Videos

See NIWA scientists talking about their work, along with fascinating animations and underwater footage.

Commercial catch sampling
The Otolith is the earbone of the fish and like the rings on a tree it can tell us about the story of the fish's life.
Dive into the alien world of plankton in the Ross Sea
Plankton are the base of the oceans food web and are vital to our survival. But as our world changes will they be able to continue to play this essential role?
Lauder Atmospheric Research Station
For six decades atmospheric scientists have been making measurements in the middle of nowhere, Central Otago.
Life under the Ross Sea ice
NIWA researchers are using remote underwater cameras to uncover the rich diversity of life under the Ross Sea and they are amazed at what they are finding in these chilly Antarctic waters.
Antarctic science onboard NIWA’s RV Tangaroa
Researchers are working their way through a wealth of new Antarctic marine data after RV Tangaroa successfully completed its five week scientific voyage to the Ross Sea.
NIWA's Sarah Searson and Jennie Mowatt
If you want to get accurate scientific readings from the icy depths of the Ross Sea, who do you turn to?
Navigating the "ice bridge"
Marissa Judkins is second mate on RV Tangaroa. Watch her navigating through the "ice bridge" in Antarctica's Ross Sea for the first time.
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.
Glacier melt: A Time Capsule
Since 2016 enough ice has melted from the South Island’s Brewster Glacier to meet the drinking water needs of all New Zealanders for three years.
Our Climate is Changing
Our climate is changing - we need to act now.
Glaciers Don't Lie
If you think New Zealand's Southern Alps are shielded from climate change – take a look at this. "You can't make a glacier lie.”
Tropical Cyclone Outlook: November 2021-April 2022
The NIWA and MetService assessment of named tropical cyclone (TC) activity indicates 9 to 12 named TCs could occur in the Southwest Pacific basin between November 2021 and April 2022. The seasonal outlook is for normal to slightly above normal activity in terms of overall named TCs in the region.
Kaikōura Canyon's muddy secrets
Kaikōura Canyon reveals its muddy secrets
Surveying scallops populations with artificial intelligence
Together with the University of Canterbury and Fisheries NZ, NIWA has been working to develop a catch-free, non-invasive method of surveying scallop populations. Find out how...
Powering diversity in the Ross Sea
Fisheries scientist Dr Pablo Escobar-Flores delves into Antarctic mesopelagic science with a look at the small animals and organisms that help power the amazing diversity of life in the Ross Sea.
Hydrology in the Waipori Gorge, Dunedin
For over 100 years Trustpower's Waipori power scheme has supplied Dunedin with hydroelectric power.
Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle helps scientists collect data
Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle helping scientists collect the latest earthquake data
Eavesdropping on sperm whales in Antarctica
The moorings team is bringing back precious data from long-term underwater listening devices which the researchers are using to search for signs that sperm whales are finally returning in numbers to the Ross Sea.
Sally Watson - The science behind sediment cores
How do humans impact shallow marine environments?
Emergency food barrel packing for the Antarctic voyage
These are barrels you don't want to be opening, but if things go south, it’s nice to know they’re there.

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