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Threat to New Zealand waterways prompts microbead ban

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:28:18 +1200 | Convergence

A multimillion dollar Kiwi supplement and skincare company is calling on the New Zealand government to prohibit the use of plastic microbeads in all personal care and consumer products. More >>

Local Businesses Concerned About Threats to Online Security

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:55:11 +1200 | The Agency Communications

Losing access to data, having business information hacked and even snooping foreign governments are among the concerns of local SMEs expressed in the latest MYOB Digital Nation report.More >>

Man meets Machine - Human-Computer Interaction

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:17:00 +1200 | Auckland University

Human interaction with computers is evolving at a dizzying speed. The ground-breaking invention of the mouse can already seem outmoded by the rise of touch-screen mobile technology. Human interaction with computers is evolving at a dizzying speed. The ...More >>

Help us Unmask Palm Oil in 2015

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:53:53 +1200 | Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo is proud to support the Unmask Palm Oil campaign by asking government representatives in New Zealand and Australia to demand clear labelling of vegetable oil on all food products. Palm oil is estimated to be in about half of all products ...More >>

Key element in bacterial immune system discovered

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:43:32 +1200 | University of Otago

A University of Otago scientist is a member of an international research team that has made an important discovery about the workings of a bacterial immune system. The finding could lead to the development of tailor-made RNA-editing tools.More >>

Dr Stephen O’Brien visits Tauranga Café Scientifique

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:58:35 +1200 | Waikato University

World leading molecular biologist and conservationist, Dr Stephen O’Brien, will visit the Tauranga Café Scientifique on Wednesday 29 April as part of the Allan Wilson International public lecture series. Dr O’Brien is Chief Scientific Officer ...More >>

European Commission Issue Statement of Objection to Google

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:52:29 +1200 | European Publishers Council

European Publishers Council (EPC) welcomes the European Commission's Decision to Issue a Statement of Objections to Google More >>

Peter Kerr Asks. ''Where's The Diagram?'' - #OSOS2015

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:08:47 +1200 | Peter Kerr

It is slightly sacrilegious to say it, but there's aspects of Open Source Open Society that I don't get.More >>

EDS welcome appointment of new Secretary for the Environment

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:41:17 +1200 | Environmental Defence Society

EDS has welcomed the appointment of Vicky Robertson as Chief Executive of the Ministry for the Environment. More >>

Ginger is the New Black

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:15:24 +1200 | Department of Conservation

With famous ginger pop star Ed Sheeran on stage in NZ, another ginger media star - Kindara– took front stage at the weekend. More >>

Human and nature’s entanglements explored

Thu, 9 Apr 2015 14:58:34 +1200 | Massey University

Humans depend on nature, yet continue to exploit and abuse it – this paradox is at the heart of a conference exploring our relationship with the natural world from critically humanist, political and social sciences perspectives.More >>

Historic #BeCrueltyFree Campaign Victory

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:49:26 +1300 | Be Cruelty Free

WELLINGTON (xx March 2015) - New Zealand has joined the growing list of progressive nations to ban cruel animal testing of cosmetics, following a two year campaign by #BeCrueltyFree New Zealand. An amendment to the Animal Welfare Act similar to that ...More >>

Greens welcome ban on animal cosmetics testing

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:45:16 +1300 | Green Party

After more than a year of campaigning by Green MP Mojo Mathers, the Government has finally agreed to ban cosmetics testing on animals, the Green Party said today. “I’m over the moon that the Government has acknowledged my work on this issue by finally ...More >>

Law change to ban cosmetic testing on animals

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:38:22 +1300 | New Zealand Government

The Government will introduce a change to the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill to ban the use of animals for testing finished cosmetic products and ingredients, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today.More >>

National Data Retention in Oz: The Next Phas

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:35:20 +1300 | Binoy Kampmark

March 19 should be scratched down in the diary of police state antics, if only because it was one when Australia’s non-service providing politicians decided, fairly broadly, that data retention would be a fine thing indeed. Telecommunication companies will ...More >>

UPDATE: 1080 threat to dairy products investigated since Nov

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:47:39 +1300 | BusinessDesk

March 10 (BusinessDesk) - Threats to contaminate infant and other dairy formula with 1080 poison have been under investigation by the Police and the Ministry of Primary Industries since November, it was revealed this afternoon, although tests have all ...More >>

Pacific action needed against spy net - PFF

Sun, 8 Mar 2015 12:18:12 +1300 | Pacific Freedom Forum

Pacific leaders need to take action against wholesale spying by foreign powers, warns the Pacific Freedom Forum. More >>

Key must explain how GCSB spying on citizens is lawful

Sun, 8 Mar 2015 11:39:36 +1300 | Green Party

John Key needs to come clean with New Zealanders and explain how it is lawful for the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) to spy, without a warrant, on New Zealand citizens who are part of the governments of the Cook Islands and Niue, ...More >>

Patrick Gower interviews The Intercept's Ryan Gallagher

Sun, 8 Mar 2015 10:13:52 +1300 | The Nation

Gallagher says it’s “very dubious” whether it’s lawful for GCSB to be sweeping up information on New Zealanders as it spies in the Pacific. He says politicians “play the terrorism card” when “that’s not at all borne out in these documents, ...More >>

Date Set by Korea to End Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:17:44 +1300 | Cruelty Free International

Cruelty Free International has welcomed the imminent launch of a Korean Bill, with official support, to end all testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals by 2017. This follows extensive negotiations by Cruelty Free International with Ministerial ...More >>


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