Posts tagged "NIWA"

Dry and windy conditions in store for November as El Nino approaches

[3 November/NZ Farmer] NIWA are forecasting an 88% chance of New Zealand experiencing warm El Nino conditions over the summer period according to Principal Forecasting Scientist, Chris Brandolino. He said while it was not set in stone it is looking increasingly likely, adding the country and in particular the North Island, will need to brace...

Dry weather already feeding into NZ markets

[5 December/ NZ Herald] The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) said a powerful and persistent ridge of high pressure over much of New Zealand during the second half of November caused near-record or record dryness in some locations, and has led to the depletion of soil moisture levels. NIWA explained that plants...

Warmer oceans: ‘We need to start planning for this now’

[5 December/ Stuff] According to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), New Zealand’s fishing industry could hit a snag if it didn’t plan for warmer oceans significantly affecting marine life. The organisation explained that warmer oceans could affect phytoplankton, a key part of the marine ecosystems. A decrease in phytoplankton could lead...

Survey helps scientists learn about waterways

[9 October/ New Zealand Herald] NIWA and DairyNZ have asked anyone who has planted along stream banks to log on at riparian.niwa.co.nz to formally record their work. This online survey will form the foundation of the National Riparian Restoration Database, to help scientists better understand how riparian buffers benefit waterways. The focus is on sites...

Forecaster predicts lack of rain to persist as soil dries up

[2 May/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] NIWA Weather Forecaster, Chris Brandolino said farmers should expect the dry conditions to continue in the short term due to a series of high pressure systems preventing rain-bearing clouds from forming. Mr Brandolino added that the situation was expected to continue over the next few weeks, followed by above...

El Nino could bring second hit for Waikato farmers

[6 October/ NZ Farmer] Niwa’s latest seasonal climate outlook covering October to December has highlighted the increase in the chance of an El Nino event developing, with the outlook indicating it could continue over January and March. Niwa forecaster Chris Brandolino said that international guidance suggests a 67 percent probability for the development of a...

El Nino chances high but lessening

[1 August/ Rural News Group] NIWA said that although the chances of an El Nino event developing over spring seem to be decreasing, there is still a 70 percent change of the event developing, based on international modelling done using data through to the end of June, which however does not consider the rapid changes...

New AgriHub to help exports

[12 June/ NZ Farmers Weekly] AgResearch, DairyNZ, Waikato University, NIWA, Landcare Research, Wintec, Lincoln University, Waikato Innovation Park and the Hamilton City Council have joined together to form the base of the Waikato AgriHub, designed to help the Government reach the goal of doubling exports by 2025. DairyNZ CEO, Tim Mackle said that responsible dairying...

Farmers ‘won’t mind a little rain’ at Fieldays

[10 June/ NZ Farmer] The MetService, Niwa, the New Zealand Transport Agency, the Waikato Regional Council and the National Agricultural Fieldays sent out safety messages for June 10 and 11, with those travelling from Auckland and Wellington for the Fieldays at Mystery Creek urged to take extra care. Fieldays opens on June 11 and runs...

Nitrate limit ‘tougher than for drinking water’

[Business Day/ 23 May] Horticulture New Zealand president, Julian Raine highlighted that the Ruataniwha Board of Inquiry draft decision’s nitrate limit in the Tukitui River is 14 times more stringent than the international drinking water standard, in order to highlight how difficult it would be for growers and orchardists to adhere to the limits. Mr...

Zeroing in on weather information

 [28 February/ Business Day] NIWA, the crown-owned research and consultancy company, with a global reputation in water and atmospheric research has launched a service providing farmers with tailored information about weather conditions on their farm. NIWA chief scientist, Dr Murray Poulter said the new NIWA Forecast can create forecasts for properties as small as 12km...

Rain brings big smiles for farmers

 [10 January/ Business Day] Farmers around the country have been treated to a good run of wet weather over the past fortnight. NIWA’s early to mid summer outlook has been on target with normal to near normal rainfall for most parts of New Zealand. The absence of strong drying winds around the country has also...

Southland to trial carbon bio-reactor

 [8 November/ Otago Daily Times] A carbon denitrification bio-reactor is to be built by Environment Southland in order to extract nitrates from run-off water next summer. An experimental treatment wetland complex will include the carbon bio-reactor in its operations to remove phosphorus and sediment from the surrounding environment. Lead researcher and developer of the project,...

Taking stock of wetland’s health

 [2 November/ Business Day] The Te Waihora/ Lake Ellesmere area will be under analysis over the next few weeks as scientists and other interested parties attempt to clean up the lake for a symposium. The fourth Living Lake Symposium will have the theme “measure to manage” and will present an overview of the state of...

Drought worst in nearly 70 years

 [25 July/ Business Day] New Zealand’s recent drought that covered much of the country has been confirmed as the worst seen in nearly 70 years. The unusually widespread dry conditions were noted by many commentators, drawing similarities to that of the 1945-46 drought. An assessment prepared by Niwa for the Ministry for Primary Industries highlighted...

Jim Salinger: Weather teams wasting resources

 [11 July/ New Zealand Herald] Commentator, Jim Salinger, has highlighted the duplicated work that is being performed by two different entities when it comes to forecasting New Zealand’s weather. He said that regional councils have to pick up the heavy rainfall forecasts, with a time delay and then plug these into their own hydrological models....