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Imagine if you could foresee what would happen to your home in a severe flood or tsunami, and then work out how to prevent or reduce the impact before any such event occurred.

The scientific records of palaeotsunamis to have affected New Zealand shores can now be accessed in a new one-stop information shop.

Scientists will be knocking on doors in Edgecumbe next week seeking to survey the damage done to buildings from recent flooding caused when a stopbank on the Rangitaiki River breached.

New Zealand’s coast is sculpted by ocean waves. Some wave conditions bring joy to surfers and beachgoers, but, at other times, waves can cause major hazards at sea or along the shore.

The Kiwi dream of owning a beachfront property with panoramic views of the ocean is under threat—and not just for financial reasons.
Category 5 Cyclone Winston made landfall in Fiji on 20 February, damaging and destroying thousands of homes and buildings. It left in its wake a death toll of 44 and more than 50,000 people in evacuation centres.
Another powerful weather system is set to hit New Zealand tonight and tomorrow morning, bringing another round of strong, gusty wind and drenching downpours.
NIWA researchers have spent part of the last month keeping a close eye on the bottom of Lake Tekapo to find out what it looks like and what is going on below the lake bed.
NIWA meteorologists continue to monitor the progression of Tropical Cyclone Winston.
Despite tropical systems staying north, heavy rain and strong wind threatens this week.
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has released a report warning that New Zealand needs to better prepare for rising seas on its coastal towns and cities.
Floods are not unusual in New Zealand, but those that hit us early this winter broke records. Why did they occur? Should we expect more? Can we predict future floods?
There was a common factor in the floods that hit swathes of New Zealand midway through this year – they were all forecastable.
Rob Bell is happiest occupying the high ground. With a 35-year career in researching, modeling and monitoring natural hazards, such as king tides, coastal inundation, storms and tsunami, he knows that elevation from coastal margins is the only true protection from a potentially turbulent future.
Cyclone Pam’s furious flight path across the South Pacific in March this year illustrated the danger natural hazards pose to life, livelihoods and infrastructural development in the region.
NIWA is asking Dunedin residents to send in photos of this week’s flooding in the city between noon Wednesday and noon Thursday.
An international team of scientists has analysed 7000 years’ worth of lake-bottom mud from central Hawke’s Bay to work out how often the region might expect earthquakes.
A unique pilot project to help Samoa’s largest village better cope with natural disaster is the focus of an upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Samoa timed to coincide with a major United Nations conference in Apia.
NIWA scientists are asking Christchurch residents for help following this week's flooding.

New information on how rivers will flood during extreme weather will soon be available to help communities become safer and reduce the costs of natural disasters.

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