News and updates about our research, outreach and engagement

Recreational fishing boat credit Stuart Mackay NIWA
Credit: Stuart Mackay, NIWA

Posted on 06 July 2020

Website: tell us what you think

You may have noticed that our website has a fresh new look with gorgeous imagery of our marine world. More importantly, it makes our mahi much easier to explore.

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Posted on 16 June 2020

Interview with Josie Crawshaw

Dr Josie Crawshaw is an Environmental Scientist at Bay of Plenty Regional Council, with a focus on marine ecology.

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Posted on 15 June 2020

Leading our Vision Mātauranga

We work closely with Māori capturing their needs and aspirations for marine management in Aotearoa.

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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.


Posted on 22 May 2020

90 submissions for our Innovation Fund

We received 90 expressions of interest for our Innovation Fund, from 10 universities; 29 separate businesses/industry organisation; 11 Māori businesses, researchers and iwi trusts; 4 Crown Research Institutes; and from…

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.

Light through the waves
Credit: Peter Marriott NIWA

Posted on 14 May 2020

Haere mai to our new Chair

We are delighted to welcome our new Chair, Tania Te Rangingangana Simpson, who brings a wealth of knowledge that is directly relevant to our research into bringing together tikanga and…

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Posted on 30 April 2020

Media coverage in April 2020

Sir Rob Fenwick: The fêted environmentalist’s urgent last messageThe ListenerSir Rob worked tirelessly for a better Aotearoa to the very last, using his final days to send this message to…

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Posted on 03 April 2020

Blue economy core research concepts open for review

The Challenge Leadership Team has developed core research project concepts for Theme 2: Creating value from a blue economy.

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Posted on 31 March 2020

Media coverage in March 2020

1,800+ schoolchildren explore marine scienceSunLiveArticle about our LEARNZ 2020 trip to Bay of Plenty with Dr Kura Paul-Burke and Dr Leigh Tait.

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Posted on 12 March 2020

Aquaculture – it’s not just business, it's personal

Building genuine relationships with the communities they operate in is more important for NZ aquaculture companies than environmental, social or economic factors in determining whether that company gains and maintains…

Light on water credit Alexandre Schmiel NIWA 2018
Credit: Alexandre Schmiel NIWA 2018

Posted on 11 March 2020

Ngā mihi maioha, Sir Rob

Te tai ra, Te tai ra Te tai ra e pari ana ki hea E pari ana  ki te kauheke tangata Ka rongo te ao Kua rongo te po E te rangatira Kua riro atu koe…