National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research

National Institute Of Water And Atmospheric Research

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The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), known in the Māori language as Taihoro Nukurangi, is a Crown Research Institute of New Zealand. Established in 1992, NIWA conducts commercial and non-commercial research across a broad range of disciplines in the environmental sciences. It also maintains nationally and, in some cases, internationally important environmental monitoring networks, databases, and collections.

As of 30 June 2008, NIWA had 753 staff spread across 15 sites in New Zealand and one in Perth, Australia. Its head office is in Auckland, with regional offices in Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson, and Lauder (Central Otago). It also has small field teams, focused mostly on hydrology, stationed in Rotorua, Turangi, Napier, Wanganui, Greymouth, Alexandra, and Dunedin. NIWA maintains a of about 30 vessels for freshwater, marine, and atmospheric research.

Mission statement

“ mission is to conduct leading environmental science to enable the sustainable management of natural resources for New Zealand and the planet.”


NIWA was formed as a stand-alone company in 1992 as part of a government initiative to restructure the New Zealand science sector. Its foundation staff came mainly from the former Department of Scientific and Industrial Research and the Meteorological Service. The Fisheries Research Division of the former Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries...
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