Information for Journalists
MetService’s public role as New Zealand’s National Meteorological Service - the country's only official forecasts & warnings provider - makes us passionate about weather information being portrayed correctly, no matter what.
Our many talented meteorologists work collaboratively across forecasting specialisations to ensure MetService provides the very best quality weather information and expert weather commentary to the New Zealand public. Understanding the needs and priorities of the news media is vital to achieving this goal. We aim to be your #1 weather news authority.
Important contact numbers
For 24/7 contact regarding forecasts, watches and warnings, call:
- During daytime hours: the Communications Meteorologist on 04 4700 754 or Media Shift on 04 4700 848 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Outside business hours and overnight: the Lead Forecaster (via our Service Desk) on 04 4700 700
[Please note that the forecast room has several particularly busy periods each day, just before forecasts are finalised and released. If you can't get through to the Communications Meteorologist or Media Shift, our 24/7 Service Desk will take your message and ensure someone gets back to you as soon as possible.]
To schedule an early morning live interview, please contact the Communications Meteorologist prior to 6pm the previous evening. This is important to ensure we can allocate a spokesperson for your interview.
Our key spokespeople
DDI: +64 4 4700 754
Lisa Murray is your first point of contact for weather commentary across New Zealand and the South Pacific. She works closely with our entire team of meteorologists, and is able to link you with MetService’s other weather experts if you have a specialised weather enquiry. Lisa also fronts our public weather education activities through various online and face-to-face channels, with the support of our Media Shift and other members of the forecasting team.
Posting as ^Lisa on MetService's social media sites, Lisa is not only a lead meteorologist with over 10 years' experience, but also an experienced trainer and communicator. As a meteorological instructor, she has contributed to the skill of meteorologists both at MetService and in the national weather services of our South Pacific neighbours.
Mobile: +64 27 702 4622
Georgina Griffiths is one of our Auckland-based meteorologists and has many years of experience working with media in previous roles. Georgina works alongside our Communications Meteorologist and Media Shift team to provide commentary on longer-term weather (e.g. El Nino), particularly for the Rural sector, as well as focusing on local weather events in the top half of the North Island.
Georgina is ^GG on our social media sites, and is a very experienced meteorologist and climatologist. After training as a meteorologist with MetService, Georgina worked at Whenuapai Military Base, and then spent a number of years with NIWA working on extreme weather and the climate factors behind it, before returning to join our Auckland forecasting team. Most recently, she has focused on severe weather in an advisory role to Auckland Council Civil Defence.
Media Shift Meteorologists
DDI: +64 4 4700 848
The Media Shift is a daytime roster of experienced meteorologists working 7 days a week to ensure we're always available for media comment and public communication. From general through to expert meteorologists, our Media Shift team support our Communications Meteorologist and forecast room team to ensure you get the information you need to produce the best weather news story.
Shift members currently include: Tom Adams (^TA), Andy Best (^AB), April Clark (^AC), Cam Coutts (^Cam), Amanda De Monte (^AdM), Ciaran Doolin (^CD), Claire Flynn (^CF), Stephen Glassey (^SG), Angus Hines (^AH), Rob Kerr (^RK), Gerrit Keyser (^GK), Kyle Lee (^KL), Peter Little (^PL), Tuporo 'Junior' Marsters (^JR), Tui McInnes (^TM), James Millward (^JM) and Hannah Moes (^HM).
Weather event resources and company information
We are happy to provide journalists with images, backgrounders and other company information, both for use in stories about our activities and to help enrich your coverage of New Zealand weather events. Just click here to register to use our Digital Asset Portal and we'll keep you informed of new assets as soon as they become available.