Urgent scientific research and data collection

The extreme weather science response funded time-bound, evidence-based science services and perishable research and data collection to address immediate needs and inform response decisions following the North Island extreme weather events in early 2023.

Due to the urgency of the science support needed and the limited opportunity to collect data, MBIE worked with Chief Science Advisors across government and received advice from an expert advisory panel to identify high priority areas of work that were the most urgent and potentially impactful.


MBIE provided $8.6 million from the Strategic Science Investment Fund by 31 June 2023.

Project details

Cyclone Gabrielle - Remote Sensing Data Collection

Contracting organisation: NIWA

Funding: $2.2M

Start and end dates: 1/06/2023 to 30/06/2024

NIWA Extreme Weather SSIF uplift 

Contracting organisation: NIWA

Funding: $830,000

Start and end dates: 27/02/2023 to 30/06/2024

GNS Science Extreme Weather SSIF uplift

Contracting organisation: GNS Science

Funding: $1,695,000

Start and end dates: 27/02/2023 to 30/06/2024

Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research Extreme Weather SSIF uplift

Contracting organisation: Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research

Funding: $200,000

Start and end dates: 27/02/2023 to 30/06/2024

Supporting critical infrastructure recovery following the North Island Extreme Weather events

Contracting organisation: University of Auckland

Funding: $250,000

Start and end dates: 01/04/2023 to 31/12/2023

Mapping cyclone-driven erosion of North Island’s east coast beaches

Contracting organisation: GNS Science, host of Resilience to Nature’s Challenges

Funding: $84,863

Start and end dates: 10/04/2023 to 30/06/2024

Enhanced natural hazard risk assessment for Cyclone Gabrielle recovery

Contracting organisation: NIWA

Funding: $500,000

Start and end dates: 03/04/2023 to 29/09/2023

Rapid flood hazard assessment and modelling for Cyclone Gabrielle recovery

Contracting organisation: NIWA

Funding: $550,000

Start and end dates: 01/05/2023 to 31/12/2023

Understanding how extreme weather events impact rangatahi and whānau wellbeing – a survey of the Growing Up in New Zealand cohort

Contracting organisation: Auckland UniServices Ltd

Funding: $450,000

Start-end dates: 23/05/2023 to 31/01/2024

Extreme Weather Platform Coordination Hub

Contracting organisation: GNS Science

Funding: $250,000

Start and end dates: 08/05/2023 to 30/06/2024

More information

More information about the funded projects and their outputs is on the Extreme Weather Research Platform from Resilience to Nature’s Challenges.

Extreme Weather Research Platform: Resilience to Nature's Challenges(external link) — Resillience Challenge

Last updated: 28 March 2024