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

Tonga eruption and tsunami shock the world
Tsunamis and shockwaves hit continents on the other side of the Pacific.
Open wide: Snapper teeth secrets
NIWA and University of Auckland masters student Georgia Third is getting up close and personal with snapper guts and teeth to understand the differences between biologically distinct snapper populations in New Zealand.
Glacier timelines
Once upon a time, long ago, massive glaciers covered our landscape. As they retreat, they leave piles of sediment and rocks behind called moraines that tell an important story of New Zealand's climate history.
Why was 2021 New Zealand’s warmest year on record?
It's official, 2021 was Aotearoa New Zealand’s warmest year on record.
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.
Our Climate is Changing
Our climate is changing - we need to act now.
2022-23 Summer Climate Summary from Ben Noll
2022-23 Summer Climate Summary from NIWA Meteorologist/Forecaster Ben Noll.
Mā te haumaru ō nga puna wai ō Rākaihautū ka ora mo ake tonu: Increasing flood resilience across Aotearoa
This five-year NIWA-led research programme is developing a system to map flood hazard consistently across the whole country.
RiskScape - Making us and our environment safer from natural hazards
RiskScape is New Zealand's next generation, open source, loss modelling software developed by GNS Science and NIWA in collaboration with the Toka Tū Ake (EQC) and Catalyst IT Limited.
2022 NIWA Staff Photography Competition Highlights
From the lowest depths to the highest reaches, our more than 700 staff work in the most beautiful environments on Earth.
Good news for 2021: the testing found no further Bonamia ostreae!
Good news for 2021: the testing found no further Bonamia ostreae!
Northland Aquaculture Centre
NIWA is leading the sustainable growth of Aotearoa New Zealand's aquaculture industry.
We are NIWA Taihoro Nukurangi - Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
Mai te hōhonu o te moana ki tai ki uta ki ngā ara wai ngā wahapū ngā rotoArā mai te tihi o ngā kāhui maunga piki atu ki te hau takiwā ki runga rawa
RV Tangaroa: New Zealand’s world-class research vessel
NIWA proudly owns and operates RV Tangaroa, a 70 m Ice Class scientific platform.
The instruments at work - In the volcano's wake
Our team onboard RV Tangaroa are equipped with all the tech and tools they need to explore the undersea changes caused by the devastating volcanic eruption in Tonga earlier this year.
Mapping the Tongan volcano eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai
The January eruption of the Tongan volcano Hunga Tonga – Hunga Ha’apai triggered tsunamis as far away as the Caribbean. NIWA scientists are onboard RV Tangaroa surveying the ocean around the volcano, working to understand the largest eruption of its kind since 1981 so they can help increase our knowledge about similar volcanoes around the world.