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NIWA's Hotspot Watch

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.

Tropical cyclone update #1

NIWA meteorologists are monitoring the potential for ex-tropical cyclones to affect New Zealand early next week.

Instrument Systems Update 21

The latest news from our Instrument Systems Team covers irrigation, water use strategy and remote soil water measurement.

The search for yellow octopus

One of the ocean’s most elusive critters is about to meet its match as NIWA scientists voyage south hoping to film them in action – and bring a few samples home.

Improving seasonal climate forecasts

NIWA’s climate scientists are working to improve seasonal climate forecasts.