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  • 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.
  • New study to combat harm caused by anchoring

    Media release
    Ship anchors may cause extensive and long-lasting damage to the seafloor, according to new NIWA research.
  • Mt Butler

    Snowline survey reveals continued shrinkage of NZ glaciers

    Media release
    New Zealand’s glaciers appear "smashed and shattered" due to enduring ice loss, says NIWA.
  • Blue cod and kitten

    What do kittens and blue cod have in common?

    Media release
    Strange fish behaviour has been captured by NIWA scientists
  • New ocean species discovered in Bounty Trough

    Media release
    Scientists on an expedition to the underexplored Bounty Trough off New Zealand have discovered around 100 new and potentially new ocean species.
  • Brewster Glacier end of summer snowline survey

    Many New Zealand glaciers are headed for extinction

    Media release
    A culmination of over 45 years of research is painting a grave picture for the state of our iconic glaciers.
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