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Finity announces a strategic partnership with NIWA

Tuesday, 22 August 2023, 7:16 am | NIWA

New Zealand’s foremost source of climate, freshwater and ocean science Auckland, 22 August 2023 – Leading actuarial and analytics firm, Finity, has formalised a strategic partnership with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research ... More >>

Extreme Weather Research Gets A Boost

Monday, 21 August 2023, 2:10 pm | NIWA

NIWA has launched a $5 million per year package of new projects aiming to tackle some of New Zealand’s most pressing challenges, including responding to and preparing for extreme weather events. NIWA already undertakes extensive research in forecasting, ... More >>

Researchers Call For The Urgent Expansion Of Southern Ocean Science

Friday, 18 August 2023, 2:38 pm | NIWA

Today hundreds of international scientists are sounding a clarion call for urgent expansion of Southern Ocean science in the emerging climate crisis. This week 300 scientists from 25 nations have been meeting in the Antarctic gateway city of Hobart ... More >>

New Creature Catalogue Compiled To Aid Conservation

Thursday, 17 August 2023, 10:06 am | NIWA

A new database describing marine species has been released to assist conservation. The New Zealand Trait Database - the first of its kind in NZ - provides information for more than 700 shallow-water seafloor invertebrates, such as snails, crabs, and ... More >>

New Doco: Science Protecting The Ross Sea

Friday, 28 July 2023, 7:04 pm | NIWA

Delighted to share with you a new short documentary , all about our research in Antarctica. Why do we send our researchers to Antarctica? One of the key reasons is to study changes in the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA). The MPA was established ... More >>

Seasonal Climate Outlook: August - October

Friday, 28 July 2023, 11:22 am | NIWA

Highlights: - El Niño Alert criteria continued to be met during July - Wind speeds look to be stronger than normal, particularly across the South Island and lower North Island - Occasional heavy rainfall is forecast for the South Island and western North ... More >>

Fascinating Finds From NIWA’s Annual Squid Survey

Thursday, 20 July 2023, 6:29 am | NIWA

Rare and unusual sea creatures have been unveiled during an annual squid survey. Earlier this month, NIWA welcomed the Auckland University of Technology ‘Squid Squad’ - a team of scientists from the Lab for Cephalopod Ecology and Systematics ... More >>

Matariki Weather Forecast

Thursday, 13 July 2023, 11:45 am | NIWA

Matariki hunga nui The many people of Matariki. This whakataukī speaks to Matariki calling people to gather to remember and honour those we have lost since the last rising of Matariki. NIWA meteorologists say people living in the North Island are ... More >>

2023 So Far: NZ’s Record-breaking Weather

Thursday, 6 July 2023, 10:55 am | NIWA

We’re only halfway through the year, but new NIWA analysis shows that some parts of New Zealand have already recorded more than a year’s worth of rain. It was the wettest first half of the year on record for several areas in the northern and eastern ... More >>

NIWA Scientists Explain El Niño

Wednesday, 28 June 2023, 8:09 am | NIWA

El Niño is on its way, with whispers it could cause the Earth’s warmest ever year. But what is it? NIWA scientists tell all. Over the past three years, you may have heard about the rare ‘triple-dip’ La Niña that had its hands on the steering ... More >>

Uncovering Deep Ocean Mysteries 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

Tuesday, 27 June 2023, 9:26 am | NIWA

Scientists have returned from a 14-day expedition to one of the most unexplored parts of the ocean. NIWA and Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers on board NIWA’s deep-water research vessel Tangaroa deployed four autonomous robots, known ... More >>

Kaikōura’s Deep Seabed Is Rapidly Recovering - NIWA

Monday, 19 June 2023, 10:22 am | NIWA

Areas of Kaikōura’s seabed show promising signs of recovery just four years after the 2016 earthquake, says NIWA. The Kaikoura Canyon, in the Hikurangi Marine Reserve, was among the most biologically productive deep-seabed environments on the planet, ... More >>

Are Mussel Farms Creating Hidden Benefits?

Tuesday, 13 June 2023, 1:51 pm | NIWA

A new study is doing a deep dive into whether mussel farms could help reduce nitrogen in New Zealand waters. Led by NIWA for the Waikato Regional Council, the impact of mussel farms on nitrogen removal, or denitrification, will be studied on the seabed ... More >>

New Maps Reveal Places At Risk From Coastal Flooding

Thursday, 25 May 2023, 11:58 am | NIWA

New maps from NIWA and the Deep South National Science Challenge show areas across Aotearoa New Zealand that could be inundated by extreme coastal flooding. They show a large storm-tide with the sea-level rise that we are likely to see with climate ... More >>

April Climate Summary - Dry & Warm For Many

Wednesday, 3 May 2023, 8:33 pm | NIWA

Highlights: - April 2023 was a dry and warm month for much of Aotearoa New Zealand, with the lower and western South Island being particularly sunny - There were more northeasterly winds than normal over the country - It was a relatively dry month ... More >>

Counting Carbon - NZ Contributes To Global C02 Stocktake

Friday, 28 April 2023, 5:19 am | NIWA

New Zealand researchers have contributed to the first ever stocktake of global greenhouse gas emissions. The project involved over 60 researchers from more than 100 countries, including scientists from NIWA. Measurements from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 ... More >>

Counting Carbon - NZ Contributes To Global C02 Stocktake

Thursday, 27 April 2023, 9:49 am | NIWA

New Zealand researchers have contributed to the first ever stocktake of global greenhouse gas emissions. The project involved over 60 researchers from more than 100 countries, including scientists from NIWA. Measurements from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 ... More >>

NIWA Discovers Over Two Dozen New Marine Species In Wellington Inlet

Friday, 21 April 2023, 11:33 am | NIWA

Researchers have discovered 26 species of roundworms that are completely new to science. The roundworms, or nematodes, were sampled between 2016 - 2021 from Pāuatahanui Inlet in Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour in the Wellington region. Other discoveries ... More >>

NZ "Ballerina Sponge" In Top 10 New Species List

Tuesday, 11 April 2023, 10:25 am | NIWA

A fossilised sponge from New Zealand has been named as one of the top 10 new marine species of 2022. Latrunculia (Latrunculia) tutu, more affectionately known as the Ballerina sponge, has a microskeleton that resembles the skirt of a ballerina. Only ... More >>

March Climate Summary

Tuesday, 4 April 2023, 12:16 pm | NIWA

Highlights: - Dry and cool for upper North Island, wet for South Island - Lower than normal mean sea level pressure meant numerous low pressure systems tracking in from the Tasman Sea - ENSO neutral conditions developed - A late month unseasonable ... More >>





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