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Final Hotspot For The Season

Friday, 9 April 2021, 4:30 pm | NIWA

Please note that this will be the final Hotspot Watch update for this season. Weekly Hotspot Watches will return in the spring. Facts: Soil Moisture In the North Island, minimal rainfall was observed nearly everywhere in the past week, with amounts generally ... More >>

Research Finds Microplastics In Fish Muscle Tissue

Thursday, 18 March 2021, 12:00 pm | NIWA

Some of the first research into how microplastics are affecting New Zealand fish species has revealed that microplastic fragments can find their way through the gut lining and into muscle tissue. Experiments carried out by two masters students from ... More >>

Scientists Watching Lake On South Island Glacier Survey

Wednesday, 10 March 2021, 11:59 am | NIWA

Scientists undertaking the annual glacier snowline survey over the South Island later this month are keeping a watchful eye on a lake that has been forming and disappearing at the junction of the Tasman and Hochstetter glaciers. NIWA principal scientist ... More >>

Seabirds Spend Nearly 40% Of Their Time On High Seas, Study Finds

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 8:09 am | NIWA

Albatross and seabirds flying close to the sea surface. Photo: Rebekah Parsons-King A global effort by seabird researchers, including those from NIWA, has resulted in the first assessment of where the world’s most threatened seabirds spend their ... More >>

Ancient Kauri Trees Reveal A Turning Point In Earth’s History 42,000 Years Ago

Friday, 19 February 2021, 8:29 am | NIWA

A new international study using ancient swamp kauri from Northland shows a temporary breakdown of Earth’s magnetic field 42,000 years ago sparked major climate shifts leading to global environmental change and mass extinctions. This dramatic turning ... More >>

Shark Numbers Decline Amid Research Gaps

Wednesday, 3 February 2021, 8:12 am | NIWA

A lack of information about New Zealand oceanic shark populations is making it difficult to assess how well they are doing, says a NIWA researcher. New research published in premier science journal Nature last week, with input from NIWA, showed the global ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Friday, 22 January 2021, 3:58 pm | NIWA

A weekly update describing soil moisture patterns across the country to show where dry to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing significant soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have ... More >>

There's Snow Business In The Mountains

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 7:46 am | NIWA

On a still and sunny December day when most Kiwis were looking longingly towards the beach, two NIWA researchers had their eyes firmly on the Southern Alps. Adrian Aarsen and James Townshend jumped on board a helicopter from Queenstown to complete ... More >>

It's A Slippery Slope To The Top For Native Fish

Monday, 18 January 2021, 7:46 am | NIWA

New Zealand’s native fish are doing their best to climb up ramps in a NIWA laboratory so scientists can learn how to better help them navigate our tricky waterways. Hamilton-based hydroecologist Dr Eleanor Gee and her team have rigged up six ramps - each at different ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Friday, 15 January 2021, 2:51 pm | NIWA

A weekly update describing soil moisture patterns across the country to show where dry to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing significant soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have ... More >>

NIWA Drones Going Where People Can’t On The West Coast

Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 7:07 am | NIWA

A team of scientists have been exploring some of New Zealand’s most remote and rugged coastal zones. Parts of the South Island’s West Coast are so inhospitable to humans that marine biologists simply don’t know what plants and animals are ... More >>

2020: New Zealand’s 7th-warmest Year On Record

Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 12:41 pm | NIWA

Overview 2020 was Aotearoa New Zealand’s 7th-warmest year on record. The nationwide average temperature for 2020, calculated using stations in NIWA’s seven-station temperature series which began in 1909, was 13.24°C (0.63°C above the 1981–2010 ... More >>

NIWA Heads To Antarctica For Critical Climate, Ocean Research

Friday, 8 January 2021, 11:11 am | NIWA

NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa leaves today on a six-week voyage to Antarctica, making it one of the few full scientific expeditions to the continent since the global outbreak of COVID-19. The ship leaves Wellington with 20 science ... More >>

Scientist Spots Shark Sperm Storage Strategy

Wednesday, 6 January 2021, 7:07 am | NIWA

A NIWA researcher has found the first evidence that female deepsea sharks store sperm as a strategy to preserve the species and possibly avoid aggressive mating encounters. Fisheries modeller Adele Dutilloy was keen to discover more about deep ... More >>

NIWA Science Divers Finish Mud Marathon

Monday, 4 January 2021, 7:19 am | NIWA

Where there’s mud, there’s scientists. NIWA divers recently got down and dirty while completing a harbour-wide dive survey in the Wellington area. A NIWA dive team visited 20 sites in the Wellington and Porirua harbours during November working in ... More >>

Scientists Unite Across World For Decade Of Ocean Research

Wednesday, 30 December 2020, 8:31 am | NIWA

In 1872 the HMS Challenger left Portsmouth in the UK on a four-year circumnavigation of the globe to explore the deepsea. It was a scientific voyage of discovery that has since been recognised as the origin of deepsea science and modern oceanography. ... More >>

Watch Out For Jellyfish Blooms

Tuesday, 29 December 2020, 6:31 am | NIWA

Jellyfish blooms are likely to be a common sight this summer with rising ocean temperatures one of the main causes of substantial population growths. NIWA forecasters have identified a marine heatwave in the waters to the north of the North Island and are keeping ... More >>

Valuable Work Of Weather Volunteers

Wednesday, 23 December 2020, 9:55 am | NIWA

Every day at 8am Hawke’s Bay farmer Robert Buchanan heads out to his rain gauge to measure the rainfall. It’s a job he inherited from his father but insists it’s no chore. "It’s like putting my boots on," he says. "You hardly ... More >>

Wet, Warm, Cold, Dry - The Holidays With A Bit Of Everything

Monday, 21 December 2020, 2:12 pm | NIWA

In a year that has brought us a bit of everything weather-wise, we’re happy to report that Aotearoa will be on Mother Nature’s good side this holiday period - mostly. But before heading off to the bach, beach, or boat, here’s five things ... More >>

Scientists On The Trail Of Elusive Sperm Whales

Monday, 21 December 2020, 9:27 am | NIWA

When scientists head south to Antarctica on board NIWA research vessel Tangaroa next month, they’ll be keeping a close eye out for an animal that is particularly good at staying out of sight. Sperm whales - specifically large males who feed on ... More >>