Posts tagged "NIWA"

Fishing industry under fire for killing endangered albatrosses

[12 February/Stuff] Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage, believes that the fishing industry is not doing enough to stop killing endangered seabirds. Ms Sage was responding to a report that a longline fishing boat killed five critically threatened Antipodean albatross and she urged the industry to show leadership over bycatch issues. Ms Sage said the deaths had...

Restrictions loom for river irrigators in Marlborough

[28 January/Stuff] Record-high temperatures could see water restrictions introduced in Marlborough in the near future. Data indicates that minimum flow rates for the Rai, Waihopai and Wairau Rivers’ are rapidly being approached and surface water “takes” were expected to be halted in early February. Marlborough District Council hydrologist Val Wadsworth said it was trying to...

Looming heatwave a worry for Marlborough Sounds marine farmers

[25 January/Stuff] Marine farmers are “at the mercy of mother nature” as a looming heatwave threatens to lift water temperatures for a second successive year. National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) are predicting temperatures to rise across the country over the coming week, impacting sea-surface temperatures. The warning comes after New Zealand King...

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...