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NIWA meteorologists say people living in the lower North Island and eastern South Island are likely to get the best views of the Matariki star cluster during the upcoming weekend.
What does science tell us about New Zealand lamprey?
What does science tell us about New Zealand flounder?
A new study has identified seven freshwater species native to Aotearoa-New Zealand that will likely be highly or very highly vulnerable to climate change.

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A four-year research programme focused on the co-management and restoration of our freshwater taonga species.
Three plants of an endemic submerged quillwort (Isoëtes) were recovered from Lake Ōmāpere by NIWA in 1998, prior to the lake weed (Egeria densa) dying off and the lake switching into an algal dominated turbid state. No further isoëtes plants have been observed in the lake since that time.
Maniapoto Māori Trust Board and NIWA worked collaboratively during 2018-19 to support Ngāti Maniapoto whānau to reconnect with and participate in the assessment of their freshwater according to their values.

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Te Kūwaha, NIWA’s National Centre for Māori Environmental Research is a dedicated Māori research team, with a vision to work in partnership with others to enable complementary knowledge systems to support kaitiakitanga and provide environmental research excellence that enhances the social, environmental and economic aspirations of whānau, hapū and iwi, Maori communities and Maori business.

Tracing tsunamis through history
Weaving whakapapa and science together to trace tsunami through history.
Instream structures such as hydroelectric dams may act as barriers to fish migration, and have the ability to alter the ecological connectivity of freshwater environments.

As eels only spawn once before death, they require different management to other fish.

On a global scale, market demand for eels as a foodstuff is high and declines in wild eel production mean that aquaculture is being put forward as a potential provider.
The majority of New Zealanders are able to recall a story about catching eels when they were children, to eat from the camp fire or enter into the local pig hunting competition.
Tangata whenua in the North and Chatham Islands may customarily fish under Regulation 27A, Fisheries (Amateur Fishing) Regulations 1986 in areas that are not yet covered by the Fisheries (Kaimoana Customary Fishing) Regulations 1998.
From about the 1840s, willows (Salix spp.) were introduced to New Zealand by early settlers.
Finding and collating information that already may exist for the lake, river or stream you are interested in, choosing the right sampling methods, and making sure that the data you work hard to collect is stored safely are all important things to consider in your monitoring programme.
There are a range of different sampling methods which can be used, including electric fishing, fyke nets, Gee-Minnow traps, scoop nets, whitebait nets and observation.

Site selection and timing are important factors to consider when designing a representative sampling strategy .

Defining your research questions is the first place to start when designing a survey.

NIWA's National Centre of Māori Environmental Research (also known as Te Kūwaha) has been developing tailor-made training workshops for Māori.
Shortfin and longfin eels are an important resource from both a human/cultural use and biodiversity perspective.
New Zealand's first eel farm was established in 1971. Despite other farms opening in later years, no eel farms remained by the start of the 1980s.
On a global scale, market demand for eels as a foodstuff is high and declines in wild eel production mean that aquaculture is being put forward as a potential eel source.
Since European settlement there have been many changes in land use in New Zealand, with large forested areas having been cleared for human habitation and agriculture.

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