Past Events

A list of all past events.

2010 UV Workshop

7 April 2010 to 10 April 2010

Leading researchers from New Zealand and Australia who have an interest in UV radiation and its health impacts will be attending. Current list of talks.
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Havelock Mussel Festival

20 March 2010

Year after year the Havelock Mussel Festival is a huge success, drawing crowds of up to 6000 people.
In 2009 there were a record number of 70 stalls which offered food, wine and beer, crafts and industry displays. This was in conjunction with top kiwi entertainment, lots of fun activities - it really is the festival that brings the whole community together.
In 2010 NIWA will again be taking a Gold Sponsorship of the event, sponsoring the The NIWA Kidzone.

National Wetlands Symposium 2010

3 March 2010 to 5 March 2010

Registrations open! Early bird closes 31 October
The 4th National Wetland Restoration Symposium, will be held in Rotorua on March 3rd-5th 2010. The theme is: "Wetland Management and Restoration (Freshwater and Estuarine)."
This very practical-based forum is being organised by the Bay of Plenty Wetland Forum in association with the National Wetland Trust.

Australasian Coasts and Ports Conference

16 September 2009 to 18 September 2009

Te Papa Wellington

The Australasian Coasts and Ports Conference is the pre-eminent forum in the Australasian region for industry professionals from all disciplines to join together and discuss issues related to our coasts and ports.

NIWA is sponsoring and on the organising committee for this event.

For more details contact Dr Andrew Laing (

5th ANZ Aerosol Seminar

22 July 2009 to 24 July 2009

Location: NIWA Auckland from 22nd to 24th July 2009 (past).
The meeting has attracted a wide range of scientists from universities, research institutes and government agencies. Talks and posters have covered topics from aerosol fundamentals - physics and chemistry, formation and generation of aerosols - to urban PM and bush fires.
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Climate Change Adaptation 'Managing the Unavoidable'

20 May 2009 to 21 May 2009

Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand

This two-day conference will include keynote speeches and presentations by leading international and New Zealand experts and researchers on climate change and adaptation, case-study based panel discussions, and input from end-users on their needs for information and tools.  The NZCCC’s aim is to stimulate collaborative research by facilitating communication between scientists, planners, councils, engineers, businesses, Māori, and organisations dealing with climate change issues.

Past Climate Symposium and Australasian INTIMATE workshop

15 May 2009 to 17 May 2009

Te Papa, Wellington
Friday 15th May - Sunday 17th May 2009

This meeting will outline the latest advances in understanding past climates in New Zealand and Australia, the causes and effects of climate change in the Southern Hemisphere and the relationships with global climate change.
NIWA is part of the organising committee for this event.

Contact Dr Helen Bostock  ( for more details

Saving our Seas: fishing, protected areas and economics in marine conservation

7 May 2009

A Public Lecture will be given in Law 108 of the University of Canterbury on 6 May 2009, at 6pm. The speaker is Professor Steven Gaines, Marine Science Institute, Center for the Future of the Oceans, University of California, Santa Barbara,Visiting Erskine Fellow.

Refreshments will be available in the foyer from 5.30pm, sponsored by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.

NSF-MARGINS workshop: Towards Integration and Synthesis of MARGINS S2S Research in PNG and NZ Focus Areas.

5 April 2009 to 9 April 2009

The NSF-MARGINS Source-to-Sink (S2S) program will hold a workshop April 5-9, 2009 in Gisborne, New Zealand, for approximately 60 scientists. Research in the two S2S focus areas of PNG and NZ has reached a critical stage where integration and synthesis of results is now possible. This workshop represents the first opportunity for the two working groups to begin the process of integrating results and placing them in a broader context for conceptual and numerical model development.

Classification and Identification of Marine Organisms from Images and Video

29 March 2009 to 1 April 2009

The Census of Marine Life on Seamount's (CenSeam) group and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) are sponsoring a workshop on marine video and image analysis techniques. It will be held at the MBARI facility in Moss Landing, California from 29th of March through the 1st of April.

 or contact Dr Mireille Consalvey ( for more details