A brief description of New Zealand scientific observer efforts in the CCAMLR Area is provided. The nature and extent of observer deployments in the CCAMLR Area are briefly described (c. 500 sea days p.a. in three Subareas). The general training of observers through to post-voyage debriefing is noted, along with details of the at-sea work conducted. Data collected and data checking approaches are briefly identified. Current and near future developments are described, noting a move toward electronic data capture at sea and improvements to VME sampling.