NIWA aims to provide the knowledge needed for the sound environmental management of our marine resources.

  • Scientists on the trail of elusive sperm whales

    Feature story
    Acoustic monitoring of sperm whales
  • Eutrophication Explorer

    A web application tool to explore monitoring data and model predictions related to stream and estuary eutrophication
  • Kaikōura Canyon

    Our team of researchers have recently returned from a voyage onboard RV Tangaroa to retrieve moorings deployed to collect sediment samples from the Kaikōura Canyon.
  • Chance find leads to first look at coral larvae

    Media release
    Small orange flecks spotted floating around in a respiration chamber at a NIWA laboratory have led to a discovery about the spawning habits of a deep-sea stony coral in New Zealand waters.
  • Critter of the deep - Episode 3: Sea spider

    Sea spiders look similar to land spiders, but they are in their own special group.
  • Dr Jade Maggs talks about reef sharks

    A global survey involving 123 scientists from 58 nations raises concerns about the global status of reef sharks.
  • Tour of the NIWA invertebrate collection

    The NIWA Invertebrate Collection (NIC) holds specimens from almost all invertebrate phyla.
  • Critter of the deep - Episode 1: Secrets of the Ram's horn squid

    Have you ever seen these shells on the beach?
  • Ashley Rowden and Katie Bigham - Marine ecologists

    Ashley Rowden and Katie Bigham talk about the positive changes observed on the seafloor following the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake.
  • Underwater robot getting close-up look at Kaikōura Canyon

    Media release
    A six-metre long orange underwater robot is flying through the Kaikōura Canyon for the next month collecting information on how the canyon has changed since the 2016 earthquake.
  • New tsunami monitoring system for Pacific

    Feature story
    A network of state-of-the-art tsunami buoys is being deployed from New Zealand up into the Pacific to keep communities safer.
  • NIWA’s Estuarine Trophic Index

    Research Project
    Constructed wetlands, detention bunds, woodchip denitrification filters and planted riparian buffers are examples of a growing suite of edge-of-field and farm-scale mitigation systems that are being trialled across rural New Zealand to reduce the impact of diffuse pollution on freshwater quality