution under way in health, with big potential benefits for the public.
E-health through so called patient portals will provide online access to personal health information, similar to on line banking. The system enables patients to renew prescriptions, receive lab-test results online, book appointments and possibly even see a doctor's comments written following consultations.
It's a top priority for the Government to give New Zealanders online access to their personal health information by year end. A major aim of the change is to empower patients to manage their own health better, especially those with long-term conditions. It's also the biggest change for family doctors' practices in decades.
Radio New Zealand's Health Correspondent, Karen Brown, considers all the implications.
Photo: Wellington GP and e-Health advocate, Dr Peter Moodie