Auckland’s drought most extreme in modern times

Auckland’s drought most extreme in modern times

As weather systems tracked toward New Zealand from the west and north, they lacked moisture because of cooler eastern Indian Ocean seas caused by the IOD.NIWA’s climate change expectations suggest spring average rainfall decreases for northern New Zealand, including Auckland.

Seven weeks of clearing the air provides huge benefits

Seven weeks of clearing the air provides huge benefits

Dr Longley has been monitoring air quality in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch since Level 4 restrictions were implemented and says working from home did not only cut emissions but could also reduce health risks.

Drought hits hard, far and wide

Drought hits hard, far and wide

And while conditions have improved in most regions, NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll says river flows and soil moisture levels remain below normal for large parts of the North Island and upper South Island while before last weekend drought still persisted in the Coromandel Peninsula.

Pollution levels soar in Level 3, says NIWA

Pollution levels soar in Level 3, says NIWA

Traffic pollution measurements in Auckland since Level 4 restrictions were eased on Tuesday have shown levels soaring even higher than those before lockdown, NIWA air quality scientists say.Nitrogen oxides have also returned to pre-lockdown levels in Christchurch but not as dramatically as Auckland.

200 students compete to solve big science challenges at Auckland Science and Technology Fair

200 students compete to solve big science challenges at Auckland Science and Technology Fair

Everything from eating brownies made with bugs to a substitute for stickers on fruit has had a scientific eye cast over it ahead of this year’s NIWA Auckland Science and Technology Fair.

Student buzzing after winning Waikato science fair

Student buzzing after winning Waikato science fair

A 12-year-old has taken on the most damaging honey bee parasite in the world to win the NIWA Waikato Science and Technology Fair.He compared the use of oxalic acid via cardboard strips and vaporisation on several beehives to determine which method was the most effective.

Can a leopard seal change its spots?

Can a leopard seal change its spots?

Dr Krista Hupman, a NIWA cetacean biologist who studies leopard seals, says the species is now so common in New Zealand waters, it needs reclassifying.