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NIWA’s science services are delivered by our thirteen National Centres. Each centre conducts a raft of research contributing to a high level outcome for New Zealand.

Volunteers needed to unlock historic weather secrets

NIWA climate scientists are calling for volunteers to unearth weather secrets from the past – including those recorded by members of Captain Robert Scott’s doomed trip to the South Pole in 1912.

The Ocean Vacuum cleaner: Salp bloom effects on the carbon cycle and marine food web

The RV Tangaroa headed out to the Chatham Rise on 23 October 2018 for a month long voyage that will focus on the special role sea salps play in carbon cycling, and where they fit in marine food webs off the New Zealand coast.

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NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 7 November 2018

The largest hotspot in the North Island continues to be found in Napier and southern Hastings District. A new, very small hotspot has also emerged this week near Cape Reinga. No hotspots are currently in place in the South Island.

Scientists spy on baby snapper in Hauraki Gulf

NIWA researchers are out on the Hauraki Gulf this week to find out more about the nurseries of young snapper.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 31 October 2018

With the recent rain, the soil moisture has generally improved across the North Island since last week. However, the soils are still drier than normal for the time of year in eastern Northland, western Auckland, western Waikato, western Taranaki, as well as Hawke’s Bay, central and southern Manawatu-Wanganui and Wairarapa.

Volunteers needed to unlock historic weather secrets

NIWA climate scientists are calling for volunteers to unearth weather secrets from the past – including those recorded by members of Captain Robert Scott’s doomed trip to the South Pole in 1912.

Scientists studying Weddell seal behaviour in Antarctica

Scientists will be trying to understand how Antarctic-based Weddell seals see the world when they head to the ice next week.