Joint Institute Partners


New Zealand’s leading provider of climate, freshwater and ocean research

NIWA’s research helps New Zealanders benefit from our natural environments, without compromising their ecological, recreational, cultural and spiritual value. They also help New Zealand and Pacific communities build resilience to potential hazards associated with tsunamis and climate variability and change.

They operate world-class facilities and employ world-renowned specialists in freshwater and estuarine science, weather and climate, coastal and marine science, aquaculture, fisheries, environmental data monitoring and management, and through Te Kūwaha, Māori environmental research. NIWA has created the country’s biggest capability platform for freshwater science, employing more than 200 staff with expertise in the area.

As a Crown Research Institute they receive core funding from the Government to undertake research for the long-term benefit of all New Zealanders, and they also serve clients in many sectors on a commercial basis, including farming, forestry, horticulture, transport, energy, marine fisheries and aquaculture.

University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is committed to delivering a world-class education and research portfolio, providing a full and dynamic university experience, distinctive in character, and pursuing strong international links to advance knowledge. The university stands proudly on the world stage as a provider of future-focused, international education and an active player in global research.

The University of Waikato/Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato motto is 'Ko Te Tangata', which means 'For the People'. This reflects the philosophy that the university is in, of, and for the community. Sitting at the heart of a community of strong regional partnerships and taking pride in the extent to which the university reflects and serves the strengths and interests of our region.

Offering internationally benchmarked teaching and research, University of Waikato graduates are sought after around the world.


With support from the Waikato River Authority (WRA), we engaged with river and lake iwi in the rohe of the University to explore ways we can best work together and to help shape the vision for Te Waiora. An iwi partnerships document has been agreed which outlines iwi research priorities and engagement principles between Te Waiora and iwi. Iwi representation is being integrated into the operational governance of the Institute, with three iwi representatives invited onto the Joint Management Committee. A position description for a WRA Chair in Mātauranga Wai has been co-developed with iwi input and has been provisionally approved for funding.