NZ Freshwater Fish Database Help

Learn how to use the New Zealand Freshwater Fish Database (NZFFD)

NZFFD Help File

The help file contains information on:

  • History of the NZFFD
  • Changes made to the database in 2021
  • Downloading data
  • Uploading data 

Download the help file [PDF 370.79 KB]

Access Data through GBIF and Cite the NZFFD

The Data is delivered as public data, consistent with NIWA's public data access strategy

The NZFFD data is provided to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

As part of NIWA's Freshwater Biodata Archive, the data is delivered as darwin core archive:

The data is also available through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF): Go to the NZFFD GBIF page


The NIWA New Zealand Freshwater Fish Database is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 New Zealand License 2012.

Licence conditions mean users must give appropriate credit to NIWA, and may not use the material for commercial purposes.


Stoffels R (2022). New Zealand Freshwater Fish Database (extended). The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). Sampling event dataset accessed via on 2022-03-21.

Additional resources and contact information

If you have any further questions about using the NZFFD or freshwater fish that are not covered above then you can email your questions to the Freshwater Database administrator, contact details below.