News and updates about our research, outreach and engagement

Kaikoura rocky coat Credit Dave Allen NIWA
Credit: Dave Allen NIWA

Posted on 15 February 2017

RV Polaris II: photo diary, part 1

Alex Connolly, an MSc student at University of Otago, shares a photo diary of her first research voyage, on board RV Polaris II.

Ecosystem connectivity  tracking biochemical fluxes to inform ecosystem based management

Posted on 09 February 2017

Investigating food webs from Kaikoura to Golden Bay

In January the University of Otago’s research vessel Polaris II embarked from Dunedin on its latest marine science voyage.

wellington south coas DSC8117 credit dave allen NIWA
Credit: Dave Allen NIWA

Posted on 22 December 2016

From sea cucumbers to the media

What do hydrokinetic metal fatigue, farming sea cucumbers, the media’s role in the future of our seas, and blue whales have in common? They were all research topics proposed during our…

Valuable Seas

Posted on 20 December 2016

Overseas collaborations in ecosystem services

Kate Davies recently gave a plenary presentation about socio-cultural values and ecosystem services at an international workshop in Brussels.

Dynamic Seas
Credit: Rob Suisted

Posted on 14 December 2016

David Schiel awarded UC Research Medal

Distinguished Professor David Schiel has been awarded the University of Canterbury’s Research Medal. Prof Schiel is widely acknowledged as one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent marine scientists.

EBM enabling narratives

Posted on 13 November 2016

Science Wānanga

The Challenge recently supported a Science Wānanga organised by the University of Otago for Māori students in years 9-10 from schools in Te Tau Ihu (Mohua, Nelson, Marlborough and Kaikoura).


Posted on 11 November 2016

New manager for the Challenge

The Sustainable Seas Challenge welcomes new Challenge manager, John Wright, to the team. John has extensive people, project and programme management experience, both in IT and science-based projects.

Credit: Ayushi Kachhara NIWA 2018

Posted on 25 October 2016

Scholarship available for a Master’s by thesis in Psychology

The Sustainable Seas Challenge is offering a year-long masters scholarship for a talented psychology student.

Whakatane estuary Sustainable Seas 2020
Credit: Sustainable Seas 2020

Posted on 19 October 2016

Requests for Proposals – Innovation Fund

The Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge is looking for innovative projects to fund.

Mudflats Credit Lundquist NIWA 2018
Credit: Lundquist NIWA 2018

Posted on 07 July 2016

Challenge scientist recognised for outstanding achievements

NIWA scientist and Valuable Seas Programme Leader Dr Judi Hewitt awarded the prestigious New Zealand Marine Sciences Society (NZMSS) Award.

Ohope Beach Sustainable Seas 2020

Posted on 09 June 2016

Connecting with local communities

The Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge was recently featured in Motueka's Guardian Newspaper following a visit to the town as part of the Challenge's outreach engagement programme.

Degradation and recovery
Credit: Crispin Middleton NIWA 2019

Posted on 25 May 2016

PhD scholarships available in marine ecosystem science

The Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge has three PhD scholarships on offer to candidates with a passion for marine ecosystem science.