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

Sa'anapu - Building resilience to natural disasters
The coastal Samoan village of Sa'anapu has been ravaged by cyclones and tsunamis in recent years. Now, plans are being developed to improve the community's resilience to natural disasters.
Samoan Cyclone
Tofa Tafili Popese Leaana recounts living through a cyclone in the Samoan village of Sa'anapu.
NIWA science - making a difference
What does NIWA do? The answer might surprise you. This video is 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.
NZ sea lion mystery
The main breeding population of NZ sea lions at the Auckland Islands has declined by approximately 50% since the late 1990s.
Lake Tekapo - A Tsunami Hazard?
NIWA scientists scan Lake Tekapo with the aim of finding out if submarine landslides can create a tsunami hazard for the Lake Tekapo township and hydropower infrastructure.
What is greenhouse gas and how is it measured?
Principal Technician Gordon Brailsford and Atmospheric Scientist Katja Riedel talk us though how greenhouse gases are measured at the Baring Head monitoring station near Welling
Rain, Sandflies and Takahē
Takahē Valley in the Murchison Mountains is home to a successful Takahē recovery project run by the Department of Conservation.
New Zealand's best job?
NIWA environmental monitoring technicians Evan Baddock and Eric Stevens venture deep into Fiordland, NZ to monitor river and lake levels in the area.
Ozone sonde launch - captured by a drone
Atmospheric scientist Richard Querel talks us through an ozone sonde launch at NIWA's atmospheric research facility in Lauder, Central Otago.
Ozone research at Lauder
Atmospheric scientist Richard Querel discusses the importance of the ozone research that is undertaken at NIWA's atmospheric research facility in Lauder, Central Otago.
GRUAN certification for NIWA
NIWA’s Lauder Atmospheric Research Station, near Alexandra in Central Otago, is part of a select group of research stations with GRUAN-certified measurement programmes.
The laser lady of Lauder
By day Penny Smale is a mum to two young boys, living on a rural property in the middle of a farming district in Central Otago.
Researching NIWA's Antarctic sea ice
NIWA marine physics technician Brett Grant gives a tour of our Antarctic field camp and explains how we are conducting research into sea ice in the coldest place on the planet.
David Wratt - What changes in weather can we expect from climate change?
Annie Hale, from Colorado College, USA, talks to Dr David Wratt, one of New Zealand's leading climate scientists on climate change.
David Wratt - How is sea level rise likely to affect us in the next 100 years?
Annie Hale, from Colorado College, USA, talks to Dr David Wratt, one of New Zealand's leading climate scientists on climate change.
Where there's smoke, there's air quality scientists
A new method of testing air quality in towns around New Zealand has been developed by NIWA scientists that could revolutionise the way communities can measure and control pollution.
NIWA's glider offers new understanding of ocean processes
NIWA's underwater glider 'Manaia' is deployed off the Kapiti coast to collect data on temperature, salinity, pressure, oxygen, fluorescence, light and turbidity that will complement the informa
Kapiti multibeam survey
NIWA scientists use the latest multibeam echo-sounding technology to generate new charts of the seafloor around Kapiti island.
NIWA IrriMet
NIWA has developed new tools that can help farmers decide when to irrigate or fertilise.
Gas flares on sea floor near Gisborne
A team of scientists led by Dr Joshu Mountjoy have been investigating an area of the sea floor near Gisborne. Gas flares were identified for the first time in 2014, and the team has now returned aboard RV Tangaroa to capture more data and video footage of the area.