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Wellington scientist tops off remarkable career with award

Monday, 10 December 2018, 9:35 am | Callaghan Innovation

On Thursday Wellington metrologist, Dr Chris Sutton, added to his remarkable career winning the Science and Technology award for the 2018 Wellingtonian of the Year awards. Chris is retiring from New Zealand’s Measurement Standards Laboratory (MSL) after ... More >>

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs in Oamaru - Expert Reaction

Friday, 7 December 2018, 11:00 am | Science Media Centre

Reports suggest live Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs have been found in a package shipped from the United States and received in Oamaru. More >>

Legendary telescope being brought back to life in Takapō

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 1:02 pm | Earth and Sky

Legendary telescope being brought back to life in Takapō One of the world’s most famous Victorian telescopes will be restored and available for public viewing in Takapō (Lake Tekapo) after spending five decades in storage. Once restored, the ... More >>

Wet gives way to fine

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 12:42 pm | MetService

Weather over New Zealand is expected to become settled over most of the country as we head towards the weekend. The sun has already broken through for many in the South Island, though some scattered showers are expected about the hills and ranges north ... More >>

Sharing the risks of sea-level rise fairly

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 12:22 pm | Deep South National Science Challenge

Facing the faraway threat of sea-level rise, responses range from, “Your place, your problem!”, to “Don’t worry, the government will take care of it.” But unless we consider the issue and respond ethically, it’s very likely that the risks ... More >>

Mātauranga Māori and emerging science to the fore

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 3:59 pm | Matauranga Maori

Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) and emerging science is at the forefront of next month’s New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society (NZFSS) annual conference, to be held in Nelson from 10-14 December. More >>

NZ scientists contribute to new global earthquake model

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 9:38 am | GNS Science

A group of international scientists, including researchers from GNS Science, has produced a new global earthquake hazard map and, for the first time, accompanying risk maps. The maps and associated software will set a new benchmark for developing ... More >>

Are Genes Pseudo-Science Driven by Plutocrats?

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 1:10 pm | David Swanson

Are Genes Pseudo-Science Driven by Racist Patriarchal Plutocrats? By David Swanson More >>

Leader of World’s Best Agri-Food University Visiting NZ

Monday, 3 December 2018, 12:48 pm | Riddet Institute

The Riddet Institute is proud to host the President of the World’s leading Agri-Food University Professor Louise O. Fresco, who is visiting New Zealand next week. More >>

SMC Bulletin - Gene-editing claim concerns

Friday, 30 November 2018, 6:55 pm | Science Media Centre

Internationally, scientists and ethicists have expressed concerns after claims that researchers in China used CRISPR gene editing in human embryos that resulted in live births. More >>

LAWA Response to comments made by Dr Mike Joy

Friday, 30 November 2018, 1:42 pm | LAWA

Partners of New Zealand’s official environmental data website Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) reject comments made by Victoria University IGPS Senior Researcher Dr Mike Joy about the character of the LAWA project, as part of a wider interview ... More >>

Celebrity foodie crusading for health of NZ soils

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 7:32 pm | Society of Soil Science

Good food begins with good soils, and that’s why celebrity Kiwi cook Annabel Langbein is on a mission to preserve the quality of New Zealand soils for future generations. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch 29/11/18

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 5:28 pm | NIWA

Across the North Island, soil moisture levels improved dramatically during the past week due to significant rainfall. While large improvements were observed nearly everywhere, the most notable increases occurred in Wairarapa, where soils went from much drier ... More >>

Strong northeasterlies and periods of rain this weekend

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 2:08 pm | MetService

MetService meteorologists say the broad low which delivered severe weather to New South Wales earlier this week is now moving eastwards over the Tasman Sea. More >>

Forest indicators warn of a challenging 2019

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 11:42 am | Forest Lifeforce

Drought, fires and difficult days for stock may be at hand if traditional Māori botanical indicators are to be believed. Ti kauka, or cabbage trees, in the Maungataniwha Native Forest in inland Hawke’s Bay are among several species to be flowering unusually ... More >>

New biological control for kiwifruit disease

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 11:15 am | Plant and Food Research

Kiwifruit growers can now access a new tool to help them combat the bacterial disease Psa – the biocontrol product AureoGold™. More >>

Plant & Food Research to welcome its 300th summer student

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 10:02 am | Plant and Food Research

The Plant & Food Research Summer Studentship Programme began in the summer of 2008/2009 immediately after the Crown Research Institute was established. This year, 28 students will take part in the programme, bringing the total number of studentships to 328 ... More >>

Scientists confirm former site of Pink and White Terraces

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 9:35 am | NIWA

The diary and hand-drawn maps of a nineteenth century geologist has enabled NIWA scientists to confirm the former site of the iconic Pink and White Terraces at Lake Rotomahana. More >>

Stress is a significant issue affecting the Hurunui district

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 12:21 pm | National Science Challenges

Research is currently underway in North Canterbury’s Hurunui district to understand how natural hazard events affect communities and people in this district. More >>

How to track foreign objects in food

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 5:46 pm | ESR

ESR food forensic scientists say they have a number of ways of working out whether an object found in food has been put there maliciously or accidentally. More >>

Camera trial to track seabird in Hauraki Gulf extended

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 1:39 pm | World Wildlife Fund

A collaboration between the fishing industry, government, iwi, and environmental groups – today announced that a trial using on-board cameras to monitor accidental capture of seabirds by fishers in the Hauraki Gulf would be extended for a third ... More >>

Geneious present at Antibody Engineering conference

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 11:15 am | Geneious Biologics

Geneious Biologics’ future role in next generation sequencing (NGS) presented at Antibody Engineering & Therapeutics conference More >>

Presenting a new resource to MPs

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 9:57 am | Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ

Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand (MCANZ) is presenting its latest resource to the 2 MPs most engaged in the Medical Cannabis debate, Chloe Swarbrick and Shane Reti, on Tuesday the 27th of November, at 935am in a meeting room in parliament house, ... More >>

Reports of a gene-edited baby in China - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 9:37 am | Science Media Centre

Chinese researchers have claimed to have used CRISPR gene editing in human embryos that have resulted in the birth of twin girls - one with the edited gene and one without. More >>

Kiwi eggs kept safe with back-up power

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 9:15 am | National Kiwi Hatchery

Precious kiwi eggs at the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa have a new battery to keep them safe in case of a power outage, thanks to a donation from Mercury. Mercury has donated a $40,000 battery and solar power package to the hatchery, which is based ... More >>

Commissioner congratulates funding for Science Challenges

Monday, 26 November 2018, 3:35 pm | Maori Climate Commissioner

The Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Awatere Huata, congratulates the successful funding of science projects for Deep South, Resilience and GNS. More >>

More wet weather

Monday, 26 November 2018, 1:00 pm | MetService

Spring continues to bring wet weather to many parts of the country this week, with MetService issuing Severe Weather Wanings and Watches for the lower North Island, and northeastern parts of the South Island for Monday and Tuesday. More >>

Global burden of neurological disease - Expert Q&A

Monday, 26 November 2018, 12:09 pm | Science Media Centre

New research shows neurological disorders like motor neuron, stroke, and Parkinson's are the leading cause of disability worldwide. International and local neurology experts will gather in Auckland this week for a summit on brain health to discuss ... More >>

Unfrozen funds for Antarctica

Monday, 26 November 2018, 11:05 am | Antarctica New Zealand

Antarctica New Zealand is delighted to be named as host of the new Antarctic Science Platform. More >>

Science Deadline

Friday, 23 November 2018, 2:59 pm | Science Media Centre

Science Deadline: Biosecurity funding boost, Mars landing site chosen and our first 2019 SAVVY More >>

Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari back on track

Thursday, 22 November 2018, 2:57 pm | Environmental Defence Society

The Ministers of Conservation and Fisheries today announced their intention to establish a Ministerial Advisory Committee, early next year, to assist with the implementation of the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari marine spatial plan. More >>

Celebrating 60 Years of Surveyors in Antarctica

Thursday, 22 November 2018, 2:43 pm | Joint Press Release

For 60 years New Zealand years surveyors have been continually involved in the Antarctic. This week, Survey and Spatial NZ and the Antarctic Society have joined together for a 60 year celebration running from the first Government Surveying and Geological ... More >>

Will it rain on my Parade?

Thursday, 22 November 2018, 12:56 pm | MetService

MetService is advising that the low that has caused plenty of wet weather across New Zealand this week, moves away to the east today. More >>

Energizing heat for smart appliances

Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 1:44 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Scientists are getting closer to designing thermoelectric materials that efficiently harvest heat from the surrounding environment and convert it into electricity to power various devices and appliances, according to a review of the latest research ... More >>

Research For Life recognises Professor Brett Delahunt

Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 12:47 pm | Research for Life

Research for Life has recognised the contribution Professor Brett Delahunt ONZM FRSNZ has made to medical research by awarding him Honorary Life Membership and presenting him with a medal at its Annual General Meeting, held in Wellington on Monday, 19 ... More >>

Update on El Niño

Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 11:02 am | NIWA

An abnormal El Niño weather event is looking likely for New Zealand over summer, according to NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll. More >>

Funding boost for kauri dieback - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 4:02 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government has today announced a funding increase of $13.75 million over three years for research to combat the spread of kauri dieback and myrtle rust. More >>

New Hope for Kauri Dieback Research Programme

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 3:29 pm | The Tree Council Inc

The Tree Council, Waitakere Ranges Protection Society and Friends of Regional Parks welcome the announcement by Minister Megan Woods that the research programme for kauri dieback will now be managed by the Strategic Science Investment Fund via the ... More >>

Kiwi innovation pinpoints the new kilo

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 3:02 pm | Measurement Standards Laboratory

It’s official, the international science community has voted to change the way weight, electric current, temperature and substance amounts are defined. Instead of comparing masses with a lump of metal kept in a vault in Paris, scientists will ... More >>

Kauri dieback and myrtle rust research to be accelerated

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 2:54 pm | Biological Heritage National Science Challenge

The New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge is focused on making significant and rapid progress in the fight against myrtle rust and kauri dieback following new government investment announced today. More >>

Mars 2020 landing site - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 2:04 pm | Science Media Centre

NASA has announced the landing site for its Mars 2020 rover, which is due to touch down in February 2021 in a mission to search for signs of ancient life. A giant impact basin known as the Jezero Crater was the winning site from four final contenders ... More >>

The challenge of reducing health inequities

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 10:24 am | Healthier Lives National Science Challenge

The Healthier Lives – He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge welcomes the announcement from the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation Hon Megan Woods, which confirms funding for its 2019-2024 research strategy. More >>

Funding Success To Ensure Delivery Of Housing For All NZers

Monday, 19 November 2018, 4:42 pm | National Science Challenges

For the next five years, Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities (BBHTC) National Science Challenge will continue to execute world-class research to solve the country’s housing crisis. More >>

Spread of Weather for New Zealand

Monday, 19 November 2018, 12:58 pm | MetService

Thunderstorms, hail, snow, rain and wind… Believe it or not, it’s spring! MetService are forecasting a large spread of weather across New Zealand this week, the result of a complex low-pressure system that has spread over the country. More >>

Significant Weather Ahead for New Zealand

Monday, 19 November 2018, 9:04 am | MetService

Following a mild week of weather, with plenty of sun about, this weekend has seen the skies greying over and rain spreading across the country. More >>

Resilience Challenge to receive $40M

Saturday, 17 November 2018, 11:16 am | National Science Challenges

Resilience Challenge to receive $40M for a further five years of research Crucial research to help New Zealanders bounce back from natural disasters will continue, as Resilience to Nature’s Challenges celebrates a grant of $40M for a further five ... More >>

SMC Bulletin - Polar ice sheets under 1.5C

Friday, 16 November 2018, 7:20 pm | Science Media Centre

Under the Paris Agreement, nations agreed to limit global warming to less than 2C above pre-industrial levels, but even that might not be enough to stop the collapse of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. More >>

Antibiotic resistant organisms on the increase

Friday, 16 November 2018, 11:14 am | Institute of Environmental Science And Research

ESR’s Antibiotic Reference Laboratory is responsible for national surveillance of antimicrobial resistance among human pathogens, on behalf of the Ministry of Health. More >>

Yellow-eyed penguin nests down 12%

Friday, 16 November 2018, 10:35 am | Forest And Bird

The ongoing decline in yellow-eyed penguin nests on mainland New Zealand is cause for alarm and demands unequivocal action from the government and the fishing industry, says Forest & Bird. More >>

Otago scientists’ contributions recognised nationally

Friday, 16 November 2018, 10:13 am | University of Otago

Three University of Otago scientists have been recognised for their significant contributions to New Zealand’s science community with awards from the New Zealand Association of Scientists. More >>

University of Auckland scientists honoured

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 7:34 pm | University of Auckland

Two leading scientists from the University of Auckland have been honoured in this year’s New Zealand Association of Scientists awards. More >>

Shared science MOU to benefit the Waikato region

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 1:58 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research and Waikato Regional Council will be working closer together on science programmes in the future. More >>

Introducing the NZ-VR Project

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 12:26 pm | New Zealand Geographic

Introducing the NZ-VR Project Today, a virtually real experience of New Zealand’s wild places is available to every New Zealander on their smartphone, desktop computer or headset. More >>

Warm weather won't last

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 12:11 pm | MetService

This weekend marks a turning point from the warm, settled weather that New Zealand has enjoyed for the last few days to a changeable, and even stormy regime. More >>

NZ research set to impact international opioid crisis

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 11:48 am | Medicines New Zealand

Ground breaking research that looks at a novel technique for pain management is set to influence the global opioid addiction crisis. More >>

Bioengineers tackle underwater fouling in new way

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 4:24 pm | University of Auckland

University of Auckland bioengineers have developed an innovative way to get rid of the underwater biofouling that creates such a headache for marinas, boaties and aqua farmers. Electroclear, a new spin-out company based at Auckland Bioengineering ... More >>

Launch of the Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 1:26 pm | Pacific Community - SPC

The Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership Programme has been designed to address some of the most serious challenges faced by the Pacific Islands region. Among these are the increasing depletion of coastal fisheries resources; the threats to marine ... More >>

ESR ups its reporting on Meningococcal disease

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 10:04 am | ESR

The increasing number of cases of Group W Meningococcal disease (MenW) has prompted ESR to increase its reporting on the disease to the Ministry of Health. More >>

Kahurangi gets takahē tick with first eggs found

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 1:24 pm | Department of Conservation

The pitter patter of little takahē feet is on the cards at Kahurangi National Park after the first eggs of the new wild population have been found. Takahē trio Te Uatorikiriki, Rerehu and Pipper have successfully laid three eggs in one nest at ... More >>

Urgent need to find antibiotic alternatives

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 1:09 pm | ESR

ESR scientists say there is an urgent need to develop alternatives to conventional antibiotics for use in the treatment of both humans and food-producing animals. More >>