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Rangiora: NIWA needs your help

Rangiora residents willing to contribute to a community project about the quality of air in their town are being sought by NIWA scientists to help with their research.

Snow trends 18th August

After one of the most tranquil weeks of the season, winter returns to the South Island this weekend, delivering some fresh powder—music to the ears of the country’s snow hounds.

Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge announces successful research projects

The Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge today announced funding for eight new scientific research projects to help New Zealanders better understand and manage the oceans surrounding them.

Penguins reveal unknown swimming talents

The remarkable long distance swimming abilities of penguins have impressed NIWA scientists who have tracked almost 100 birds over winter in the Southern Ocean.

Snow forecast

After the coldest and snowiest stretch of winter last week, there’s some settled weather in the forecast for anyone heading to the ski slopes.