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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.

15 January 2018

In October a team of scientists from New Zealand and Finland travelled to Antarctica for a scientific diving expedition under the ice.

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NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 19 January 2018

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have the potential to develop into drought.

Look out for leopard seals

Beachgoers are being asked to look out for leopard seals over summer and report sightings as soon as possible.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 11 January 2018

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have the potential to develop into drought.

Summer series 2017 - Sailing the Southern Ocean - a scientific odyssey

NIWA’s research vessel Tangaroa sets off for a six-week voyage to Antarctica in February. Six of those aboard explain what they’re doing, what they’re worried about and the one thing they wouldn’t be without.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 21 December 2017

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have the potential to develop into drought.