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Thursday, 12 May 2022
Marine 10:14AM
Anchors cause "extensive, persistent" damage to seafloor

PICTON — High-resolution mapping has produced the first ever global estimates of coastal habitat damage caused by anchoring.

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Friday, 6 May 2022
Science 2:23AM
Happy diamond anniversary for some laudable work

ALEXANDRA — A Central Otago scientific research station with a globally revered reputation is marking its 60th anniversary.

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Friday, 29 April 2022
Environment 1:27PM
Easy access to environmental research data

New Zealand’s seven Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) have created the National Environmental Data Centre (NEDC) website to make the environmental information held by CRIs more accessible to all New Zealanders.

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Monday, 28 March 2022
Weather 10:39AM
Glaciers continue to shrink this year, says NIWA

The annual end-of-summer snowline survey of more than 50 South Island glaciers has revealed continued loss of snow and ice.

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Saturday, 26 March 2022
Weather 3:11AM
New national rainfall record surpasses 56-year-old record

WHANGAREI — This week’s torrential rains have set a new national rainfall record.

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Monday, 3 February 2014
Conservation 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.

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Friday, 2 November 2012
Weather 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.

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Wednesday, 3 October 2012
Environment 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.

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Environment 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.

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Tuesday, 2 October 2012
Weather 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.

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Friday, 14 September 2012
Science 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.

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Marine 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.

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Monday, 6 August 2012
Weather 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.

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Science 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.

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Science 8:13AM
Scientists set to spy on rockhopper penguins

Scientists are poised to solve a mystery.

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Thursday, 7 June 2012
Weather 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.

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Weather 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.

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Earthquakes 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.

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Tuesday, 5 June 2012
Weather 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.

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Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Weather 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.

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Friday, 18 May 2012
Conservation 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.

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Monday, 7 May 2012
Environment 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.

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Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Weather 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.

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Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Weather 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.

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Friday, 13 April 2012
Marine 10:15AM
Robot spies make new science discoveries in Fiordland's World Heritage Park

SOUTHLAND — 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.

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Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Science 2:08PM
Spying on our great white sharks

Scientists  have just completed a successful trip to Stewart Island, tagging 23 great white sharks.

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Friday, 23 March 2012
Environment 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.

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Monday, 12 March 2012
Environment 8:13AM
First-of-its-kind study finds wild mussel beds may recover

AUCKLAND — 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.

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Monday, 5 March 2012
Weather 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.

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Environment 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.

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