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Taxonomy symposium honours leading scientist

Taxonomy is one of New Zealand’s most important sciences but its impact is often not widely known nor understood.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Across the North Island, soil moisture levels have generally remained the same or decreased slightly when compared to this time last week.

Massive icebergs threaten NIWA equipment

NIWA may lose valuable scientific equipment after two massive icebergs broke off the Antarctic coastline over the weekend.

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. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have the potential to develop into drought.

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. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have the potential to develop into drought.