Further and background information

On this page you will find information on and links to the following organisations doing valuable work around understanding and communicating climate change impacts for New Zealand.

  • MBIE and the National Science Challenges
  • New Zealand Geographic
  • NIWA
  • Ministry for the Environment
  • Climate Change Impacts and Implications programme
  • Motu Economic and Public Policy Research
  • Royal Society of New Zealand



The National Science Challenges

The Deep South National Science Challenge is one of eleven National Science Challenges that focus science investment on issues that matter to all New Zealanders. 

Visit the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment's website to explore some of the other Challenges.


New Zealand Geographic Climate Hub

The New Zealand Geographic has brought together a range of high quality science journalism relevant to New Zealand on the topic of climate change. From New Zealand's Earth System Model to rising sea levels, this is a great place to find a story worth reading.

Visit New Zealand Geographic Climate Hub


National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA)

Information about our varying climate is critical for managing resources and reducing risks. As New Zealand's primary source of weather and climate data and projections, here you will find the latest climate monitoring information available, publications and services including past and present climate data and potential future climate projections.

Visit NIWA Climate for up to date reports and seasonable information.

Visit NIWA's 'Our Future Climate' modeling tool to explore future climate projections of rain and temperature for your region.


Ministry for the Environment - Climate Change Projections for New Zealand Snapshot

This snapshot of climate projections for New Zealand summarises the main elements of a comprehensive technical report: Climate Change Projections for New Zealand. It updates the climate projections for New Zealand following the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Fifth Assessment Report in 2014.

Visit the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) to download the Climate Change Pojections for New Zealand Snapshot


Climate Change Impacts & Implications

CCII (Climate Changes, Impacts & Implications) has provided targeted research project to update and improve projections of climate trends, variability and extremes across New Zealand out to 2100, based on the latest global projections.

It has generated new knowledge about the potential impacts of climate change and variability on New Zealand’s environment, including our natural ecosystems and native species, and the impacts on the many productive activities which depend on the environment and enable continued growth and prosperity.  

Some Deep South Challenge projects will build on the work of CCII, which culminated in September 2016.

Visit Climate Change Impacts & Implications (CCII)

Three CCII-generated reports are available below.



Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research is New Zealand’s leading non-profit economic and public policy research institute. They are a fully independent charitable trust, whose reputation is based on our high quality research work that is not compromised by any expressed ideology or political position.

Motu examines levers for a range of social issues from human rights to climate change.

Visit Motu - Climate Change Impacts


Royal Society - Climate Change Implications for New Zealand

In 2016 the Royal Society of New Zealand produced a report and number of infographics outlining Climate Change Implications for New Zealand over the next several decades.

Visit the Royal Society of New Zealand to download the report and infographics.



Latest news and updates

The Deep South Challenge awards funding to investigate climate-resilient, high-value crops for the whānau of Omaio

The whānau of Omaio in the Bay of Plenty have joined forces with NIWA researchers to explore the viability of climate-resilient, high-value crops for the rohe. The group has won a $250,000 research grant under the Vision Mātauranga programme of the Deep South National Science Challenge to better understand Omaio’s changing climate and how it might support the community to create a local economy based around a high-value product like kiwi fruit.

New Zealand's water systems particularly vulnerable to climate change

The recent Edgecumbe floods saw raw sewage floating through the streets, making the clean-up extremely challenging. Over 300 homes in the district were damaged and six months later, 240 houses are still unliveable. Flood-proofing the town itself remains a distant goal.

Insurance: the canary in the coalmine of climate change?

The Deep South Challenge announces new research into who should bear the cost of our changing climate, and when.

All over New Zealand, from Haumoana to Westport, from Edgecumbe to the Kāpiti Coast, from Dunedin to Wellington City, homeowners and businesses are starting to feel the financial effects of climate change.