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Windows 10 now available in New Zealand as a free upgrade

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 5:04 pm | Microsoft New Zealand

The “best and most secure Windows ever” set to empower Kiwis to do and achieve more More >>

UC sells stake in earthquake solutions venture

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 10:37 am | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury (UC) has sold its stake in Canterbury Seismic Instruments Limited (CSI) to local technology advisory and investment company Aoraki Partners, completing its direct involvement in a successful research commercialisation initiative. More >>

Study highlights flaw in strategy to halt sea lion decline

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 9:28 am | Otago University

Otago study highlights major flaw in strategy to halt sea lion decline A new University of Otago-led study of the endangered New Zealand sea lion indicates efforts by the Government that focus mainly on the survival of sea lion pups to reverse the population ... More >>

A major El Nino

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 9:19 am | MetService

Over the last few months, El Nino has continued to intensify. The ocean and the atmosphere have reinforced each other, helping to strengthen the climate pattern which resides in the tropical Pacific Ocean. "We have a major El Nino in play," said MetService ... More >>

Science “critical” in unlocking Māori land potential

Monday, 27 July 2015, 11:04 am | Landcare Research

More Māori are turning to science to unlock the potential of their land and natural resources. More >>

Unsettled weather for the week ahead

Monday, 27 July 2015, 9:36 am | MetService

An active front has been moving east across the country today bringing northerly gales and heavy rain to some parts of the South Island. Exposed places in inland Canterbury have seen gusts of 100 km/h this morning, while some gauges in Westland ... More >>

Science Deadline

Friday, 24 July 2015, 12:49 pm | Science Media Centre

Kiwi evolved specially adapted smell detectors to help them cope with nocturnal life, according to a new study that has mapped out the genome—the entire genetic code—of the North Island brown kiwi. More >>

Lincoln leading food safety and security discussion

Friday, 24 July 2015, 12:17 pm | Lincoln University

Key issues around future food security challenges will be discussed at a workshop at Lincoln University next month. More >>

DIY DNA extraction, rock snot , 3-D animation and more

Friday, 24 July 2015, 11:27 am | Cawthron Institute

Fascinating and important research happening at New Zealand’s largest independent science organisation will be on show this Sunday as part of Cawthron Institute’s fifth annual open day. More >>

Ineffective osteoporosis treatments still promoted

Thursday, 23 July 2015, 3:50 pm | University of Auckland

Two Auckland clinical researchers have called for advocacy organisations and academics to abandon industry ties that promote the use of calcium and vitamin D supplements to prevent or treat osteoporosis. More >>

Mother Nature is becoming restless

Thursday, 23 July 2015, 2:51 pm | MetService

A large wintertime high has brought settled weather to much of the country this week and continues to do so as it moves slowly eastwards over the next day or so. Many people will have awoken to frost on the ground at their place recently. This ... More >>

Submissions sought on fungicide for onion mildew

Thursday, 23 July 2015, 10:36 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is calling for submissions on an application for release of DuPont Zorvec Enicade Fungicide. This fungicide contains the active ingredient oxathiapiprolin and is intended to be used for the control of downy mildew ... More >>

University of Otago honours Chemistry research leader

Thursday, 23 July 2015, 10:15 am | University of Otago

University of Otago honours Chemistry research leader Professor Sally Brooker, an internationally leading inorganic chemistry researcher who designs and creates innovative molecules that could underpin future technologies, is the latest recipient of the ... More >>

EPA approves change to PredaSTOP baits control

Thursday, 23 July 2015, 9:37 am | Environmental Protection Agency

An Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Decision-making Committee has approved an application to change one of the controls on two PredaSTOP baits. PredaSTOP is the commercial name for PAPP (para-aminopropiophenone) Paste A and PAPP Paste Ready-to-use ... More >>

Trans Tasman maritime unions meet with politicians

Wednesday, 22 July 2015, 8:17 pm | Maritime Union of New Zealand

A global campaign against oil operator Chevron has come to New Zealand, with maritime unions saying the company has a bad record of dealing with local communities around the world. More >>

Vital conference on New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis

Wednesday, 22 July 2015, 8:16 pm | EDS

New Zealand’s natural heritage is in an alarming decline. After 1000 years of human occupation, we are still not living well with our unique biodiversity. This is the case across the land, the sea and freshwater environments. More >>

New study shows mangroves may protect against sea level rise

Wednesday, 22 July 2015, 11:38 am | University of Auckland

New research shows mangrove forests could play a crucial role in protecting coastal areas from sea level rise caused by climate change. New research shows mangrove forests could play a crucial role in protecting coastal areas from sea level rise caused ... More >>

International potato industry expert praises NZ research

Wednesday, 22 July 2015, 10:51 am | Potatoes New Zealand

International potato industry expert Professor Gary Secor has praised New Zealand’s world-leading research, during a visit to speak at the Potatoes New Zealand Inc annual conference. More >>

Veterinarians set antibiotic goal for animals

Tuesday, 21 July 2015, 9:45 am | NZVA

Veterinarians set antibiotic goal for animals Tuesday 21 July 2015 “By 2030 New Zealand Inc will not need antibiotics for the maintenance of animal health and wellness,” New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) President Dr Steve Merchant said today. ... More >>

Researchers devise new way to monitor‘health of ice shelves

Tuesday, 21 July 2015, 9:37 am | University of Otago

Tuesday 21 July 2015 Otago researchers devise new way to monitor ‘health’ of ice shelves More >>

More settled weather on the way - but the cold remains

Monday, 20 July 2015, 12:38 pm | MetService

An icy southerly flow made for a wintry weekend across the South Island and lower North Island. Snow fell to low levels across parts of the South Island, and southerly gales blasted their way up the country, which helped generate ten metre waves in ... More >>

Promising deepwater views of orange roughy

Monday, 20 July 2015, 11:31 am | Seafood New Zealand

Scientific surveys of orange roughy stocks off the West Coast of the South Island and south of Fiordland have obtained live video footage of the fish from as deep as one kilometre below the surface. More >>

Facial scrubs threaten health and environment

Monday, 20 July 2015, 10:34 am | University of Canterbury

Dr Sally Gaw will discuss the impact of microplastics on the environment at a free public lecture at the University of Canterbury (UC) at 7pm onWednesday 22 July. More >>

Mosquito terminators and vampire spiders are our friends

Monday, 20 July 2015, 9:56 am | University of Canterbury

Mosquito terminators and vampire spiders are our friends Two University of Canterbury (UC) researchers’ insights about two species of spider that feed preferentially on mosquitoes have been published in the Journal of Arachnology in America. More >>

Lecture to look at marine biological invasions

Monday, 20 July 2015, 9:50 am | Waikato University

Humans have greatly influenced the distribution of marine species worldwide which has had significant effects. More >>

CT scan shows positive signs for Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Saturday, 18 July 2015, 10:30 am | Wellington Zoo

The endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtle receiving care at Wellington Zoo’s The Nest Te Kōhanga had a CT scan today at Pacific Radiology. The scan revealed clear lungs and no internal damage or blockages. More >>

Oil Free Otago Getting On with Going Off Fossil Fuels

Thursday, 16 July 2015, 3:26 pm | Oil Free Otago

Oil Free Otago have joined with other community groups in Dunedin to form Valley Community Workspace Inc.(VCW), and are getting on with going off fossil fuels. The groups, including Transition Valley 473, The Valley Project, Dunedin Makerspace and ... More >>

A cold wet and windy Weekend

Thursday, 16 July 2015, 2:56 pm | MetService

While today and tomorrow look relatively settled weather wise across the country, all eyes are on a significant weather system set to affect New Zealand over the weekend. A low pressure system developing over the Tasman Sea today is set to intensify as ... More >>

Mite-y development in potential wasp biocontrol

Thursday, 16 July 2015, 10:19 am | Landcare Research

A tiny mite found on wasps continues to look a promising biocontrol agent against the winged pest. More >>

Soil maps lead way to better farming

Thursday, 16 July 2015, 10:03 am | Lincoln University

Soil maps lead way to better farming Producing detailed soil maps of New Zealand farms could help improve food production across the country, as well as reduce nitrate leaching, a Lincoln University report suggests. A group of Lincoln students recently ... More >>

Multiple Discoveries from NASA’s New Horizons Pluto Mission

Thursday, 16 July 2015, 9:51 am | NASA

Icy mountains on Pluto and a new, crisp view of its largest moon, Charon, are among the several discoveries announced Wednesday by NASA's New Horizons team, just one day after the spacecraft’s first ever Pluto flyby. More >>

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle showing encouraging signs

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 4:28 pm | Wellington Zoo

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle showing encouraging signs The Olive Ridley Sea Turtle receiving care at Wellington Zoo’s The Nest Te Kōhanga has shown encouraging signs of movement. However, the female turtle, nicknamed ‘Ridley’, remains in a critical condition. ... More >>

Uni of Otago Foundation Trust Divests from Fossil Fuel

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 4:23 pm | OtagoUniDivests

On Monday the University of Otago Foundation Trust decided to divest its endowments from the “exploration and extraction of fossil fuels”. Divestment made the monthly meeting agenda after 24 notable university staff members and a petition 1000 signatures ... More >>

Water Shortage Direction for Opihi River and tributaries

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 4:08 pm | Environment Canterbury

Another Water Shortage Direction for the Opihi River and its tributaries – which includes the Opuha River and Lake Opuha – is in effect from Wednesday July 15 for 14 days. More >>

NASA's New Horizons ‘Phones Home’ Safe after Pluto Flyby

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 3:58 pm | NASA

The call everyone was waiting for is in. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft phoned home just before 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday to tell the mission team and the world it had accomplished the historic first-ever flyby of Pluto. More >>

Female Kakapo Found Dead

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 1:29 pm | Kakapo Recovery

A young female kakapo named Ellie has been found dead on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island, bringing the total population of the critically endangered bird down to 125. More >>

Kiwi chicks on display these school holidays

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 10:28 am | Shine pr

Bringing with them a promising future for Te Puia’s kiwi house, two special kiwi chicks have recently settled in and are now on display for visitors to catch a glimpse these school holidays. More >>

Warmer days ahead in the east

Tuesday, 14 July 2015, 3:27 pm | MetService

The cold weather that started the week gives way to gradually rising temperatures as northeasterly winds persist for the next couple of days.A front, which approaches New Zealand from the west, brings rain with some possibly heavy falls from this afternoon. ... More >>

Temperature records broken around the country

Monday, 13 July 2015, 4:49 pm | NIWA

This month’s cold snap has broken a swathe of temperature records around the country. More >>

Residue is the Salvation of the Soil

Monday, 13 July 2015, 2:51 pm | Inspire

International soil scientist, John Baker, is appalled every time a farmer burns the stubble or crop residues on top of the ground in preparation for sowing another crop. Dr Baker says from a soil health point of view, burning is “the stupidest ... More >>

NZ and Japanese scientists study Pacific submarine research

Monday, 13 July 2015, 11:40 am | NIWA

Six NIWA scientists led by marine biologist Dr Ashley Rowden are working with scientific colleagues from Japan in the four-day workshop supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and NIWA. More >>

Getting the banking in order

Monday, 13 July 2015, 9:53 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Getting the banking in order Bala Tikkisetty Winter weather can place extra strain on the banks of farm waterways, increasing the risk of erosion degrading water quality. Since degraded water quality can affect animal health and productivity, protecting ... More >>

A fine start to the week but rain on the way

Monday, 13 July 2015, 9:42 am | MetService

Fine and frosty weather will continue for most of New Zealand on Monday,but a front approaching from the Tasman Sea is expected to reach New Zealand late on Tuesday, and move eastwards over the country during Wednesday. More >>

Whale survey counts record 137 humpback whales

Monday, 13 July 2015, 9:37 am | Department of Conservation

This year’s Cook Strait Whale Survey counted 137 humpback whales, its highest tally in its 12 years and an encouraging indication their numbers are increasing in New Zealand. The annual four-week Department of Conservation survey, which ended on Saturday ... More >>

Towards an HIV vaccine

Saturday, 11 July 2015, 12:38 pm | PLOS Pathogens

Towards an HIV vaccine—selecting promising broadly neutralizing antibodies that can inhibit a range of viral strains More >>

New Paper Suggests No Warming in NZ in Past 100 Years

Saturday, 11 July 2015, 12:23 pm | New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

New Paper Suggests No Warming in NZ in Past 100 Years New Zealand may not have warmed at all in the past 100 years, according to a peer-reviewed paper published in the international science journal, Environmental Modeling & Assessment. The paper, ... More >>

SPREP and New Zealand collaborate

Saturday, 11 July 2015, 11:47 am | SPREP

A partnership to undertake a 1.8 million NZD project on Ocean Acidification has been signed between the Government of New Zealand and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). More >>

New map proposed for digital inclusion initiatives

Friday, 10 July 2015, 10:13 am | 2020 Trust

Day Zero of NetHui yesterday saw the 2020 Communications Trust launch a social media drive to collect and map all the digital inclusion projects across New Zealand. More >>

Winter Chill

Thursday, 9 July 2015, 2:40 pm | MetService

The blast of Antarctic air which has blown over New Zealand for the last couple of days, bringing snow and icy conditions to many, eases during Thursday and Friday. A ridge of high pressure is going to move over from the Tasman Sea, bringing drier ... More >>

Junior Takahe Takes the Cake

Thursday, 9 July 2015, 2:18 pm | Motutapu Restoration Trust

The Motutapu Restoration Trust is celebrating 21 years of volunteer conservation work on Motutapu Island. More than two decades since the start of an ambitious journey of ecological and cultural restoration on Motutapu, the island is a very different ... More >>

Survey of Rural Decision Makers

Thursday, 9 July 2015, 11:09 am | Landcare Research

Farmers, foresters and growers are being asked to help researchers understand what New Zealand’s rural landscape may look like in 10, 20 or even 50 years’ time. More >>

How bacteria sweet-talk their way into plants

Thursday, 9 July 2015, 10:46 am | University of Otago

Thursday 9 July 2015 Researchers discover how bacteria sweet-talk their way into plants A University of Otago researcher is part of an international team of scientists that has discovered how legumes, which include important agricultural species such ... More >>

NIWA’s Rob Murdoch wins Marine Sciences Award

Thursday, 9 July 2015, 10:05 am | NIWA

Dr Rob Murdoch, General Manager of Research at NIWA has won the prestigious New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Awar More >>

Devilrays – divers of the deep

Thursday, 9 July 2015, 9:45 am | NIWA

A successful electronic tagging project means scientists have made some important discoveries about spinetail devilrays. More >>

Stratos on the Move

Thursday, 9 July 2015, 8:30 am | Stratos

Stratos on the Move CHRISTCHURCH, JULY 8, 2015, Stratos Technology Partners, an IT services company providing software development, business intelligence, SharePoint and IT consulting services is relocating its offices to 167 Madras Street, Christchurch, ... More >>

Heat opportunities for addressing climate change ignored

Thursday, 9 July 2015, 8:26 am | Bioenergy Association

The Bioenergy Association says it’s disappointed the Government’s climate change targets focus mainly on emissions reduction opportunities in agriculture and greater use of electric cars, with no mention of the potential of the heat sector. More >>

Scientists probe complex causes of NZ sea lion decline

Wednesday, 8 July 2015, 11:10 am | NIWA

A tiny community of New Zealand sea lions on the Otago Peninsula is helping scientists solve the mystery of why some populations are doing better than others. More >>

Ngahere gecko transferred from Belmont Quarry to Mana Island

Tuesday, 7 July 2015, 4:20 pm | Department of Conservation

Winstone Aggregates tranferred 23 Ngahere geckos from an area marked for extension at Belmont Quarry to Mana Island over the weekend. More >>

EPA approves release of honeysuckle stem-boring beetle

Tuesday, 7 July 2015, 2:54 pm | Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved an application to release the honeysuckle stem-boring beetle, Oberea shirahatai, as part of a biological control programme against the weed Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica). More >>

Tiny find fascinates squid scientists

Tuesday, 7 July 2015, 1:33 pm | NIWA

Another colossal squid is under examination in Wellington, but this one could fit in the palm of your hand. The baby Mesonychoteuthis ¸ which measures about 12 cm in total length, was collected by NIWA during the NZ-Australia Antarctic Ecosystems ... More >>

 

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