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NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 1 December 2016

A weekly update for Thursday 1 December 2016 - describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.

Public help sought for fish research

NIWA scientists are asking for help from people who have had a long association with East Northland, Hauraki Gulf or Marlborough Sounds.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 24 Nov 2016

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.

Hottest November temperature in 15 years

The hottest November temperature in New Zealand in at least the last 15 years occurred yesterday, when Gisborne reached a sizzling 34.8°C at 4.00 pm.

Scientists detect huge fault rupture offshore from Kaikoura

Scientists surveying the seabed in areas affected by last week’s earthquake have confirmed a 34km rupture in the offshore continuation of the Kekerengu Fault, known as the Needles Fault.