Media release

News and updates about our research, outreach and engagement

Stressor footprints and dynamics

Posted on 16 November 2020

Ocean robots show rivers flow further out to sea than expected

Aotearoa New Zealand's rivers don't just end at the coast, they travel much further than previously thought into our oceans, via eddies.

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Girl boogie-boarding on a wave - Flipped

Posted on 27 October 2020

Catching the wave: new Innovation Fund projects to grow our blue economy

Following a high level of interest, we are pleased to announce six projects that will be funded by the Innovation Fund 2020.

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Awhi Mai Awhi Atu mussel restoration success - September 2020
Credit: Dave Allen

Posted on 14 September 2020

Early signs of success at mussel ‘restoration stations’

Commercial mussel lines are great at catching mussel spat, but are predominantly made of plastic.

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Spatially-explicit decision support tools
Credit: Crispin Middleton NIWA 2018

Posted on 10 August 2020

Media statement: Te Mana o te Taiao - Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy 2020

Today, the Minister for Conservation launched Te Mana o te Taiao – The Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy, providing strategic direction for biodiversity in Aotearoa New Zealand for the next 30 years....

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EBM animation opening still

Posted on 08 June 2020

EBM: a remedy for Aotearoa New Zealand’s oceans

To celebrate World Ocean’s Day, this short animation explains what ecosystem-based management (EBM) is, and why Aotearoa New Zealand’s coasts and oceans need it.

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Mussel beds at Tonga Island Marine Reserve

Posted on 14 May 2020

Free Zoom backgrounds for Earth Day

This Earth Day, we’re celebrating our favourite place on the planet – the ocean.

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Ōhiwa harbour entrance

Posted on 09 March 2020

1,800+ schoolchildren (virtually) explored marine science for Seaweek

Last week (3–5 March), schoolchildren from across New Zealand travelled with LEARNZ and the Sustainable Seas Challenge to discover what's threatening mussels/kuku or kūtai, a taonga species, in Ōhiwa Harbour,...

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Frameworks for achieving and maintaining social licence

Posted on 02 March 2020

Words matter when it comes to social licence

The term ‘social licence to operate’ (SLO) implies that communities have the power to grant or withhold approval for marine businesses, but new research suggests otherwise.

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Dynamic Seas
Credit: Rob Suisted

Posted on 17 October 2019

Media statement: Today's marine environment report from MfE and StatsNZ

Julie Hall, Director: "It is deeply concerning that the state of our marine environment has not improved in the last three years.

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Sunset over Blenheim Lana
Credit: Lana

Posted on 24 October 2017

Art + Oceans 2018

We are co-funding the latest collaborative Art + Science project run by the Dunedin School of Art and University of Otago. 2018’s theme is Art + Oceans.

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Mussel beds at Tonga Island Alex Connolly

Posted on 16 October 2017

New term, new NZ marine science resources

School pupils can now explore a real-world issue facing New Zealand – how to best manage our vast marine resources – thanks to a collaboration between the Sustainable Seas Challenge...

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south coast DSC 7131 credit dave allen NIWA
Credit: Dave Allen NIWA

Posted on 18 August 2017

New expertise for leadership team

We are pleased to announce that Conrad Pilditch and Janet Stephenson have joined the Science Leadership Team, bringing both continuity and new blood.

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