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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.

At NIWA we are committed to:

  • Promoting creativity, innovation, and teamwork
  • Ensuring our core science areas are appropriately staffed and supplied with sufficient equipment and resources to conduct leading-edge science and deliver innovative and unrivalled products and services
  • Maintaining a culture which is adaptable and seeks opportunities
  • Being recognised for our integrity, skill, and professionalism in conducting all aspects of the company’s business
  • Attracting, retaining, and rewarding high quality staff
  • Providing a safe and healthy working environment
  • Ensuring that all staff are treated in a fair and equitable manner and that their work and private lives are balanced
  • Taking social responsibility and valuing our environment
  • Encouraging stakeholder participation in setting our research and business strategies
  • Working collaboratively with other organisations and people to form partnerships that add value to our research, intellectual property, and products and services
  • Honouring the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.