Antarctica New Zealand is a Crown Entity, and is responsible for developing, managing, and administering New Zealand's activities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, particularly the Ross Sea region. Key activities include supporting scientific research, conserving the intrinsic values of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean and raising public awareness (in part through arts, media and youth programmes) of the international significance of the continent. Antarctica New Zealand is also responsible for managing Scott Base, New Zealand's permanent base in Antarctica. The Base provides services and accommodation for the researchers and groups that visit Antarctica. Antarctica New Zealand works closely with the Italian Antarctic Programme and the US Antarctic Programme. Antarctica New Zealand also has secondments from the New Zealand Defence Force.