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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.
Everyone knows they’re out there, but how well do you know your sharks? NIWA looks at four of the most common sharks you’re likely to spot this summer.
Scientists are beginning a voyage to the middle of the marine food web today to find out more about one of the most complex networks on the planet.
Understanding our future climate so New Zealanders can adapt and thrive is the aim of the Deep South National Science Challenge, which today announced its first allocation of funds to improve predictions of climate change.
Te Papa has released a publication containing information, including pictures, distribution maps for all 1,262 known fish species found in our waters.
New Zealand scientists are part of an international team that has documented duelling ocean and atmospheric heat transport during periods of abrupt climate change.
Sponges are amongst the most common marine invertebrates that inhabit the New Zealand coastline, from the intertidal zone down to the continental shelf, to abyssal plains and deep ocean trenches.
NIWA has transformed 1.5 million square kilometres of data into the most accurate and detailed map yet of the land underneath the sea around New Zealand.
Where in New Zealand might you find a witchy finger sponge or a pie-crust crab? The answer will be found in New Zealand’s first series of electronic identification guides for marine invertebrates.
The increasing threat of marine pests to New Zealand’s biosecurity is the focus of a major new research project to be conducted by NIWA scientists.
NIWA scientists are to undertake a major research project to determine how New Zealand’s marine ecosystems are faring under climate change.
By 2050 New Zealand will have a fleet of ocean gliders undertaking scientific measurements, an aquaculture industry powered by marine energy operating far offshore and weather forecasts available 18 months in advance.
A successful electronic tagging project means scientists have made some important discoveries about spinetail devilrays.
A tiny community of New Zealand sea lions on the Otago Peninsula is helping scientists solve the mystery of why some populations are doing better than others.
Another colossal squid is under examination in Wellington, but this one could fit in the palm of your hand.
NIWA scientists use the latest multibeam echo-sounding technology to generate new charts of the seafloor around Kapiti island.
A team of marine geoscientists from New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research begins mapping the submarine landscape of Kapiti Island and Coast on Friday, 5 June.


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