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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.

What's in your air, Alex?

NIWA is helping young people get involved in air quality research. With funding from Unlocking Curious Minds children from Alexandra Primary School are becoming junior scientists and learning about air quality in their town.

Climate change

Climate change effects are accelerating, driving the need for actions informed by sound climate knowledge.

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Latest News

Schoolgirl invents environmentally friendly dog pooper scooper

A Tauranga school student has solved a crucial problem for dog owners in the face of a ban on plastic bags.

Community project inspires scientists

A project to restore a stream catchment in Kaikōura—damaged in the 2016 earthquake—is being described as inspirational by NIWA scientists.

Scientist fills holes in Swiss cheese

What do taewa Māori (Māori potatoes) and Swiss cheese have in common? For NIWA social scientist Stephen FitzHerbert it’s much more than a tasty snack.

From small beginnings a valuable collection grows

Cathy Kilroy is quick to admit she’s a person who doesn’t like throwing anything away.

Councils get help to prepare for sea-level rise

A senior NIWA scientist is concerned many councils are having difficulty “getting off the starting blocks” when it comes to planning for coastal climate change.