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Our latest 131 page NIWA Biodiversity Memoir is an initiative of the US/NZ Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) Marine and Ocean Theme.
New Zealand is lucky to have its own sea lion. They were nearly driven to extinction more than 150 years ago by the first human settlers and then by commercial sealing—a story shared with nearly all seals.
The remarkable long distance swimming abilities of penguins have impressed NIWA scientists who have tracked almost 100 birds over winter in the Southern Ocean.
A NIWA scientist with an international reputation as an outstanding leader in marine ecological field experiments was last night awarded the prestigious New Zealand Marine Sciences Society (NZMSS) Award.
Marine scientists are proving they know that it takes good bait to catch a big audience.
The sounds made by whales and dolphins as they pass through New Zealand’s Cook Strait are to be recorded for the first time through a research project being undertaken by a NIWA scientist.
Anyone can participate, and all you need is access to the sea, a smartphone or a camera and computer.
Taxonomy is one of New Zealand’s most important sciences but its impact is often not widely known nor understood.
NIWA researchers have spent part of the last month keeping a close eye on the bottom of Lake Tekapo to find out what it looks like and what is going on below the lake bed.
Scientists are taking some high-tech equipment to Fiordland next week to find out more about what happens when a river meets the ocean.
NIWA scientists are tapping into nature’s archives to understand our abrupt climate changes.
Work to protect New Zealand waters from an increasing number of invasive biological pests has received a funding boost to fight their spread.
The coldest seawater on earth could help scientists understand why Antarctic sea ice is growing in a warming world
One of the ocean’s most elusive critters is about to meet its match as NIWA scientists voyage south hoping to film them in action – and bring a few samples home.
New Zealand’s answer to ocean acidification is a model of the ‘best team’ approach – when organisations pool talent and resources to find solutions to national, or global, issues.]
The world’s oceans are acidifying as a result of the carbon dioxide (CO2) generated by humanity.
The Invertebrate Collection, housed at Greta Point in Wellington, comprises about 300,000 jars or specimens but only about 100,000 are officially registered. With new specimens being discovered all the time, there is a lot of work to do.
If you're collecting sea shells at the beach this summer and wondering what they are, NIWA is here to help.
Carrying out scientific experiments in the coldest part of the world is tough — even tougher if you’re miles away from Scott Base in a shipping container. But one NIWA scientist insists it’s a lot of fun.
Looking for something tasty on your beach for holiday dinner this summer? NIWA scientists have the lowdown on some of the most mouth-watering fish and seafood that are yours for the taking.


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