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Rare Underwater Find For NIWA Photographer

Thursday, 15 October 2020, 8:47 am | NIWA

Octopus in a salp. Photo: Crispin Middleton A NIWA marine ecologist has added his name to a very short list of people worldwide who have seen – and photographed the elusive football octopus. Not to be confused with Paul the common octopus who ... More >>

Underwater Robot Getting Close-up Look At Kaikōura Canyon

Thursday, 8 October 2020, 11:15 am | NIWA

  A six-metre long orange underwater robot is flying through the Kaikōura Canyon for the next month collecting information on how the canyon has changed since the 2016 earthquake. The technology-laden AUV – or autonomous underwater vehicle ... More >>

Scientists Conducting Snapper Research Off North Island’s West Coast

Tuesday, 6 October 2020, 11:29 am | NIWA

People along the Kapiti and Wanganui coast may spot NIWA’s research vessel Kaharoa operating close to shore in the next few weeks as scientists carry out a survey of snapper, tarakihi, red gunard and John Dory. The trawl survey is the third and final ... More >>

NIWA research vessel returns home after epic non-stop voyage

Monday, 5 October 2020, 3:11 pm | NIWA

After 75 nights at sea all the temporary master of NIWA research vessel Kaharoa could think about today was getting off the ship and having a beer. More >>

Wellington Science Fair Overcomes COVID-19 Challenges

Friday, 18 September 2020, 12:23 pm | NIWA

Running a science fair in the middle of a global pandemic is no mean feat. Just ask the organisers of the Wellington Science Fair. This morning, the winners of the fair were announced after a ‘virtual’ fair was run instead of the usual in-person ... More >>

Freshwater Species Show Vulnerability To Climate Change

Tuesday, 15 September 2020, 11:10 am | NIWA

A new study has identified seven freshwater species native to Aotearoa-New Zealand that will likely be highly or very highly vulnerable to climate change. The research, carried out by Te Wai Māori Trust and NIWA, assesses the vulnerability of 10 taonga ... More >>

NIWA Scientists Make Salmon Farming Breakthrough

Wednesday, 9 September 2020, 11:39 am | NIWA

NIWA scientists have made a breakthrough that may underpin expansion of the high-value New Zealand salmon farming industry. The industry is looking to expand by farming in more exposed locations, but NIWA aquaculture scientist Dr Javed Khan says such ... More >>

Winter 2020 – NZ’s Warmest Winter On Record

Thursday, 3 September 2020, 1:51 pm | NIWA

New Zealand has just experienced its warmest winter on record, according to official NIWA climate data. NIWA’s Seven Station Temperature Series, which began in 1909, shows the 2020 winter was 1.14C above average, just nudging out winter 2013 from ... More >>

Snow Has Been Low But There’s More To Come, Say Scientists

Wednesday, 26 August 2020, 4:16 pm | NIWA

NIWA’s South Island snow and ice monitoring stations have confirmed what many skiers have been talking about: winter has been dry and snow coverage has been poor. In fact several sites have recorded half their typical snow depth for this time of ... More >>

Tsunami Evacuation Zones Home To 1 In 10 New Zealanders

Wednesday, 19 August 2020, 9:01 am | NIWA

NIWA scientists have completed the first national assessment of people and buildings at risk in New Zealand’s tsunami evacuation zones. The assessment, aimed at making more detailed information available to improve disaster management, has found nearly ... More >>

Student Quad Bike Invention A Winner

Thursday, 13 August 2020, 11:59 am | NIWA

An invention that could save lives has taken the top spot at the NIWA Waikato Science and Technology Fair. Lachlan Coleman, a student at St. Paul's Collegiate, invented a device called “Roll Gauge” that helps prevent rollover on vehicles like quadbikes ... More >>

Researchers On Hunt For Fish Nurseries

Friday, 7 August 2020, 8:59 am | NIWA

NIWA researchers are heading out into the Marlborough Sounds early next week to survey an area thought to be home to important juvenile fish nurseries. Separation Point, which marks the area between Golden Bay and Tasman Bay (and forms part of ... More >>

Students Do The Science On COVID Protection

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 2:28 pm | NIWA

As the world battles a deadly pandemic, New Zealand school students have been beavering away at science fair projects researching the effectiveness of our own COVID-19 protection measures. This Friday, the NIWA Waikato Science and Technology Science Fair kicks ... More >>

Nameless nodes get new look from NIWA

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 2:07 pm | NIWA

At the bottom of the Southern Ocean, near Cape Adare in East Antarctica, lies an undersea ridge which until this month was only known by its co-ordinates: -71.2132 latitude, 172.1649 longitude. More >>

NIWA Crew Face Record Time At Sea

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 10:01 am | NIWA

Coronavirus border restrictions mean six NIWA staff face four straight months at sea in a bid to keep an international ocean research project afloat. NIWA’s research vessel Kaharoa leaves Wellington tomorrow to deploy more than 100 remote ocean monitoring ... More >>

NIWA Mapping Seafloor Around Whakaari/White Island

Thursday, 16 July 2020, 10:49 am | NIWA

NIWA scientists are heading to the waters around Whakaari/White Island in the Bay of Plenty next week to survey changes to the seafloor. Mapped in 2005 and again in 2019, the area is known for its underwater vents and canyons. However, the eruption ... More >>

The Climate Record That Keeps Getting Broken

Friday, 3 July 2020, 2:37 pm | NIWA

Among the multitude of New Zealand climate statistics there is one record that continues to be broken month after month. Since January 2017 there has not been one month that recorded a below average nationwide temperature, according to NIWA’s seven station ... More >>

Seasonal Climate Outlook

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 4:19 pm | NIWA

Outlook Summary Ocean temperatures in the central Pacific continued to cool during June and are slightly below average for the time of year. Oceanic La Niña conditions (47% chance) and ENSO-neutral conditions (51% chance) are about equally likely for ... More >>

New Ocean Data From Under The World’s Biggest Ice Shelf

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 7:37 am | NIWA

New measurements from the ocean under the centre of the Ross Ice Shelf have significantly improved our understanding of the complex processes that drive melting in Antarctica. The measurements are the subject of a paper published this week in scientific journal ... More >>

Glaciers Continue To Melt Away

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 10:02 am | NIWA

Scientists analysing end-of-summer snowline survey photos have estimated that 13 million cubic meters of ice have been lost from just one glacier from 2016 to 2019. NIWA climate scientist Dr Andrew Lorrey says that the volume lost from the Brewster ... More >>