Stories, News & Events
STORIES, NEWS & EVENTS:
An event exploring innovative solutions for building climate resilience and a deeper understanding of the urgency for adaptation in our agricultural practices.
Toi Rito, Toi Rangatira: Rangatahi Climate Leadership Programme
Toi Rito, Toi Rangatira is a 5-month climate adaptation leadership programme for rangatahi Māori working with, or connected to, currently-funded Deep South Research projects.
A Decade of Dynamic Adaptive Decision-making tools in New Zealand
Practice applications, lessons learned and next steps.
Ko Papa Ko Rangi: Up or Down?
A rolling symposium on reciprocity, risk and value, consisting of preliminary podcasts and culminating in an all-day event.
Webinar: The River Runs Through
The impact of changing snowfall on water flow, irrigation, energy supply and our very relationship with our rivers
New infosheet launched: Ocean data to support adaptation
For use by anyone interested in biophysical climate projections of the future ocean around Aotearoa.
We are all works in progress
Ruia Aperahama (Pou Tikanga for Te Kōmata o Te Tonga) tells us a story, weaving together his background with the work he is supporting the Challenge to do.
Engagement Team Co-Lead: Alexandra Keeble
Alexandra Keeble is our Engagement Team Co-Lead. She supports the whole engagement team to be equitable, efficient and effective in our work.
Communications Advisor: Zoe Heine
Zoe Heine is our Communications Advisor. She works on our communications great and small, including helping researchers share their stories.
EOIs sought for Processes and Observations Programme Leader
Expressions of interest are being sought for the Challenge Leadership Team (CLT) role of Processes and Observations Programme Leader.
We are pleased to announce two new team members, Mark Webley (Challenge Manager) and Max Scott Murray (Events Director).
Building strong stakeholder relationships
How are the National Science Challenges meeting the needs of their stakeholders? Results from interviews suggest we are on the right track.
Partnership Director: Angela Halliday
Angela's work focuses on supporting researchers to connect with stakeholders and organising various aspects of our public engagement.
Ngā Kaitakawaenga: Nadine Hura and Naomi Simmonds
Nadine Hura and Naomi Simmonds are our two Kaitakawaenga. Their mahi is centred on supporting the Vision Mātauranga research teams.
Climate Change Knowledge Broker: Kate Turner
Kate supports researchers and stakeholders to access and understand Challenge datasets, and to translate the bigger picture of climate data.
Webinar: E tika te rere o te kuaka
In this webinar, we bring together Indigenous experts Rikki Solomon and Bobby Schaeffer, to guide a different kind of climate change conversation.
A short summary of research programmes and agencies undertaking work that might be relevant to our researchers.
Farewell to Mike Harvey
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of our colleague and friend, Mike Harvey.
Change is the only constant!
We’re now on the lookout for a management superstar to guide us and grow with us over our final two years.
Community engagement infosheet launched
There’s good research about climate adaptation, including about methods of community engagement. But practical guidance around how to engage communities for climate adaptation is less well-covered
Cancelled! Matariki kōrero: Ka rongo te pō, ka rongo te ao
This event has sadly been cancelled due to Covid-19. Mānawatia a Matariki!
Upcoming webinar: Living at the water’s edge
Climate-safe ground for papakāinga and coastal communities. In collaboration with Resilience to Nature’s Challenges, we bring you this online kōrero.
Submission on the draft National Adaptation Plan
This submission is based on the Deep South Challenge: Changing with our Climate experience of funding and delivering expert climate modelling and adaptation research and science.
Where are we heading?
What does climate adaptation look and feel like for Aotearoa? Preparing to adapt in the face of our changing climate is complex and urgent work that will impact all of us and our communities.
Tairawhiti Researchers say Emissions Reduction Plan is good news for vulnerable region
Recent weather events in Tairawhiti are at the forefront of Aotearoa New Zealand’s first emissions reduction plan released yesterday.
Upcoming climate change relevant policy and legislation
The draft national adaptation plan (NAP) is full of cross-references to other plans and legislation. It can be hard to keep up with, so we have collated a reference list to help navigate this confusing landscape.
Submission to Te Ara Paerangi Future Pathways Green Paper (2022)
This submission is based on the Deep South Challenge: Changing with our Climate experience of funding and delivering expert climate modelling and adaptation research and science.
Submission by the Vision Mātauranga programme to Te Ara Paerangi Future Pathways green paper (2022)
We are grateful for the opportunity to feed into much-needed change in the Research, Science, and Innovation System in Aotearoa.
Update on our engagement team
The start of 2022 has seen a few changes in the Deep South Challenge engagement team. Here we say goodbye to those who have moved on, and introduce you to some new(ish) faces.
Restoring power to marae and hapū is climate adaptation
Climate adaptation research in Aotearoa is set to be invigorated by an unprecedented 14 research projects led by Māori, for Māori.
Mean heat: Marine heatwaves to get longer and hotter by 2100
New research from the Deep South Challenge: Changing with our Climate and NIWA shows that NZ could experience very long and “very severe” marine heatwaves by the end of the century.
A Mean Heat
How the climate is driving marine heatwaves. In collaboration with Sustainable Seas we bring you this online seminar with Erik Behrens (NIWA), Tony Craig (Terra Moana) and João De Souza (Moana Project).
New research preparing rangatahi for an uncertain climate future
Mana Rangatahi is one of three new climate adaptation projects funded through Living with Uncertainty.
Emissions targets still lacking, but world leaders taking heed of climate science
While targets put forward at COP26 might have fallen a little short, at least world leaders and policy-makers appear to be taking heed of climate science, Olaf Morgenstern writes.
Introducing our new Challenge Director Phil Wiles
Phil brings a breadth of experience across climate policy, community engagement and science, and we know he’ll steer the Challenge ship well through our critical final years.
Meeting electricity demand in 2050: Climate change & energy supply
Lead researcher in our Climate change impacts on NZ electricity project, Jen Purdie, is helping to future proof our energy supply, as we move towards 100% renewables.
Tikanga Māori can and must lead adaptation strategies
The research project, Te Tai Uka a Pia, finds that iwi and hapū can better work out how to respond to climate change through Tikanga Māori.
Long-term planning for drought needed now – report
The primary sector must start planning to adapt to intensifying drought conditions.
Calling for a new Director
We sadly say goodbye to our Director Mike Williams, who is taking up a new position at NIWA and welcome applications for his role
Getting hot, hot, hot - climate modelling explained
Scientists are now predicting higher temperatures with more certainty, so what’s changed? Dr Olaf Morgenstern explains.
He Karanga: Research funding for Māori
Two new funding initiatives, Te Aho and Te Taura, to support organic, creative, innovative, Māori responses to the impacts of climate change.
Drop-in Zoom 1: Te Taura
Come to our first drop-in Zoom session to find out more about our Te Taura research fund
Drop-in Zoom 2: Te Aho
Come along to talk through our Te Aho fund and work through the EoI form together
Drop-in Zoom 3: Te Taura and Te Aho
Our third and final drop-in Zoom session to take you through our two new research funds
Growing Kai Under Increasing Dry
A rolling symposium on on drought, climate change and primary sector resilience
Future drought could drain primary sector profit
New research finds a strong relationship between more intense future drought and drops in farm profit.
Webinar 2 | Farm profits and community resilience
The social, economic and cultural impacts of drought in Aotearoa
Webinar 1 | The future for farmers and growers
Drought projections, drought modelling, extreme weather modelling and more
DSC Submission to the Climate Change Commission (2021)
Our submission to the Climate Change Commission's 2021 Draft Advice for Consultation
Living with uncertainty: Call for adaptation research ideas
Call for adaptation research ideas: 2 pagers due February 19, 2021
Insurance retreat and climate change: Much-anticipated research released
What does climate change mean for homeowners and house insurance?
Māori and Antarctica Webinar Series: Ka mua, ka muri
Associate Professor Sandy Morrison will be speaking about her Deep South Challenge research project Te Tai Uka a Pia
DAM! Drinking water, water storage and decision making despite uncertainty
Can our water storage infrastructure be designed with both climate projections and flexibility in mind?
Our Kāhui Māori to protect and guide Antarctic as well as climate adaptation research
Kāhui Māori members to support the Deep South Challenge and Antarctic Science Platform to be and do better for Māori communities and researchers.
Major ocean modelling effort leads to better climate simulations
NZESM development published in journal
How will climate change-induced increases in extreme rainfall effect EQC liabilities?
Increasing weather-related hazards from climate change will cost the EQC more
100% climate resilient? Tourism, culture and climate change
How prepared is Aotearoa's tourism sector for the coming impacts of climate change?
Working backwards to prepare for climate change
New research to help decision-makers plan for climate change
Climate change impacts on land use suitability: An MPI seminar
How might climate change impact New Zealand's agricultural industries?
Primary industries must speed up adaptation to our changing climate
New research shows seasonal shifts in pasture production and wine grape flowering under future climate conditions
Ko te kawa o te ora
Explore the values and narratives behind the imagery you see throughout our website
“Tourism is built on the cultural narratives of a place...": Q&A with Priya Kurian, Debashish Munshi and Sandy Morrison
Q&A with researchers looking at the way culture influences people’s decisions about adapting to climate change
DSC Seminar | What’s climate change got to do with earthquake insurance? Extreme weather and the EQC
Annual EQC liabilities for extreme weather are likely to increase regardless of which future climate change scenario unfolds
Sea level rise and the law: Who is liable?
Who pays to adapt to climate change: local, regional or national government, or private citizens?
DSC Seminar Series | Flood management in NZ: is it fair?
Exploring the effectiveness and fairness of council-run flood mitigation schemes
Climate adaptation within New Zealand’s transport system
Identifying climate change induced issues for the transport sector
DSC Seminar | How climate models deal with ice around Antarctica
How ice melt rates affect climate modelling predictions for the future
"Domains" research funding round: Now open!
We're seeking funding proposals for our Domains Research
‘Ground zero’: How will climate-driven drought impact rural communities?
New research investigating the impact of climate change-driven drought on vulnerable communities
Welcome to Mike Harvey, new Processes & Observations programme lead
Meet our new Processes and Observations lead, Mike Harvey
New reports highlight flood risk under climate change
How much will coastal and river flooding affect communities, buildings and infrastructure?
Sea level rise and river flooding: flood risk under climate change
New research quantifies at-risk infrastructure
DSC Seminar | Sea level rise PLUS big storms: What exactly are we in for?
Building a comprehensive picture of the impact of coastal and inland flooding on our national infrastructure
What the MV Rena grounding and climate adaptation have in common: Treaty of Waitangi obligations
Exploring the Crown’s potential liability under the Treaty of Waitangi for climate adaptation decisions
Councils, Communities and Climate Change Adaptation
How are councils communicating with their communities about climate adaptation?
Community development for climate adaptation: Long-term relationships key in painful conversations
Council engagement with communities requires more than 'business as usual'
Change is nothing new in Te Hiku o te Ika
People are resourceful and have always worked with the weather
*BOOKED OUT* DSC Seminar | Community Development for Adaptation: Council-community engagement
Sharing climate adaptation insights from iwi, communities and councils
Now seeking expressions of interest for Programme Lead, Processes & Observations
Could you be our next Processes and Observations Programme Leader?
The Living Net: Kai in a Changing Climate
A small community in the remote Eastern Bay of Plenty gather all their resources to grow a business based around kai
Port Road: Climate risks at our urban edges
Inside a Wellington business doing everything they can to reduce their carbon footprint and safeguard against floods and sea-level rise
Deep South Challenge Conference: "Changing with our Climate"
We are holding our 2nd Deep South Challenge conference
Communicating Climate: report released!
We're pleased to be able to bring you a vibrant report of the event
Now seeking expressions of interest for Programme Lead, Impacts & Implications
The Impacts and Implications programme explores the wide-ranging impacts of climate change, from infrastructure to people and economics
Some doors close while others open: Challenge team update
Welcome to Anne-Marie Rowe, farewell to Andrew Tait
DSC Seminar | "Who pays? And is it fair?" Legal liability and ethics in climate adaptation
Who should fund climate adaptation?
The cascading impacts of climate change: New research released
“We need to understand the dependencies and feedback loops between the climate impacts and the wider systems they affect"
Vision Mātauranga funding round delayed until July 2019
This funding round supports research within the Māori Domain of the Deep South Challenge: Changing with our Climate.
Are you our next Challenge Manager?
Apply your scientific background and management abilities to a critical challenge facing our nation
“I am an optimist”: Q&A with departing Challenge Manager, Lucy Jacob
In this Q&A, we asked Lucy about her time in the Challenge and her plans for the future
Funding round now open for climate modelling and observations
We're now seeking funding proposals for climate modelling and observations to support model development
Not my problem? Sharing the risks of sea-level rise fairly
“If we stick with the status quo, the way we adjust to sea level rise will exacerbate existing inequality"
Just the ticket!
The Deep South Challenge contributes not one, not two, but up to four “tickets” to improve the world’s centralised global climate model
Drought under climate change: What do New Zealanders need to know now?
New report explores what remains to be done for New Zealand to prepare for future droughts
Explore our research strategy, which aims to understand climate impacts and adaptation options
We're proud to share our Future Strategy for 2019–2024
DSC Seminar #10 | Snow, ice and glaciers in our changing climate
Improving meltwater projections for the development of robust climate adaptation policy
Innovating Mātauranga in the National Science Challenges
An opportunity to hear from kaupapa Māori researchers across the National Science Challenges
Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Megan Woods announces further Challenge funding
Five years more funding for the Deep South's climate adaptation mission
Tourism and Climate Change: A Citizen Panel
Crafting an action plan for climate change adaptation in the tourism sector
Snow, ice and irrigation in our changing climate
How will snow fare under future climate conditions?
"Korowai Manaaki: Disaster Resilience"
Profile of Vision Mātauranga scholarship recipient, Hinerangi Eruera Manuera Murphy (Ngāti Awa)
DSC Seminar #9 | Clouds, Aerosols and Climate Models
Increasing certainty for New Zealand's climate projections by correcting cloud representation
Announcing our new Impacts and Implications programme lead, NIWA climate scientist Andrew Tait
We asked Andrew about his vision for the job, and for the broader challenge of climate adaptation in New Zealand
“Love for the ocean and a passion for science”
Profile of Vision Mātauranga scholarship winner, Daniel Smart (Ngāi Tahu)
Past trends in weather-related insurance in New Zealand
New paper explores EQC data to project the NZ Crown's financial liability for weather-related claims
DSC Seminar #8 | Climate-resilient Māori forestry and agriculture
Re-foresting the Waiapu catchment to reduce soil erosion and realise core Māori values
Climate change and our iconic Bluff oysters
Profile on Vision Mātauranga Masters scholarship recipient Sam Heenan (Ngāi Tahu)
Kia mau tonu: Flooding research and family influences
Vision Mātauranga scholarship recipient Raiatea Barlow Kameta describes her research into the impact of climate change on her marae
Seeking Expressions of Interest for the role of Programme Leader, Impacts and Implications
Can you provide critical science and planning support to the Deep South Challenge?
Report back on our Climate Adaptation Ambassadors Workshop
Supporting and developing a community of skilled and influential climate ambassadors
DSC Seminar #7 | Global ocean modelling in the Deep South Challenge
Introducing ocean models and their roles in the climate system
Climate Adaptation Ambassadors' Workshop: Steering research through to policy and action
Developing and supporting a community of climate ambassadors
Coping in the face of climate change: Research announced to better support our communities
New research report highlights key gaps in our collective understanding about how climate change will impact Aotearoa New Zealand’s diverse communities
DSC Seminar #6 | Counting the cost of climate change: Treasury seminar redux
Who will pay for climate change adaptation, and how?
Deep South Challenge symposium created opportunities for researchers to hear directly from end-users
Attendees give their feedback on whether the symposium met its aims
“Never wrestle with a pig”
An interview with our new Science Lead in the Engagement Programme, Wendy Saunders
DSC Seminar #5: Drew Lorrey & Petra Pearce on historic weather and the NZ earth system model
Testing the NZESM against historical Antarctic weather observations
Creating a climate-safe Dunedin through community-driven climate action
Climate adaptation event will bring climate science to Dunedin’s general public and decision-makers
The Deep South Challenge awards funding to investigate climate-resilient, high-value crops for the whānau of Omaio
$250,000 granted to research Omaio’s changing climate and potential to create a local economy
Stormwater, wastewater and climate change: Impacts on our economy, environment, culture and society
New research with Tonkin + Taylor will explore climate change impacts on our storm and waste water systems
DSC Seminar #4: Dr Suzanne Rosier on Weather@Home ANZ
Using distributed computing to understand future climate extremes
Looking away from the rear view mirror: Climate change and its effects on New Zealand's stormwater and wastewater systems
Webinar with Professor Iain White
New Zealand's water systems particularly vulnerable to climate change
Report outlines knowledge and research priorities for preparing our storm and wastewater systems for climate change
Insurance: the canary in the coalmine of climate change?
New research into who should bear the cost of our changing climate, and when
"The earth's regular pulse... may be starting to falter"
Q&A with NIWA's sea ice researcher Natalie Robinson
Personal and professional thoughts on being a climate model developer in New Zealand
With NIWA scientist, Jonny Williams
Deep South Challenge tackles crucial task of understanding and adapting to climate change
"Scientists, industry and communities must work together if society is to adapt to our changing climate"
Climate Change and Mātauranga Māori
The largest ever Māori-led research effort into the implications of changing climate conditions for Māori society
Climate Change Engagement in Aotearoa New Zealand
Survey results identify opportunities to enhance climate change conversations and engagement
Science Leadership Team – Expressions of Interest
Could you be the next Science Leadership Team (SLT) member for our Engagement Programme?
DSC Seminar #3: Dr Huhana Smith on Climate Change and Coastal Māori Communities
“We need to keep designing opportunities for iwi and hapū to see the potential of what adaptive change can look like.”
DSC Seminar #2: Dr Jonny Williams and the NZ earth system model
"It’s only with the realisation of the Deep South Challenge that true earth system modelling research can take place for the first time."
Deep South proud to support new science journalism fund
A fund dedicated to furthering coverage of the science-related issues that impact New Zealanders
New $5 million support fund for quake-affected farmers
Includes funding for projects and advice related to climate change impacts and opportunities.
Registrations open for the 2017 Climate and Business Conference
'Meeting Disruption with Disruption'
Deep South Challenge Symposium
'Understanding and Adapting to Future Climate in Aotearoa New Zealand'
DSC Seminar Series #1 - Professor Pat Langhorne
The importance of processes on the margins of the Antarctic sea ice cover
Funding announced for climate resilience research
Flood hazards, meltwater outflows, coastal Māori communities and climate change engagement
Climate Talk: Dr Huhana Smith
Adaptation strategies to address climate change impacts on coastal Māori communities
The third Wai o Papa Exhibition: A project of hope for Māori Coastal communities
A model of participation and engagement to assist communities with understanding and adapting to climate change
The future of climate modelling in New Zealand
New paper outlines the purpose, challenges, next steps and future goals of the NZESM
David Frame: Understanding climate risks makes us all less vulnerable
Reflecting on New Zealand's recent floods, and their links to climate change
Recruiting: Senior Communications Advisor for the Deep South Challenge based at NIWA
Apply your communications skills to a critical environmental science challenge
Scientists work to get celiometer system ready for RV Tangaroa cruise
Measuring the altitude of the bottom of clouds in the Southern Ocean
The cascading impacts of climate change
"We need to better understand the interconnections of climate change"
Deep South Challenge announces exciting new partnership
We're part of the 2017 Auckland Arts Festival!
Preparing New Zealand for climate change
NZ Herald's Jamie Morton discusses our research into how warming will affect New Zealand's water resources
NZ Geographic: New Zealand's Next Top Model
The Deep South Challenge is featured in a new story in New Zealand Geographic
$2 million boost for climate change impacts and implications research
Supporting planning and decision-making around extreme weather events and sea level rise
Antarctica’s great apron of sea ice just issued the world with a bold message
Now to work out what that message is
Carbon dioxide. Where does it come from? Where does it go?
Radio-carbon researcher Jocelyn Turnbull from GNS science outlines how her research informs the NZESM
NeSI’s supercomputer helps shed light on future climate
"You cannot operate an Earth System Model without a supercomputer."
Icetronauts use old bird to measure Antarctic ice
“We are happy to be the first researchers who have shown that the EM-bird can be operated in Antarctica safely from an aeroplane.”
Vision Mātauranga - Request For Proposals
The Vision Mātauranga science programme is opening a second round of funding
Three Deep South Challenge science projects with important findings for climate change modelling
Deep South Challenge - 2017 Contestable Funding Round
Seeking proposals for research that enables New Zealanders to adapt, manage risk, and thrive in a changing climate
Engagement Programme: Opportunities for funding
Do you have an idea for Engagement about the Deep South Challenge?
Engagement Strategy and Executive Summary
Improving our understanding of climate change science and its implications for New Zealand
Dr Judy Lawrence to co-chair new government expert panel
Cascading impacts and implications of climate change for Aotearoa New Zealand
Researchers highlight lessons from an emerging climate
On the emergence of unusual, unfamiliar and unknown climates
Congratulations to a successful Climathon 2016
Wellington is a great city with potential to mobilise public support for climate change adaptation
Vision Mātauraga Scholarships at Otago University
Two Masters scholarships available to aid Māori in adapting to climate change
Why is the Deep South Challenge interested in Jamie’s World?!
Rhian Salmon explores the relationship between Jamie and the Deep South Challenge
Jamie's World heads to Antarctica
Highlighting the impacts of climate change for a new generation of decision makers
Science Leadership Team – Expressions of Interest
Join the Deep South's Processes and Observations programme
Climathon - a global event to solve local issues
Finding ways for Wellington to adapt to climate change
Preparing to launch: Impacts and Implications Programme
Gearing up with a recent researcher workshop and new science lead
The Deep South gets a nod in Nature
We've been featured this month in a supplement of the top science journal Nature
Deep South supports Climate and Business Conference
Adaptation, finance, business strategies and carbon markets
Discovering Māori Antarctic stories
Associate Professor Sandy Morrison will be leading research on iwi relationships with the Antarctic and Southern Ocean
Back to school – Antarctic style
Susan Livengood shares about her time at the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute’s Winter School
New funding for Deep South National Science Challenge
Seven new scientific research projects to help New Zealanders better understand their future climate
Studio Antarctica: Gabby O'Connor
Photography, painting, drawing, video and sculptural work to convey science in Antarctica
Where to from here? Impacts and Implications Programme Webinar
Professor Dave Frame and Dr Daniel Rutledge introduce our Impacts and Implications programme
Wai O Papa/Waterlands Exhibition
Exploring how sea level rise might act as a catalyst for restoration
Call for expressions of interest for Science Leadership Team member
Join our Impacts and Implications Programme team
Deep South Challenge Contestable Funding - Request for Proposals
Our first Contestable Funding round is now open
How to get involved with the Deep South Engagement Programme
Currently seeking talented people and potential projects that can help turn our vision into a reality
Public talk: Navigating climate change - communication and politics
Harnessing the power of communication and creativity to effectively discuss climate change
Deep South Challenge Engagement programme – update
Improving New Zealanders’ ability to make decisions informed by climate research
Deep South National Science Challenge signals its first Contestable Funding Round
Support for research that will inform climate change decisions for Aotearoa
Deep South National Science Challenge projects confirmed
Six research projects funded to aid in understanding our future climate
Community Climate Change Forum – Central Otago
An opportunity for the Central Otago community to discuss the issue of climate change
New Zealand Climate Change Engagement Survey
Share the climate change engagement activities that your organisation conducts
Vision Mātauranga Science Projects request for proposals
Seeking proposals that will contribute transformative research outcomes for Māori
Is extreme weather the new normal?
How should the country respond to what’s happening and prepare for what’s yet to come?