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Hearing for honeysuckle stem-boring beetle application

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 1:54 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) advises a hearing is scheduled for an application to release the honeysuckle stem-boring beetle Oberea shirahatai, as part of a biological control programme against the weed Japanese honeysuckle. More >>

Unsettled outlook sparks outdoor safety warning

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 10:54 am | NZ Mountain Safety Council

The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) and MetService are encouraging people to check the latest weather forecasts and to plan and prepare for unsettled weather before heading outdoors over Queen’s Birthday weekend. MetService meteorologist ... More >>

Avoiding a post-antibiotic era

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 10:38 am | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

The annual cold and flu season has begun and the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (‘the College’) is reminding everyone that antibiotics are not a cure-all for the winter sniffles. More >>

Agrifood sector needs rapid response group

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 10:24 am | Massey University

The agrifood sector needs to establish a rapid-response crisis management group to protect the reputation of New Zealand’s food products, says a communication expert from Massey University. More >>

Interconnecting distant NZ windfarms could be boon for grid

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 10:23 am | University of Otago

Wednesday 27 May 2015 Interconnecting distant NZ windfarms could be boon for grid Variable winds—even in New Zealand’s most blustery locations—make it difficult for windfarms to contribute more fully to the national grid, but now University of ... More >>

NZers using OE helping wildlife in Africa

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 10:05 am | Boyes PR

Young New Zealanders are increasingly using their big OE to help wildlife conservation according to the founder of the International Working Holidays (IWH), the specialist overseas employment agency. More >>

Plant disease biocontrol world first

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 10:03 am | Landcare Research

In a world first, New Zealand is using a Peruvian plant disease as biocontrol against a notorious weed. More >>

Ozone depletion far greater without Montreal Protocol

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 9:19 am | NIWA

A study out today shows the Antarctic Ozone Hole would be 40 per cent larger than it is today without controls introduced by the Montreal Protocol. More >>

In the wild, even the predators are afraid

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 1:00 pm | University of Auckland

They kill thousands of young kiwi each year but new research shows that in the ‘hierarchy of fear’ that rules among predators in New Zealand’s forests, even the savage stoat has plenty to be afraid of. T hey kill thousands of young kiwi each year but ... More >>

Conference provides opportunity to showcase Māori research

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 11:33 am | Plant and Food Research

Auckland 25 May 2015. Next month New Zealand’s seven Crown Research Institutes, alongside Callaghan Innovation, are coming together to host Te Ara Pūtaiao 2015, a two-day symposium being held 22 - 23 June 2015at the Novotel Hotel in Rotorua aimed ... More >>

What If we all Drove Electric Vehicles?

Monday, 25 May 2015, 4:30 pm | University of Canterbury

Electric vehicles could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provided the electricity required to power them is from renewable generation. However currently New Zealand has so few electric vehicles that we are not seeing any benefit, the ... More >>

Coal is in a deep dark hole, let’s keep it there

Monday, 25 May 2015, 4:05 pm | Coal Action Network

Coal Action Network Aotearoa have been hearing rumblings about a new coal mine being developed just 10km from Westport, on the West Coast of the South Island of Aotearoa. Given that the rest of the world is moving away from mining coal, it seems ludicrous ... More >>

Bayer science fund reaches more schools

Monday, 25 May 2015, 2:33 pm | Bayer NZ

Auckland, May, 2015 – More primary schools than ever before will be able to dive deeper into the world of science and nature this year thanks to the Bayer Primary School Science Fund. More >>

New prebiotic offers stress-free calf rearing

Monday, 25 May 2015, 12:56 pm | Donna Davies PR

A unique new prebiotic product is set to boost calf health this season, saving calf rearers valuable time and money. More >>

Pacific Edge’s Cxbladder Detect Outperforms Other Diagnostic

Monday, 25 May 2015, 12:12 pm | Pacific Edge

Dunedin, NZ and Hershey, PA (May 25, 2015): Newly published research demonstrates that Cxbladder out performs other non-invasive bladder cancer diagnostics, announced Pacific Edge, Ltd. The new research comparing and ranking four widely used tests ... More >>

Regional science delivers regional economic benefit

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 10:37 am | Cawthron Institute

As part of the 2015 budget announcement, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce yesterday revealed $25 million over three years for new privately-led Regional Research Institutes, modelled on Nelson’s Cawthron Institute. More >>

Science Deadline

Friday, 22 May 2015, 4:31 pm | Science Media Centre

The national Budget, announced yesterday, reveals a number of new science and innovation initiatives - including science for the regions, R&D boosts, and better monitoring of the science system. More >>

Interislander trials cleaner and more efficient fuel

Friday, 22 May 2015, 4:15 pm | The Interislander

As part of KiwiRail’s commitment to greater sustainability the Interislander ferry Arahura is trialling Fuel Oil Emulsion (FOE) technology in one of the ship’s auxiliary engines. FOE burns more completely than unmodified fuel and so uses less fuel, emissions ... More >>

On patrol in paradise

Friday, 22 May 2015, 4:12 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Few places in New Zealand rival southern Fiordland for remoteness and effort to get to. The stunning scenery and fantastic fishing, hunting and tourism experiences make it a sought after destination for those with the time and inclination. You’d think ... More >>

Weather systems to strike each end of New Zealand

Friday, 22 May 2015, 2:05 pm | MetService

Two main weather systems will tackle each end of the country this weekend.The first, a low from the north Tasman Sea, will track over Northland and the Coromandel Peninsula on Saturday bringing rain and strong winds to the northern half of the North Island. ... More >>

Public comment sought on biodiversity challenges

Friday, 22 May 2015, 12:27 pm | Environment Southland

The importance of protecting significant areas of indigenous vegetation and habitats of indigenous fauna is a focus of the Biodiversity Chapter of the Regional Policy Statement, which is being released for public comment this Saturday (23/5/2015). More >>

Christchurch doctor finds much-needed answers

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:02 am | University of Otago

The first definitive summary of the best and safest treatments for kidney disease and diabetes patients has been compiled by Christchurch doctor and researcher Associate Professor Suetonia Palmer. More >>

Science New Zealand on Budget 2015

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:18 pm | Science New Zealand

“Today’s Budget strengthens areas critical to a productive, competitive economy: capability development in science and engineering, and supporting science and innovation investment into areas that will make a difference for New Zealand. More >>

Approach to earthquake strengthening misses the mark

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 11:21 am | EBSS

A new report by EBSS, a society advocating for an evidence based seismic strengthening regime, has found flaws with the new seismic strengthening proposals announced by Building and Housing Minister, Dr Nick Smith. More >>

Why does NZ need renewable energy for transport?

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 9:25 am | Climate Outcome

Oil is a fantastic high energy and very portable fuel and currently it’s very cheap, in fact it has almost always been cheap and plentiful and we have built a good life with it. So what’s the problem? More >>

Mother Nature to open the freezer door

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 3:16 pm | MetService

A developing area of low pressure off the east coast of Australia is likely to spell a wet weekend for the upper North Island. Following the arrival of this rain, a southerly blast coming straight off the polar ice is set to bring wintery weather to the country, ... More >>

Wellington Zoo vet nurse to speak at Beijing conference

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 12:43 pm | Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo Veterinary Nurse Sarah van Herpt has been selected to speak at the 2015 International Conference on Environmental Enrichment (ICEE) in Beijing this month. She will join speakers from other zoos and wildlife organisations around the ... More >>

New research explores nature of wellbeing

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 12:39 pm | Lincoln University

The natural environment is essential to our wellbeing, yet its role in this regard is often underappreciated, says Lincoln University researcher Dr Lin Roberts. The Department of Conservation has commissioned Dr Roberts and a group of her colleagues ... More >>

Otago appoints first Professor of Earthquake Science

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 12:27 pm | University of Otago

A leading New Zealand seismologist has been appointed as the University of Otago’s inaugural Professor of Earthquake Science. More >>

Rare takahē to be released on Rotoroa

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 11:52 am | Auckland Zoo

Two of New Zealand’s critically endangered takahē will be released onto Rotoroa Island this Saturday 23 May – a free event open to the public. Seventeen-month-old takahē Teichelman (male) and Silberhorn (female) are the first of up to five breeding ... More >>

Thin Ice secures United States television deal

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 11:33 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Thin Ice, the award-winning documentary about global warming made in collaboration with Victoria University of Wellington, will air on public television stations across the United States later this year to coincide with international debate around emissions ... More >>

Weather volunteers provide invaluable service

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 11:09 am | NIWA

For almost a century the Mason family of Feilding have been keeping a closer eye on the weather than most people. More >>

Leading chemistry researcher nominated for award

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 10:58 am | University of Auckland

Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble of the University of Auckland has been named as one of this year’s Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). More >>

New Zealand’s Litter Revealed in New National Survey

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 10:02 am | Public Place Recycling Scheme

The Packaging Forum has today released “The National Litter Survey”, which is the first national study looking at New Zealander’s litter in over a decade. The development of the methodology and the survey have been carried out by specialist ... More >>

Law students deconstructing climate change

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 9:34 am | Victoria University of Wellington

A group of students from Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law have set themselves the task of getting to the bottom of an agreement that could set a timetable for drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions. https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/t31.0-8/11148381_290437181080092_4799386795406787780_o.jpg ... More >>

Forest owners welcome support for radiata alternatives

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 1:36 pm | NZ Forest Owners' Association

Forest owners have welcomed government support for research into plantation species other than radiata pine. [See http://bit.ly/1PuC97Z ] More >>

Kiwi hatching season draws to close with late egg arrival

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 1:34 pm | 4pr

Rotorua, 19 May 2015: Concerned that a late season kiwi egg may be abandoned by its father, a local Department of Conservation kiwi ranger has delivered it to Rainbow Spring's Kiwi Encounter for hatching. More >>

Buried tea bags unearthed

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 11:56 am | Landcare Research

It was a “race against the weather” for Landcare Research scientist Barbara Anderson to unearth 810 tea bags buried on Mt Cardrona. More >>

Spotlight on making small changes with big impact

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 11:06 am | Haystac

Energizer has launched a nationwide search to track down Kiwis harnessing the power of positive energy to make small changes with a big impact. More >>

Strong leadership urged for climate change targets

Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 9:54 am | 350 Christchurch

Climate change organisation 350.org Christchurch is planning a strong showing at the government's consultation meeting tomorrow as New Zealand prepares to set targets ahead of the biggest global climate summit in six years. 350.org spokesperson John ... More >>

Cold breath of winter

Monday, 18 May 2015, 12:37 pm | MetService

Some relatively settled weather over New Zealand to start the week, before a strong cold front arrives in the far south on Wednesday, and then moves up the country by the weekend. This front is followed by very cold southerlies, and as temperatures ... More >>

Update from Pukaha Mount Bruce

Monday, 18 May 2015, 10:22 am | Pukaha Mount Bruce

We are saddened to let you know that we are currently dealing with a suspected ferret incursion at Pukaha with the death of 7 kiwi (3 juvenile and 4 adult) since March 2015. The juvenile kiwi deaths include the two white kiwi hatched in the wild in ... More >>

Deputy Directors appointed to strengthen Antarctic science

Friday, 15 May 2015, 10:55 am | Antarctic Research Institute

The New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) is pleased to announce the appointment of two part-time Deputy Directors to help deliver the NZARI Science Programme. More >>

Flavonoids reduce cold and cough risk

Friday, 15 May 2015, 10:43 am | Auckland University

Flavonoids reduce cold and cough risk Research from the University of Auckland shows eating flavonoids – found in green tea, apples, blueberries, cocoa, red wine and onions – can significantly reduce the risk of catching colds and coughs. The research, ... More >>

Looking at eggs differently makes them more than just tasty

Friday, 15 May 2015, 10:42 am | AUT

Visualizing the hidden patterns of eggshells and measuring how light interacts with them can inform the design of UV-protective materials More >>

NZer's Concerned about Climate Change and Taking Actions

Friday, 15 May 2015, 10:14 am | MOTU

Majority of New Zealanders are concerned about climate change and taking actions that reduce emissions More >>

National brain research initiative launch next week

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 1:04 pm | University of Auckland

A new national brain research initiative intended to help New Zealanders to age well with a healthy brain will be launched simultaneously in Auckland and Dunedin this month. (22 May) More >>

Weekend to bring clearing skies and colder temperatures

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 12:42 pm | MetService

A vigorous low is forecast to move over New Zealand today and Friday,bringing rain to the whole country at various times with thunderstorms in the north and west of both islands. As the low moves away to the east on Saturday and Sunday, the rain ... More >>

Nose-to-brain drug delivery for epilepsy patients

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 10:28 am | Health Research Council

University of Otago pharmacist Dr Shakila Rizwan has secured more than $137,000 in funding to develop a promising new technique to treat drug-resistant epilepsy involving administering drugs to the brain via the nose. Health Research Council ... More >>

Protection from a stinky problem

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 10:10 am | Plant and Food Research

14 May 2015…Scientists are working together with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and industry to limit the potential for a new pest to establish in New Zealand – the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). An Asian native, the stink bug – so ... More >>

GE or not GE? A victory for democracy

Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 2:49 pm | Organic NZ

GE or not GE? A victory for democracy New Zealanders can take heart that it is now confirmed that regional councils have the right to make planning decisions about the outdoor use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their regions. Environment ... More >>

ePress to Publish a Biosecurity Research Series

Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 1:06 pm | UNITEC

13th May, 2015, Auckland - With the controversy surrounding the appearance of the Queensland fruit fly in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn, Perspectives in Biosecurity editors Dan Blanchon and Mel Galbraith feel their new publication could not be timelier. ... More >>

More research needed on road traffic crash rate

Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 12:07 pm | Strategic Lighting Partners Ltd

Road lighting consultancy, Strategic Lighting Partners, strongly supports the call by Police Association President Greg O’Connor , that road safety policy should be based on science, especially since Ministry of Transport figures show that two ... More >>

State-of-the-art drug testing laboratory to open in Auckland

Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 12:48 pm | The Drug Detection Agency

World leading drug testing agencies, The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA) and Omega Laboratories, open New Zealand laboratory More >>

NZ data tool can predict risk of child abuse

Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 11:19 am | AUT

A data tool that can accurately identify children at risk of abuse is unlikely to ever be used in the way envisioned by one of its architects. More >>

Diagnosis an important step in rehabilitation

Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 11:11 am | Wildbase

Wildbase Recovery Community Trust are really excited to announce their first corporate sponsor. Broadway Radiology are a nice fit, having already been working with Wildbase - helping with MRIs on some of our most endangered species. More >>

Research will help provide better quality care for patients

Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 9:40 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury hearing researching Associate Professor Greg O’Beirne has received a $319,500 Oticon Foundation grant to investigate the prevention of hearing loss during ear surgery. More >>

Asthma prevention needs new data

Monday, 11 May 2015, 4:12 pm | University of Auckland

New Zealand’s asthma rate was one of the highest in the world, but an up to date assessment cannot be done due to a lack of data. More >>

Wet and Windy Week

Monday, 11 May 2015, 3:49 pm | MetService

An active weather week lies ahead, especially for central and southern New Zealand as a couple of low pressure systems and their associated fronts sweep over the country. Warnings and watches have been issued for many parts of central and southern New ... More >>

Wildlife losses drive global change

Monday, 11 May 2015, 2:33 pm | Lincoln University

Wildlife losses drive global change Lincoln University senior ecology lecturer Dr James Ross has just returned from Sweden, where he attended a conference aimed at identifying crucial questions for future wildlife research. The conference was part ... More >>

 

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