Vessels

NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa has been diverted to survey the seabed in areas affected by Monday’s earthquake.
The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), through the Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF), has contracted NIWA to provide access to RV Tangaroa for the next four years (up to 2029/20) as a national research facility.
Read the latest news and updates from the Kermadec expedition 2016.
The voyage to the Kermadec region is a collaborative expedition between NIWA, Auckland Museum, Kelly Tarlton’s, Department of Conservation, Auckland and Massey Universities, The PEW Charitable Trusts and Te Papa.
While Tangaroa might be considered its flagship, NIWA’s extensive range of maritime work could not be completed without the support vessels Kaharoa and Ikatere.
In 2008, New Zealand experienced a massive growth spurt – gaining an area of control the size of Libya.
NIWA’s flagship of New Zealand ocean research – Tangaroa – is the modern-day Endeavour, venturing into open oceans to conduct work that’s proving how science and commercial outcomes go hand-in-hand.
The sounds made by whales and dolphins as they pass through New Zealand’s Cook Strait are to be recorded for the first time through a research project being undertaken by a NIWA scientist.

What does NIWA actually do? The answer might surprise you.

NIWA researchers have spent part of the last month keeping a close eye on the bottom of Lake Tekapo to find out what it looks like and what is going on below the lake bed.
NIWA’s research vessel Kaharoa leaves Wellington tomorrow for a three-week voyage to deploy the first Deep Argo floats to collect data on climate change at ocean depths of about 5700m.
Setting sail on day one the weather was brilliant and the swell minimal, a good omen for what was ahead.
The last few days have seen a smorgasbord of new experiences for me already.
Scientists are beginning a voyage to the middle of the marine food web today to find out more about one of the most complex networks on the planet.
NIWA leads many ocean research voyages from the tropical waters of the Pacific to Antarctica. This page highlights some of these voyages.
The increasing threat of marine pests to New Zealand’s biosecurity is the focus of a major new research project to be conducted by NIWA scientists.
NIWA scientists use the latest multibeam echo-sounding technology to generate new charts of the seafloor around Kapiti island.
A team of marine geoscientists from New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research begins mapping the submarine landscape of Kapiti Island and Coast on Friday, 5 June.
A team of scientists aboard NIWA’s deepwater research vessel Tangaroa returned to Wellington with new knowledge about methane ‘leaking’ into the atmosphere.
Anzac Day came early for the NIWA research vessel Tangaroa. Because of their easterly position about 40km off the Poverty Bay coast of New Zealand’s North Island, the scientists and crew aboard Tangaroa were among the first in the world to greet the day when dawn broke at 0644.
Dr Richard O’Driscoll, Voyage Leader aboard RV Tangaroa for the NZ-Australia Antarctica Ecosystems Voyage 2015 says the research project accomplished all science objectives they set out to achieve.
Now back on dry land, Voyage Leader Richard O'Driscoll reflects on the final days of RV Tangaroa's 2015 Antarctica expedition.
NIWA scientists aboard RV Tangaroa have been trawling the central Ross Sea calculating the abundance of the prey species.
NIWA voyage leader Dr Richard O’Driscoll updates the Tangaroa’s encounter with the planet’s largest living beings – the Antarctic blue whales – and discovers what’s on their menu.

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