Information management

NIWA maintains some of New Zealand’s most important national databases for environmental information.

  • The National Climate Database

Contact Alan Porteous,

  • The National Water Resources Archive

Contact Mike Bargh, 

  • The National Water Quality Information System

Contact Rob Davies-Colley,


  • The National Freshwater Biodata Information System 

The National Invertebrate Collection and Database 

Contact Kareen Schnabel,



This section will soon be expanded to include detailed information on each of these services.

Josh Smith and Erica Williams sampling the Utakura River with a backpack electric fishing machine. You can see what they caught in Williams et al. (2009) - Tuna population survey of Lake Ōmāpere and the Utakura River. Credit: Wakaiti Dalton