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More birds in Kiwi gardens

Friday, 3 July 2015, 5:24 pm | Landcare Research

The number of birds in garden across the country is up this winter, according to preliminary results from the New Zealand Garden Bird Survey. More >>

New Zealand Climate Summary: June 2015

Friday, 3 July 2015, 5:12 pm | NIWA

Rainfall Rainfall was above normal (120-149%) or well above normal (> 149%) for much of the Manawatu-Whanganui, Taranaki, Westland, Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury, Otago, and Southland regions. Rainfall was well below normal ( Temperature ... More >>

Rats that get regular exercise are more productive

Friday, 3 July 2015, 12:26 pm | University of Otago

Regular exercise may help keep you on top of your to-do list at work, latest University of Otago research suggests. More >>

Hearing loss impacts healthy aging

Friday, 3 July 2015, 11:46 am | Oticon Foundation

Leading research points to hearing loss as a major factor in elderly people’s declining physical and intellectual capabilities, says Karen Pullar, Secretary of the Oticon Foundation. More >>

Awards for Canterbury power research

Friday, 3 July 2015, 9:47 am | University of Canterbury

Researchers from Christchurch’s Electric Power Engineering Centre (EPECentre) at the University of Canterbury (UC) have received two coveted awards at the Electricity Engineers’ Association (EEA) Conference for the second year in a row. More >>

New Sea Shepherd campaign targets Blackmores'

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 3:01 pm | Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

New Sea Shepherd campaign targets Blackmores' 'EcoKrill' products for their impact on whales of the Antarctic. Sea Shepherd Australia today announced the launch of a new style campaign to protect a species of fundamental importance to the Antarctic ... More >>

Science Challenge focuses on natural disasters

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 5:16 pm | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has launched the Resilience to Nature’s Challenges National Science Challenge, confirming initial funding of $19.6 million. More >>

Richard Bedford starts term as President of Royal Society

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 2:16 pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Professor Richard Bedford starts a three-year term as President of the Royal Society of New Zealand today, taking over the role from Professor Sir David Skegg. More >>

NIWA Outlook: July-September 2015

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 12:13 pm | NIWA

Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa Nelson, Marlborough, Buller West Coast, Alps and foothills, inland Otago and Southland Coastal Canterbury, east Otago More >>

NZ’s Biological Heritage Challenge projects announced

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 10:37 am | Landcare Research

Projects to tackle three of the biggest environmental issues facing New Zealand are about to get underway. More >>

CRI redundancies tied to changes in government funding

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 10:09 am | NZ Association of Scientists

The New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) is seriously concerned by news of upcoming redundancies at Landcare Research, a Crown Research Institute that specialises in the science of our land, soil, and biodiversity. The news, which broke this Monday ... More >>

Kiwi count points to progress

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 9:57 am | Duenorth

The first baseline kiwi population survey ever conducted in the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust’s sanctuary in the Maungataniwha Native Forest has yielded an average call rate of 2.6 an hour. This is high by Hawke’s Bay standards and compares ... More >>

Free Security App Helps Catch Thief in New Zealand

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 8:20 am | Salient Eye

Kapiti Coast District, Wellington, New Zealand & Tel Aviv – 30 June 2015 – New Zealander Melissa Rodrigues’ three-year-old son claimed he heard an intruder. The first time she didn’t believe him. The second time, he showed her the proof ... More >>

Dry July - the weather joins in

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 4:54 pm | MetService

"July is traditionally a rather wet month in New Zealand," said MetService Meteorologist Georgina Griffiths. "But this year, a combination of more southerlies than usual and spells of high pressure over New Zealand means that we're expecting ... More >>

Leading freshwater scientist applauds transparency

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 2:41 pm | Cawthron Institute

A leading freshwater scientist has applauded the addition of water quantity data to the Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) environmental website. More >>

Pest removal from port

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 9:38 am | Gisborne District Council

Pest removal from port A team of marine biosecurity divers from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council will begin work to remove marine pest, the Mediterranean Fanworm, from Gisborne Port on Tuesday 30 June. More >>

Conference highlights a bright future for Antarctic research

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 9:30 am | Antarctica New Zealand

Conference highlights a bright future for Antarctic research This week, more than 120 delegates will join New Zealand’s largest Antarctic science conference in Christchurch. The diverse programme of events spreads across three days and includes 40 power-presentations ... More >>

Students’ couch burning leads to international showcase

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 9:26 am | University of Canterbury

Couch burning by two University of Canterbury (UC) students has led to international recognition instead of trouble with the police, thanks to their academic focus and analysis. More >>

Three year Partnership signed with National Geographic

Monday, 29 June 2015, 3:47 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

National Geographic, the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) and Antarctica New Zealand announced today a cross-platform partnership to support Antarctic science. More >>

Environment website wades deeper into water data

Monday, 29 June 2015, 1:34 pm | LGNZ

Environment website wades deeper into water data Environmental monitoring website Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) is expanding its repertoire, offering more data about New Zealand’s most valuable natural resource, water. LAWA ( ... More >>

Ferocious winds then wet to end the week

Monday, 29 June 2015, 12:55 pm | MetService

It's a ferociously windy start to the week for many areas, as a persistent ridge over Australia and the Tasman Sea push a strong west to southwest flow over New Zealand for the next few days. More >>

Six conservationists honoured at prestigious awards

Monday, 29 June 2015, 9:25 am | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird has honoured six conservationists for their contribution to protecting New Zealand’s native plants and animals. More >>

Science Deadline - June 26

Friday, 26 June 2015, 3:25 pm | Science Media Centre

Antarctica is teeming with life, but that life needs protection, say the authors of a new review published in Nature . More >>

Biosecurity pups named Fudge and Fritz

Friday, 26 June 2015, 1:52 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Fudge (girl) and Fritz (boy) are the winning names for two new biosecurity detector puppies that have been especially bred to stop pests and diseases from entering New Zealand. More >>

Mount Roy aerial pest management operation on hold

Friday, 26 June 2015, 1:16 pm | OSPRI New Zealand

The Mount Roy aerial possum control operation near Wanaka, carried out by OSPRI’s TBfree programme, is on hold due to ongoing unsuitable weather conditions. More >>

Antarctic orcas are South Pacific commuters

Friday, 26 June 2015, 11:43 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury (UC) scientists and Antarctic researchers from Italy have struck “research gold” by uncovering the commuting secrets of Antarctic killer whales. More >>

Garden Bird Survey takes flight

Friday, 26 June 2015, 9:32 am | Landcare Research

The country’s cold snap could see record numbers of birds recorded in the annual New Zealand Garden Bird Survey. More >>

Fish & Game Hails Ruataniwha Decision

Friday, 26 June 2015, 7:36 am | Fish and Game New Zealand

Fish & Game is welcoming as a “significant victory” the Ruataniwha Board of Inquiry’s final decision on the conditions which would govern the controversial Hawkes Bay dam and irrigation project. More >>

Analysis of 2014 swede related deaths in Southland and Otago

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 3:08 pm | New Zealand Veterinary Association

Analysis of 2014 swede related deaths in Southland and Otago The unusual pattern of disease and mortality that affected dairy cows grazing on swedes last winter in Southland and Otago will be discussed tomorrow at the New Zealand Veterinary Association ... More >>

Temperatures returning to normal for most

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 1:45 pm | MetService

The unusually cold temperatures that have affected New Zealand over the past few days should return to normal for most places this weekend. A stronger westerly flow developing over the country should mix in some slightly warmer air, and also push ... More >>

Pigeon crime “culturally acceptable” says Ngapuhi leader

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 12:37 pm | David Rankin

Pigeon crime “culturally acceptable” says Ngapuhi leader The Ngapuhi leader David Rankin has come out in support of embattled Ngapuhi Runanga chairman Sonny Tau, who is being investigated by the Department of Conservation for trying to smuggle ... More >>

Competition Win for Yellow-Eyed Penguins

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 12:31 pm | Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust

Endangered Stewart Island yellow-eyed penguins will benefit from tourism operators Real Journeys Cruise-for-a-Cause. More >>

The Neurological Foundation Presents Free Public Event

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 11:43 am | Neurological Foundation

To mark the Neurological Foundation’s Annual Appeal, a FREE public event will be held on the evening of Thursday 2 July at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell More >>

Handling light with a pair of tweezers

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 10:40 am | University of Auckland

Researchers at the University of Auckland have demonstrated “temporal tweezing of light” for the first time, a break-through that may play a crucial role in the way data is processed over the internet in the future. More >>

Precision aerial spreading a reality

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 9:34 am | Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Precision fixed wing aerial fertiliser application on hill country is now a reality. New SpreadSmart technology in top dressing planes is set to resolve some of the challenges for farmers relying on aerial application, offering the ability to take precision ... More >>

NZ blackcurrants good for brain

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 7:43 am | Plant and Food Research

Research has shown that New Zealand blackcurrants are good for keeping us mentally young and agile, a finding that could have potential in managing the mental decline associated with aging populations, or helping people with brain disorders such as ... More >>

Mobile emergency unit for chlorine gas especially developed

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 9:31 pm | UNN United News Network

( PresseBox ) (Ettlingen, 24.06.2015) In collaboration with international workforce of fire-fighting and environmental technology specialists, GEA has developed a mobile emergency unit for accidents involving chlorine. More >>

Last kiwi chick of the season hatches

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 5:21 pm | Rainbow Springs

The team at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter hatchery arrived at work this morning to welcome a fluffy new arrival. Tomuri, which simply means late in Maori, is the last hatch for the 2014/15 season. A Department of Conservation worker delivered ... More >>

No STOS Maui Appeal but CJT mission lives on

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 4:31 pm | Climate Justice Taranaki

Climate Justice Taranaki (CJT) will not file an appeal on the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)’s decision to grant Shell Todd Oil Services a 35 year consent to expand its operations at the Maui gas field. More >>

UK chemist to light up the stage

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 3:38 pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

24 June 2015 UK chemist to light up the stage (and uncover shampoo’s secrets) More >>

New targets for managing Antarctica's wildlife

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 1:23 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

Earlier this month key scientists, policy makers and conservation managers from around the world met in Monaco to discuss an Antarctica Strategic Plan for Biodiversity. Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are home to a rich and unique biodiversity. They ... More >>

Scientists flocking to NIWA site for rare look at Pluto

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 10:38 am | NIWA

Scientists from around the world will be at NIWA’s atmospheric research station in Central Otago next week to observe a rare astronomical event that is likely to last just 90 seconds. Called a stellar occultation, it occurs when light from a star ... More >>

Poles apart: Climate change at the ends of the earth

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 10:10 am | Victoria University of Wellington

“The last time carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere were this high was 3 million years ago, and sea levels were 20 metres higher than today.” More >>

NZ surges up global biotech rankings

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 10:06 am | Trio Communications

Auckland June 24: New Zealand has been ranked #3 in the recently released Scientific American World View Scorecard, which measures the biotech innovation potential of 54 countries. Using seven categories including productivity, IP protection, intensity, ... More >>

Chemicals and cancer

Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 4:23 pm | University of Otago

Mixtures of common chemicals used in our environment may act in concert with each other in the human body to cause the development of cancer. This is the overall finding of ground-breaking new research by an international task force that included New ... More >>

Climate change could undermine 50 years of health gains

Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 12:27 pm | The Lancet

The threat to human health from climate change is so great that it could undermine the last fifty years of gains in development and global health, according to a major new Commission, published in The Lancet . However, the report provides comprehensive ... More >>

Dolphin Defenders join IWC’s call for better protection

Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 10:05 am | Maui and Hector's Dolphin Defenders

New Zealand based conservation groups are supporting the call for better protection of Māui dolphins after the International Whaling Commission reiterated the need for the Government to do more, at its meeting this week. More >>

Can nutrients treat mental illness?

Monday, 22 June 2015, 2:41 pm | University of Canterbury

Nutrients may be able to treat ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety, stress and PTSD according to University of Canterbury (UC) Professor Julia Rucklidge, who will speak at a public lecture in Christchurch this Wednesday. More >>

Bees keep Hino busy

Monday, 22 June 2015, 12:46 pm | Blacksheep Communications

The bee industry uses a multitude of Hino’s light and medium duty trucks, so it makes sense that the truck brand has joined the nation’s beekeepers at the New Zealand Apiculture Conference that’s on now in Taupo and running untilThursday ... More >>

Scientists point to flaws in climate change consultation

Monday, 22 June 2015, 11:50 am | New Zealand Association of Scientists

The New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) has concerns about serious flaws in the Government’s recent public consultation on climate change. More >>

NIWA makes a date with freshwater fish

Monday, 22 June 2015, 11:27 am | NIWA

NIWA researchers have produced a series of calendars to inform people when New Zealand’s native freshwater and sport fish are migrating and spawning. More >>

Communities pull together to tackle national river pollution

Monday, 22 June 2015, 10:10 am | The Lovel Project

Communities pull together to tackle national river pollution Figures released last month by regional councils revealed that more than half of New Zealand’s rivers are unsafe to swim in. Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Canterbury and Northland ... More >>

Mail survey shows biosecurity controls are working

Monday, 22 June 2015, 10:06 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries’ latest mail compliance survey result shows its biosecurity controls are working well at the International Mail Centre. The survey showed a biosecurity compliance rate of 99.99 percent for items going through the ... More >>

Success for wasp control pilot programme

Monday, 22 June 2015, 10:00 am | Department of Conservation

A pilot programme to control wasps on conservation land during the summer season has led to a significant reduction in wasp activity at the pilot sites, the Department of Conservation says. More >>

Environment Canterbury responds to reports on water quality

Saturday, 20 June 2015, 11:50 am | Environment Canterbury

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment reports released on June 19 are a useful contribution to the national discussion around freshwater in New Zealand, said David Caygill, Environment Canterbury’s Commissioner with particular responsibility ... More >>

SMC Science Deadline: Ecstasy, rethinking GM, water

Friday, 19 June 2015, 4:58 pm | Science Media Centre

SMC Science Deadline: Easing up on ecstasy, rethinking GM and protecting NZ's waters Issue 333, 19 Jun 2015 New from the SMC Reflections: Dr Anne Galloway on live animal shipments Expert Reaction: Should pure ‘ecstasy’ be regulated? Expert Reaction: ... More >>

Hamilton Boys’ High make their mark at Waikato

Friday, 19 June 2015, 12:30 pm | University of Waikato

A Hamilton Boys’ High School team was awarded first place at the annual NZIC Analytical Chemistry Competition on Wednesday 17th June. More >>

Rain spreads north over the weekend

Friday, 19 June 2015, 11:29 am | MetService

Heavy rain, snow and strong winds continue to take their toll on parts of New Zealand. In just 24 hours alone, Hokitika airport reported almost 200mm of rainfall, while figures in the ranges to the east were higher still. On the other side of the Southern ... More >>

Coast and rivers users lap up information

Thursday, 18 June 2015, 4:49 pm | Greater Wellington Regional Council

Wellington’s coast and rivers users are lapping up information on water quality and want more, according to a recent online survey. More >>

Antarctica New Zealand launches global outreach platform

Thursday, 18 June 2015, 3:16 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

Antarctica New Zealand launches global outreach platform Antarctica New Zealand has launched a digital platform which makes thousands of images and videos of our proud Antarctic history available to the public. Originally designed as a photo archive, ... More >>


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