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    Hottest June temperature ever recorded

    Media release
    Highest June temperature since records began in the 1850s
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    Wetland wonders: cleaning up our freshwater

    Media release
    Constructed wetlands a natural solution to reduce agricultural pollution.
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    Antarctica likely a carbon storage powerhouse

    Media release
    Antarctica is probably storing much more carbon than previously thought, according to NIWA.
  • Lake Wanaka - multibeam

    Lake Wānaka mapped in exquisite detail

    Media release
    NIWA scientists have mapped the whole of Lake Wānaka in incredible detail.  
  • Black coral on Tokomaru shelf reef

    Seafloor impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle revealed

    Media release
    Scientists have found evidence of sediment impacts on seafloor ecosystems following Cyclone Gabrielle.
  • David McCaw reunited with his RNZ security card 21 years after it was lost

    The curious case of a lost security card

    Media release
    In 2016, NIWA technician Rod Budd is doing a routine dive under the Antarctic ice at Cape Evans, studying the creatures that live there.
Fighting climate change from space

Fighting climate change from space: MethaneSAT

Who we are

Taihoro Nukurangi. From the bottom of the ocean to the top of the atmosphere and everything in between: NIWA's climate, freshwater and marine science helps develop solutions to the world's environmental problems and enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand’s aquatic resources and environments. Decision makers at all levels are seeking evidence-based analysis and advice from environmental experts. NIWA’s science provides high quality insights to underpin important decisions, and innovative solutions. NIWA has staff located across 16 different locations in New Zealand and overseas.

Our research

NIWA's purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand’s aquatic resources and environments, and improve our understanding of climate and the atmosphere, to increase resilience to weather and climate hazards.

Our partners

NIWA has working relationships with hundreds of organisations in New Zealand and overseas, from Iwi to government and other research organisations. Most of NIWA’s revenue comes from contestable research funding and commercial consultancy work.


NIWA supports education at all levels in New Zealand, from school programmes and science fairs to professional development. Providing resources for students and teachers is part of NIWA's commitment to helping young New Zealanders discover more about science and technology.

How can we help?

We offer a range of services to iwi, government, councils, businesses, organisations and individuals. We provide access to major environmental monitoring systems, datasets and tools. We can provide evidence to underpin decision making, help you manage operations and reduce the impacts of our changing climate.

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