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Discovery of very rare aquatic plant thrills

Friday, 26 August 2016, 3:10 pm | Northland Regional Council

The discovery of a previously unknown site of a critically endangered native aquatic plant in pools at the outlet to a remote Northland dune lake has thrilled biodiversity experts. More >>

Fresh powder for South Island ski fields

Friday, 26 August 2016, 9:35 am | NIWA

A storm set to strengthen east of New Zealand on Friday will bring a late season wintry blast to the South Island’s ski fields. More >>

A wet end to the week

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 2:09 pm | MetService

A low pressure system with several fronts is crossing over New Zealand during Thursday andFriday, causing wet weather for many. A Severe Weather Watch is in force for the potential for heavy rain and severe winds for parts of the upper North Island. The ... More >>

Repeated hacking attacks on NZ crypto-challenge website

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 1:47 pm | DART Privacy

On 21 August a series of online attacks began against the website of Wellington-based More >>

Decoys hoped to encourage rare birds to breed in safe areas

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 12:15 pm | Ashley Rakahuri Rivercare Group

Canterbury’s unique braided shingle riverbeds will be used for a trial to assess the effectiveness of recorded sound and decoys to encourage rare birds to breed in protected places. More >>

Wearable Tech Revolutionises Biometrics; Privacy Unaddressed

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 11:52 am | Unisys

Law enforcement to lead adoption, but new formats and sensors will enable wider commercial application of wearable biometrics More >>

Hillary family joins Expedition South

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 10:14 am | The Great Scott Company

Hillary family joins Expedition South calling for New Zealanders to help Sir Ed’s hut in Antarctica More >>

Changing weather whips up pollen

Monday, 22 August 2016, 2:49 pm | MetService

Picking your outfit this week will be a challenge, as a collection of conditions looks set to dictate the wardrobes of those treading outdoor catwalks – including those at New Zealand Fashion Week. More >>

Spirits are high at Scott Base

Friday, 19 August 2016, 3:00 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

The first sunrise over Scott Base will be an applauded spectacle following four months of total darkness for Antarctica New Zealand’s winter-over team. More >>

CVD-targeted screening for the “silent killer” AAA

Friday, 19 August 2016, 10:37 am | University of Otago

Targeted screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) based on patients’ cardiovascular health shows promise for improving detection and treatment of this potentially deadly condition, new University of Otago research suggests. More >>

Rangiora: NIWA needs your help

Friday, 19 August 2016, 10:20 am | NIWA

Rangiora residents willing to contribute to a community project about the quality of air in their town are being sought by NIWA scientists to help with their research. More >>

Getting smart with smart phones: guidance for doctors

Thursday, 18 August 2016, 3:11 pm | New Zealand Medical Association

When—and when not—to use a phone camera during a patient’s treatment is at the heart of a new publication by the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) and the New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association (NZPSHA). More >>

The last good weekend of winter

Thursday, 18 August 2016, 1:39 pm | MetService

There are just two weekends left this winter, and this looks like the one to head outdoors. The last few days have seen blue skies and calm conditions for much of the country – albeit with some areas of fog, especially on the east coast of the ... More >>

Snow report

Thursday, 18 August 2016, 12:15 pm | NIWA

After one of the most tranquil weeks of the season, winter returns to he South Island this weekend, delivering some fresh powder - music to the ears of the country’s snow hounds. A few rounds of snow are expected across ski fields through the middle ... More >>

New Zealand decision on Paris agreement welcomed

Wednesday, 17 August 2016, 3:14 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

A climate change expert from Victoria University of Wellington says New Zealand's decision to ratify the Paris agreement this year shows a welcome commitment to addressing climate change. More >>

Call for new organisms to be reclassified

Wednesday, 17 August 2016, 2:30 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

When is a new organism no longer new? An organism can be reclassified when it’s formed a self-sustaining population and is not part of any eradication programme in New Zealand. More >>

Te Wharekura o Manurewa granted $16,000 for Research

Wednesday, 17 August 2016, 12:55 pm | SouthSci

The students of Te Wharekura o Manurewa are the first kura cohort to lead a Participatory Science Platform project in the country, via the South Auckland pilot, locally called SouthSci. More >>

Students tackle physical exercise for diabetes prevention

Wednesday, 17 August 2016, 12:40 pm | SouthSci

Year 11 students from Manurewa High School’s Heath Sciences Academy are putting real-world application into their learning plan this year, in a collaborative research project with the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland, and Fisher & Paykel ... More >>

Wellington Council supports Te Papa’s innovation incubator

Tuesday, 16 August 2016, 12:48 pm | Te Papa

Yesterday Mahuki opened its doors to ten entrepreneurial teams who have been tasked to respond with digital solutions, to challenge sets faced by Te Papa and other cultural service providers across New Zealand and the world. More >>

Didymo directly affects freshwater fish: new study

Tuesday, 16 August 2016, 12:19 pm | University of Canterbury

A new study by University of Canterbury researchers has shown that the invasive freshwater algae didymo is having a significant impact on fish in our rivers and streams. More >>

Innovative radio technology keeps NZ firefighters safe

Tuesday, 16 August 2016, 11:46 am | Motorola

New solution embeds radio microphone within firefighters’ breathing apparatus • Communication across multiple New Zealand public safety agencies made easier • Built for the harshest environments with improved noise cancellation and battery ... More >>

Successful research projects announced

Monday, 15 August 2016, 3:23 pm | NIWA

The Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge today welcomed an announcement from Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce for eight new scientific research projects to help New Zealanders better understand and manage the oceans. More >>

Robot Helps Northland Science Fair Celebrate 37 Years

Monday, 15 August 2016, 2:43 pm | Central Northland Science and Technology Fair

Some of Northland’s best and brightest young minds will be joined by humanoid robot “Baxter” at the Central Northland Science & Technology Fair (CNSTF) in Whangarei from August 30 to September 1 . More >>

Otara students redesigning their school fitness routine

Monday, 15 August 2016, 2:13 pm | SouthSci

Students of Rongomai School in Otara are using research science to make their school’s morning fitness routine more fun and effective, in an effort to increase STEM literacy and improve health stats. More >>

New map of world vegetation reveals substantial changes

Monday, 15 August 2016, 2:06 pm | University of Otago

A University of Otago botany researcher and colleagues have developed a new system to map the world’s “biomes”— large-scale vegetation formations — that will provide an objective method for monitoring how vegetation reacts as climate changes. More >>

A week of well-earned weather

Monday, 15 August 2016, 1:59 pm | MetService

This week’s weather will be dominated by a ridge of high pressure which gradually slides across the country, spelling good news for those itching to get outdoors. The final symptoms of the turbulent last few weeks of weather are a pair of fronts ... More >>

Hawke's Bay campylobacter outbreak - Expert reaction

Monday, 15 August 2016, 1:32 pm | Science Media Centre

An outbreak of gastroenteritis - likely caused by Campylobacter - has sent at least 20 people to hospital in Hawke's Bay. More >>

The World is Loving the New Zealand Weka Olympics

Friday, 12 August 2016, 3:53 pm | Fiona Powell

The World is Loving the New Zealand Weka Olympics A bird-style Olympic themed video, from New Zealand, posted on Facebook Tuesday evening has come to the attention of the world. The brief video features New Zealand’s Weka participating in events ... More >>

When will it be too hot to hold the Summer Olympics?

Friday, 12 August 2016, 12:24 pm | University of Auckland

Heat stress due to climate change will limit where and when the summer Olympics can be held in the future, according to new research from the University of Auckland. More >>

Dragonfly shows simulated flight potential

Friday, 12 August 2016, 12:21 pm | University of Auckland

Futuristic dragonflies are flapping their wings in the Biomimetics Lab at the University of Auckland’s Bioengineering Institute. More >>

Penguins reveal unknown swimming talents

Friday, 12 August 2016, 11:19 am | NIWA

The remarkable long distance swimming abilities of penguins have impressed NIWA scientists tracking almost 100 birds over winter in the Southern Ocean. More >>

Radical action for gender equality in Antarctic science

Friday, 12 August 2016, 9:38 am | Antarctica New Zealand

11 August 2016 Radical action for gender equality in Antarctic science An international team of scientists have organised a global ’Wikibomb’ to blow up the perception once and for all that Antarctic science is a boy’s club. Woman of the Antarctic ... More >>

Wild Places - EDS Conference Communiqué

Thursday, 11 August 2016, 5:08 pm | Environmental Defence Society

The Environmental Defence Society’s annual summit has just concluded at the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland. The event is New Zealand’s leading environmental conference and was attended by more than 250 resource managers and leaders and was addressed ... More >>

Snow forecast

Thursday, 11 August 2016, 1:24 pm | NIWA

After the coldest and snowiest stretch of winter last week, there’s some settled weather in the forecast for anyone heading to the ski slopes. More >>

From the grips of winter to a more typical August

Thursday, 11 August 2016, 12:19 pm | MetService

August has been pushing the bounds of winter so far, with heavy snowfall shutting the Napier-Taupo road for several days, and flooding in the north when over 140mm fell in the Warkworth and Coromandel regions. On Thursday morning Dunedin airport ... More >>

A Policy Win For Open Source Software in NZ

Thursday, 11 August 2016, 11:50 am | Open Source Open Society

The recent announcement of a new policy framework on open source software (OSS) licensing will lead to better results across government and industry by enabling more collaboration. More >>

Triclosan application upheld

Thursday, 11 August 2016, 11:47 am | Environmental Protection Authority

An application to consider grounds for reassessing the antibacterial and antifungal agent triclosan has been upheld by a Decision Making Committee, acting on behalf of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). More >>

New ‘smart’ health app Ada hits No.1 spot in New Zealand

Thursday, 11 August 2016, 10:56 am | Ada

Recently launched Ada now No.1 on the App Store in Medical category ‘Smart’ health assessments provide instant peace of mind for all the family Easy to understand assessment reports give valuable insight for GPs and allow you to get more from your GP doctor’s appointments Ada’s Digital Health Record puts personal health information at people’s fingertips More >>

Waikato academic reappointed to PHARMAC

Wednesday, 10 August 2016, 4:22 pm | University of Waikato

University of Waikato governance expert Dr Jens Mueller has been reappointed by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to a rare third 3-year term as a director of the PHARMAC board, where Dr Mueller also chairs the audit and forecasting committee. More >>

Stress hormones in breastmilk linked to c-section delivery

Wednesday, 10 August 2016, 11:59 am | Liggins Institute

Breast milk is recognised for its nutritional and immunity-boosting powers, but it also contains other less well-understood factors - including stress hormones. More >>

UC researchers take leaf from nature to catch CO2

Wednesday, 10 August 2016, 11:24 am | University of Canterbury

UC researchers have been awarded research funding from the Royal Society of NZ Catalyst Fund to create a synthetic leaf to use or consume the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. More >>

Innovative technology to help endangered stilts

Wednesday, 10 August 2016, 11:05 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) are using innovative technology to assist the recovery of critically endangered kakī/black stilts. More >>

A new voice for the science behind the EPA’s decisions

Tuesday, 9 August 2016, 2:35 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has announced the appointment of Dr Jacqueline Rowarth to the new role of Chief Scientist, helping New Zealanders understand the science behind EPA decisions. More >>

Sea lion consultation extended

Tuesday, 9 August 2016, 10:30 am | Department of Conservation

Sea lion consultation extended The public have an extra 10 days to comment on the draft New Zealand sea lion/rāpoka Threat Management Plan. Following a number of requests for an extended submission period, due to the large amount of background ... More >>

New Zealand’s Native falcon – islands apart

Tuesday, 9 August 2016, 10:20 am | Massey University

Massey University research has appeared in a top international bird journal suggesting there are two subspecies of New Zealand’s native falcon kārearea. More >>

Big Chill Continues

Monday, 8 August 2016, 1:39 pm | MetService

It has been very cold over the past few days, with heavy snow affecting parts of both the South and North Islands, followed by severe frosts in a number of places. As cold southeasterlies prevail over the North Island, a ridge of high pressure builds ... More >>

Can you cross-credit open source to open society?

Monday, 8 August 2016, 11:57 am | sticK

Every party needs a grumpy let me be that curmudgeonly guy for the upcoming Open Source//Open Society conference. More >>

Rising Challenge for Coastal Communities & Infrastructure

Monday, 8 August 2016, 10:36 am | NIWA

NIWA coastal engineer/scientist Dr. Rob Bell will talk next week about the problems coastal communities, councils and infrastructure operators will encounter from sea-level rise. His talk will cover the basic science behind the rise, and what we can do to ... More >>

Severe frosts for many as snow lets up

Monday, 8 August 2016, 10:27 am | MetService

Heavy snow fell in inland Hawkes Bay, and eastern parts of Taihape and Taupo from Friday to Sunday morning. Snow drifts of around a metre affected some areas, closing the Napier-Taupo Road. This was caused by a low east of Gisborne, which directed ... More >>

Fish & Game set to count 10,000-plush shoveler ducks

Monday, 8 August 2016, 10:20 am | Fish and Game New Zealand

Fish & Game is mounting a nationwide bird count today – to pin down the number of shoveler ducks found around the country. More >>

Exploring off the earth, for the earth

Friday, 5 August 2016, 12:54 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury students got a chance to pick the brains of one of the United States’ most influential scientists, NASA Deputy Administrator Dr Dava Newman. More >>

Expert Q&A: Zika and the Rio Olympics

Friday, 5 August 2016, 12:12 pm | Science Media Centre

With the Rio Games about to kick off, we've asked NZ experts about Zika virus, the risks and recommended precautions. More >>

Site-specific forecasts for Turoa and Whakapapa skifields

Friday, 5 August 2016, 12:08 pm | MetService

MetService has teamed up with Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) to enhance the accuracy of MetService forecasts for both Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields. More >>

Flying laboratory going low over Lauder

Friday, 5 August 2016, 10:06 am | NIWA

NIWA atmospheric scientists in Central Otago are turning plane spotters next week as they eagerly await the flyover of a NASA research plane. More >>

South Auckland primary schools to be a haven for Weta

Friday, 5 August 2016, 10:03 am | SouthSci

Unitec is working with three schools in South Auckland to measure the school weta population and analyse their diet with an eye towards improving conditions for them on school grounds. More >>

Look Out For Black Ice On Roads This Weekend

Thursday, 4 August 2016, 2:06 pm | MetService

A wintry blast blows over New Zealand from the southeast with low temperatures over the country forecast to drop further in the run up to the weekend. More >>

July Climate Summary - Mild Month Overall

Wednesday, 3 August 2016, 5:04 pm | NIWA

A mild month overall and dry for eastern areas of the country. Temperature July temperatures were above average (+0.51°C to +1.20 °C) in many parts of New Zealand. It was an especially warm month for much of the inland South Island, Kaikoura and Auckland ... More >>

New Victoria University Programme to offer free Tech IP

Wednesday, 3 August 2016, 4:56 pm | Open Source Open Society

Victoria University will offer rights to selected technologies for free in a bid to collaborate better with industry to increase local innovation. The Easy Access IP (EAIP) programme will provide local companies and NGOs with free and simple licenses to commercially ... More >>

DOC succeeds in clearing invasive weed from island

Wednesday, 3 August 2016, 4:35 pm | Department of Conservation

After a lengthy battle, the Department of Conservation believes it has eradicated the invasive environmental weed tradescantia from Takapourewa/Stephens Island in Cook Strait. More >>

Heavy snow forecast sends NIWA staff outdoors

Wednesday, 3 August 2016, 1:40 pm | NIWA

NIWA scientists and field teams will be heading outdoors for the first snow mobilisation of winter later this week to make the most of what is expected to be the largest and longest wintry blast of the year. A snow mobilisation is initiated by NIWA hydrologist ... More >>


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