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NIWA Staff Capture Stunning "office" Views - Photo Comp Winners

Wednesday, 15 November 2023, 10:27 am | NIWA

A painful selfie with a passing jellyfish and a moody scene from the Fiordland bush are just some of the highlights from this year’s NIWA Staff Photography competition. Science takes NIWA employees to some stunning locations and every year the research ... More >>

A 3D Printer Is Helping Save New Zealand’s Endangered Native Fish

Tuesday, 14 November 2023, 11:26 am | NIWA

NIWA has developed a Photarium using the latest 3D printing technology to more safely identify and measure fish species that live in our waterways. According to Statistics NZ, 76 percent of the 51 indigenous freshwater fish species in New Zealand are threatened ... More >>

NIWA - October Climate Summary

Monday, 6 November 2023, 7:57 pm | NIWA

Highlights: - The highest October temperature was 29.0°C, observed at Kaikōura on 26 October. - The lowest October temperature was -5.3°C, observed at Mount Cook Airport on 28 October. - The highest 1-day rainfall was 150 mm, recorded at Kaikohe ... More >>

Some Homes Contain 3x More Air Pollution, NIWA Finds

Wednesday, 18 October 2023, 12:41 pm | NIWA

A new study from NIWA has mapped outdoor air quality for Invercargill and Alexandra in more detail than ever before. Researchers found that outdoor air in the most polluted locations contained three times as much particulate matter - from smoke and other ... More >>

Tropical Cyclone Outlook, Put Together By NIWA And MetService

Friday, 13 October 2023, 5:51 am | NIWA

- The NIWA and MetService assessment of tropical cyclone1 (TC) activity for the coming season indicates normal to above normal activity - 9 to 14 named TCs could occur in the Southwest Pacific from November 2023 - April 2024 - TCs have a significant ... More >>

New Tool Revolutionising Drought Forecasts

Monday, 2 October 2023, 10:37 am | NIWA

A newly launched tool developed by NIWA and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to predict dryness and drought will help farmers and growers be better prepared for challenging weather conditions. Using the latest in artificial intelligence and ... More >>

Year 11 Wins Big At Wellington NIWA Science Fair

Monday, 25 September 2023, 1:06 pm | NIWA

A Wellington College pupil claimed two top prizes at this year’s NIWA Wellington Science and Technology Fair. Winning the NIWA award for best overall exhibit, year 11 Jesse Rumball-Smith received $1,000 for his project "Driving Nudging Towards ... More >>

Tactile Model For The Blind Secures Big Win For Young Students

Thursday, 21 September 2023, 1:35 pm | NIWA

A tactile model for the blind has scooped top prize at the NIWA Waikato Science and Technology Fair. Chelsea Smart and Aliyah Alchin made a miniature model of their school for a fellow student who is visually impaired. The project entitled ‘Feel ... More >>

NIWA Solves Seafloor Mystery

Monday, 18 September 2023, 11:01 am | NIWA

NIWA scientists have discovered the origins of cryptic markings found in Aotearoa New Zealand’s deep sea. While studying footage from a 2013 Chatham Rise survey, researchers kept seeing horseshoe-shaped imprints in the seabed but had no idea what ... More >>

Tonga Eruption Caused Fastest Ever Underwater Flow

Friday, 8 September 2023, 6:58 am | NIWA

The 2022 Tonga volcanic eruption triggered the fastest underwater flow ever recorded. NIWA and the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) say that the flows travelled at speeds of up to 122km/hour - up to 50% faster than any other recorded. This new ... More >>

Early And Long-lasting Ozone Hole, Forecasts NIWA

Tuesday, 5 September 2023, 9:15 am | NIWA

NIWA scientists are predicting that this year’s ozone hole will stay around for longer than usual, potentially lasting into early summer. NIWA’s Principal Scientist - Atmosphere and Climate, Dr Olaf Morgenstern, says this is largely due to a combination ... More >>

Higher And Drier - The Cost Of Raising Homes

Wednesday, 30 August 2023, 9:32 am | NIWA

New research shows that in some cases, lifting houses may be a cost-effective way to reduce intermittent flooding risk. Construction cost experts WT Partnership were commissioned by NIWA to provide cost estimates for different types of building. They ... More >>

Wellington Study Could Improve Worldwide Access To Coastal Freshwater

Monday, 28 August 2023, 3:03 pm | NIWA

A new NIWA study in Wellington Harbour will help scientists find untapped drinking water around the world. For the first time, NIWA used several techniques to map and understand the Waiwhetu Aquifer. This is a reservoir of drinking water that lies ... More >>

Finity announces a strategic partnership with NIWA

Tuesday, 22 August 2023, 7:16 am | NIWA

New Zealand’s foremost source of climate, freshwater and ocean science Auckland, 22 August 2023 – Leading actuarial and analytics firm, Finity, has formalised a strategic partnership with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research ... More >>

Extreme Weather Research Gets A Boost

Monday, 21 August 2023, 2:10 pm | NIWA

NIWA has launched a $5 million per year package of new projects aiming to tackle some of New Zealand’s most pressing challenges, including responding to and preparing for extreme weather events. NIWA already undertakes extensive research in forecasting, ... More >>

Researchers Call For The Urgent Expansion Of Southern Ocean Science

Friday, 18 August 2023, 2:38 pm | NIWA

Today hundreds of international scientists are sounding a clarion call for urgent expansion of Southern Ocean science in the emerging climate crisis. This week 300 scientists from 25 nations have been meeting in the Antarctic gateway city of Hobart ... More >>

New Creature Catalogue Compiled To Aid Conservation

Thursday, 17 August 2023, 10:06 am | NIWA

A new database describing marine species has been released to assist conservation. The New Zealand Trait Database - the first of its kind in NZ - provides information for more than 700 shallow-water seafloor invertebrates, such as snails, crabs, and ... More >>

New Doco: Science Protecting The Ross Sea

Friday, 28 July 2023, 7:04 pm | NIWA

Delighted to share with you a new short documentary , all about our research in Antarctica. Why do we send our researchers to Antarctica? One of the key reasons is to study changes in the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA). The MPA was established ... More >>

Seasonal Climate Outlook: August - October

Friday, 28 July 2023, 11:22 am | NIWA

Highlights: - El Niño Alert criteria continued to be met during July - Wind speeds look to be stronger than normal, particularly across the South Island and lower North Island - Occasional heavy rainfall is forecast for the South Island and western North ... More >>

Fascinating Finds From NIWA’s Annual Squid Survey

Thursday, 20 July 2023, 6:29 am | NIWA

Rare and unusual sea creatures have been unveiled during an annual squid survey. Earlier this month, NIWA welcomed the Auckland University of Technology ‘Squid Squad’ - a team of scientists from the Lab for Cephalopod Ecology and Systematics ... More >>





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