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Monday, 3 February 2014
Scientists spot rare blue whales off New Zealand coast Rare blue whales have been spotted by NIWA scientists on a research expedition in the South Taranaki Bight. 611 views

Friday, 2 November 2012
A cool October in the south and west South Island; very dry in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay Temperature     A cool October for the south and west of the South Island, as well as Ruapehu to Hamilton, including inland Bay of Plenty. 384 views

Wednesday, 3 October 2012
Recent studies reveal significant warming of the world's lakes Scientists from around the world that work on lakes are pooling data and expertise, to better understand global changes in lake temperature. 269 views

Climate change trends to be studied Potential climate change trends over the next 90 years will be identified and examined in a new, multi-million dollar research project which aims to ‘climate proof’ New Zealand. 209 views

Tuesday, 2 October 2012
Spring westerlies kick-start September Spring westerlies arrived during the first few days of September, and prevailed during the first half of the month. These stormy westerly quarter winds produced very wet conditions on the West Coast of the South Island, but in contrast, a rather dry month in eastern areas of both islands. From mid-month, a pattern change saw more anticyclones than usual lie over New Zealand and to the east of the country. This combination of patterns resulted in more northwest winds than normal over New Zealand for the month of September, overall. 564 views

Friday, 14 September 2012
NIWA celebrates success of the Montreal Protocol This Sunday, NIWA celebrates the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Montreal Protocol, which is hailed as the most successful international environmental protection treaty to date. 403 views

Tuesday, 21 August 2012
NIWA seafloor mapping of Auckland's doorstep NIWA’s research vessel Tangaroa will set sail from Wellington on 21 August to map the seabed in the mid-to-outer Greater Hauraki Gulf, including the coast off Coromandel. 357 views

Monday, 6 August 2012
NIWA National Climate Summary: A month of two halves; cold & dry to start, then wet & warm Rainfall Extremely wet in Northland, Western Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Gisborne, southern Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Tasman, south Canterbury and parts of Otago.  In contrast, it was unusually dry in Southland. 361 views

Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Float your boat! Scientists use hi-tech miniature Q-boat to measure river flows Scientists are using a remote-controlled miniature speedboat to gauge New Zealand river flows. 860 views

Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Scientists set to spy on rockhopper penguins Scientists are poised to solve a mystery. 415 views

Thursday, 7 June 2012
French and Kiwi scientists say "oui!" to stronger scientific cooperation in the South Pacific Next week, in New Caledonia, representatives from NIWA and French science agency GOPS will join forces to sign a significant agreement for closer scientific collaboration in the South Pacific region. 398 views

Wednesday, 6 June 2012
National Climate Summary – Autumn 2012: Dry and record sunny over South Island Rainfall: Dry over the South Island as well as in Manawatu-Wanganui and the Tararua District.  Above normal autumn rainfall for Northland, north Auckland, Gisborne, parts of Hawkes Bay and the south Wairarapa coast. 244 views

Looking to the past for a complete record of earthquakes in Poverty Bay Scientists have been working on ways to find out about earthquakes that occurred before oral and written records began in New Zealand. 217 views

Tuesday, 5 June 2012
National Climate Summary National Climate Summary – May 2012:  Dry over the South Island; generally sunny & cool Rainfall: Extremely dry in Canterbury, and generally dry elsewhere in the South Island. 233 views

Wednesday, 30 May 2012
NIWA National Climate Centre Seasonal Climate Outlook June-August 2012 Drier winter likely for some Neutral conditions (neither La Niña nor El Niño) presently exist in the tropical Pacific and should persist through much of winter, but there is a likelihood of El Niño developing by spring. 274 views

Friday, 18 May 2012
New Zealand: first in the world to catalogue all its species through all of time New Zealand is the first country in the world to catalogue its entire known living and fossil life. 271 views

Monday, 7 May 2012
Vital areas of New Zealand's seafloor to be revealed in detail for the first time   New Zealand’s largest research vessel Tangaroa sets off today to map, in high resolution detail, the southern Hikurangi Margin - a vital area of seabed off the east coast of New Zealand. 395 views

Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Seasonal Climate Outlook - La Niña over, and a mild start to winter for New Zealand Neutral conditions prevail in the tropical Pacific (no La Niña or El Niño), after the end of the 2011/12 La Niña event. 700 views

Tuesday, 1 May 2012
NIWA Media Release Is that the sea creeping up behind me? The sea is creeping up on us, with storm surge flooding starting to occur more frequently on king tides. 362 views

Friday, 13 April 2012
Robot spies make new science discoveries in Fiordland's World Heritage Park NIWA and Environment Southland have recently returned with stunning new footage of undersea sills in Dusky and Doubtful Sounds, brimming with sea life, corals and sponges.  The footage was taken from a remote-operated vehicle (ROV), and is being used to assess 20 areas within Fiordland currently designated as anchoring sites for tourist cruise ships. 708 views

Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Spying on our great white sharks Scientists  have just completed a successful trip to Stewart Island, tagging 23 great white sharks. 188 views

Friday, 23 March 2012
Flyathalon - NIWA gives aquatic insects an obstacle course How far and fast can aquatic insects travel upstream? Do the adults have to fly, or can the larvae crawl? A NIWA scientist is using obstacle courses to test the ability of fly larvae for upstream travel - a kind of flyathalon. 331 views

Monday, 12 March 2012
First-of-its-kind study finds wild mussel beds may recover Overfishing and sedimentation have reduced the number of natural beds of green-lipped mussels (Perna canaliculus), in soft sediment habitats, from many regions around New Zealand. 606 views

Monday, 5 March 2012
National Climate Summary – Summer 2011: North Island and Nelson – short changed! Summer (December 2011- February 2012) was characterised by more highs than usual near the Chatham Islands, and more lows than normal over the north Tasman Sea. 312 views

NIWA scientist studies the mixing of river and sea and asks: Where do river sediments go? Flying above the New Zealand coastline on cloudless days, you can sometimes see plumes of material-laden river water, much of it containing sediment from land runoff. 252 views

Wednesday, 29 February 2012
La Nina gone by Easter; somewhat stormy Tasman Sea A mature La Niña event in the tropical Pacific should be gone by Easter, according to the NIWA National Climate Centre.  This means that local sea temperatures around our coast, and low pressure activity over the Tasman Sea, are likely to most influence our autumn climate. 231 views

Sunday, 26 February 2012
Pig power science yields good results in NZ and overseas An innovative biogas system, developed at NIWA Hamilton, has been embraced by the Australian pork industry. 340 views

Thursday, 9 February 2012
Southwest Pacific Tropical Cyclone Outlook: Average or below average activity for most islands during the late season, but near normal number of total named storms for the region New Zealand’s National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and New Zealand MetService have issued a tropical cyclone outlook on behalf of collaborating organisations from the southwest Pacific, including Australia, the USA, the Pacific Island National Meteorological Services, French Polynesia, and New Caledonia. 306 views

Our Far South voyage sets sail Fifty intrepid travellers set off from Bluff tomorrow, onboard the Spirit of Enderby, a Russian ice-strengthened ship, destined for Antarctica and the sub-Antarctica. 337 views

International experts set sail to see how the ocean creates clouds Next week, NIWA’s research vessel Tangaroa will set sail for the Chatham Rise, for an international study of how microscopic organisms in the surface waters may affect the creation of clouds. 242 views

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