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Weather forecasting system review

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The Government has announced a review into the country’s weather forecasting system.

The Terms of Reference for the review can be viewed on MBIE’s and the Treasury’s websites via the links below.

The review is being led by Te Tai Ōhanga the Treasury and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Hīkina Whakatutuki (MBIE), with support from Te Manatū Waka Ministry of Transport. It will be conducted by an independent party.

Its focus is to:

  • Identify and recommend the optimal arrangements and responsibilities in the weather forecasting system that will best position New Zealand to meet future weather-related challenges and impacts within the context of climate change.
  • Based on the system’s optimal arrangements, consider the most appropriate structural configuration in relation to MetService and NIWA.
  • Identify whether changes in access to weather data should be considered and if so, what these should be.

You can read the Terms of Reference for the review on the Treasury website at:
Weather forecasting system review: Terms of Reference

You can read the Terms of Reference for the review on the MBIE website at:
Project Hau Nuku: Weather forecasting system review

You can read the media release from Hon Dr Duncan Webb, announcing the review, on the Beehive website at:
Government to review weather forecasting system

As of February 2024, the review is progressing well and has received significant input from MetService, NIWA, and other key stakeholders. It is expected that the weather forecasting system review report will be finalised by the end of April 2024, and advice provided to the Government in May 2024.

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