NIWA aims to provide the knowledge needed for the sound environmental management of our marine resources.

  • Mapping the oceans through citizen science

    The Seabed 2030 South and West Pacific Ocean Data Center is one of four global Regional Centres, each being responsible for data gathering and mapping in their territory.
  • Exploring deep-sea oases

    Deep below the ocean surface, life thrives in a world once thought to be inhospitable.
  • Seabed 2030

    Did you know NIWA is leading a NZ partnership in a worldwide initiative to map the entire globe’s seafloor? Found out more about the Seabed 2030 initiative.
  • Will it be a fintastic fishing year?

    Feature story
    A marine heatwave is happening all around New Zealand. Warmer waters are more pleasant for swimming in and can create wilder weather. But what do they mean for fishing? Let’s dive into the science behind getting a good catch.
  • Studying a fragile and alien icy world

    Feature story
    NIWA scientists are doing what no others have done before. In a mysterious world just below the Antarctic ice, a delicate web of ice crystals forms a habitat that’s unique and largely unknown. Until now…
  • Rewilding green-lipped mussels

    Feature story
    Local marine farmers, scientists and iwi have joined forces to turn the fate of wild mussels around.
  • Our seas are sizzling again

    Media release
    Coastal sea temperatures around Aotearoa New Zealand have risen well above average, NIWA forecasters say.
  • Dramatic first weeks for Wellington’s newly hatched kororā

    Media release
    Two kororā chicks – also known as little blue penguins – have hatched in Wellington. They were born in a protective nest box in Evan’s Bay, set up by NIWA and Places for Penguins, in partnership with the Urban Wildlife Trust.
  • 2021 - Kaikōura Canyon

    Kaikōura Canyon reveals its muddy secrets
  • Catch sampling

    Feature story
    The ear bone of a snapper holds a wealth of information. However, it is not until you look at thousands of them that the picture of a population reveals itself. So where do you get 10,000 snapper ear bones from?
  • Researchers produce stunning images

    Media release
    A break in the clouds in a remote Fiordland valley and a chance encounter with a jellyfish under the Antarctic ice provide just some of the highlights from this year’s NIWA Staff Photography competition.
  • Coastal flooding likely to be main driver for adaptation

    Media release
    New NIWA-led research shows increasing flood risk is going to be what leads people to make changes to adapt to sea-level rise.