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Tropical Cyclone activity expected to be above average

Wednesday, 14 October 2015, 3:00 pm | MetService

The weather in the tropical Southwest Pacific is becoming more active as we get closer to the formal start of the tropical cyclone season on 1st November. With a strong El Nino in effect, cyclone activity is expected to be above normal this season, spreading ... More >>

Southwest Pacific Tropical Cyclone Outlook

Wednesday, 14 October 2015, 2:57 pm | NIWA

Southwest Pacific Tropical Cyclone Outlook: Strong El Niño expected to produce above average activity and severe tropical storm impacts More >>

Internet data use soars

Wednesday, 14 October 2015, 11:02 am | Statistics New Zealand

New Zealanders are using more data than ever – we used 143 percent more data in June 2015 than in June 2013, Statistics New Zealand said today. People used more than 84,000 terabytes of data in the month of June 2015, compared with over 34,000 ... More >>

$3.6 Million for Research into Gut Health

Tuesday, 13 October 2015, 11:34 am | AgResearch

AgResearch-Led Project Receives $3.6 Million for Research into Gut Health The Asian middle-classes are the target for an AgResearch-led project into gut health which has just been allocated $3.6 million by the High-Value Nutrition National Science ... More >>

$3.5 million to investigate products to boost immune defence

Tuesday, 13 October 2015, 10:43 am | Malaghan Institute

The first of the National Science Challenges: High-Value Nutrition today announced an investment of $10.9 million, over three and half years, for research to accelerate the translation of New Zealand-led science into scientifically validated food products ... More >>

Plant & Food Research to lead new research

Tuesday, 13 October 2015, 10:16 am | Plant And Food Research

Plant & Food Research will be leading a new research programme to identify consumer trends in New Zealand’s key export markets in Asia as part of the $10.9 million of research investment announced today by The National Science Challenge High-Value-Nutrition. More >>

New research for nutritional solutions to obesity

Tuesday, 13 October 2015, 10:11 am | University of Auckland

Nutritional solutions for obesity and poor metabolic health is the focus of a $2.9 million research programme to be funded by the new National Science Challenge, High-Value Nutrition. More >>

MannGram®: experts ousted by children

Monday, 12 October 2015, 2:46 pm | Robert Mann

A blaze of publicity has been staged around an Orewa College year-13 pupil, a Ms Palmer, for her presentation "Synthetic Biology - Engineering the Future" (now viewable at >), for ... More >>

Brief interruption to settled weather

Monday, 12 October 2015, 1:59 pm | MetService

The dry settled weather that New Zealand has experienced over the last few days will be briefly interrupted by a front spreading north over the country during the first half of this week. The front will bring a spell of rain as it spreads north over ... More >>

The importance of nutrition in the first 1000 days

Monday, 12 October 2015, 10:38 am | Massey University

During the first 1000 days, from conception through to a child’s second birthday, nutrition plays a vital role in promoting optimal growth and development. But what should be one of the most fun stages, starting babies on solid foods, can instead ... More >>

Wet weather on its way

Sunday, 11 October 2015, 3:44 pm | MetService

After the settled weather this weekend, things are set to change during the first half of the week. A front - which has been slowly approaching New Zealand from south of Australia - is expected to move onto the South Island on Monday and into Tuesday. ... More >>

Zoo celebrates release of 300th kiwi

Saturday, 10 October 2015, 12:23 pm | Auckland Zoo

A noisy little kiwi named Tīhoihoi (Maori for raucous) is today settling in to life on Rotoroa Island, becoming the 300th kiwi chick that Auckland Zoo has successfully incubated, hatched, reared and released to the wild. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Friday, 9 October 2015, 2:43 pm | NIWA

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions ... More >>

Science Alive!

Friday, 9 October 2015, 11:32 am | Science Alive

On Saturday 31st October, 2015 Science Alive! will be hosting the BIG SCIENCE DAY, an all-day Science and Technology event suitable for people of all ages. More >>

NOAA declares third ever global coral bleaching event

Friday, 9 October 2015, 10:56 am | NOAA

As record ocean temperatures cause widespread coral bleaching across Hawaii, NOAA scientists confirm the same stressful conditions are expanding to the Caribbean and may last into the new year, prompting the declaration of the third global coral bleaching ... More >>

Scientists find formula for rate of glacial erosion

Friday, 9 October 2015, 10:30 am | GNS Science

It’s a truism that mathematical relationships are present nearly everywhere in nature, probably more than we realise. The latest place they have turned up is on the underside of glaciers. More >>

Adult high blood pressure risk identifiable in childhood

Friday, 9 October 2015, 10:28 am | University of Otago

Groups of people at risk of having high blood pressure and other related health issues by age 38 can be identified in childhood, new University of Otago research suggests. More >>

Record October temperatures in the east

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 1:44 pm | MetService

Wednesday was the warmest October day on record for several eastern towns.In the North Island, Wairoa reached 31.3C in the afternoon beating the previous October record of 30.2C from 2006. While in the South Island, Kaikoura soared to 32.2C beating ... More >>

Report highlights significant impact of science organisation

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 1:10 pm | Cawthron Institute

Exactly 100 years after Nelson philanthropist Thomas Cawthron left the bulk of his fortune to establish New Zealand’s first science organisation, a new report has highlighted the significant scientific and economic benefits his legacy still delivers ... More >>

Otago researchers sequence kuri dog genomes

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 10:34 am | University of Otago

The genetic heritage of New Zealand’s first dog, the now extinct kurī, is being unravelled by University of Otago scientists using state-of-the-art ancient DNA analysis. University of Otago PhD student Karen Greig has sequenced the complete, or near complete, ... More >>

Scientists produce stunning images

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 9:28 am | Niwa National Climate Centre

A day at the office for NIWA scientists can mean anything from taking a helicopter into the Southern Alps to check a weather station, to diving in the ocean to monitor various natural habitats or standing in rivers or lakes conducting water quality ... More >>

Flipping the fertility master switch

Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 8:57 am | University of Otago

New Zealand scientists have achieved another milestone in their world-leading efforts to understand the neural mechanisms underlying the brain’s master control of fertility. More >>

Feels like Summer for a few days

Monday, 5 October 2015, 2:52 pm | MetService

It was a big wind event for many areas yesterday, with severe northwest gales affecting Southland, Otago, Canterbury, Marlborough, Wellington and the Wairarapa. MetService warnings indicated some big numbers, including 150-160km/h or more for Southland, ... More >>

NSSI offers encouraging vision for science

Monday, 5 October 2015, 2:42 pm | Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science Advisor

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman is optimistic about the new National Statement of Science Investment (NSSI), but says increased funding will be needed to achieve its full potential. More >>

NSSI offers encouraging vision for science

Monday, 5 October 2015, 2:06 pm | Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science Advisor

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman is optimistic about the new National Statement of Science Investment (NSSI), but says increased funding will be needed to achieve its full potential. More >>

Society welcomes 10-year statement of science investment

Monday, 5 October 2015, 12:40 pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Society welcomes 10-year statement of science investment The Royal Society of New Zealand welcomes the National Statement of Science Investment 20152025 , launched at the Society this morning by Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Science and Innovation. ... More >>

Lisa Owen interviews Richard Dawkins

Monday, 5 October 2015, 10:17 am | The Nation

Lisa Owen: You're back with The Nation. Well, world-famous scientist Richard Dawkins is no stranger to controversy. The evolutionary biologist shot to fame with his book The Selfish Gene and cemented his reputation as a strident atheist with another best-seller, ... More >>

The west winds blows

Monday, 5 October 2015, 9:13 am | MetService

It will be largely dry across the North Island and eastern South Island this week as westerly winds dominate the weather. However, the west or northwesterlies could rise to severe gales at times this week across central and southern New Zealand. More >>

Managing expectations about chronic pain cure

Monday, 5 October 2015, 9:11 am | ANZCA

Fully curing chronic pain is rare so pain medicine specialists need to manage patient expectations carefully and help their patient to see their persistent pain as a condition to be managed, like other conditions such as asthma or diabetes, says Dr Diarmuid ... More >>

New Zealand Climate Summary: September 2015

Friday, 2 October 2015, 4:46 pm | NIWA

A wet end to the month for eastern North Island Rainfall Rainfall was well above normal (>149%) for many parts of the Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, eastern Manawatu-Wanganui, eastern Marlborough and northern Canterbury. Conversely, Taranaki, ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Friday, 2 October 2015, 3:46 pm | Niwa National Climate Centre

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions ... More >>

SMC Science Deadline: Marsden, Kermadec sanctuary, Mars

Friday, 2 October 2015, 2:39 pm | Science Media Centre

SMC Science Deadline: Marsden under the microscope, Kermadec sanctuary & water on Mars Issue 347, 02 Oct 2015 Top news from the Science Media Centre's news sharing platform. Students discover NZ fish's secret hunting tactic Don't bother ... More >>

NZ gluten-free boom prompts new testing service

Friday, 2 October 2015, 1:55 pm | Hill Laboraties

NZ gluten-free boom prompts new testing service New Zealand’s largest privately owned testing laboratory, Hill Laboratories, has announced it is offering a gluten testing service with the fastest turnaround-time in the Country. The company has ... More >>

National underfunds scientific research

Friday, 2 October 2015, 11:06 am | New Zealand Labour Party

David Cunliffe Science and Innovation spokesperson 2 October 2015 National underfunds scientific research A new report released this morning confirms that the Government is underfunding research, Labour’s Science and Innovation spokesperson David Cunliffe ... More >>

Seasonal Climate Outlook: October - December 2015

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 4:25 pm | NIWA

Strong El Niño conditions were established across the Equatorial Pacific during September 2015. Sea surface temperature anomalies in the central and eastern Pacific remain close to or exceed the +2oC mark. The atmosphere is strongly coupled to these ... More >>

Orana-bred kiwi to be released to the wild

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 2:58 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Two young Brown kiwi bred at Orana Wildlife Park last breeding season, will be transferred to the wild in the Tongaririo Forest tomorrow morning. Spot (male) and Nui (female) aged 9 and 10 months respectively are two of nine kiwi from Orana being released ... More >>

Today a taste of things to come

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 1:40 pm | MetService

A pair of fronts currently over central NZ continue their passage north today, providing a taster of the unsettled spring weather we can expect this weekend. "It's going to be a real smorgasbord of weather this weekend - severe gales, heavy rain and hail ... More >>

Where there’s smoke, there’s air quality scientists

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 12:21 pm | Niwa National Climate Centre

NIWA scientists are now analysing data gathered from an air quality pilot experiment in Rangiora that could revolutionise the way communities can measure and control pollution. During September, NIWA staff installed temperature sensors in 14 homes ... More >>

Award for mentoring females in science

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 11:40 am | Association for Women in the Sciences

Dr Roslyn Kemp from the University of Otago has been named this year’s winner of the Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS) Miriam Dell Award, for her work inspiring female immunologists across Australasia. More >>

Spring westerlies kick in

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 12:49 pm | MetService

"Weather patterns over New Zealand are set to change gear rather sharply as we start October," said MetService Meteorologist Georgina Griffiths. "We haven't yet seen the typical westerly gales that start spring - but that's about ... More >>

Redefinition of the purpose of CRIs a serious concern

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 10:18 am | New Zealand Association of Scientists

The New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) is surprised by comments made by the Minister of Science and Innovation, Steven Joyce, in apparent contradiction of the Crown Research Institutes (CRI) Act, 1992. “The Act describes the first two ... More >>

Dead whale washes up on Oreti beach

Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 4:25 pm | Department of Conservation

DOC is working with local Rūnanga to ensure tikanga is followed in management of the whale on the beach. More >>

NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Mars

Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 9:17 am | NASA

These dark, narrow, 100 meter-long streaks called recurring slope lineae flowing downhill on Mars are inferred to have been formed by contemporary flowing water. Recently, planetary scientists detected hydrated salts on these slopes at Hale crater, ... More >>

Is more sex the secret to a healthy prostate?

Monday, 28 September 2015, 2:19 pm | Xtend

MEN as young as 40 need to adopt a natural preventative approach, which includes more sex, to improve prostate health, according to a new report. More >>

Record number of observations for kererū count

Monday, 28 September 2015, 2:14 pm | World Wildlife Fund

Record participation in the Great Kererū Count 2015 has been welcomed by conservationists and scientists who say New Zealanders have embraced efforts to count our native pigeon. More >>

A change to more spring-like weather

Monday, 28 September 2015, 1:33 pm | MetService

After the cold southeast flow that persisted over the country last week,this week sees a change to weather patterns which are more typical of spring. A ridge of high pressure is expected to bring fine weather to most places duringTuesday and Wednesday, ... More >>

Identifying insect species crucial

Monday, 28 September 2015, 11:50 am | Lincoln University

Students at Lincoln University are covering the length and breadth of New Zealand to discover new insect species and keep ahead of potential threats to agriculture and the environment. More >>

World leading research bad news for pancreatitis sufferers

Monday, 28 September 2015, 10:06 am | University of Auckland

The first comprehensive research to quantify how often patients with acute pancreatitis suffer recurrent bouts shows there is a high chance they will eventually go on to develop chronic pancreatitis. The COSMOS (Clinical and epidemiOlogical inveStigations ... More >>

IQ tests show individual differences in bird brains

Monday, 28 September 2015, 9:23 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Research from Victoria University of Wellington has revealed that birds may possess a ‘general intelligence’ similar to humans, with some individuals able to excel in multiple cognitive tests. More >>

Daylight saving marks an increase in ultraviolet rays

Monday, 28 September 2015, 8:46 am | MetService

Considering the weather in eastern parts of the country in the past week,it might be hard to believe that this is the time of year we get an increase in sunshine hours. Nevertheless, daylight savings marks the time of year when sunshine hours and temperatures ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Friday, 25 September 2015, 2:26 pm | NIWA

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions ... More >>

Models look at costs of improving water quality

Friday, 25 September 2015, 11:44 am | Healthy Rivers - Plan for Change

A group of technical experts has produced computer models of the land use and management changes potentially required to achieve water quality targets for the Waikato and Waipa rivers, and their tributaries. More >>

Award for asthma reminder device

Friday, 25 September 2015, 10:24 am | University of Auckland

University of Auckland doctoral candidate Amy Chan was recently presented with the 2015 Value of Medicines Award for her research to help children with asthma. More >>

The Great Kererū Count is off to a flying start

Friday, 25 September 2015, 10:21 am | World Wildlife Fund

The Great Kererū Count is off to a flying start, with nearly double the number of observations made during the first five days compared to last year. More >>

AgResearch consulting staff on proposed staff reductions

Thursday, 24 September 2015, 4:40 pm | AgResearch

AgResearch is consulting with staff about a proposal to reduce scientist and technician roles in areas where customer demand and the potential to create impact for New Zealand is decreasing, AgResearch Chair Sam Robinson announced today. More >>

83 science roles set to go at AgResearch

Thursday, 24 September 2015, 4:21 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says the New Zealand economy will lose out as AgResearch proposes cutting 83 science roles in yet another restructure. More >>

NIWA counting fish in Marlborough Sounds

Thursday, 24 September 2015, 3:30 pm | NIWA

Recreational fishers in the Marlborough Sounds, Tasman and Golden Bays are being approached at boat ramps in the region in the hope they will provide information on their catches for a research survey. More >>

NZ bioscience celebrates its innovators

Thursday, 24 September 2015, 2:48 pm | NZ Bio

Aroa Biosurgery has been named as New Zealand’s Bioscience Company of the Year and AgResearch principal scientist Dr Nick Roberts as the leading Biotechnologist at the 2015 NZBIO Conference Awards at Te Papa, Wellington. More >>

Better weather to start the school holidays

Thursday, 24 September 2015, 1:03 pm | MetService

A moist easterly flow over the country will bring cloud and a few showers to many this weekend, with more rain in store for Hawke's Bay and Gisborne. However, the west and the south will be dry as a ridge of high pressure starts to build over the ... More >>

Blind Foundation Media Release & Launch Invitation

Thursday, 24 September 2015, 12:08 pm | Blind Foundation

The Blind Foundation is about to trial a new technology app which would open up a whole new world of accessibility for Kiwis who are blind or have low vision. More >>


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