Statement of Corporate Intent

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA) is a Crown Research Institute incorporated as a company on 1 July 1992. Ownership is held equally between two shareholding Ministers appointed by the New Zealand Government and governed by a Crown-appointed Board of Directors.

The Shareholders' expectations of NIWA are contained in the Statement of Core Purpose that defines our purpose, expected outcomes, scope of operation, and operating principles. This Statement of Corporate Intent (SCI) sets out NIWA's strategy for delivering against this core purpose over the next five years. The SCI is reviewable annually.

NIWA is New Zealand's leading provider of atmospheric, freshwater and marine research and associated services. NIWA currently employs 670 staff spread across 15 locations (with major sites in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch), has assets of $145M and annual revenues of approximately $140M.

See the NIWA Statement of Corporate Intent for 2017/2018 [PDF 2.8 MB]

See the NIWA Statement of Core Purpose

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Statement of Corporate Intent 2017/18