Media release

News and updates about our research, outreach and engagement

Kelp in Kaikōura
Credit: Leigh Tait/NIWA

Posted on 16 August 2021

Developing a rimurimu/seaweed sector would hugely benefit Aotearoa New Zealand

A prosperous rimurimu/seaweed sector has massive potential to improve the health and well-being of Aotearoa New Zealand, our research shows.

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Aotea Island, Great Barrier Islands
Credit: Yu Xuan Lee/Unsplash

Posted on 22 June 2021

Expert comment: Revitalising the Gulf

Today the Government has released the Revitalising the Gulf, a strategy to restore the health and mauri of the Hauraki Gulf.

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Credit: Aaron Birch

Posted on 09 June 2021

Marine indigenous knowledge crucial for solving global challenges

World Oceans Day (8 June 2021) has seen Aotearoa New Zealand’s government acknowledge that protecting our seas can safeguard us from climate, food and biodiversity challenges.

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Close up shot of boat in Bay of Islands taken from Urupukapuka Island Paihia New Zealand. Credit Koon Chakhatrakan
Credit: Koon Chakhatrakan

Posted on 24 May 2021

Media statement: Budget 2021

"Sustainable Seas welcomes the Budget 2021 allocation to establish a robust national environmental monitoring and reporting framework.

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People interacting with The Unseen at The Engine Room, Wellington
Credit: Charlotte Panton

Posted on 07 May 2021

Tauranga schoolkids helping create a giant rope artwork about marine science

From 10–14 May, daily workshops will be held with 450 local students from 7 Tauranga schools looking at the tides, kai moana species and historical land reclamation in the Tauranga…

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Fish at Poor Knight's Island
Credit: Dive! Tutukaka

Posted on 22 March 2021

Media statement on PMCSA The Future of Commercial Fishing in Aotearoa New Zealand

Julie Hall, Challenge Director:“The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor’s recommendations are in line with the Government’s desire for holistic, ecosystem-based fisheries management to support a healthier ocean that provides for future…

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Credit: Leigh Tait/NIWA

Posted on 04 March 2021

NZ school kids learning why seaweed helps our economy and nature

Kiwi school kids are about to learn how scientists know seaweed is an amazing marine resource set to help local communities — and the ocean — recover from COVID-19 lockdowns…

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The Unseen and Gabby O'Connor
Credit: Braden Fastier

Posted on 02 March 2021

New giant collaborative artwork reveals our connection to the marine world

Combining art with science is a powerful way of communicating complex concepts in the marine environment, from climate change to ocean acidification to ki uta ki tai (mountains-to-sea connection).

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Boat trip at Poor Knight's Island
Credit: Dive! Tutukaka

Posted on 18 February 2021

Expert comment: PCE report on sustainable tourism

Today, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment released their latest report 'Not 100% – but four steps closer to sustainable tourism'.

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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 the 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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