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1. OYSTERS AHEAD: Bluff season begins

27 February 2015 3:34pm | NIWA

Each March, oyster lovers descend on the catch of Bluff's best bivalves - a seasonal delicacy from one of the last remaining wild oyster fisheries on the planet. .. More >>

2. 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 >>

3. When it comes to N in effluent - fresher is better

24 February 2015 10:16am | Ballance Agri-Nutrients

The fresher the better - that's one of the findings of new research which shows available nitrogen from farm dairy effluent diminishes the longer the effluent is stored. The study by AgResearch for Ballance Agri-Nutrients as part of their Clearview ..... More >>

4. Q-fly, scientists on screen and fluoride study questioned

27 February 2015 3:42pm | Science Media Centre

In the News: What can NZ learn from Japanese earthquakes? In the News: No link found between brain cancer and mobile use Expert Reaction: Water fluoridation and underactive thyroid Expert Reaction: Fruit fly incursion .. 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. 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 >>

8. 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 >>

9. 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 >>

10. 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 >>

11. Robot predicts Afghanistan to win the 2015 Cricket World Cup

10 February 2015 10:57am | University of Canterbury

If flags are anything to go by, Afghanistan will win the 2015 Cricket World Cup, according to the University of Canterbury's Nao robot Ikram. Ikram, named after the Mexican-Syrian philosopher, Ikram Antaki, made the prediction after viewing the ..... More >>

12. Number 8 wire ingenuity runner-up in competition

12 May 2006 11:42am | World Wildlife Fund

The world's albatross species could be saved from being accidentally caught in fishing gear thanks to innovations emerging from WWF's International Smart Fishing Gear Competition... More >>

13. Climate Summary - Summer 2010/2011: Heat waves and deluges

02 March 2011 3:20pm | NIWA

o Temperatures: Record or near-record high summer temperatures recorded at many locations in the North Island, as well as the north of the South Island. Above average temperatures elsewhere. Multiple heat waves during the summer. o Rainfall: Several ..... More >>

14. 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 >>

15. 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 >>

16. Further fruit fly found in Auckland

21 February 2015 11:15am | Ministry of Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirms that an isolated population of the Queensland fruit fly has been found in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn. .. More >>

17. 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 >>

18. 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 >>

19. New Zealand National Climate Summary 2004

11 January 2005 9:59am | NIWA

2004: Very Stormy At Times Devastating Floods And Extremely High Rainfall In Several North Island Regions; High Winds And Late Winter Blizzards; Very Wet In Some Areas And Cool.. More >>

20. Pay Rises For AgResearch Scientists

12 July 2007 9:15am | Public Service Association

Scientists and engineers working at AgResearch are receiving pay rises of between three and seven per cent under a new collective employment agreement negotiated by their union, the PSA... More >>

21. The benefits of 1080 and why DOC uses it.

22 July 2008 12:23am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) uses aerial application of sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) as a valuable biodiversity protection tool to control mammalian pests that threaten conservation values... More >>

22. First wild hatched kiwi chicks on Ak mainland

16 January 2009 3:10pm | Auckland Regional Council

More kiwi chicks have hatched at Tawharanui Open Sanctuary indicating that this newly established population is thriving. Photographs confirm that Tawharanui is home to the first wild kiwi to hatch on the Auckland mainland for 60 years... More >>

23. Return of the Cluster Flies

11 April 2011 11:36am | Kiwicare

The annual influx of cluster flies into New Zealand rural homes and farms has begun in earnest. Rural supplies stores and hardware stores around the country are reporting a sudden and dramatic increase in customers seeking help and advice on how to get ..... More >>

24. Ever wonder where Monarch butterflies go for the winter?

17 April 2011 2:08pm | Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust

The Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust is looking for 'citizen scientists' throughout the country to report sightings as the Monarchs follow their annual migration. A degree is not needed; anyone can take part, and everyone, schools included, are welcome ..... More >>

25. Supercomputer network to be launched in Auckland

23 June 2011 1:13pm | University of Auckland

A national supercomputer network to boost research on many fronts, from climate change to drug discovery, from nanoparticles to models of the human heart, will be launched tomorrow by the Hon Wayne Mapp at host institution The University of Auckland. The ..... More >>

26. Tolaga Bay hosts Transit of Venus international celebrations

07 May 2012 10:44am | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Te Aitanga a Hauiti iwi and the East Coast community of Tolaga Bay are preparing to host manuhiri from around New Zealand and overseas to observe the Transit of Venus. It will be another 105 years before the astronomical phenomenon will be seen again... More >>

27. UC confirms status as world-leading academic institution

21 January 2013 9:22am | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury (UC) has confirmed its reputation as one of the world's leading academic institution in earthquake engineering, structural design and strengthening research by securing parts of two of Christchurch's most iconic buildings for stringent ..... More >>

28. 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 >>

29. Titanium Research Boost to Enable High-Value Export Products

08 March 2013 12:28pm | Callaghan Innovation

A major new investment in New Zealand's titanium materials research is set to enable the development of a pan-industry manufacturing base for high value export products, say participants in the programme... More >>

30. Why is there an argument over 1080?

22 May 2014 3:26pm | Murray Dench

Both sides of the argument are supported by intelligent and committed conservationists so why can't consensus be found when both sides care deeply about the birds and the forests. .. More >>

31. Massey research on effect of near-death experiences

21 July 2014 10:02am | Massey University

How does a close brush with death lead to a better life? It is known that nudging extinction can bring about dramatic life changes, and a Massey psychology student is researching the near-death experience phenomenon... More >>

32. SMC Heads-Up: freshwater science, battling defaunation

25 July 2014 2:29pm | Science Media Centre

Economist and philanthropist Dr Gareth Morgan drew together a panel of 16 scientists to run the ruler over the Government's plan to better management our rivers and streams. .. More >>

33. Climate Summary: A mild winter for much of the country

05 September 2014 10:46am | NIWA

A mild winter for much of the country. Temperature It was a mild winter for much of the country, but especially for the South Island where winter temperatures were predominantly above average (0.5 to 1.2°C above average). The exception was parts ..... More >>

34. Parents needed for survey into NZ children's first words

10 September 2014 10:58am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury research project has surveyed more than 1300 parents to help provide the first comprehensive study on early language development in New Zealand. .. More >>

35. 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 >>

36. Otago University student named Eureka! award winner

14 October 2014 11:43am | Paul Callaghan Awards

Third year neuroscience student, Sam Hall-McMaster, has taken out the third Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka Awards, held in Wellington on Friday. Sam, a student at the University of Otago, delivered a twelve minute presentation about how nanoparticles could solve ..... More >>

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

04 December 2014 1:27pm | Science Media Centre

SMC(NZ) ALERT: What do Kiwis think of science? - experts respond 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. ..... More >>

38. The longest day

22 December 2014 1:11pm | MetService

While the northern hemisphere chills beneath wintry conditions, here in the South Pacific we are experiencing our longest day. Today is the summer solstice, the time of year when the South Pole is at its closest inclination to the Sun, resulting in ..... More >>

39. R&V Festival Goers Race To Capture R&V on their Wrists

30 December 2014 3:02pm | Spark

Thousands of festival goers raced to document day one of their unique Rhythm & Vines experience via their wristbands as part of the My Festival Story initiative. .. More >>

40. Most native freshwater species are threatened in NZ

29 January 2015 10:40am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury researcher says the majority of New Zealand's native freshwater fish species are threatened or at risk of extinction. .. More >>

41. Biopharma innovators gain accelerator successes

30 January 2015 1:32pm | University of Auckland

Two innovative University of Auckland medical research graduates are semi-finalists in an international business start-up competition with their new biopharma company. .. More >>

42. Bumper whio breeding season boost population

24 February 2015 10:14am | Department of Conservation

It's been a bumper whio/blue duck breeding season both on and off the rivers throughout New Zealand. .. More >>

43. Kiwi Encounter welcomes 100th kiwi chick for the season

26 February 2015 11:33am | Rainbow Springs

Rotorua, 26 February 2015: The 100th kiwi chick for the season has just hatched at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter. .. More >>

44. Robotics and automation take off for farmers

26 February 2015 5:36pm | Mobile Technology

New research released last week by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is predicting that advanced robotics will boost productivity by up to 30% in many industries by 2025. Robotics will also lower total labour costs by 18% or more in countries like ..... More >>

45. March 2015 - The Highs take a break

27 February 2015 4:32pm | MetService

"The Highs which have had a tight grip on the country recently look likely to take a break as we start March" said MetService Meteorologist Georgina Griffiths. "This is the best shot at getting some rain that we have seen for a long time.".. More >>


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