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NIWA: Hotspot Watch

Friday, 5 April 2024, 11:26 am | NIWA

- Hotspots are located across most of Northland, northern Auckland, northern Coromandel Peninsula, parts of coastal Bay of Plenty and Gisborne, southern Hawke’s Bay to Wairarapa, and coastal Manawatū-Whanganui to Kāpiti Coast - Hotspots are located ... More >>

March Climate Summary - Coldest March In 12 Years

Thursday, 4 April 2024, 3:28 pm | NIWA

It was Aotearoa New Zealand's coldest March in 12 years, with a mean temperature of 14.8C, which is 0.99C below average. More >>

Blue Cod - The Kittens Of The Sea?

Friday, 15 March 2024, 10:38 am | NIWA

Strange fish behaviour has been captured by NIWA scientists working in New Zealand’s Marlborough Sounds. They were looking at the abundance and anatomy of blue cod ( Parapercis colias), research that involved using lasers attached to underwater cameras ... More >>

Many New Zealand Glaciers Are Headed For Extinction

Wednesday, 6 March 2024, 11:05 am | NIWA

WATCH: Glacier Extinction Horizons A culmination of over 45 years of research is painting a grave picture for the state of our iconic glaciers. NIWA’s Dr Andrew Lorrey says that hotter temperatures are to blame. "We’ve had a flurry of ... More >>

Increase In Toxic Algae In Our Waters This Summer

Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 10:16 am | NIWA

Scientists are seeing more toxic algae in our lakes and rivers compared to previous years, says NIWA. New Zealand’s warm, stable summer has created ideal conditions for the growth of the algae, also known as cyanobacteria, which can be harmful to ... More >>

Will It Rain On My Wedding Day?

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 10:31 am | NIWA

This is one of the most common questions that NIWA meteorologists get asked. Here they give their top tips to help you plan for the big day. Everyone wants beautiful weather for their wedding. There’s even a luxury travel company that promises a ... More >>

Scientists Counting Down To MethaneSAT Satellite Launch

Friday, 16 February 2024, 11:13 am | NIWA

NIWA scientists leading Aotearoa New Zealand’s MethaneSAT agricultural emissions science programme are gearing up for the launch of its satellite. MethaneSAT is a global initiative led by the US Environmental Defense Fund to track and reduce methane ... More >>

January Climate Summary - Warm & Dry For Many

Wednesday, 7 February 2024, 2:48 pm | NIWA

The January Climate Summary is attached. Highlights: - Temperatures were above average or well above average across most of Aotearoa New Zealand - It was a dry month for many parts of the country - Christchurch recorded 297 hours of sunshine, making it ... More >>

Seasonal Climate Outlook: Feb - April

Friday, 2 February 2024, 10:43 am | NIWA

Highlights: - February is likely to feature weather patterns typically associated with El Niño, including below normal rainfall in northern and eastern areas of both islands - Temperatures will range from cool (for the time of year) to hot - Air pressure ... More >>

Warm Oceans Behind Our Hot, Humid Weather

Thursday, 25 January 2024, 12:54 pm | NIWA

A strong marine heatwave is contributing to New Zealand’s unusually hot weather, says NIWA. Meteorologist Ben Noll says that sea surface temperatures around Auckland are borderline tropical. "A rapidly intensifying marine heatwave has caused ... More >>

Sun, Sand And Stingers

Thursday, 4 January 2024, 11:16 am | NIWA

Long hot days, sand between your toes, and jellyfish - all part of the New Zealand beach summer. NIWA emeritus researcher and jellyfish expert Dr Dennis Gordon says it is common to start seeing more jellyfish at the beach at this time of year. "As ... More >>

Hot Stuff For 2023 And Christmas Forecast

Thursday, 21 December 2023, 11:08 am | NIWA

2023 is tracking to be one of the top three hottest years on record for Aotearoa New Zealand. NIWA meteorologist Tristan Meyers says 2022 was our warmest year on record, surpassing the record set the year before in 2021. "Last month didn’t ... More >>

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 >>





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