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Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai visited NIWA’s Wellington campus this week, as part of his first official visit to New Zealand.
A unique art exhibition that combines science, architecture and anthropology to forge a new future for a Samoan village opens in Wellington next week.
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.
When Cyclone Pam slammed into Vanuatu in May the vulnerability of Pacific’s island nations to extreme weather was again laid bare.
Modern development and population growth have generated severe pollution problems in some Pacific Island nations.
An exhibition of work NIWA was involved in titled “Shifting Paradigm: The Village of Sa’Anapu, Samoa” was hosted by the National Museum of Samoa this year and is now available in a striking digital presentation.

7/06/2012 

Next week, in New Caledonia, representatives from NIWA and French science agency GOPS will join forces to sign a significant agreement for closer scientific collaboration in the South Pacific region.

Southwest Pacific Tropical Cyclone Outlook: Average or below average activity for most islands during the late season, but near normal number of total named storms for the region.

New Zealand's National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and New Zealand MetService have issued a tropical cyclone outlook on behalf of collaborating organisations from the southwest Pacific, including Australia, the USA, the Pacific Island National Meteorological Services, French Polynesia, and New Caledonia.

Highly detailed maps of New Zealand’s seabed are now freely available on NIWA’s website.

The aptly named ‘Rumble III’ undersea volcano on the Kermadec Ridge, 200 km northeast of Auckland, has dropped in height by 120 metres in the last couple of years, pioneering research by NIWA has shown.

Climate and weather organisations across the Pacific are still predicting near normal tropical cyclone activity across the southwest Pacific for the rest of the season through to April. On average, nine tropical cyclones occur in the region each cyclone season (Nov-Apr).

A team of NZ scientists say the results of their field work after the Samoa Tsunami are of interest internationally and here in New Zealand.

Climate and weather organisations across the Pacific are predicting near normal tropical cyclone activity in the southwest Pacific this coming summer. On average, nine tropical cyclones occur in the region each year.

Neutral El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) conditions are likely to give an average chance of tropical cyclone activity for most tropical South Pacific countries over coming months. Communities should remain alert and prepared.

Small islands, including those in the South Pacific, are already experiencing the effects of climate change, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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