The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) is Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest and pre-eminent provider of climate, freshwater and ocean science.
NIWA is supported by the Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF). SSIF programmes are structured around science platforms. A science platform is a combination of people, facilities, information and knowledge that provide a particular ongoing science and innovation capability for Aotearoa New Zealand.
NIWA carries out research across three main science platforms.
Understanding, managing and maximising the benefits of New Zealand’s marine estate.
Supporting the sustainable management of New Zealand’s freshwater resources.
Climate, atmosphere and hazard science
Understanding large-scale weather and climate systems through numerical prediction techniques, monitoring and advanced measurement.
Increasing New Zealand’s resilience to weather and climate hazards is one of NIWA’s core purpose outcomes.
NIWA is the lead Crown Research Institute in aquaculture and its focus includes development of new high-value species such as kingfish which can be farmed with a low environmental footprint.