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

Stream Site Assessment
SHMAK Stream Site Assessment - How to record some basic information about your stream site so you can interpret your results.
Science on the high seas
Sustainable fisheries depend on good scientific data about fish stocks.
2019 NIWA staff photographic competition - winning entries
Check out the winning entries from the 2019 NIWA Staff Photography Competition.
2019 New Zealand Climate Summary
NIWA climate scientist Nava Fedaeff presents the NIWA annual climate summary for New Zealand 2019.
Health and Safety in the Field
Health and safety is the most important element of any activity. Watch this video before you go out into the field.
Introduction to SHMAK
Most of us are visual learners. So we’ve created some short videos that demonstrate the methods outlined in SHMAK.
Overview of SHMAK
How healthy is your stream? SHMAK—the New Zealand Stream Health Monitoring and Assessment Kit—has been designed to help you find out.
NIWA - Making a difference
An introduction to NIWA scientists and the wide range of work they do. Our staff work across freshwater, climate and ocean research platforms throughout New Zealand and the wider Pacific region.
Diving deep to check up on our lakes
NIWA scientists jump overboard to check out the health the Rotorua Te Arawa lakes.
Robotic vehicle on the lookout for biosecurity pests
Foreign marine pests can threaten our marine life and it’s important to find them early before they can set up home here.
Freshwater fish swim their all for science
The tiny inanga have been plucked from Waikato streams and held in a darkened laboratory for the last month, undertaking highly advanced testing to find the strongest, fittest and fastest fish.
Tracing tsunamis through history
Weaving whakapapa and science together to trace tsunami through history.
Ocean acidification - what is it?
The on-going rise of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is not only changing our climate—it is also changing our oceans. Take a look at the
Mitigating ocean acidification to protect mussels
Professor Cliff Law from NIWA describes research to protect mussels from ocean acidification.
Annual Climate Summary for 2018
New Zealand’s equal-2nd warmest year on record.
Marlborough Sounds Seabed Survey
Hidden under the surface of the Marlborough Sounds is a fascinating underwater world of shipwrecks and seabed ridges the size of sand dunes in the Sahara Desert.
Weddell seals - web
A NIWA-led team of marine ecologists are using seal-mounted cameras to get a first-hand view into the behaviour and movements of Weddell seals under the Antarctic ice.
Hydrology Sounds Interesting 2011
The December 2018 New Zealand combined Hydrological and Meteorological Society conference called for a new category of presentation that was short, interesting and artistic.