Coasts and Oceans

NIWA aims to provide the knowledge needed for the sound environmental management of our marine resources.

Coasts and Oceans

The Coasts & Oceans Centre aims to provide the knowledge needed for the sound environmental management of our marine resources.

This will ensure that the economic, social and environmental benefits are realised now, and into the future. 

Setting new baselines in the southern seas

While most New Zealanders were settling into their summer break, some scientists were double-checking their survival gear before heading to work deep in the Southern Ocean.

Kaikōura earthquake provides world-first insight into submarine canyons

Research conducted after the 2016, 7.8 magnitude Kaikōura earthquake has provided scientists with an extremely rare opportunity to understand the processes that shape submarine canyons.

Satellite tracking of blue whales in New Zealand waters

The aim of this voyage was to examine the movement and habitat utilization of pygmy blue whales in New Zealand waters.
NIWA's glider offers new understanding of ocean processes

NIWA's underwater glider 'Manaia' is deployed off the Kapiti coast to collect data on temperature, salinity, pressure, oxygen, fluorescence, light and turbidity that will complement the information gathered by the fixed moorings.