About NIWA

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.

This video introduces NIWA scientists and the wide range of work they do. Our staff work across freshwater, climate and ocean research platforms throughout New Zealand and the wider Pacific region.

NIWA - Making a difference


About us

  • Our company

    NIWA, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, is a Crown Research Institute established in 1992. It operates as a stand-alone company with its own Board of Directors and Executive.
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    Our mission

    NIWA's mission is to conduct leading environmental science to enable the sustainable management of natural resources for New Zealand and the planet.
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    Our people

    Find out more about our board, management teams, and key National Centre contacts. To locate individuals working at NIWA simply use our staff search below.
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    Statement of Core Purpose

    The Statement of Core Purpose spells out why the Government owns Crown Research Institutes and what it expects from them.
  • Statement of Corporate Intent

    This Statement of Corporate Intent (SCI) sets out NIWA's strategy for delivering against its core purpose over the next five years.
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    Our partners & funders

    NIWA has working relationships with hundreds of organisations in New Zealand and overseas.
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    Annual reports

    Digital copies of all our annual reports published since 2011.
  • Careers at NIWA

    Find out more about working at NIWA
  • Organisational sustainability

    NIWA's goal is to provide the science to help New Zealanders transition to a sustainable future.
  • NIWA and Kia Toipoto – Closing Gender and Ethnic Pay Gaps

    In 2022 NIWA commenced participation in the government's Kia Toipoto programme.
  • Working with Animals at NIWA

    We aim to deliver the science that enables New Zealand to meet its environmental challenges and thrive in a rapidly changing world. To fulfil our purpose we need to understand the way animals live and survive as vital parts of the overall ecosystem.