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Prime Minister Helen Clark last night launched a major New Zealand scientific voyage to Antarctica as part of the Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML) and International Polar Year (IPY).

Twenty-six scientists and 18 crew will leave this week on the eight-week voyage aboard RV Tangaroa.

Scientists from NIWA are undertaking a unique experiment with Surf Life Saving New Zealand to investigate the behaviour of rips. The experiment, scheduled for 22 January, will follow a surf lifeguard carried along by rips at Raglan beach.

It has travelled over 65 000 nautical miles, endured big seas, and even survived a harbour-side raid by pirates, all to deploy ocean-profiling Argo floats.

NIWA’s 28–metre long research vessel Kaharoa, will spend the next month deploying high tech ocean-profiling floats in the mid-Pacific.

Marine geologists investigating the past behaviour and hazard risk of volcanoes in the Kermadec Arc, northeast of the Bay of Plenty, have discovered two new submarine volcanoes near Raoul Island.

The scientists will return tomorrow from a successful collaborative expedition mounted by the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and the University of Auckland. The 23–day voyage onboard NIWA’s deepwater research vessel Tangaroa investigated volcanoes on the two largest Kermadec Islands – Raoul and Macauley – and their submerged flanks.

New Zealand scientists have taken an important step in developing a new anti-inflammatory drug to relieve millions of gout sufferers.

Researchers from NIWA will be surveying marine habitats in Kaikoura for foreign organisms next week (14–20 May).

A trans-Tasman team of scientists is setting out to discover just how much water flows south of New Zealand as part of the world’s largest current, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.

NIWA has produced a public information leaflet about icebergs, with help from Vincent Aviation.

An international team led by scientists from the United States and New Zealand have observed, for the first time, the bizarre deep-sea communities living around methane seeps off New Zealand’s east coast.

As a flotilla of modern-day icebergs heads away from New Zealand, scientists from NIWA have identified what appear to be ancient iceberg scours on the seabed off New Zealand’s east coast.

The flotilla of icebergs currently off the South Island were probably once part of a much larger iceberg from the Ronne Ice Shelf, on the other side of Antarctica from New Zealand.

Researchers from NIWA will be surveying Kaipara Harbour and marinas for foreign marine organisms next week.

Researchers from NIWA have recently surveyed ports at Milford Sound (Fiordland) and Taharoa Ironsands Terminal (Waikato) for foreign marine organisms.

It's an epic journey for a small bird. A team of scientists from New Zealand, the US, and France has discovered that sooty shearwaters (known to Kiwis as muttonbirds or titi) make a 64 000 km round trip each year, chasing summer across the Pacific.

Scientists from NIWA have made the first measurements of photosynthesis in the icy gloom of an Antarctic lake floor.

After four and a half months, and 23,186 nautical miles, a New Zealand research vessel is finally coming home.

New Zealand’s seagrass meadows are important, but threatened, coastal habitats that we still know little about. Scientists from NIWA are undertaking a nationwide survey of these vibrant underwater meadows, to find out more about the life they support and their wider role in the marine ecosystem.

An international team of marine scientists returns to the Chatham Islands next week hoping to fit satellite tags on up to 13 great white sharks. The tags will allow the scientists to track the sharks' movements for up to nine months.

A NIWA scientist has used sophisticated sonar technology to reveal a ghost-like image of the Mikhail Lermontov lying in its watery grave in the Marlborough Sounds.


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