Read about the important science being undertaken at NIWA, and how it affects New Zealanders

  • NIWA solves seafloor mystery

    Media release
    NIWA scientists have discovered the origins of cryptic markings found in Aotearoa New Zealand’s deep sea.
  • Tonga eruption caused fastest ever underwater flow

    Media release
    The 2022 Tonga volcanic eruption triggered the fastest underwater flow ever recorded.
  • Early and long-lasting ozone hole, forecasts NIWA

    Media release
  • Higher and drier – the cost of raising homes

    Media release
    New research shows that in some cases, lifting houses may be a cost-effective way to reduce intermittent flooding risk.
  • Wellington study could improve worldwide access to coastal freshwater

    Media release
    A new NIWA study in Wellington Harbour will help scientists find untapped drinking water around the world.
  • Extreme weather research gets a boost

    Media release
    NIWA has launched a $5 million per year package of new projects aiming to tackle some of New Zealand’s most pressing challenges, including responding to and preparing for extreme weather events.
  • New creature catalogue compiled to aid conservation

    Media release
    A new database describing marine species has been released to assist conservation.
  • Government review of weather forecasting system – Statement by NIWA Chief Executive John Morgan

    Media release
    "We are pleased with and support Treasury and MBIE’s review of weather forecasting announced by Minister Webb."
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    Fascinating finds from NIWA’s annual squid survey

    Media release
    Earlier this month, NIWA welcomed the Auckland University of Technology ‘Squid Squad’ – a team of scientists from the Lab for Cephalopod Ecology and Systematics – to unbox and categorise cephalopod species taken from voyages around the country.
  • Matariki viewing prospects 2023

    Media release
    NIWA meteorologists say people living in the North Island are likely to get the best views of the Matariki star cluster, particularly on Friday morning.
  • 2023 so far: NZ’s record-breaking weather

    Media release
    We’re only halfway through the year, but new NIWA analysis shows some parts of New Zealand have already recorded more than a year’s worth of rain.
  • El Niño: NIWA explains

    News article
    El Niño is on its way, with whispers it could cause the Earth’s warmest ever year. But what is it? NIWA scientists tell all.