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1. Hamish Fagg to be first Kiwi in Space

16 December 2013 11:40am | LYNX Space Academy

LYNX has chosen one lucky Kiwi to go where only an elite few in the world have gone before; sub-orbital space. 21-year-old Hamish Fagg has just returned from the LYNX Space Academy Camp in Orlando, Florida where he was selected from two Kiwi finalists ..... More >>

2. The Canterbury Earthquakes: Scientific Answers

16 March 2011 2:36pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

The Canterbury region has had six months of unexpected and extremely difficult challenges as a result of a sequence of damaging and deadly earthquakes and the associated aftershocks. The result is significant uncertainty within the public about why the February 22 ..... More >>

3. Sensing Murder Strikes Out Again

25 June 2012 1:03pm | Skeptics

The discovery of the body of missing prostitute Jayne Furlong on the beach at Port Waikato directly contradicts the claims by the Sensing Murder exploitainment show that self-proclaimed psychics Deb Webber and Kelvin Cruickhank were able to "tune ..... More >>

4. Northland Whales and Dolphins at Risk From Statoil

03 July 2014 5:34pm | Liz Slooten

Today marine mammal expert Dr Liz Slooten of Otago University expressed concerns over dangers to whales and dolphins from sonar and seismic exploration for deep sea oil in Statoil's permit zone off Northland... More >>

5. Book your licence test on the phone or on-line

03 August 2004 7:36pm | Land Transport Safety Authority

Driver licensing practical tests can now be booked and paid for by telephone and over the internet... More >>

6. Cockles and Pipis, alive, alive-oh

04 January 2011 11:09am | NIWA

Over the long hot summer many kiwis will be digging deep in the sand for pipi. These yummy shellfish live buried in the sand and are free at the beach! .. More >>

7. Scientists celebrate 60 years of radiocarbon measurements

21 November 2014 2:45pm | NIWA

Scientists will next month celebrate the diamond anniversary of the world's longest continuous record of atmospheric radiocarbon measurements. .. More >>

8. Breakthrough in cabbage tree mystery

05 March 2001 2:04pm | Landcare Research

Landcare Research has made some major advancements in understanding the sudden decline disease of our iconic native cabbage tree (Cordyline australis), also known as ti kouka. Cabbage trees have succumbed in large numbers to the disease, which causes ..... More >>

9. 1080 poison: science and facts

24 May 2011 4:25pm | Happypet NZ

Any true scientist would be intensely annoyed to see wishful thinking and casual observations (rather than properly replicated experiments with appropriate controls) masquerading as science, especially when lots of people actually believed in it. ..... More >>

10. More wind on the menu

20 November 2014 1:36pm | MetService

It has been a windy spring so far and it looks like there's more of the same on the menu for the next few days. MetService has issued a Severe Weather Watch for northwest gales in eastern parts of the South Island and lower North Island today and Friday. ..... More >>

11. Environmental Project A Breath Of Fresh Air

27 August 2001 2:14pm | Landcare Research

There is top-level backing for an innovative project being launched this week, which brings businesses and landowners together to combat greenhouse gases and green up marginal land... More >>

12. Famous Tree Sparks Debate On Discovery Of NZ

21 September 2001 4:24pm | Landcare Research

A pohutukawa tree at 'the end of the world' has stirred up debate on whether the Spanish were the first Europeans to reach New Zealand, ahead of the Dutch and the British... More >>

13. Dell Unveils the XPS 14z

25 October 2011 12:06pm | Dell

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, October 25, 2011 - Dell today unveiled its XPS 14z laptop, one of the thinnest fully-featured 14 inch laptops in the world featuring an internal optical drive and discrete graphics option. The latest in a series of thin-and-powerful ..... More >>

14. Huawei Ascend P7 - Now available in New Zealand

23 September 2014 2:04pm | Huawei Technologies

New Zealand, September 23: Huawei's newest flagship smartphone, the Ascend P7, which combines stunning form with seamless function, is now available in New Zealand. .. More >>

15. Large flocks of kererū show up in annual survey

05 October 2014 2:50pm | Forest And Bird

The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird says a kererū (wood pigeon) survey that has received reports of flocks of as many as 170 birds, could indicate the kererū population is recovering - thanks to good predator control... More >>

16. Road Code now available free on-line

24 April 2003 1:02pm | Land Transport Safety Authority

Need to brush up on the road rules but don't have a copy of the road code? Just visit the Land Transport Safety Authority website,, where an on-line version of the Official New Zealand Road Code for car drivers is now available at no charge... More >>

17. Development of Roundup Ready Wheat Deferred

11 May 2004 3:49pm | Monsanto

ST. LOUIS (May 10, 2004) - Monsanto announced today it is realigning research and development investments to accelerate the development of new and improved traits in corn, cotton, and oilseeds. As part of this realignment, the company is deferring ..... More >>

18. Fliway and CS Company Pick Microsoft

24 May 2004 3:22pm | Microsoft New Zealand

Transport solutions company Fliway and CS Company, the country's largest independently-owned marketer and distributor of fragrances and cosmetics, are the latest New Zealand companies to take advantage of Microsoft Business Solutions-Axapta to improve business ..... More >>

19. Auckland student, Haydn Luckman, wins top award

27 May 2004 10:21am | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Haydn Luckman, a second-year student at the University of Auckland Engineering School (formerly Auckland Grammar School), was presented with a Gold CREST award by Dr Helen Anderson, Chief Executive of the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology, on ..... More >>

20. Rabbit Disease (Calicivirus) to be released

26 May 2005 1:15pm | Auckland Regional Council

A consortium of ten regional councils, including the Auckland Regional Council, has gained approval from the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) to import batches of the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) virus strain from the New South ..... More >>

21. Winter Solstice, longest night and shortest day

15 June 2005 11:50am | Carter Observatory

The Winter Solstice is on June 21 at 18:46 (6:46pm); this is when the Sun is at its most Northerly point in the sky. At the middle of the day on June 21, it reaches its lowest altitude, from the Northern horizon, for the year... More >>

22. Equinoctial Gales

21 September 2006 1:59pm | MetService

MetService meteorologists are forecasting more bursts of northwesterly winds on Saturday and Monday. These will bring hot dry and gusty conditions to all eastern districts, more periods of heavy rain to the western slopes of the Southern Alps, and blustery ..... More >>

23. Call for NIWA to be disbanded

01 April 2007 3:14pm | New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

For immediate release: The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition Media release (immediate) 31 March 2007 Call for NIWA to be disbanded.. More >>

24. Wellington Zoo red pandas head off on OE

13 July 2007 3:54pm | Wellington Zoo

Three of Wellington Zoo's most popular inhabitants leave the Zoo on Monday 16 July for Knoxville Zoo in Tennesse, announced Curator Suzette Nicholson today... More >>

25. Stem Cell Essay Winners Awarded

01 November 2007 9:31am | NZbio

This year's essay topic, Stem Cells: Panacea or problem? Explain the science and explore the issues, inspired students from all over New Zealand... More >>

26. Ornithologist to receive honorary doctorate

16 November 2007 4:14pm | Victoria University of Wellington

One of New Zealand's most prolific contributors to ornithological science, Christopher JR Robertson, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Science at Victoria University's graduation ceremony in Wellington on December 12... More >>

27. Controlling tomato/potato psyllid in a home garden

25 March 2009 11:19am | Plant and Food Research

The tomato/potato psyllid from North America was first found in New Zealand in 2006, and is still spreading throughout the country. The psyllid can transmit a bacterium, Liberibacter, that is believed to cause the disease 'psyllid yellows' in tomatoes ..... More >>

28. New doggie DNA test available in NZ

10 July 2009 9:46am | Petpost

They've been called mutts, mongrels, bitsers and 'SPCA specials'...but now mixed-breed dogs can hold their slightly unusual heads high. .. More >>

29. Babydoll Sheep Introduced To Reduce Emmissions

14 July 2009 1:36pm | CarboNZero

In his quest to develop the world's leading sustainable vineyard, Peter Yealands has come up with a novel way to keep the grass down at his 1,000 hectare vineyard in the most sustainable way. .. More >>

30. The pros and cons of using 1080

13 November 2009 4:34pm | science media center

Sunday will see a series of rallies held nationwide to protest aerial drops of 1080 poison to control pests that prey on native birds. .. More >>

31. Willow adds new fuel to bioethanol debate

18 November 2009 1:24pm | University of Auckland

The humble willow tree is being investigated as a source of biofuel by researchers at The University of Auckland's Faculty of Engineering. .. More >>

32. Paddle Crabs; Cannibals Of The Seashore

30 December 2009 10:33am | NIWA

This agile swimmer is found in the intertidal zone (between high and low tide marks) all around New Zealand and in southern Australia, down to depths of 100 metres. It's one of nine species of swimming crabs in New Zealand... More >>

33. 2009: extreme temperature swings

13 January 2010 12:14pm | NIWA

New Zealand's climate for 2009 was characterised by frequent see-saws in temperature. Heat waves occurred in January and the start of February; May was the coldest on record; October had its lowest temperatures since 1945; and August was the warmest ..... More >>

34. Wind Farm Noise - Revised Acoustics Standard

01 March 2010 4:46pm | Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand has published Acoustics - Wind farm noise NZS 6808:2010. The revised and improved Standard recommends limits on wind farm noise. NZS 6808:2010 provides tools to assess, measure, and limit noise from wind turbines. The revised ..... More >>

35. Christchurch liquefaction hazards and effects

06 September 2010 4:21pm | Environment Canterbury

Please find attached a diagram on liquefaction hazards and the effects in Christchurch Provides good background for earthquake stories. .. More >>

36. Software Freedom Day, Team Christchurch

15 September 2011 1:29pm | Software Freedom Day

This Saturday is Software Freedom Day - a global celebration of free and open-source software and the international community that supports it. The Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome internet browsers, the productivity suite, and GNU/Linux ..... More >>

37. New Zealand's rain falls mainly in the mountains

20 December 2011 10:05am | NIWA

Most of New Zealand's rain doesn't fall in the plains, but in the mountains, particularly the Southern Alps. Dr Tim Kerr is a NIWA mountain rainfall specialist. He's been working high in the Southern Alps with 10 new rain gauges, to better ..... More >>

38. Dell Launches XPS 13 in NZ

13 March 2012 12:03pm | Dell

Crafted without Compromise in Compact Design: 13-inch Edge-to-Edge Display in Near 11-inch Form Factor · Offers Superb Craftsmanship and Uncompromising Performance in a Sleek, Lightweight System · Lightning -fast Boot Time and Resume Enable Seamless, ..... More >>

39. Consumers Urged to Switch Smoke Alarms (Not Just Batteries)

25 September 2012 11:29am | Cavius

TAURANGA, Monday 24 September 2012 : Kiwis are being urged to replace not only their smoke alarm batteries but to consider switching to smoke detectors which are safer, stylish and more cost effective this daylight savings weekend (Sunday September 30)... More >>

40. BLIS Technologies Targets New Probiotic Against Tooth Decay

05 October 2012 10:55am | BLIS Technologies

BLIS Technologies Ltd (NZX:BLT) announces that it is introducing a new BLIS probiotic into the New Zealand retail market called BLIS M18[TM]. This new BLIS probiotic has been shown in clinical trials to inhibit bacteria associated with tooth decay and ..... More >>

41. A new vaccine therapy for brain cancer

29 November 2012 10:16am | Malaghan Institute

MEDIA RELEASE 29 November 2012 A new vaccine therapy for brain cancer What do you do when you are faced with terminally ill patients that want to trial a promising immunotherapy but are too sick to provide the immune cells necessary for it to work? ..... More >>

42. Clues to Auckland's past uncovered at Buckland's Beach

16 January 2013 4:41pm | Geomarine Research

"A small intertidal reef at the north end of Bucklands Beach, Pakuranga, holds important clues to what Auckland was like 5000 years ago," says Auckland marine geologist Bruce Hayward of Geomarine Research. Together with local marine biologist ..... More >>

43. New Norovirus Strain Now Highly Evident in New Zealand

23 January 2013 10:22am | ESR

The latest preliminary figures from the ESR's Norovirus Reference Laboratory in Porirua show that a new norovirus strain known as Sydney_2012, was predominant in laboratory confirmed norovirus outbreaks across the country in December. Joanne Hewitt ..... More >>

44. Nippy creatures that share your swim

29 January 2013 10:01am | NIWA

There you are at the beach this summer. The water is cool and inviting. You go in for a dip. Then something small nips you. Most people would immediately blame a crab but it could be sea louse - a marine isopod! Isopods are a type of crustacean, ..... More >>

45. Sony launches new VAIO range

14 June 2013 4:33pm | Sony New Zealand Limited

All models feature touch screen Includes VAIO Pro - the World's lightest i touch ultrabook Full range features NFC 'one-touch' connectivity VAIO Duo 13 - an amazing evolution of the convertible ultrabook .. More >>

46. NZ Test Confirms Purity of Manuka Honey

18 July 2013 3:12pm | GNS Science

The New Zealand honey industry has been thrown a lifeline after laboratory testing procedures in importing countries, which were failing manuka honey, have been found to be flawed giving a higher 'apparent' cane sugar level than it actually contains... More >>

47. NZ toxic contaminant levels halved - study shows

21 November 2013 12:37pm | Massey University

Blood samples taken by Massey researchers to measure the concentrations of toxic environmental contaminants, called persistent organic pollutants (or POPs), show their levels halved in the past 15 years among New Zealand's adult population... More >>

48. Benefits of Using EM to make Silage

29 November 2013 2:55pm | EMNZ

It is easy to focus on the amazing benefits EM offers as a soil and plant inoculant and forget that it has many other uses that can be beneficial around the farm, garden or household. Using EM to make silage is one of the most beneficial of these applications... More >>

49. Leap Motion 3D Controller Launches in NZ With Dick Smith

04 December 2013 12:58pm | Leap Motion

AUCKLAND, 4 December 2013 - Leap Motion[TM] today launched in New Zealand with Dick Smith, the company's exclusive retail launch partner, taking pre-orders for the innovative Leap Motion[TM] 3D Controller online at ..... More >>

50. Climate change impacts tuatara population

09 April 2014 12:02pm | Victoria University of Wellington

A new study involving researchers from Victoria University of Wellington shows climate change could ultimately result in the extinction of a population of tuatara... More >>

51. 'Duckman' gives $25k to wildlife hospital expansion

15 April 2014 5:17pm | Massey University

A Wellington businessman who featured on Television One News' Good Sorts segment on Sunday has donated $25,000 towards the expansion of the Wildbase wildlife hospital at Massey University's Manawatū campus... More >>

52. Ancient Forest Emerges From Beneath Takapuna Beach

26 May 2014 9:22am | Dr Bruce Hayward

In recent days the sand near low water in the middle of Takapuna Beach, Auckland, has shifted and exposed the long buried remains of an ancient forest. .. More >>

53. Canterbury graduate at Stanford University

03 June 2014 9:56am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury graduate and Fulbright scholar is carrying out substantial artificial intelligence research at Stanford University, looking at how robots make visual sense of the world... More >>

54. New Zealand taking the lead with 3D scanner

23 June 2014 9:43am | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury and New Zealand is leading the world's pre-clinical imaging market with research work on its commercial 3D scanner improving the treatment of diseases... More >>

55. CARLA could soon help combat goat parasites

27 June 2014 11:45am | AgResearch

A saliva test successfully used for selecting sheep with enhanced protective immunity to internal parasites may soon be also helping to increase the productivity and profitability of goat farming... More >>

56. Whitetail deer Under Threat

29 August 2014 11:03am | Game Animal Council

"The Game Animal Council, local hunters and landowners are concerned at a perceived decline in the number of Whitetail deer in the Glenorchy herd at the head of Lake Wakatipu" said Don Hammond Chairman of the Game Animal Council... More >>

57. Waikato Dean to lead Biological Heritage Science Challenge

02 September 2014 11:17am | Waikato University

Reversing the decline of New Zealand's biological heritage is the mission for a new multi-million dollar national research programme led by the University of Waikato's Professor Bruce Clarkson. .. More >>

58. New Technology for Hearing Impaired NZers

08 September 2014 1:45pm | One Plus One

Auckland-based creative corporate communications agency, One Plus One, is bringing back the joy of music for hearing-impaired New Zealanders, thanks to its latest trans-Tasman work with GN ReSound ® ... More >>

59. Report recognises climate change and ozone depletion links

11 September 2014 12:17pm | NIWA

The ozone hole over Antarctica is responsible for significant climate change in the Southern Hemisphere, according to a new international report. .. More >>

60. Canterbury and New Zealand taking the lead

11 September 2014 2:25pm | University of Canterbury

Canterbury and New Zealand taking the lead with 3D colour scanner to help reduce diseases .. More >>

61. National kererū survey needs Kiwis' help

22 September 2014 12:56pm | Forest And Bird

New Zealanders are asked to keep their eyes open for kererū from today until October 5 and log their findings on the Great Kererū Count website at .. More >>

62. Lunar Eclipse - the Sequel

08 October 2014 10:59am | Stardome Observatory

If cloud hampered your last opportunity to watch the Moon disappear, you're in luck. The Solar System is providing Kiwis with another spectacular view of a lunar eclipse, weather permitting of course. .. More >>

63. Southlanders Promote Positive Dairying in Environment Awards

10 October 2014 1:44pm | Ballance Farm Environment Awards

Southland farmers Mark and Deborah Hamill entered the Ballance Farm Environment Awards because they wanted to tell a 'good news story' about dairy farming. .. More >>

64. National Whale Centre launching with heart

15 October 2014 3:13pm | National Whale Centre

October 15, 2014: A colossal life-size replica of a blue whale (the largest mammal on the planet) heart is heading for the Picton Ferry Terminal soon. .. More >>

65. AVG Wi-Fi Assistant Protects Against Hacking and Tracking

16 October 2014 12:55pm | AVG

AVG is proud to announce a great step forward in its Wi-Fi security offerings. Today we are introducing the brand new version of AVG Wi-Fi Assistant, an Android app that protects you from Wi-Fi tracking and Wi-Fi hacking... More >>

66. Research shows demise of moa inevitable from humans' arrival

24 October 2014 10:03am | University of Auckland

Moa were hunted to extinction less than 200 years after human arrival, according to a major new study that has produced a new and more refined date for their disappearance than ever before: a five-year window between 1440-1445 AD... More >>

67. Korean Antarctic Programme opens office in Christchurch

03 November 2014 3:43pm | Antarctica New Zealand

Antarctica New Zealand welcomes the Korean National Antarctic Programme to Christchurch's Antarctic community. Today, the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) will open their New Zealand-based cooperation office at the International Antarctic Centre ..... More >>

68. 'Nanogirl' wins science communication award

13 November 2014 9:11am | University of Auckland

One of the country's most recognisable scientists has been awarded one of the year's top honours for her work in making science accessible to a wide range of New Zealanders. Dr Michelle Dickinson, who uses the popular twitter handle 'Nanogirl' ..... More >>

69. Crowdsourcing science to beat Psa

13 November 2014 2:54pm | Plant and Food Research

Scientists are hoping that crowdsourcing knowledge from the international science community will help them find the answer to a lethal kiwifruit disease. .. More >>

70. Lincoln's wildlife warriors take fight to pests

18 November 2014 4:09pm | Lincoln University

A unit of researchers engaged in the war to save our threatened native birds are outlining their cutting-edge battle plans at the New Zealand Ecological Society Conference at Massey University today... More >>

71. NASA Planetary Scientists Come to New Zealand

19 November 2014 10:20am | Astrobiology Group

New Zealand teachers and students will join NASA Astrobiologists and New Zealand scientists in the North Island this January, 2015, to explore extreme environments and conduct scientific experiments that might one day provide insight for the search ..... More >>

72. Innovative Technology Designed in the Hutt Valley

21 November 2014 10:14am | Weltec

Fraser Engineering in Lower Hutt is world famous for producing sophisticated yet rugged fire engines. .. More >>


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