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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 >>

Spring Climate Outlook

Wednesday, 1 September 2021, 9:31 am | NIWA

The Seasonal Climate Outlook is attached looking at weather conditions for the next three months. Highlights include: - trend of warmer temperatures likely to continue - rainfall will be below normal in most regions - unseasonably warm conditions at ... More >>

The weather’s better in lockdown, right?

Thursday, 26 August 2021, 11:04 am | NIWA

A record-equalling top temperature of 23C in Akaroa on Tuesday prompted a feeling of déjà vu for NIWA forecaster Ben Noll. More >>

How landmark ban gave planet fighting chance

Thursday, 19 August 2021, 9:06 am | NIWA

Without the global CFC ban we’d already be facing the reality of a "scorched earth", according to researchers measuring the impact of the Montreal Protocol. More >>

Record Warmth So Far This Winter

Thursday, 5 August 2021, 2:18 pm | NIWA

New Zealand has just experienced its warmest June and July since records began in 1909 and - with one month to go - is on track for its second successive warmest winter on record. Data from NIWA’s Seven Station temperature series shows that the temperature ... More >>

The Largest Flood Flow Ever Measured

Thursday, 29 July 2021, 11:03 am | NIWA

Flood flows on the Buller River this month were the largest of any river in Aotearoa New Zealand in almost 100 years, NIWA measurements show. NIWA hydrodynamics scientist Richard Measures says records show even larger flooding of the Buller River in 1926. ... More >>

New Weapon In Fight Against Invasive Aquatic Weeds

Tuesday, 20 July 2021, 9:00 am | NIWA

A combination of artificial intelligence and scientific ingenuity looks set to be the next step forward in protecting Aotearoa New Zealand’s lakes and rivers from invasive aquatic weeds. Management and detection of invasive submerged weeds costs ... More >>

New Weapon In Fight Against Invasive Aquatic Weeds

Monday, 19 July 2021, 4:22 pm | NIWA

VIDEO: A combination of artificial intelligence and scientific ingenuity looks set to be the next step forward in protecting Aotearoa New Zealand’s lakes and rivers from invasive aquatic weeds. Management and detection ... More >>

Study Discovers Microplastics In New Zealand’s Seabed

Friday, 16 July 2021, 10:02 am | NIWA

A pilot study carried out by NIWA and the University of Auckland has found microplastics in samples collected from the seafloor in the Marlborough Sounds. A global problem, microplastics have been found across the planet including in alpine soils, Antarctic ... More >>

NIWA Takes Shot At Golf Course Ratings

Tuesday, 6 July 2021, 10:03 am | NIWA

A NIWA climate scientist has combined work and a sporting interest to benefit golfers throughout New Zealand. Wind speed is a key factor in determining the difficulty rating of each course which is then used when calculating player handicaps. A higher ... More >>

NZ's Warmest June On Record

Monday, 5 July 2021, 2:00 pm | NIWA

The June Climate Summary is attached - and although today may be a little chilly, last month was the warmest June on record for the country. The average temperature was 2.0°C above average - that is the 13th time that has happened since 1909. That ... More >>

Climate Scientists Making Shift To New "normal"

Friday, 2 July 2021, 9:15 am | NIWA

NIWA climate scientists are redefining what’s normal when it comes to the weather. A team of technicians and researchers are embarking on a major project to update New Zealand’s "Climate Normals" that will take at least six months to ... More >>

June Blows Hot And Cold - And Possibly Hottest Of All

Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 11:15 am | NIWA

A weather roller coaster is coming to town and country before the end of the month. NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll says Aotearoa can expect an unseasonably mild weekend followed by a surge of freezing air early next week. Right now, however, we are on ... More >>

NIWA Calculates 1:200 Year Flood For Parts Of Canterbury

Monday, 14 June 2021, 12:39 pm | NIWA

Preliminary analysis by NIWA climate scientists has shown that the recent Canterbury rainfall was so extreme in some inland places that it could be expected to happen only once every 200 years. NIWA climate scientist Dr Trevor Carey-Smith says it was ... More >>

Play The Climate Change Game At Fieldays

Thursday, 10 June 2021, 10:28 am | NIWA

Farmers visiting NIWA’s Fieldays stand at Mystery Creek next week have the opportunity to see into their future by playing a game that dices with climate change. The aim is to encourage farmers to plan for climate change and maximise their abilities and ... More >>

May Climate Summary

Thursday, 3 June 2021, 3:39 pm | NIWA

Hi all, The May Climate Summary is attached - the Autumn Climate Summary will be available tomorrow, and will be posted on our website here: . Along with information about the end-of-month rain event in Canterbury, main points ... More >>