The National Centre for Coasts & Oceans was opened by Pete Hodgson, then Minister of Research, Science and Technology, in November.
The Minister said the new national centre was timely for a number of reasons. For example, he said, understanding coastal processes such as erosion and the movement of sediment will matter a lot more as the country experiences increased storm events, and (later) rising sea levels, coupled with increasingly intensive aquaculture.
He congratulated NIWA on its prescience and competence, describing it as an institution of great importance to the nation.
More than 100 invited guests attended the opening ceremony on NIWA’s deepwater research vessel, Tangaroa, and were treated to guided tours of the ship.