Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited
) has been in existence since 1992 when it was established as a State-Owned Enterprise
. It employs about 190 staff and its headquarters are in Wellington
, New Zealand
As New Zealand's national meteorological
service, MetService produces and issues forecasts and official weather warnings on behalf of New Zealand's Ministry of Transport
and is certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand.
International media, aviation and energy business is conducted under the name Metra Information Limited
MetService has been certified to the ISO 9001
standard since November 1995.
The weather forecasting service began in 1861, when a spate of shipwrecks prompted the Government to start a storm warning service as part of the then Marine Department
Forecasting remained a marine service until 1926, when it became part of the newly-formed Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. At the outbreak of World War Two in 1939, forecasting became part of the Royal New Zealand Air Force
. The focus on aviation continued with a move in 1964 to the then Department of Civil Aviation, which in 1968 became part of a new "super ministry", the Ministry of Transport
During the 1980s there was increasing pressure on government funding for meteorology in New Zealand, together with a government-wide move to "user-pays" for specialised services, and to more autonomy and accountability for government departments.... Read More