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

  • NIWA’s freshwater ecologists helping regional councils remove the barriers to fish migration

    News article
    About 76 per cent of indigenous freshwater fish species, that’s 39 out of 54, are threatened with extinction or at risk of becoming threatened.
  • Kaikōura’s deep seabed is rapidly recovering, says NIWA

    Media release
    Areas of Kaikōura’s seabed show promising signs of recovery just four years after the 2016 earthquake, says NIWA.
  • Mussel farms may benefit the environment

    Media release
    A new study is doing a deep dive into whether mussel farms could help reduce nitrogen in New Zealand waters.
  • Identification of significant ecological areas for the Otago coastal marine area

    News article
    Long-term protection of Otago’s coastal habitats took a step closer to reality after more than 100 marine Significant Ecological Areas (SEA) were identified as part of a research project led by NIWA.
  • New maps reveal places at risk from sea-level rise

    Media release
    New maps from NIWA and the Deep South National Science Challenge show areas across Aotearoa New Zealand that could be inundated by extreme coastal flooding.
  • Crustacean celebrities of Aotearoa on display at Te Papa

    Media release
    Crabs, shrimps, lobsters, barnacles, slaters and other crustaceans are the stars of a new mini exhibition presented by NIWA and Te Papa.
  • Snapper

    Open wide: snapper teeth secrets

    News article
    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.
  • Counting carbon – NZ contributes to global CO2 stocktake

    Media release
    New Zealand researchers have contributed to the first ever stocktake of global greenhouse gas emissions.
  • NIWA discovers over two dozen new marine species in Wellington inlet

    Media release
    Researchers have discovered 26 species of roundworms that are completely new to science.
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    NIWA undertakes post-Gabrielle seabed mapping in Hawkes Bay

    Media release
    NIWA scientists will be in Hawkes Bay this week to map the seabed to measure the effects of Cyclone Gabrielle
  • NZ “ballerina sponge” in top 10 new species list

    Media release
    A fossilised sponge from New Zealand has been named as one of the top 10 new marine species of 2022.
  • Further ice loss for NZ’s glaciers

    Media release
    NIWA’s annual end-of-summer snowline survey has revealed continued loss of snow and ice for New Zealand’s famous glaciers.