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The Many People Of Matariki

Tuesday, 21 June 2022, 12:16 pm | NIWA

This whakatauk ī speaks to how Matariki calls people to gather together to remember and honour those we have lost since the last rising of Matariki. NIWA meteorologists say people living in the lower North Island and eastern South Island are likely to ... More >>

Seen A Stunning Sunrise Or Sunset Lately? The Tongan Volcano May Be The Cause

Wednesday, 15 June 2022, 10:45 am | NIWA

The Tongan volcanic eruption may be responsible for New Zealand’s unusually vibrant sunrises and sunsets, say NIWA scientists. Since late May, NIWA’s forecasting team has been flooded with messages from members of the public across the country, enquiring ... More >>

In The Snow: New Tool To Advise New Zealanders Of Snow Conditions

Friday, 10 June 2022, 10:45 am | NIWA

A new tool giving near real-time snow data has been made available to the public for the first time. NIWA’s Snow and Ice Network (SIN) provides information on snowfall, depth of snowpack, snow melt and climate for ten alpine sites across New Zealand, ... More >>

Unexpected "Swarm" Of Marine Life In Newly Explored Antarctic River Deep Beneath The Ice

Thursday, 2 June 2022, 10:44 am | NIWA

A team of scientists from Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington, NIWA, and GNS have made an astonishing discovery 500m under the Antarctic ice. The Antarctica New Zealand-supported researchers were studying a suspected under-ice estuary, hundreds ... More >>

Snapped! Tag Reveals Fish’s 20-year History

Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 11:53 am | NIWA

A fish has been caught in the same location that it was tagged, nearly 20 years ago to the day. Mr Chilt, an amateur jetski fisher, reeled in the 5kg snapper off the coast of Patea in South Taranaki on 27 February this year. Derrick Parkinson ... More >>

Tonga Eruption Discoveries Defy Expectations

Monday, 23 May 2022, 1:04 pm | NIWA

New findings from the record-breaking Tongan volcanic eruption are “surprising and unexpected”, say scientists from New Zealand’s National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). NIWA’s research vessel, RV Tangaroa , has returned ... More >>

Anchors Cause "Extensive, Persistent" Damage To Seafloor

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 10:08 am | NIWA

High-resolution mapping has produced the first ever global estimates of coastal habitat damage caused by anchoring. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in port congestion around the world, leading to unprecedented bottlenecks in maritime traffic and intensive ... More >>

Happy Diamond Anniversary For Some Laudable Work

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 3:11 pm | NIWA

A Central Otago scientific research station with a globally revered reputation is marking its 60th anniversary. NIWA’s Lauder Atmospheric Research Station is almost exactly halfway between the equator and the South Pole, about 36 km from Alexandra, ... More >>

Easy Access To Environmental Research Data

Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 10:25 am | NIWA

Identifying unknown organisms, forecasting the weather and understanding the potential impacts of a tsunami. These are all possibilities opened up by a new website that has been built to provide easy access to an enormous range of environmental research ... More >>

Understanding Why Our Giant Glaciers Disappeared In The Past Gives Clues To The Future

Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 4:01 pm | NIWA

An international team of climate scientists is working in North Canterbury to try to understand the reasons why giant glaciers disappeared thousands of years ago. Massive pre-historic glaciers once stood on the banks of Lake Tennyson, North Canterbury. ... More >>

March Climate Summary - Warm And Dry For Most

Tuesday, 5 April 2022, 3:23 pm | NIWA

Please find March's Climate Summary attached. - Much higher than average sea temperatures - Drier and warmer than normal, particularly for the South Island (leading to meteorological drought in some places) - Significant heavy rainfall event for the North Island in ... More >>

NIWA-Nippon Foundation Tonga Eruption Seabed Mapping Project A "rare Opportunity" To Study Effects Of Tonga Eruption

Friday, 1 April 2022, 2:01 pm | NIWA

NIWA and The Nippon Foundation are undertaking a mission to discover the undersea impacts of the recent Tongan volcanic eruption. In a rare opportunity to improve understanding of the nature and impact of a major volcanic eruption, NIWA scientists ... More >>

Glaciers Continue To Shrink This Year, Says NIWA

Monday, 28 March 2022, 10:39 am | NIWA

The annual end-of-summer snowline survey of more than 50 South Island glaciers has revealed continued loss of snow and ice. Last week, scientists from NIWA, Victoria University of Wellington, and Department of Conservation took thousands of aerial ... More >>

New National Rainfall Record Surpasses 56-year-old Record

Friday, 25 March 2022, 3:03 pm | NIWA

This week’s torrential rains have set a new national rainfall record. NIWA meteorologists say the 103 mm of rain from 4am-5am recorded at Maungatapere near Whangārei on Monday 21 March is a new national hourly rainfall record for a low elevation station. The ... More >>

Mean Heat: Marine Heatwaves To Get Longer And Hotter By 2100

Monday, 7 March 2022, 9:40 am | NIWA

Off the back of Friday's Summer Climate Summary which highlighted this season's record breaking sea temperatures, we bring you new research showing that New Zealand could experience very long and "very severe" marine heatwaves by the end ... More >>

Summer And Feb Climate Summaries - Warm With Rainfall Extremes

Friday, 4 March 2022, 12:57 pm | NIWA

Please find the Summer and February Climate Summaries attached. Highlights include: - New Zealand's 5th warmest summer on record, with temperatures 1.1C above the 1981-2010 summer average - Fifty-five locations observed a record or near-record warm summer ... More >>

Seasonal Climate Outlook: Summer-like, Then Unsettled

Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 10:18 am | NIWA

The Seasonal Climate Outlook for March - May 2022 is attached, along with graphics for your use. Highlights: - Thanks to this year's marine heatwave, March will feel more like summer than autumn, with above average temperatures for most of NZ - Unsettled ... More >>

Tropical Seafloor Secrets Revealed

Friday, 25 February 2022, 9:45 am | NIWA

NIWA scientists and Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) have used satellite technology to chart the Cook Islands’ seafloor in never-before-seen detail. The work was done as part of Seabed 2030 - a collaborative project to produce a definitive ... More >>

Cutting-edge AI Sea Craft Helps Scientists Count Fish

Monday, 21 February 2022, 12:33 pm | NIWA

A robot sea craft is the latest tool NIWA scientists are using to help them count fish. The six-metre-long autonomous vessel is equipped with artificial intelligence and a range of data gathering equipment, including a battery powered echosounder ... More >>

Public Asked To Help Build National Flood Photo Database

Tuesday, 15 February 2022, 9:42 am | NIWA

NIWA is asking people in flood-affected areas to contribute photos to a national database to support understanding of flood hazard and flood risk. The NZ Flood Pics project is part of a five-year Endeavour Fund research programme that is examining ... More >>