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Scientists and crew on board Tangaroa are getting their first taste of the deep South’s breath-taking environment as the vessel crosses the 60th parallel, the northern limit of the Southern Ocean.
Voyage leader Richard O'Driscoll reports on voyage progress so far as RV Tangaroa enters the CCAMLR zone.
It’s day three at sea and things are all humming along nicely. We’ve just passed 50 degrees south and any faint sighting of the mainland is long gone. The next time we will see land will probably be the Balleny Islands in a couple of days.
NIWA photographer, Dave Allen, has captured this time-lapse footage of RV Tangaroa departing Wellington yesterday morning.
New Zealand’s news website Stuff.co.nz has created a stunning interactive feature profiling the New Zealand-Australia Antarctic Ecosystems Voyage 2015.
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Antarctica New Zealand and the Australian Antarctic Division are undertaking a six-week research initiative in the Southern Ocean on areas of importance to humpback and blue whales and Antarctic toothfish.
Nothing says summer holiday quite like the rhythmical sigh of waves breaking gently on a sundrenched shore.
The plight of the penguins of Penguin Bay has attracted the interest of scientists who are studying why there are fewer and fewer of them every year.
NIWA scientists have found a new active fault in Wellington Harbour after analysing data from a recent marine survey.
NIWA marine ecologists, including specialist divers, are heading south shortly for the second stage in a range of experiments that take place under the ice in Antarctica.
Scientists on a rugged mid-winter trip to the remote sub-Antarctic islands have confirmed a large contingent of endangered southern right whales are spending the colder months near Campbell Island.
The Government’s latest National Science Challenge announced today represents the single biggest investment in ocean-related research for New Zealand.
A joint 10-year NIWA and Department of Conservation project to find out more about the great white sharks that inhabit New Zealand waters is coming to an end.
NIWA scientists surveying shallow water coastal habitats off the east coast of Northland have found a rich diversity of macroalgal meadows, shellfish beds, sponges, and rare fish species.
A video has been produced to show how NIWA and a range of partners are collaborating to understand global ocean acidification and how increasing ocean acidity is affecting shellfish and the aquaculture industry.
NIWA scientists are this month launching some cutting-edge technology capable of finding out what's going on at the bottom of the ocean.
A marine animal thought to have been extinct for four million years has been found alive and well and living near Picton.
NIWA scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding one of the key processes driving changes in sea ice.
A joint New Zealand-German research team has discovered a huge network of frozen methane and methane gas in sediments and in the ocean near New Zealand’s east coast.
NIWA scientists are among a small group working to understand why New Zealand's sea lion population is declining. Using a range of methods, they're finding that the cause of the decline is varied, and includes changes in diet, bacterial infection, low pupping rates and low survival rates.

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