Working with schools

We sponsor regional science and technology fairs around New Zealand and support learning programmes that bring science into the classroom.

NIWA Interactive Room at Kelly Tarlton's

The NIWA Interactive Room at Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium in Auckland was opened to the public in 2005. The room provides interactive activities for children aged 5 to 10 years on marine biodiversity and ecosystems, focusing on both the ocean and Antarctic environments. Over 60,000 children visit the room each year, most as part of organised school trips.

Kelly Tarlton's website 

Science fairs

NIWA is the major sponsor for regional science and technology fairs in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington and Nelson. Sponsorship is part of our long-term commitment to both promoting the importance of science and technology in our lives and enhancing its profile as a career option for young New Zealanders.

Science and Technology Fairs


Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment is an international, hand-on programme that allows students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on environmental science projects and investigations. NIWA supports GLOBE through its involvement in the programme’s advisory committee.

GLOBE website 


NIWA provides support for SEREAD (Scientific Educational Resource and Experience Associated with the Deployment of Argo floats in the South Pacific Ocean). SEREAD is tasked with bringing the science of the Argo programme into the classroom. (Argo floats are submersible devices that measure upper ocean salinity and temperature.) NIWA scientists help provide expertise for the SEREAD programme.

Argo website 

NIWA publications

NIWA produces a number of publications directed at the education of the wider public. Water & Atmosphere, our flagship publication, is widely focused. Specialist publications such as Aquaculture Update and Biodiversity Update are industry-focused with a strong educational message.

Our publications are available in print and online:

Since 2006, direct curriculum links have not been provided in Water & Atmosphere, but the magazine continues to offer stories highly relevant to the senior science and geography curriculum. The magazine archive represents another valuable teaching resource: schools can access every issue since 2001 – and download pdfs of main features – at


NIWA posters

NIWA publishes a series of high-quality, informative posters intended for classroom use and these are available to schools nationwide.

Order a poster