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1. New Zealand on the bow wave of global change

18 December 2014 12:20pm | University of Canterbury

Changes being observed in Antarctica's atmosphere and Southern Ocean will ripple around to the globe through connections to the mid and lower latitudes affecting the weather and climate of New Zealand on the way... More >>

2. Leading research on natural quit smoking remedy

18 December 2014 2:25pm | University of Auckland

New Zealand researchers have found that a low cost, plant-based product marketed for smoking cessation in parts of Europe for the last 40 years, is better than nicotine replacement therapy at helping smokers quit. .. More >>

3. Smell of success: insect pests avoid boosted pasture grasses

17 December 2014 3:00pm | Lincoln University

A recent study from the Bio-Protection Research Centre has shown for the first time that pasture grasses containing beneficial microorganisms are less attractive to soil-dwelling insect pests... More >>

4. International Science paper reveals collapse of Kelp beds

16 December 2014 4:53pm | Wade Doak

Noted marine specialist, Wade Doak, of Northland, New Zealand, says an important scientific paper, just published in the international Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions, charts the widespread collapse and destruction of marine algal forests, ..... More >>

5. Air New Zealand Takes Off With PeopleSoft

19 November 2003 1:50pm | PeopleSoft

Air New Zealand has implemented the first phase of its enterprise application software programme - Connect, comprising PeopleSoft Financials and Procurement, part of the PeopleSoftEnterprise product family. The solution will streamline processes, provide ..... 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. NZ scientist attains international pinnacle in his field

16 December 2014 5:02pm | Riddet Institute

The Riddet Institute's Principal Investigator, Professor of Food Chemistry Laurie Melton, has been appointed as an editor of the prestigious Elsevier publication, Food Chemistry... More >>

8. 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 >>

9. 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 >>

10. What do Kiwis think of science? -- experts respond

04 December 2014 3:21pm | Science Media Centre

New Zealanders rate science highly and consider it important for the country's international competitiveness, improving health and preserving the environment, according to a new nationwide survey. The Public Attitudes Towards Science and Technology Survey, ..... More >>

11. Christmas Day Outlook

18 December 2014 1:12pm | MetService

Christmas is fast approaching and by far the most frequent question coming into the forecast room over the last week has been "BBQs or Brollies? What's the forecast for Christmas Day?" We have had a very changeable December so far with a cool ..... More >>

12. 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 >>

13. Teaching robots to see at Victoria

15 December 2014 2:03pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Robots may soon see the world differently thanks to work being done at Victoria University of Wellington's School of Engineering and Computer Science. .. More >>

14. Summer Solstice on December 22

13 December 2006 1:30pm | Carter Observatory

The Summer Solstice is at 13:22 (1:22pm) on December 22. This is when the Sun is at its most Southerly point in the sky and therefore reaches its maximum altitude for the year at the middle of the day... More >>

15. Determining the origin of insect pests

15 December 2014 3:53pm | Lincoln University

Researchers in the Bio-Protection Research Centre at Lincoln University are developing a new way to reveal the birthplace of unwanted insect pests - information that is vital for managing pest incursions... More >>

16. Grant awarded for approach to stop biofilm-based infections

17 December 2014 10:46am | University of Otago

A University of Otago biochemist has been awarded a $50,000 grant to develop enzymes that prevent infection-causing biofilms from growing on catheters and other medical devices... More >>

17. Saturday Night's Lightning

22 September 2003 2:47pm | MetService

There were thousands of thunderclaps over western areas of the North Island last Saturday night. All this lightning activity was caused by a cold front moving in from the Tasman Sea... More >>

18. Council Awarded For Pre-Birth Testing Project

01 September 2008 11:20am | Bioethics Council

Toi te Taiao: the Bioethics Council is delighted that its pre-birth testing project has been given special recognition for Project of the Year at the International Association for Public Participation Core Values Awards in Scotland last week... More >>

19. New partnership to house Gillies McIndoe Research Institute

29 May 2013 11:13am | Gillies McIndoe

After a tireless 15-year campaign, Professor Swee Tan can hardly believe his original vision is about to be fulfilled - a research institute with its own premises, laboratory and staff dedicated to finding more effective treatment for disfiguring and life-threatening ..... More >>

20. Moa: the life and death of New Zealand's legendary bird

26 July 2013 10:10am | Craig Potton Publishing

The life and death of the world's tallest species of bird is the focus of a new book being published by Craig Potton Publishing this month. .. More >>

21. Funding to study native sand dune maker

24 February 2014 3:15pm | Lincoln University

Two Lincoln University researchers have secured Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) funding as part of a collaborative research project to study what was once one of the most ubiquitous plants in New Zealand... More >>

22. Meridian cut casts a shadow over solar plans

10 November 2014 11:01am | Econergy Limited

Meridian Energy's slashing of solar buy back rates has messed with my plans for installing solar power - big time. .. More >>

23. 2014 New Zealand River Awards

28 November 2014 10:42am | The Morgan Foundation

Two Canterbury waterways - the Otukaikino and Cam - took out 1st and 3rd place in the 2014 New Zealand River Awards for the most improved rivers in the country. The Oroua River in the Manawatu was the 2nd most improved river in New Zealand. .. More >>

24. New field guide proves popular

16 December 2014 3:21pm | University of Waikato

A field guide for New Zealand native plants was launched last week by University of Waikato ecologist Catherine Kirby, with support from the Environmental Research Institute. .. More >>

25. Bad Air, Great Science

25 July 2000 2:54pm | Foundation for Research Science and Technology

Scientists are working out where the pollution from our cars travels to and how this pollution is affecting the air we breathe... More >>

26. New Technology For Scallop Shuckers

23 January 2002 10:10am | Foundation for Research Science and Technology

The international scallop industry may yet benefit from a New Zealand -driven research project to find a better way to shuck scallops that has already cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and been more than two years in the development... More >>

27. Fiordland Quake Triggers Over 200 Landslides

27 August 2003 9:33am | Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences

Last Friday's magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Fiordland triggered more than 200 landslides in Fiordland National Park, geologists said today. " It's inevitable that an impressively big shake and steep country will combine to produce landsliding on a ..... More >>

28. Information Sharing Gets Boost At Connetics

13 October 2003 2:24pm | Webscape

A search for a product to improve delivery of information to staff led Christchurch utility networks service company Connetics to fellow Christchurch firm Webscape... More >>

29. Whitebait could this be your last fritter?

11 October 2004 2:38pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

With whitebait prices at $99 per kg in downtown Auckland, have you ever wondered why this delicacy demands such an extravagant price? Kids in the 1940's caught whitebait by the bucket to earn a bit of pocket money. So what has brought about such an exorbitant ..... More >>

30. Weather Clearing for ANZAC Day

21 April 2005 2:50pm | MetService

MetService meteorologists are forecasting a cold showery weekend for much of the country, but the showers should clear for ANZAC day, even though they may linger through the ANZAC dawn between Wellington and Napier... More >>

31. "Do The Math" Day For New Zealand Schools

04 August 2005 12:31am | Westpac

Today New Zealand primary and secondary school students will join several hundred thousand students who, like many of their parents before them, will compete in the Australian Mathematics Competition for the Westpac Awards. The total number of entries ..... More >>

32. Commercialising Maori kumara

19 January 2006 4:28pm | Crop and Food Research

The unique white-skinned and white-fleshed early Maori kumara are to be studied for their potential as a gourmet food. Demand for foods derived from "unaltered" or "pure" plant material that is produced using culturally and environmentally sensitive techniques ..... More >>

33. ERMA New Zealand Makes Meths Safer

10 January 2007 1:41pm | ERMA

Methylated spirits bought over the counter from 21 June 2007 will no longer contain the poisonous substance methanol... More >>

34. Kiwi fly conservation-class to new home in Te Puke

15 March 2007 12:20am | Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust

Two North Island brown kiwi found out what it felt like to fly yesterday (14 March), after boarding a plane in Christchurch and landing in Rotorua to be escorted to their new home in Te Puke... More >>

35. Fungi Hunters in the Wairarapa

03 May 2007 12:21am | Landcare Research

The Fungal Foray is an annual event organised by Landcare Research. The Forays began in 1986 and have been held at different sites each year, ranging from Tangihua in the North to the Catlins in the South. The event attracts both amateur and professional ..... More >>

36. IRL scientist on "most-cited" research papers list

18 March 2008 12:28am | Industrial Research Ltd

A research paper by IRL senior research scientist, Dr Lai Yeap Foo on the identity of the active compounds in cranberries has made the list of "most-cited research articles" on a leading US scientific publisher's website.. More >>

37. AgResearch and Ancare Scientific collaboration

16 June 2008 10:20am | Agresearch

Ancare Scientific and AgResearch have combined to fund the further development of a technology that has the potential to increase milk production in dairy cattle... More >>

38. Protecting pasture from predators

16 January 2009 5:05pm | Lincoln University

In New Zealand many common pasture plants are attacked by insects, damaging the plants themselves and causing economic losses. In response to these attacks plants produce a number of natural compounds in an effort to ward off predators; however, ..... More >>

39. Auckland City Wi-Fi Goes Live

20 January 2009 12:55pm | Kordia

Fast, affordable broadband took a major step forward today with the launch of the Auckland City Wi-Fi service across seven key zones of the Auckland CBD and fringe. .. More >>

40. Christchurch Council website Improves Search

26 January 2009 2:44pm | SLI Systems

Visitors to the Christchurch City Council website:, might not realise how much work and planning has gone into ensuring that they can find the information they are looking for quickly. .. More >>

41. Bioethics Council Rejects Govt Duplication Claim

16 March 2009 12:51pm | Bioethics Council

It is with regret that Toi te Taiao: the Bioethics Council announces it has been disestablished by the Government. Since its inception in 2002, the Council has issued major reports on Pre-Birth Testing, Animal-to-Human Transplantation, and the Use ..... More >>

42. 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 >>

43. Decision: TVNZ and Butler, Dunleavy and Prior

07 October 2009 12:34pm | Broadcasting Standards Authority

Standard 4 (balance) - programme presented miscellany of views - did not attempt to debate whether global warming was caused by human activity - acknowledged the existence of other perspectives - not upheld Standard 5 (accuracy) - inaccurate ..... More >>

44. 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 >>

45. Skeptics to walk on fire at annual conference

16 July 2010 2:00pm | NZ Skeptics Society

The NZ Skeptics will demonstrate the power of physics over the mind, with a firewalk planned as part of their annual conference in Auckland this August. .. More >>

46. Nationwide science education week announced

01 December 2010 11:25am | NZ Society of Science Educators

Students, teachers and parents throughout New Zealand will be involved in a special week next year to emphasise the importance of science education in primary schools. This is the first time such a week has been held. .. More >>

47. Sony's new 3D Handycam camcorder

11 March 2011 4:55pm | Sony Entertainment

3D gets personal with Sony's new 3D Handycam camcorder and Bloggie camera Capture stunning 3D footage and instantly playback on 3D display without glasses .. More >>

48. Parents Warned Over Oz Baby Formula

11 May 2011 9:26am | GE Free NZ

Parents may want to avoid Nestle and Heinz infant formula made in Australia, and to stock up on organic New Zealand-made products, after the companies announced they will accept GM contaminants in their products.(1).. More >>

49. 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 >>

50. Migration linked to genetic differences in NZ seabirds

01 June 2011 10:36am | NIWA

Ground-breaking research by NIWA and The University of Auckland, investigating the annual movements of New Zealand seabirds migrating within the Pacific Ocean, has revealed that populations are genetically distinct, and have been for centuries as ..... More >>

51. NZ Skeptics Call for Building on Solid Science

02 August 2011 12:55pm | NZ Skeptics Society

Building on solid science is the theme for this year's annual NZ Skeptics conference, an appropriate-enough theme for a meeting being held in Christchurch (26-28 August). "When we're unsure of things, looking for better understanding of what's happening ..... More >>

52. 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 >>

53. Award-winning octogenarian enthusiast a late bloomer

21 November 2011 2:23pm | NZ Plant Conservation Network

At 80 years of age - and hoping to embark on a PhD - King Country orchidologist Anne Fraser has received the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network's (NZPCN) 2011 Individual Award for her dedicated advocacy of a nationally-threatened orchid... More >>

54. Could NZ cherries be the secret to a good night's sleep?

14 April 2012 12:19pm | Moanui

Hamilton, New Zealand - Preliminary research results released today by Fruision Ltd show that sweet cherries grown in New Zealand's sun-rich Central Otago region are a natural source of melatonin at levels over 30 times higher than other cherry varieties ..... More >>

55. 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 >>

56. Plan for production with plantain

21 November 2012 8:52am | Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Once considered a weed, field trials reveal plantain is a high-protein alternative to pasture ideal for finishing lambs. .. More >>

57. Paua is a summer delicacy

22 January 2013 1:17pm | NIWA

Paua is a New Zealand summer delicacy. When someone says "paua fritter" they are usually referring to something made from blackfoot paua. The blackfoot paua (Haliotis iris) species is endemic to New Zealand and found throughout the country. It is most ..... More >>

58. Cats' impact on native wildlife - Experts respond

23 January 2013 3:14pm | Science Media Centre

A campaign launched by economist Gareth Morgan to raise awareness about the impact of cats on native wildlife has elicited a range of opinions, but what does the evidence say?.. More >>

59. Global Census of New Zealand's Missing Million

24 April 2013 9:21am | Kea New Zealand

Global Census of New Zealand's Missing Million    Following last month's national census, the country's leading market research company is joining forces with Kea to gather valuable insights into Kea's global network of over 100,000 Kiwi expats. ..... More >>

60. UC Researching Some of the Most Threatened Ecosystems

10 May 2013 11:16am | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury (UC) is researching parts of north Canterbury and the Mackenzie Basin areas which include some of the most threatened ecosystems in New Zealand... More >>

61. The weather of Christmasses past and present

20 December 2013 8:18pm | NIWA

If you can't beat Wellington on a good day, you can't beat it on Christmas Day either. .. More >>

62. Giant moa not so robust after all

22 December 2013 11:06pm | University of Canterbury

Giant moa not so robust after all, but their small cousins were December 22, 2013 The South Island giant moa, d inornis robustus, (the name means robust strange bird) may not have actually had robust bones at all, according to new research conducted ..... More >>

63. Research gets gold

17 March 2014 9:23am | Victoria University of Wellington

Described as "the equivalent of a desktop version of a mainframe computer" the smart red Spinsolve machine sitting on a lab bench at Victoria University is evidence, say its designers, that the vision of the late Sir Paul Callaghan is coming to fruition... More >>

64. Students get down and dirty for science

20 March 2014 10:05am | Nina Valley Ecoblitz

Grubbing around in the long grass and dirt catching spiders, poking through prickly shrubbery in the dark after lizards and braving chill mountain streams for fish and insects were all part of the scientific fun for 170 students participating in the ..... More >>

65. Kauri dieback made worse by inadequate response

26 March 2014 12:31pm | Waitakere Ranges Protection Society

'Kauri dieback disease is getting out of control in our iconic native forests" says John Edgar, President of the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society "and it's made worse by the absence of an adequate and timely response from Government"... More >>

66. The shift to mirrorless cameras

03 April 2014 12:48pm | FujiFilm

Fujifilm were pioneers in digital photography, announcing the FinePix S1 Pro - the world's first consumer-level DSLR - in January 2000. Just fourteen years later, Fujifilm NZ confirm that camera technology is undergoing another seismic shift... More >>

67. Heat Stress Research Aimed at Helping Workers

05 May 2014 3:56pm | Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

A team of Nelson-based researchers hopes their work will one day lead to improvements in the lives of workers in some of the world's hottest places. .. More >>

68. 'Houdini' sea cucumbers a potentially lucrative industry

08 May 2014 11:18am | University of Auckland

They may not be the prettiest of sea creatures but University of Auckland researcher Leo Zamora says sea cucumbers are not only fascinating but a potential major export earner for New Zealand... More >>

69. Benefits of natural medicine to help with colds investigated

26 June 2014 10:58am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury PhD health sciences student is investigating the benefits of natural medicine to help with common colds. .. More >>

70. University decision a crucial step forward for Lincoln Hub

17 July 2014 3:33pm | AgResearch

The Lincoln Hub partners have welcomed the Minister for Science and Innovation and Tertiary Education's announcement of the Government's agreement in principle to provide funding towards the rebuilding of science facilities at Lincoln University. ..... More >>

71. Decade of great white shark research nears end

11 August 2014 10:14am | NIWA

A joint 10-year NIWA and Department of Conservation project to find out more about the great white sharks that inhabit New Zealand waters is coming to an end as scientists tackle the final phases of data analysis. NIWA fisheries scientist and shark expert ..... More >>

72. Partnership to Increase Ocean Research & Conservation in NZ

28 August 2014 11:32am | NGO Conservation International

Unique partnership between University of Auckland and Conservation International aims to build scientific capacity and research. .. More >>

73. New child cancer specialist for Auckland

01 September 2014 12:59pm | University of Auckland

Paediatric oncologist, Dr Andrew Wood has returned to the University of Auckland to research the genetic mistakes driving childhood leukaemias. Dr Wood graduated from the University of Auckland's School of Medicine, and trained as a paediatrician ..... More >>

74. Wellington scientist scores cancer research breakthrough

02 September 2014 10:06am | The PR Company

A young Wellington research student has made a breakthrough that could change the way tongue cancers are treated. .. More >>

75. Student wins Sir Peter Blake youth ambassador scholarship

15 September 2014 10:25am | University of Canterbury

September 14, 2014 A University of Canterbury honours mechatronics engineering graduate Angus Watson will use a Sir Peter Blake youth ambassador scholarship to live in the Antarctic for six weeks later this year to collate energy data important to the future ..... More >>

76. Finalists named in New Zealand DIVAs

19 September 2014 11:15am | Infotools

The winner of the New Zealand Data Insight Innovation Award (DIVA) will be announced in Auckland at the Research Effectiveness Awards 2014 on 26 September. .. More >>

77. 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 >>

78. Good agricultural practise gets results

23 September 2014 4:25pm | Ballance Agri-Nutrients

A mix of livestock management and good old weather watching will ensure farmers get the best dry matter response and achieve the best in animal performance results from their fertiliser application. Warwick Catto, Science Strategy Manager at Ballance ..... More >>

79. Cold weather returns

02 October 2014 1:18pm | MetService

Weather-wise, things are all about to change. A cold outbreak is set to bring a chilly weekend, with snow forecast to low levels for the far south. The combination of strong winds and cold temperatures will lead to severe wind chill being experienced in the ..... More >>

80. Dairy SolutioNZ develops new heat tolerant cow

21 October 2014 12:30pm | Dairy SolutioNZ

Hamilton, New Zealand-based Dairy Solutionz Ltd has led an expert genetics team to develop a new dairy cow breed conditioned to thrive in lower elevation tropical climates and achieve high milk production under heat stress... More >>

81. WWF's Conservation Innovation winners announced

02 November 2014 10:47am | WWF

Wellington, 2 Nov - A mobile phone predator alert, GPS harnesses on cats and automated bird song recognition software-these hi-tech ideas for nature are among those being recognised at WWF-New Zealand's inaugural Conservation Innovation Awards. .. More >>

82. Global Health player, Bupa joins forces with start-up Vigil

01 December 2014 10:03am | Vigil Monitoring

Leading healthcare provider Bupa has joined forces with mHealth start-up Vigil Monitoring and Spark Ventures to develop innovative solutions that will help address the growing challenges of age care and health care. .. More >>

83. Antarctic toothfish, lost - and found

08 December 2014 9:08am | University of Canterbury

Scientists from the University of Canterbury, the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), and the University of Illinois are working together at Scott Base to investigate the disappearance of large Antarctic toothfish from ..... More >>

84. Sunscreen testing results confuse

08 December 2014 3:17pm | Consumer

Consumer NZ is concerned at the variability of results produced at sunscreen testing labs and is calling for annual testing of sunscreen products and auditing of labs. .. More >>

85. UC part of worldwide project on big bang of bird evolution

12 December 2014 11:47am | University of Canterbury

Two University of Canterbury biological scientists are part of a massive international effort that sequenced the genomes of 45 bird species helping unearth the best revolutionary framework map for birds to date... More >>

86. SunSense Junior delivers on its sun protection claims

15 December 2014 3:27pm | Trio Communications

Douglas Pharmaceuticals and Ego Pharmaceuticals said consumers can be assured that SunSense Junior SPF 50+ sunscreen delivers its certified label claims of sun protection values... More >>

87. Funding for research into pain and cancer treatments.

15 December 2014 4:23pm | University of Auckland

New treatments for chronic pain research, breast cancer research and research on tumours and tuberculosis attracts funding .. More >>

88. Christchurch's Avon-Heathcote estuary research a world-first

16 December 2014 10:33am | University of Canterbury

In March 2010, Christchurch's Avon-Heathcote estuary experienced a huge (90 percent) reduction in nutrient input resulting from the diversion of wastewater to an ocean outfall, extending 3km offshore from South Brighton Beach... More >>


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