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Tasman tempest may bring flooding rain, damaging wind Friday night and Saturday

A potent storm strengthening over the Tasman Sea will move over New Zealand tonight and pummel the country with heavy, possibly flooding, rain and damaging wind gusts.

Air quality scientists look for smoke signals

With winter fast approaching, NIWA’s air quality scientists are returning to Rangiora for the second stage of a research project that is set to revolutionise how communities can measure and control pollution.

Squally rain, wind, snow on the way

Another powerful weather system is set to hit New Zealand tonight and tomorrow morning, bringing another round of strong, gusty wind and drenching downpours.

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.