Information for media

MetService’s public role as New Zealand’s National Meteorological Service - the country's only official forecasts and warnings provider - makes us passionate about weather information being portrayed correctly, no matter what.

We are your number one weather news authority.


For 24/7 contact regarding forecasts, watches and warnings, call:

Business hours:

  • Communications Meteorologist on 04 4700 754
  • Media Shift on 04 4700 848 (incl weekends)
  • email

To schedule an early morning live interview, please phone prior to 6:00pm the previous evening.


Outside business hours and overnight:

  • Lead Forecaster (via our Service Desk) on 04 4700 700


Our key spokespeople:

Lewis Ferris  - Communications Meteorologist
Lewis has his finger on the pulse of all things weather around Aotearoa and spends his time crafting the weather story to increase public awareness while decreasing confusion – a good forecast is useless if it isn’t understood!

Lewis considers himself the meteorological middleman here at MetService. While his official title is Communications Meteorologist, he often plays the intermediary between the media/general public and the National Forecasting Centre.

He’s lived in a few places around Aotearoa but growing up in Central Otago did not prepare him for the winds of Wellington. Riding bikes takes up a good portion of his time and photography is along for the ride too.


Murray - Head of Weather Communications
LIsa 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.

Lisa is not only a lead meteorologist with over 15 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.


Angus Hines - Broadcast Meterologist

Angus Hines is MetService’s broadcast meteorologist and the face you see most on the MetService weather videos.

Angus was an operational meteorologist at MetService for almost four years before moving into the Weather Communications Team with his current role – so you know you can trust what he’s got to say. Angus is a born and bred Wellingtonian, currently living within 10 minutes of his childhood home.

When not at work Angus plays Ultimate Frisbee and has been lucky enough to play in seven countries (and counting). He’s also an avid sports fan, although currently undecided if he’ll ever watch cricket again after the 2019 World cup final. Angus enjoys the blend of science and communication required as a broadcast meteorologist, especially the way he must pick out the meaningful points from all that weather data.


Media Shift Meteorologists

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.

DDI: +64 4 4700 848