National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA)
Established in 1992 as one of nine New Zealand Crown Research Institutes (CRIs), NIWA’s mission is to provide a scientific basis for the sustainable management and development of New Zealand’s atmospheric, marine and freshwater systems and associated resources. As a CRI, NIWA operates as a stand-alone company with its own board of directors and its shares held by the Crown. The full official name is National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited.
The company has a staff of around 600 and annual revenue of more than $75 million derived from commercial enterprise and competition-based research grants. Areas of expertise for consultancy and research include Antarctica, Aquaculture, Atmosphere & Climate, Biodiversity & Biosecurity, Biotechnology, Coast & Oceans, Fisheries, Freshwater, Hazards, Pollution, and Resource Management.
NIWA’s commercial clients include New Zealand and overseas governments; regional councils; industries such as energy, fisheries, forestry, dairy, horticulture, and agriculture; port authorities and oil companies; consulting engineers; and others who use water and air for commercial and recreational purposes.
The majority of NIWA’s research funding comes from the Public Good Science & Technology fund, administered by the Foundation for Research, Science & Technology, and from the Ministry of Fisheries. NIWA staff also participate widely in international initiatives, representing New Zealand in such fora as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Spread throughout New Zealand, NIWA has its corporate headquarters in Auckland, main research campuses in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Lauder, and field offices in the smaller centres. Research vessels are maintained in Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. Subsidiary companies include NIWA Vessel Management Ltd (in Wellington), NIWA Australia Pty Ltd (in Brisbane), NIWA (USA) Inc and NIWA Environmental Research Institute (also in the USA).
NIWA collaborates in the operation of the Institute of Aquatic and Atmospheric Sciences with Auckland University and Centres of Excellence with Otago University, Canterbury University and Victoria University of Wellington.
NIWA has a project management-based structure, which enables synergies from strong multidisciplinary research and the ability to work in large integrated teams and to shift resources to meet clients’ requirements.
NIWA’s Maori name, Taihoro Nukurangi – where the waters meet the sky – describes its work studying the waterways and the interface between the earth and the sky. NIWA’s rainbow logo also reflects the intersection of air and water.Specialists:
- Bell, Robert - Coastal modelling and hazard Specialist
- Ching, Neville - Contracts Manager
- Ibbitt, Richard - Catchment processes & water resources
- Ramsay, Doug - Coastal Hazard Consultant
- Wratt, David - Climate consultant