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An update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
The intense low pressure system that developed in the Tasman sea late yesterday had become as strong as a category 2 tropical cyclone by 8am today, says NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll.
Six scientists reveal their favourite beaches but also observe how they’re changing.
Top of Natalie Robinson’s to-do list right now is to work out exactly what she’s brought back from Antarctica.
Summer is for scientific fieldwork. Three NIWA scientists are heading into the wild blue yonder, some with fancy technology and others with a coffee cup and a bag of party balloons.
A year is a short time in science but a lot happened in 2016. NIWA highlights its top scientific endeavours of the past 12 months.
Uncertainty abounds with Tropical Depression 04F set to become the first Tropical Cyclone of the season in the Southwest Pacific, about 300km north-west of Nadi, Fiji.
With just under three weeks until the end of the year, NIWA climate scientists say 2016 is set to be New Zealand’s hottest on record, breaking the previous record set in 1998.
New research has revealed that citizen science monitoring of water is a win-win for scientists and volunteers—one gains access to new data, and the other the skills and confidence to become involved in discussions over what is happening to their streams.
NIWA scientists are asking for help from people who have had a long association with East Northland, Hauraki Gulf or Marlborough Sounds.
NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa has been diverted to survey the seabed in areas affected by Monday’s earthquake.
A tape measure and a drill will be pretty much all the tools a NIWA scientist needs when he heads to Antarctica next week.
A critically endangered turtle today began a two-day journey back to its home in Rangitāhua, the Kermadecs.
Moderate La Niña or neutral tropical conditions expected to produce near average activity across most islands.
From one pole to the other, NIWA scientists work in some of the world’s most extraordinary landscapes.
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has today announced the creation of a new freshwater institute between NIWA and the University of Waikato.
NIWA scientists are this week making the final preparations for one of the organisation’s busiest summers at Antarctica.
New Zealand continues to punch above its weight in global environmental issues, with three Kiwis seeking a positive change to our oceans in Washington this month.
New Zealand is lucky to have its own sea lion. They were nearly driven to extinction more than 150 years ago by the first human settlers and then by commercial sealing—a story shared with nearly all seals.
NIWA forecasters believe that winter will return with a vengeance from tomorrow.
The 2016 NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair has again been a resounding success, with more than 500 intermediate and secondary school students taking part.
It’s time to close the door on winter – spring will be here on Thursday bearing gifts of warm winds and sunshine for September.
Rangiora residents willing to contribute to a community project about the quality of air in their town are being sought by NIWA scientists to help with their research.
After one of the most tranquil weeks of the season, winter returns to the South Island this weekend, delivering some fresh powder—music to the ears of the country’s snow hounds.
The Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge today announced funding for eight new scientific research projects to help New Zealanders better understand and manage the oceans surrounding them.

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