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Separating greenhouse gases in climate policy -Experts React

Tuesday, 26 March 2019, 3:09 pm | Science Media Centre

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) has proposed the Government treat agricultural greenhouse gases differently to fossil fuel emissions in climate policy. More >>

Freshwater fish swim their all for science

Tuesday, 26 March 2019, 2:39 pm | NIWA

In a secret training location on the outskirts of Hamilton, a squad of whitebait is being put through its paces by fish scientists. More >>

Canterbury researcher’s liquefaction work wins top US award

Tuesday, 26 March 2019, 12:50 pm | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury engineer’s work on liquefaction-induced land damage following the Canterbury earthquakes has been awarded a prestigious international engineering award. More >>

Heavy rain about the Alps and and eastern headwaters

Monday, 25 March 2019, 12:05 pm | MetService

On Monday and Tuesday significant amounts of rain are forecast for the west of the South Island, including the headwaters of the Canterbury and Otago Lakes and Rivers. MetService Meteorologist Andy Best comments, “An exceptional amount of rain is ... More >>

Science Deadline: This Week in Sci-Tech

Friday, 22 March 2019, 3:38 pm | Science Media Centre

On Thursday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced new legislation would be passed under urgency, banning all military style semi-automatics and assault rifles. More >>

Professor honoured for science communication

Friday, 22 March 2019, 10:01 am | Bio-Protection Research Centre

Professor Steve Wratten, a Principal Investigator at the Bio-Protection Research Centre and Professor of Ecology at Lincoln University, has won the John Taylor Award for leadership in horticulture. The award from the Canterbury Horticultural Society ... More >>

NZ's Smallest Bird Brought Back to Wellington City

Friday, 22 March 2019, 9:53 am | Zealandia

Wellington, NZ - New Zealand's smallest bird has flown into Wellington City. ZEALANDIA has translocated a total of 59 tītipounamu (rifleman) into the ecosanctuary from Wainuiomata Mainland Island. More >>

Settled Weekend but Change is Coming

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 12:44 pm | MetService

As a high pressure is dominating the weather over New Zealand, MetService are forecasting more settled and warm weather for the coming weekend. More >>

UPDATED: Christchurch attacks: gun control - Expert Reaction

Monday, 18 March 2019, 4:57 pm | Science Media Centre

"All firearms are a risk, but some are a much greater risk than others. It’s absolutely not about banning guns – it’s about banning that high-risk gun. More >>

Warm, mild conditions continue this week, with little rain

Monday, 18 March 2019, 12:09 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting a settled week ahead. MetService Meteorologist Andy Best comments, “Our weather patterns this coming week are dominated by a broad ridge of high pressure which extends over the central and northern New Zealand. Mild weather ... More >>

Glow-in-the-dark zebrafish overturn 100-year medical theory

Saturday, 16 March 2019, 1:46 pm | University of Auckland

Glow-in-the-dark zebrafish in a University of Auckland lab are overturning 100 years of medical thought about a vital bodily system, opening the door to future possible therapies for a painful chronic disorder, and to a better understanding of how cancer ... More >>

Christchurch mosque attacks - Expert Reaction

Friday, 15 March 2019, 5:22 pm | Science Media Centre

People in central Christchurch have been urged to stay indoors, with all schools, Christchurch Hospital and the University of Canterbury on lockdown. Multiple roads have been closed and police say the "risk environment remains extremely high". More >>

Reassessment of plant growth regulator Meteor

Friday, 15 March 2019, 11:37 am | Environmental Protection Authority

Public submissions are open on an application to reassess restrictions on the use of Meteor, a substance used to thin pip fruit. More >>

Smoking in pregnancy affects height and wieght of daughters

Friday, 15 March 2019, 8:53 am | Liggins Institute

Fri 15 March NZT: A new international Liggins Institute-led study highlights another reason for women to avoid tobacco during pregnancy: it heightens the chances of their daughters growing up short, as well as their chances of developing obesity in adulthood. More >>

Settled and warm in the north, some rain in the south

Thursday, 14 March 2019, 1:00 pm | MetService

MetService forecast high pressure over much of the country this weekend, bringing warm and humid air over the North Island. Parts of the South Island are set to get a welcome dose of rainfall on Friday and Saturday, with a heavy rain warning in place ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 14 March 2019, 9:58 am | NIWA

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. More >>

NZ suspends Boeing 737 MAX – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 13 March 2019, 3:52 pm | Science Media Centre

The Civil Aviation Authority has temporarily suspended Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from travelling in and out of New Zealand. More >>

Young physicist third student to become Future Scientist

Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 5:47 pm | PM's Science Prizes

Young physicist third Onslow College student to become the PMs Future Scientist More >>

Teacher bases winning ways on developing curious minds

Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 5:46 pm | PM's Science Prizes

A Wellington primary school teacher, who has won the 2018 Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize, says igniting students’ natural curiosity and inspiring them to constantly question events around them is key to their life-long learning success. More >>

Urgency sparks action for PMs Science Communication winner

Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 5:45 pm | PM's Science Prizes

Urgency sparks action for Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize Winner More >>

Winning researcher brings hope for those with gut issues

Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 5:43 pm | PM's Science Prizes

An Auckland researcher, who is leading the world with his development of devices that help in the fast, reliable diagnosis and treatment of gut problems, has won the Prime Minister’s 2018 MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize. More >>

Crime-busting software wins top science prize

Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 5:42 pm | PM's Science Prizes

Software developed in New Zealand that has contributed to identifying suspects in tens of thousands of criminal cases around the world has won the 2018 Prime Minister’s $500,000 Science Prize. More >>

Student-led climate strikes - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 4:25 pm | Science Media Centre

School Strike 4 Climate Action NZ stems from international youth movements to protest against climate change, initially led by 15-year-old Greta Thunberg who started protesting outside the Swedish parliament last August. More >>

Exploring nutrition’s role in mental health – UC public talk

Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 9:56 am | University of Canterbury

In recent decades, scientists discovered an uncomfortable truth: What we eat affects our mental health. More >>

Standardisation for Oral Fluid Drug Testing

Monday, 11 March 2019, 9:08 pm | The Drug Detection Agency

Australia and New Zealand Receive Standardisation for Oral Fluid Drug Testing • Standard adds process and technology guidelines for workplace testing AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND – 11 March 2019 – The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA) welcomes the new ... More >>

A Country of Three Thirds

Monday, 11 March 2019, 1:04 pm | MetService

Summer has largely passed, and so are the notions for dry, hot weather. However, while MetService is forecasting a week of typical kiwi weather for many, the settled weather manages to hang on for the upper North Island. More >>

New online tool to help dairy farmers identify M.bovis risk

Monday, 11 March 2019, 11:39 am | New Zealand Veterinary Association

A new cost-effective tool for dairy farmers aims to help in New Zealand’s quest to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis. More >>

Laughing gas no laughing matter

Monday, 11 March 2019, 11:19 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council continues to work with the farming community, industry and other stakeholders to provide advice on sustainable agriculture practices to decrease the impact of ‘greenhouse gases’. More >>

Right food at the right time is key to restoring gut health

Monday, 11 March 2019, 9:19 am | Plant And Food Research

Eating right is a strategy to control the harmful effects of poor sleep, a common problem in modern society. Fibre-rich foods consumed at the right time may help restore our body clocks by improving our gut microbial balance. More >>

Rats just kept on coming

Monday, 11 March 2019, 8:50 am | University of Auckland

Introduced rats have thrived since being introduced into New Zealand but a new study shows they not only spread rapidly through population growth, new arrivals kept jumping ship well into the 20th Century. Using population genetics to trace the genealogical ... More >>

NZ an ‘innovation lab’ for climate change

Friday, 8 March 2019, 1:53 pm | NZ Planning Institute

New Zealand an ‘innovation lab’ for climate change – international planning expert New Zealand has the opportunity to be a climate change “innovation lab” for the rest of the world, according to international planning expert and former ... More >>

A welcome period of rain for most of New Zealand

Thursday, 7 March 2019, 12:58 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting an active front currently over the Tasman Sea to sweep up the South Island today, then move across the North Island during Friday. The front is expected to bring a period of rain to most of New Zealand, including some areas ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch 6/3/2019

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 1:43 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 >>

Unisys Stealth 4.0 Security Software

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 1:32 pm | Unisys

Unisys Announces Availability of Unisys Stealth® 4.0 Security Software, the First Product with Dynamic Isolation™ Capabilities to Quickly Isolate Users and Devices at the First Sign of Trouble More >>

Scientists say practise and record your tsunami hīkoi

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 1:15 pm | GNS Science

Scientists and researchers are encouraging Napier communities to help improve tsunami evacuation planning in their area by practising their tsunami hīkoi and recording their routes and times on a free app. More >>

New Zealand Agricultural Climate Change Conference

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 4:56 pm | Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre

New Zealand’s most important agricultural conference on climate change for two years will be held in Palmerston North on April 8-9. It will bring together scientists, government policy advisors, farmers and industry leaders to discuss the theme of ... More >>

Web Standard for Secure, Passwordless Logins Finalised

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 1:50 pm | Yubico

Major browsers and platforms have built-in support for new web standard for easy and secure logins via biometrics, mobile devices and FIDO security keys More >>

Third warmest summer on record - NIWA

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 12:49 pm | NIWA

New Zealand has just experienced its third warmest summer on record, according to official NIWA climate figures. More >>

Sleep health Foundation asks “Are you getting enough?”

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 11:23 am | Sleep Health Foundation

A slew of tweets claiming an almost god-like ability to exist successfully with few hours (or almost no) sleep at all, clearly set the USA’s 45th President, Donald J Trump, galaxies apart from we mere mortals. More >>

Marine heatwaves threaten global biodiversity

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 9:58 am | University of Canterbury

Extreme weather events occur in the oceans as well as the atmosphere. Marine heatwaves – periods of unusually high temperatures – are increasing in frequency, with 54% more heatwave days per year from 1987–2016 than from 1925–1954, yet their ... More >>

Warm Week Ahead

Monday, 4 March 2019, 11:53 am | MetService

MetService are forecasting a mild week ahead, with warm temperatures forecast across Aotearoa. This stands to contrast with what has been a cooler week last week following a bout of southerlies. More >>

International weather and climate experts gather in Wgtn

Friday, 1 March 2019, 1:43 pm | NIWA

Weather and climate experts from around the world are meeting in Wellington next week to discuss the successes of a global scientific model focused on improving the accuracy and reliability of weather and climate forecasting. More >>

Chemical time capsules from Captain Cook's voyage

Friday, 1 March 2019, 11:50 am | Plant and Food Research

Robust oil gland linings in historical mānuka samples collected during one of Captain James Cook’s voyages serve as “chemical time capsules”, linking them to modern mānuka varieties, a Plant & Food Research study has found. More >>

Scientists urge countries to protect peatlands

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 4:35 pm | CIFOR

Scientists urge countries to protect peatlands in fight against climate change More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 4:02 pm | NIWA

NIWA's Hotspot Watch 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 ... More >>

A dry run into Autumn

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 1:49 pm | MetService

Metservice is forecasting a dry first weekend of Autumn for most New Zealanders as a ridge of high pressure builds over the country during Friday and persists well into next week. More >>

Seasonal climate outlook - March – May 2019

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 1:33 pm | NIWA

• A central Pacific El Niño is now occurring as the ocean and atmosphere have been weakly coupled for a third consecutive month. Traditionally, this occurs farther east toward South America and during the early summer season. More >>

ESR hunting down new psychoactive substances

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 10:56 am | ESR

ESR’s tracking of illicit drugs coming into the country is continuing to turn up a large and varied number of new psychoactive substances. More >>

New Zealand urgently needs a biotech strategy

Wednesday, 27 February 2019, 7:51 pm | Make Lemonade

New Zealand urgently needs a biotech strategy February 27, 2019 New Zealand urgently needs a biotech strategy because it is critical to the future of the country’s economy, BiotechNZ executive director Zahra Champion says. The global biotechnology ... More >>

New Tasman bush fire - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 27 February 2019, 3:45 pm | Science Media Centre

A new bush fire has broken out near Nelson , as warm and extremely dry conditions persist in the region. Police have told residents living on a stretch of Moutere Highway to evacuate and the following up with evacuation patrols. Today was the day ... More >>

Smarter urea means farmers can buy less nitrogen

Wednesday, 27 February 2019, 2:09 pm | Ravensdown

Choosing products coated with a special urease inhibitor is one way for farmers to reduce the total amount of purchased nitrogen needed on farm. More >>

The cold start to the week continues

Monday, 25 February 2019, 1:24 pm | MetService

Brisk cold southerly air has blanketed the country, bringing down average day time temperatures for many towns around New Zealand today. Towns and cities across New Zealand have seen day time highs tumble. More >>

Auckland Parkinson’s research receives grant

Monday, 25 February 2019, 9:25 am | University of Auckland

Embargoed until 5am Monday 25 February 2019 NZT: Liggins Institute researchers will use a $226,000 grant from two major US-based foundations to investigate the genetics of Parkinson’s disease from an unusual and promising angle. More >>

Mixed results for sea lion breeding season

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 2:14 pm | Department of Conservation

A count of rāpoka/New Zealand Sea Lion pups born in the subantarctic islands this breeding season has shown mixed results for the species, the Department of Conservation, (DOC) says. More >>

Wind, rain and falling temperatures this weekend

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 1:43 pm | MetService

Despite Tropical Cyclone Oma remaining in the Coral Sea, MetService are monitoring the potential for severe weather which is expected to impact many parts of New Zealand during the next few days. More >>

Fruit fly detections in Auckland - Expert Q&A

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 9:43 am | Science Media Centre

Two different species of exotic fruit flies have been found in Auckland in the past week . Both pose a risk to New Zealand's horticulture industry and the threat is unlikely to disappear. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 2:24 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 >>

Regenerative farming better for NZ than GM

Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 2:00 pm | GE Free NZ

20/02/2019 Regenerative farming better for NZ than GM in agriculture and environment. The Minister for the Environment is leading the way for New Zealand to be at the fore front of sustainable policies that will buffer the extremes of climate and soil ... More >>

Killer footage confirms toothfish on the menu

Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 9:23 am | Antarctica New Zealand

Antarctic scientist Dr Regina Eisert has captured extraordinary video footage of her close encounter with a killer whale on the edge of the sea ice. The encounter happened last week in the final few hours of Dr Eisert’s research for this season ... More >>

Review finds NZ world leader in reducing livestock emissions

Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 3:21 pm | Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre

Review finds New Zealand world leader in the field of reducing methane emissions from livestock More >>