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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.

End of Summer Snowline Survey

NIWA has carried out aerial surveys of over 50 of the South Island’s glaciers every year for more than four decades.

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Scientists bring in schoolchildren to help with air quality research

Pupils at a Central Otago primary school are helping NIWA air quality scientists learn more about pollution in their town in a four-month project that will track where smoke comes from and where it goes over winter.

New Aust-NZ research ship collaboration established

Australian and New Zealand scientific research organisations have established the first formal collaboration aimed at promoting the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible operation of research ships.

NIWA undertakes an ambitious, complex seabed experiment

One of the most challenging scientific underwater experiments ever attempted by NIWA is taking place this month on the Chatham Rise.

Unidentified whale signals recorded in Cook Strait

Two yet-to-be identified species of beaked whales have been detected in the Cook Strait region. Identifying which species they are is important for understanding the status of marine mammal populations in New Zealand waters.

Light shines on UV radiation research

Sun worshippers may feel the burn next week as scientists and health professionals from around the world meet in Wellington to discuss the latest research on the effects of UV radiation.