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What The Tonga Eruption Means For The Climate

Monday, 17 January 2022, 4:27 pm | NIWA

The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcanic eruption is unlikely to have a significant cooling effect on temperatures globally, say NIWA scientists. When a volcano erupts, it releases huge amounts of sulphur dioxide (SO2) into the air. High concentrations ... More >>

2021: NZ's Warmest Year On Record

Tuesday, 11 January 2022, 12:13 pm | NIWA

It's official - 2021 was Aotearoa New Zealand's warmest year on record. Our Annual Climate Summary with all the details of 2021's weather is attached. More >>

NZ Experiencing 5 Times More Temperature Extremes Than Expected

Tuesday, 4 January 2022, 8:08 am | NIWA

Temperature extremes in Aotearoa New Zealand are happening far more often than expected, according to NIWA. Researchers have analysed 70 years’ worth of weather data across the whole country to see how frequently extreme events, such as record-breaking heatwaves, ... More >>

Will It Be A Fintastic Fishing Year?

Thursday, 30 December 2021, 9:15 am | NIWA

A marine heatwave is happening all around New Zealand. Warmer waters are more pleasant for swimming in and can create wilder weather. But what do they mean for fishing? NIWA researchers dive into the science behind getting a good catch. --------- "In ... More >>

Rewilding Green-lipped Mussels

Monday, 27 December 2021, 6:36 pm | NIWA

Wild mussels are making a comeback in the Marlborough Sounds. Mussels, first wild and now farmed, have put Havelock on the map as the ‘Green-Lipped Mussel Capital of the World’. While farmed mussels are booming, the wild population has experienced ... More >>

Studying A Fragile And Alien Icy World

Thursday, 23 December 2021, 8:46 am | NIWA

NIWA scientists are doing what no others have done before. In a mysterious world just below the Antarctic ice, a delicate web of ice crystals forms a habitat that’s unique and largely unknown. Until now… Thanks to ingenious new technology, researchers ... More >>

The Great Debate: When Does Summer Begin?

Tuesday, 21 December 2021, 10:24 am | NIWA

This Wednesday 22nd December, the sun reaches its highest position in the sky. It will be the Southern Hemisphere’s longest day of the year. Also known as the summer solstice, it marks the start of astronomical summer. But hang on... didn’t summer ... More >>

New Air Quality Guidelines "brilliant Opportunity" For Aotearoa

Friday, 10 December 2021, 1:39 pm | NIWA

More than 60% of New Zealanders live in locations where air quality does not meet World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, according to modelling conducted by NIWA for the Ministry for the Environment. The Ministry for the Environment have just ... More >>

Seafloor Geoscientist Wins Prestigious Award

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 5:39 pm | NIWA

NIWA scientist Joshu Mountjoy has walked away with the esteemed McKay Hammer Award from the Geoscience Society of New Zealand. This accolade is given to a researcher who has made momentous contribution to geoscience in Aotearoa over the past three ... More >>

Deepsea Scientist Honoured For Mentoring Of Women In Science

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 10:23 am | NIWA

Di Tracey, a deep-sea fisheries and ecology scientist at NIWA, has been awarded the 2021 Miriam Dell Award by the Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS) for her advocacy for and mentoring of women working in science. <img src="" ... More >>

PR: Our Seas Are Sizzling Again

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 11:28 am | NIWA

Coastal sea temperatures around Aotearoa New Zealand have risen well above average, NIWA forecasters say. Meteorologist Ben Noll says that water temperatures have ranged from 1.1C - 1.4C above average for November, with daily sea surface temperatures ... More >>

Dramatic First Weeks For Wellington’s Newly Hatched Kororā

Wednesday, 24 November 2021, 6:41 pm | NIWA

Two kororā chicks - also known as little blue penguins - have hatched in Wellington. They were born in a protective nest box set up by NIWA and Places for Penguins, in partnership with the Urban Wildlife Trust. It's the first time that chicks have hatched ... More >>

October Climate Summary - NIWA

Wednesday, 3 November 2021, 3:01 pm | NIWA

Highlights of October 2021: - 5th warmest October on record - Weather was changeable but consistent with a developing La Niña in the tropical Pacific - Rainfall was well above normal for Auckland and Northland, with some areas experiencing record ... More >>

Seasonal Climate Outlook

Friday, 29 October 2021, 10:18 am | NIWA

-A progression toward La Niña conditions - NIWA has moved to La Niña Alert -Above average temperatures across all Aotearoa New Zealand, with November being especially warm. Unusually warm coastal sea surface temperatures. -Below normal rainfall, particularly ... More >>

Opening Windows And Doors "one Of The Best Ways" To Remove Covid-19 From Classroom Air

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 5:06 pm | NIWA

One of the best ways to reduce the likelihood of Covid-19 being transmitted in Aotearoa New Zealand classrooms is simply by opening doors and windows to create natural ventilation, say NIWA air quality experts. The largely Auckland-based team have been studying ... More >>

Researchers Produce Stunning Images - NIWA

Saturday, 16 October 2021, 5:51 pm | NIWA

A break in the clouds in a remote Fiordland valley and a chance encounter with a jellyfish under the Antarctic ice provide just some of the highlights from this year’s NIWA Staff Photography competition. Science takes NIWA employees to some stunning ... More >>

Southwest Pacific Tropical Cyclone Outlook - NIWA

Tuesday, 12 October 2021, 12:09 pm | NIWA

The NIWA and MetService assessment of named tropical cyclone (TC) activity indicates 9 to 12 named TCs could occur in the Southwest Pacific basin between November 2021 and April 2022. The seasonal outlook is for normal to slightly above normal activity ... More >>

PR: Coastal Flooding Likely To Be Main Driver For Adaptation

Tuesday, 12 October 2021, 10:22 am | NIWA

New NIWA-led research shows increasing flood risk is going to be what leads people to make changes to adapt to sea-level rise. "Rising seas are slowly causing a trifecta of impacts along coastlines in Aotearoa: increasingly frequent flooding, ... More >>

Scientists, Iwi Investigate Bringing Back Rock Oyster Industry

Wednesday, 29 September 2021, 10:04 am | NIWA

A project is under way to determine whether Aotearoa New Zealand’s long defunct rock oyster industry can be revived. NIWA scientists and the Northland-based Kahukuraariki Trust Board are working together to determine whether modern aquaculture practices ... More >>

It’s the warmest winter on record - again

Friday, 3 September 2021, 2:31 pm | NIWA

Aotearoa New Zealand has just experienced its warmest winter on record - well exceeding the previous record which was set just last year. NIWA official climate data shows winter 2021 (June to August) was 1.32°C degrees above average last winter it was ... More >>