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NIWA’s science services are delivered by our thirteen National Centres. Each centre conducts a raft of research contributing to a high level outcome for New Zealand.


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NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Soil moisture levels across the North Island have stayed largely unchanged when compared to this time last week with the exception of the Manawatu-Wanganui region and Central Hawke’s Bay where soil moisture decreased

Sir Peter Blake Ambassador Fenna Beets - smooth sailing

Setting sail on day one the weather was brilliant and the swell minimal, a good omen for what was ahead.

Sir Peter Blake Trust Ambassador Mitchell Chandler - in the field

This past week I have been based in Wellington. My favourite aspect of being here so far has been the field work

Summer Series Week 1: A year of weather

There were floods, tornados, fires and big waves in another year of big weather for New Zealand. NIWA climate scientists review the inclement highlights month by month.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.