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NIWA’s science services are delivered by our thirteen National Centres. Each centre conducts a raft of research contributing to a high level outcome for New Zealand.

2018 NIWA staff photo competition

This year the competition attracted more than 400 entries from staff capturing the beauty of New Zealand’s natural features, NIWA’s work and rarely seen creatures.

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Scientists listen to the sound of photosynthesising seaweeds

NIWA scientists are hoping they may one day be able to “listen” to kelp forests in the waters around New Zealand to find out how they are faring.

Treasure found on Northland beach

A chance find by a woman walking on a Northland beach is now helping scientists learn more about mako sharks.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 17 October 2018

There are no currently no hotspots, but an area to monitor is in the southern Hurunui District in northern Canterbury.

Handwritten files provide sediment treasure chest

A NIWA scientist who spent years poring over handwritten scientific notes stored in about 50 large wooden drawers, has seen the fruits of her labour now being used in ways she never imagined.

NIWA staff capture incredible images

Once, or twice a year, when the tides and moon align, the brightly coloured jewel anemone will spawn, sending trails into the ocean in a spectacle that few get to witness.