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Powerful waves for the west coast of New Zealand

Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 4:44 pm | MetService

Storm force winds south of Australia in the last week have generated exceptionally powerful waves which are heading to New Zealand. These large long period waves will arrive on the southwest of the South Island Wednesday evening and then will sweep ... More >>

Prototype Invention Sees Cat’s Miaow Turned into Speech

Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 1:41 pm | Impact PR

A new tech innovation based on a unique mathematical algorithm is set to offer Kiwi cat owners the chance to ‘speak’ with their feline companions. More >>

Marijuana use increases risks in pregnancy

Monday, 2 May 2016, 1:52 pm | University of Auckland

Women using marijuana during pregnancy have an increased risk of spontaneous pre-term birth, according to new research. More >>

NZ weather sticking to its stereotypes

Monday, 2 May 2016, 12:20 pm | MetService

The weather this week typifies local stereotypes for New Zealand regions; wet on the West Coast, windy in Wellington, dry in the east, and warm in the North. It’s the meteorological equivalent of sticking to what you’re good at. More >>

Unseasonably warm start to May

Monday, 2 May 2016, 11:23 am | MetService

We could see one or two May maximum temperature records being broken this week due to a moist northwesterly flow spreading across the country. The whole of New Zealand will benefit from the warmer air, which is coming down from the sub-tropics. “Even ... More >>

Kiwis undergo Challenge to save the last 55 Māui dolphins

Friday, 29 April 2016, 3:39 pm | WWF

Whether it’s running 55km, picking up 55kg of rubbish or baking 55 cakes, New Zealanders are helping to save one of New Zealand’s most endangered animals. More >>

Calving events equip farmers with skills and knowledge

Friday, 29 April 2016, 3:25 pm | Dairy NZ

DairyNZ is launching two training events to provide dairy farmers with a road map for a successful, risk-free calving season. More >>

Settled weather for the remainder of the school holidays

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 12:31 pm | MetService

A stubborn ridge of high pressure, which has brought fine weather to much of New Zealand this week, continues to deliver sunshine and mild temperatures to many places for the last few days of the school holidays. By the end of the weekend, the high ... More >>

Wellington Zoo leading the way to save White Cheeked Gibbons

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 11:24 am | Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo leading the way to save critically endangered White-Cheeked Gibbons in the wild Wellington Zoo is helping to save critically endangered White-Cheeked Gibbons in the wild by taking a pivotal role in a new partnership with the Fauna ... More >>

New Exhibition Shines Spotlight on Modern Maaori Astronomy

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 4:58 pm | Waikato Museum

A new exhibition at Waikato Museum will shine a spotlight on modern Maaori astronomy and promote a better understanding of the history and meaning of Matariki. More >>

Flu jab better in the morning - Expert reaction

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 4:51 pm | Science Media Centre

The UK research, published in the journal Vaccine , compared the immune response of 276 older adults vaccinated in the morning or afternoon, and found that morning-vaccinated people had more influenza-fighting antibodies when tested one month later. More >>

Good opportunities to act now on climate change

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 9:38 am | The Royal Society of New Zealand

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds. More >>

Nanoparticles may help treat blood cancer

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 9:30 am | University of Auckland

A new therapeutic strategy for treating Acute Myeloid Leukaemia could involve using nano-particles to deliver a genetic molecule to fight the disease. More >>

New UC institute to build New Zealand’s geospatial future

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 4:12 pm | University of Canterbury

A new Geospatial Research Institute (GRI), based at the University of Canterbury, is expected to add significant value to New Zealand’s existing private and public investment in spatial data acquisition, application and research. Launched today ... More >>

Much healthier low-cost bread possible

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 10:23 am | University of Otago

Bread design could be substantially improved to better protect heart health according to new research. A team at the University of Otago, Wellington studied bread design from the perspective of reducing risk of heart disease, while keeping ingredient ... More >>

Change Maker’s quest for cruel disease’s cause and cure

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 10:19 am | Lincoln University

World leading researcher into Batten disease, Lincoln University Professor David Palmer, is giving a public lecture as part of the Change Maker series on campus on April 28 at 6pm, entitled Animal models used to develop human medical treatment.Gene ... More >>

Front bringing weekend rain but improving for ANZAC Day

Thursday, 21 April 2016, 1:03 pm | MetService

The ridge of high pressure that has brought sunny skies to many parts of the country over the past couple of days is beginning to slip away, as we head towards the weekend. Strong northwesterlies are expected to develop for eastern parts of the South Island ... More >>

Otago ranked as NZ’s top high-quality research contributor

Thursday, 21 April 2016, 11:59 am | University of Otago

The University of Otago leads all research institutions in New Zealand in the publication of high-quality scientific research papers, according to newly published rankings by the Nature Publishing Group. More >>

Nitrogen loss research benefits from scholarship

Tuesday, 19 April 2016, 11:00 am | University of Waikato

Could feeding cows brassicas help reduce nitrogen loss from the soil? More >>

New Zealand vulnerable to the threats of climate change

Tuesday, 19 April 2016, 10:26 am | The Royal Society of New Zealand

A report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand highlights how New Zealand will be impacted by climate change. More >>

PhD student seeks spinal cord injury research volunteers

Monday, 18 April 2016, 2:46 pm | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury researcher wants to give people with spinal cord injuries the chance to improve their balance and ease of movement. More >>

High pressure to dominate until the weekend

Monday, 18 April 2016, 1:44 pm | MetService

High pressure will dominate the first week of the school holidays, bringing long periods of sunshine to most places. However, a front is expected to spread over New Zealand next weekend. More >>

Maud Island Frogs hop across Wellington

Monday, 18 April 2016, 12:32 pm | Zealandia

Maud Island Frogs hop across Wellington Five nationally endangered Maud Island Frogs have made a giant leap – moving from Zealandia to Wellington Zoo this week. More >>

Sunshine to replace cloud and rain

Sunday, 17 April 2016, 2:46 pm | MetService

Rain that has been falling in parts of New Zealand on Sunday will be replaced by clearer skies this week, due to a ridge of high pressure moving onto the country. More >>

Vitamin D helps reduce childhood allergy rate

Friday, 15 April 2016, 1:48 pm | University of Auckland

Vitamin D supplements during pregnancy and infancy may help to reduce New Zealand’s high childhood allergy rate. More >>

Health Research Council funding for VUW researchers

Friday, 15 April 2016, 1:41 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington researchers have been awarded $300,000 in funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) for projects that will aid chronic pain suffers and the disabled. Dr Bronwyn Kivell from Victoria’s School ... More >>

Application to extend use of herbicide Callisto approved

Thursday, 14 April 2016, 2:26 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved an application from Syngenta Crop Protection to extend the use of the herbicide Callisto. This is a previously approved herbicide, which contains the active ingredient mesotrione. The application ... More >>

Dry for most to start the school holidays

Thursday, 14 April 2016, 12:51 pm | MetService

Most of the country can expect a fine and dry weekend. However, an area of low pressure is set to approach Northland on Saturday, and then move gradually eastwards skirting the top of the country. This is likely to bring rain to areas exposed to a northeast ... More >>

Association of Scientists Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

Thursday, 14 April 2016, 11:59 am | New Zealand Association of Scientists

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the New Zealand Association of Scientists, we are bringing together some of New Zealand's most original thinkers at Te Papa on April 26th to discuss the future for scientists in New Zealand. More >>

Snapshot of our internet usage - Expert reaction

Thursday, 14 April 2016, 11:52 am | Science Media Centre

Online privacy concerns and inequality in internet access are highlighted in the latest New Zealand data from the World Internet Project. More >>

‘Crazy’ business idea built on fresh Kiwi air

Thursday, 14 April 2016, 11:45 am | University of Waikato

The idea of exporting clean Kiwi air to residents of smog-infested cities has seen a team of students from Waikato Management School win a $1,000 prize for the Gallagher ‘Craziest Idea that Might Just Work’ Award at the Innes48 Business Startup Competition ... More >>

Antarctic research is a top priority for New Zealand

Thursday, 14 April 2016, 11:28 am | Antarctica New Zealand

Antarctic research is revealing critical knowledge gaps that require a high level of priority as the planet undergoes climate changes that have not been recorded in more than one million years. “The performance of the New Zealand economy, particularly ... More >>

Evidence demonstrates the health benefits of kiwifruit

Wednesday, 13 April 2016, 4:44 pm | Zespri

From the digestive system to immunity and metabolic health, an increasing body of research demonstrates how beneficial kiwifruit is for human health. The latest research was presented in Tauranga, New Zealand this week by leading scientists at the first-ever ... More >>

A Silicon Valley of foods for health

Wednesday, 13 April 2016, 12:35 pm | National Science Challenges

World experts in food-for-health are coming together in Auckland next week for the High-Value Nutrition symposium as part of an initiative to try and boost New Zealand’s economy, by transforming our country into a “Silicon Valley of Foods for Health”. More >>

How does dietary fibre affect our gut bacteria?

Wednesday, 13 April 2016, 12:17 pm | Massey University

More than 100 trillion micro-organisms, including bacteria, live in our gut and what we eat influences those bacteria. More >>

Ken Ring predicted Fiji’s devastating tropical cyclones

Tuesday, 12 April 2016, 2:19 pm | Predict Weather

Long-range weather expert Ken Ring predicted Fiji’s devastating tropical cyclones in his New Zealand Weather Almanac 2016, which was published in July 2015. And Ring says, “we haven’t seen the last Pacific cyclone for the year, with another one ... More >>

ARANZ Geo inspires innovation at Lyceum event

Tuesday, 12 April 2016, 9:15 am | ARANZ Geo Limited

CHRISTCHURCH, NZ, 11 April 2016 – ARANZ Geo Limited, the developer of 3D geological modelling software Leapfrog®, celebrated another industry-first with their Lyceum innovation and thought leadership event in Perth last week. Around 200 Leapfrog customers, ... More >>

Breast cancer and mental illness

Monday, 11 April 2016, 3:39 pm | University of Otago

Researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington are seeking participants for a study to investigate the breast cancer care journey for women with mental illness in order to improve their care. More >>

Canterbury liquefaction research wins international honour

Monday, 11 April 2016, 2:12 pm | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury (UC) academic’s work on liquefaction-induced land damage recovery and research following the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence has been awarded one of the world’s most prestigious international engineering awards. The research ... More >>

Autumnal Change in the Air

Monday, 11 April 2016, 1:28 pm | MetService

Changeable autumnal conditions affect the country this week. A trough brings wind and rain for the first half of the week, followed by fine but cool weather. Autumn typically means fast moving fronts and successive warmer and cooler spells. This ... More >>

Will eating cake give me cancer?

Monday, 11 April 2016, 11:26 am | University of Otago

University of Otago, Christchurch, Public Health Lecture More >>

A week of two halves

Monday, 11 April 2016, 10:20 am | MetService

Several fronts are forecast to move over New Zealand during the first half of this week bringing rain or showers at various times. However, these fronts are expected to clear the country lateWednesday and will be replaced by a ridge of high pressure, ... More >>

Stopping the big sediment slide

Monday, 11 April 2016, 10:19 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Soil is a farmer’s most precious resource. But, in New Zealand, we lose it to the ocean about 10 times faster than the rest of the world, with between 200 million and 300 million tonnes sliding into the sea every year. That equates to an astonishing ... More >>

This week in sci-tech

Friday, 8 April 2016, 2:42 pm | Science Media Centre

The ritual killing of fellow humans played a key role in the origins of our modern, stratified society, according to new Kiwi research. Human Sacrifice More >>

New centre to investigate plant extracts benefits

Friday, 8 April 2016, 2:20 pm | Massey University

A new research centre investigating whether novel plant extracts may offer potential health benefits has been officially opened at Massey University. More >>

Reality app for geological models an industry-first

Friday, 8 April 2016, 1:12 pm | ARANZ Geo Limited

CHRISTCHURCH, NZ, 8 April 2016 – ARANZ Geo Limited, the developer of 3D geological modelling software Leapfrog®, has released the Leapfrog Aspect application to allow users to visualise their geological models in the real world using augmented reality. ... More >>

Li family grants boost cancer biomarker research

Thursday, 7 April 2016, 3:23 pm | University of Auckland

The first grants from the Li family’s $10 million cancer research gift to the University of Auckland, were made this week and will support research into cancer biomarkers. More >>

Front brings wet weather to many

Thursday, 7 April 2016, 2:32 pm | MetService

A front, currently affecting southern parts of the South Island, will move up the country today and Friday bringing rain or showers to many. While the front lingers around the northeast of the North Island into the weekend, a ridge of high pressure ... More >>

Report finds Bay of Islands bottlenose dolphin at risk

Thursday, 7 April 2016, 1:07 pm | Massey University

A Massey University report finds that vessel traffic in the Bay of Islands is affecting important behaviours in a population of bottlenose dolphins. More >>

Ageing Well Challenge contestable funding round opens

Thursday, 7 April 2016, 11:31 am | University of Otago

In keeping with the collaborative spirit of the National Science Challenges (NSCs), the University of Otago-led Ageing Well challenge has announced around $3.25 million in contestable funding to researchers throughout New Zealand. More >>

Electric car star hits the road to Waikato

Wednesday, 6 April 2016, 12:08 pm | University of Waikato

Electric vehicles offer New Zealand great opportunity to tackle climate change and related problems, but it is a challenge to move to high levels of uptake of electric vehicles (EVs). More >>

Huawei Launches the Mate 8 Smartphone in New Zealand

Tuesday, 5 April 2016, 3:00 pm | Huawei Technologies

Huawei Launches the Mate 8 Smartphone in New Zealand Incredible performance meets class-leading battery life More >>

Blood test to diagnose Alzheimer’s on the cards

Tuesday, 5 April 2016, 10:44 am | Health Research Council Of New Zealand

New Zealand researchers have discovered a promising new marker that could help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease – and all that might be required is a simple blood test. Researchers at Otago University have discovered that a small number of a large class ... More >>

Insect Losses Symptomatic of Ailing Environment

Monday, 4 April 2016, 3:10 pm | CORANZ

Insect and other wildlife population declines are evidence of an ailing environment and struggling ecosystem says the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations, (CORANZ). More >>

Stormy weather to start April

Monday, 4 April 2016, 3:01 pm | MetService

A blocking high pressure system lying over and to the east of New Zealand dominated our weather during March. For the first half of the month, the High prevailed over the country, meaning the first half of the month was rather dry for most regions. ... More >>

A period of settled weather for many

Monday, 4 April 2016, 1:33 pm | MetService

The front moving up the country that has been bringing cool air to New Zealand is expected to move away today. This front has left behind showery weather today for some parts of the south and east of the South Island, and also a scattering of showers ... More >>

A cool and showery start to the week

Monday, 4 April 2016, 10:22 am | MetService

The complex trough which affected the country yesterday has now moved off to the east. A number of areas experienced sustained periods of heavy rain. The northern slopes of Mt Egmont saw 211 mm of rain from midnight Friday to 7am this morning, ... More >>

Barriers to contraception for Māori teenage mothers

Thursday, 31 March 2016, 5:12 pm | University of Otago

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington, has found that there are health system barriers for young Māori mothers when trying to access timely contraception. More >>

MetService: 31 March

Thursday, 31 March 2016, 1:49 pm | MetService

Most places are going to get wet this weekend, with a rain band forecast to travel eastwards across the country, followed by a cold front from the south. A northerly flow over the country brings heavy rain to a few exposed regions and a Severe Weather ... More >>

Getting better reproductive performance from hoggets

Thursday, 31 March 2016, 10:53 am | AgResearch

Reproduction Team Leader Dr Sara Edwards says a lot of work has been done to try to improve efficiency of hogget lambing using management practices, but the underlying questions remained as to what was going wrong and why the reproductive performance ... More >>

 

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