Pacific Rim

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai visited NIWA’s Wellington campus this week, as part of his first official visit to New Zealand.

'Shifting Paradigm' is an exhibition about the project to help the Samoan coastal village of Sa’anapu better cope with natural disasters after it was badly affected by cyclones and tsunami.

Muliagatele Filomena Nelson from Samoa's Ministry of Natural Resources  and Environment discusses integrating traditional knowledge when  adapting to climate change in Samoa.

Tofa Tafili Popese Leaana recounts living through a cyclone in the Samoan village of Sa'anapu.

The coastal Samoan village of Sa'anapu has been ravaged by cyclones and tsunamis in recent years.

Now plans are being developed to improve the community's resilience to natural disasters, including moving living areas away from the coast and developing a multi-purpose emergency shelter within existing cultural and environmental values.

NIWA is working closely with village elders, Bonnifait+Giesen Architects and the Samoan government on this unique project which combines science, architecture and anthropology.

What does NIWA actually do? The answer might surprise you.

Shifting Paradigm -- the village of Sa’anapu, Samoa

18 March 2016 to 12 May 2016

A unique art exhibition that combines science, architecture and anthropology to forge a new future for a Samoan village opens in Wellington next week. 

The exhibition stems from a pilot project to help Samoa’s largest village, Sa’anapu, better cope with natural disaster after it was badly affected by a tsunami in 2009 and Cyclone Evans in late 2012.

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.

Anal Chandra from Fiji's Meteorological Service talks about collaborating with NIWA and creating a better network of weather stations across Fiji.

Pacific Rim Manager Doug Ramsay gives an overview of NIWA's work in the Pacific. NIWA offers a wide variety of services including climate change adaptation, village sanitation, aquaculture, and water quality.

Improvements in water supply throughout rural Fiji have created sanitation issues relating to greater volumes of waste water for disposal. NIWA scientist Chris Tanner discusses cost effective solutions for local waste water treatment at Namaqumaqua village on Fiji's Coral Coast.

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.
Could Wallis and Futuna be affected by tsunamis? And if so, what characteristics would such tsunamis have?

Compiled by NIWA from the United Nations report "Keeping Track of Our Changing Environment: From Rio to Rio+20 (1992-2012)".

Full report at http://www.unep.org/geo/pdfs/keeping_track.pdf [4.8 MB]. 

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.

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