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Monday, 3 February 2014
1:50PM
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. 470 views

Friday, 2 November 2012
9:45PM
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. 231 views

Wednesday, 3 October 2012
2:23PM
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. 192 views

9:43AM
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. 128 views

Tuesday, 2 October 2012
1:59PM
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. 369 views

Friday, 14 September 2012
4:01PM
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. 284 views

Tuesday, 21 August 2012
12:52PM
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. 241 views

Monday, 6 August 2012
2:55PM
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. 215 views

Tuesday, 19 June 2012
8:24AM
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. 260 views

Tuesday, 12 June 2012
8:13AM
Scientists set to spy on rockhopper penguins Scientists are poised to solve a mystery. 268 views

Thursday, 7 June 2012
8:59AM
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. 312 views

Wednesday, 6 June 2012
4:57PM
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. 155 views

1:50PM
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. 140 views

Tuesday, 5 June 2012
2:11PM
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. 150 views

Wednesday, 30 May 2012
2:44PM
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. 180 views

Friday, 18 May 2012
4:10PM
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. 208 views

Monday, 7 May 2012
10:11AM
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. 311 views

Wednesday, 2 May 2012
9:48AM
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. 303 views

Tuesday, 1 May 2012
8:57AM
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. 232 views

Friday, 13 April 2012
10:15AM
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. 457 views

Wednesday, 11 April 2012
2:08PM
Spying on our great white sharks Scientists  have just completed a successful trip to Stewart Island, tagging 23 great white sharks. 117 views

Friday, 23 March 2012
8:01AM
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. 249 views

Monday, 12 March 2012
8:13AM
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. 446 views

Monday, 5 March 2012
9:11PM
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. 231 views

8:04AM
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. 164 views

Wednesday, 29 February 2012
3:23PM
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. 143 views

Sunday, 26 February 2012
6:13PM
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. 245 views

Thursday, 9 February 2012
5:56PM
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. 218 views

4:34PM
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. 236 views

3:28PM
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. 170 views



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