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New fault found in Wellington Harbour

NIWA scientists have found a new active fault in Wellington Harbour after analysing data from a recent marine survey.

NIWA scientists working under the ice in Antarctica

NIWA marine ecologists, including specialist divers, are heading south shortly for the second stage in a range of experiments that take place under the ice in Antarctica.

Scientists take stunning photographs

A stunning close up photograph of a rare, bright yellow and blue aquatic creature has been voted the winner of this year’s public choice category of NIWA’s photography competition.

Finding the right whale in old places

Scientists on a rugged mid-winter trip to the remote sub-Antarctic islands have confirmed a large contingent of endangered southern right whales are spending the colder months near Campbell Island.

Understanding the factors that influence mercury levels in lake trout in geothermal regions

A NIWA study has shown that environmental factors influence the level of mercury in fish and other organisms in lakes in New Zealand's North Island geothermal area