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A 3D Printer is helping save New Zealand’s endangered native fish
A suite of projects that ranged from whether toothpaste’s a scam to capturing air, to human superpowers made up the 206 entries at this year’s NIWA Auckland City Science & Technology Fair.
A study looking at the impact of sleep on depression in adolescents was 18 months in the making for Ellen Thompson.
A new study from NIWA has mapped outdoor air quality for Invercargill and Alexandra in more detail than ever before.
A Year 13 from Saint Kentigern College scooped top prizes at the 2023 NIWA South and East Auckland Science Fair for her project “Crab-a-dabra!".
NIWA are studying the ocean off Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay to see how Cyclone Gabrielle has impacted the health of fisheries habitats and seabed ecosystems.
A newly launched tool developed by NIWA and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to predict dryness and drought will help farmers and growers be better prepared for challenging weather conditions.
A Wellington College pupil claimed two top prizes at this year’s NIWA Wellington Science and Technology Fair.
A tactile model for the blind has scooped top prize at the NIWA Waikato Science and Technology Fair.
NIWA scientists have discovered the origins of cryptic markings found in Aotearoa New Zealand’s deep sea.
The 2022 Tonga volcanic eruption triggered the fastest underwater flow ever recorded.

NIWA scientists are predicting that this year’s ozone hole will stay around for longer than usual, potentially lasting into early summer. 

NIWA’s Principal Scientist - Atmosphere and Climate, Dr Olaf Morgenstern, says this is largely due to a combination of climate change and the 2022 Tonga volcanic eruption. 

New research shows that in some cases, lifting houses may be a cost-effective way to reduce intermittent flooding risk.
A new NIWA study in Wellington Harbour will help scientists find untapped drinking water around the world.
NIWA has launched a $5 million per year package of new projects aiming to tackle some of New Zealand’s most pressing challenges, including responding to and preparing for extreme weather events.
A new database describing marine species has been released to assist conservation.
"We are pleased with and support Treasury and MBIE’s review of weather forecasting announced by Minister Webb."
Earlier this month, NIWA welcomed the Auckland University of Technology ‘Squid Squad’ – a team of scientists from the Lab for Cephalopod Ecology and Systematics – to unbox and categorise cephalopod species taken from voyages around the country.
NIWA meteorologists say people living in the North Island are likely to get the best views of the Matariki star cluster, particularly on Friday morning.
We’re only halfway through the year, but new NIWA analysis shows some parts of New Zealand have already recorded more than a year’s worth of rain.
Scientists have returned from a 14-day expedition to one of the most unexplored parts of the ocean.
Areas of Kaikōura’s seabed show promising signs of recovery just four years after the 2016 earthquake, says NIWA.
A new study is doing a deep dive into whether mussel farms could help reduce nitrogen in New Zealand waters.
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.
Crabs, shrimps, lobsters, barnacles, slaters and other crustaceans are the stars of a new mini exhibition presented by NIWA and Te Papa.


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