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February 2017 Climate Summary

Friday, 3 March 2017, 5:07 pm | NIWA

Rainfall for February was above normal (120 to 149% of normal) or well above normal (>149% of normal) for central and southeastern parts of the North Island, as well in the Far North. The rest of the North Island experienced mostly near normal (80 ... More >>

Summer 2016-17: cool for most but dry in the north and east

Friday, 3 March 2017, 4:59 pm | NIWA

Temperature Summer temperatures were below average (-0.51°C to -1.20°C) or well below average ( Rainfall Rainfall was below normal (50-79%) in many northern and eastern areas of the North Island and South Island. It was a particularly dry summer ... More >>

Sigmoidoscopy test greatly reduces risk of bowel cancer

Friday, 3 March 2017, 2:55 pm | University of Otago

A world expert in cancer screening based at the University of Otago says new evidence from the United Kingdom strongly supports the introduction of flexible sigmoidoscopy screening for bowel cancer in New Zealand rather than the currently planned screening ... More >>

Showcase of creativity and technology

Friday, 3 March 2017, 12:42 pm | Show Me Wellington

Wellington’s biggest business events tradeshow Show Me Wellington is getting even bigger, with over 100 exhibitors now confirmed for this year’s event. More >>

Mimicking evolution to treat cancer

Friday, 3 March 2017, 10:18 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Artificial forms of evolution are being used by a Victoria University of Wellington scientist to improve the ability of microbes to attack tumours. Research led by Associate Professor David Ackerley, director of Victoria’s Biotechnology programme, has underpinned ... More >>

Treatments better than antibiotics need developing “now”

Friday, 3 March 2017, 9:44 am | University of Otago

New Zealanders should not be complacent because we have fewer antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens than elsewhere in the world, a University of Otago expert says. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch, 2 March 2017

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 4:45 pm | NIWA

Pictured above: Soil Moisture Anomaly Maps, relative to this time of year. The maps show soil moisture anomaly for the past two weeks. More >>

Otago researchers receive new joint research funding

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 2:50 pm | University of Otago

Researchers from University of Otago are among the first recipients of two new grants from PHARMAC and the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC). More >>

The battle between the Ridge and the Trough

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 2:42 pm | MetService

“Beach goers and barbecue lovers have been enjoying the ridge of high pressure sitting over central New Zealand of late,” said MetService Meteorologist Lisa Murray. “As we head into the weekend the weather map is changing as a trough pattern pushes ... More >>

New research may help protect, save Maui & Hector's dolphins

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 11:33 am | Maui and Hector's Dolphin Defenders

A pioneering scientific study currently underway has proven new thermal detection technology could be used to help protect and save Maui and Hector’s dolphins. Initial survey results suggest the technology and technique could be deployed to provide ... More >>

New temperature extremes for Antarctica

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 10:16 am | Victoria University of Wellington

A Victoria University of Wellington scientist is part of an international group of experts who have identified the highest temperatures ever recorded in Antarctica. More >>

NIWA Outlook: March – May 2017

Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 4:40 pm | NIWA

The tropical Pacific is currently in an ENSO (El Niño – Southern Oscillation) neutral state (neither El Niño nor La Niña). Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the central Equatorial Pacific Ocean are near average. However, during February, ... More >>

March 2017 – A drier than usual March for many of us

Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 1:31 pm | MetService

February was a month of two halves, with the incumbant westerly winds being replaced mid-month by High pressure over the South Island. This resulted in an abrupt change from wet and windy weather in western regions of both Islands, to sunshine and drier ... More >>

Dog squad finds conservation islands clear of pests

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 4:40 pm | Department of Conservation

Two of Wellington’s predator-free islands have been combed by Conservation Dogs and given a clean bill of health by the Department of Conservation after biosecurity scares over the summer. More >>

Otago discovery sheds new light on several disease processes

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 11:09 am | University of Otago

New light on a key factor involved in diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, gastric cancer and melanoma has been cast through latest University of Otago research carried out in collaboration with Australian scientists. More >>

SpaceX to Send Privately Crewed Spacecraft Beyond the Moon

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 10:57 am | SpaceX

We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission. Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will ... More >>

Wellington's summer was bad, but not as bad as you think

Monday, 27 February 2017, 3:05 pm | NIWA

Wellington's summer was bad, but not as bad as you think - honest Summer officially ends tomorrow but for Wellingtonians it feels like it’s only just getting started. NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll explains what went wrong. More >>

Toxic algal blooms in NZ - Expert Q&A

Monday, 27 February 2017, 12:45 pm | Science Media Centre

Last week, the New Zealand Government announced its intention to make 90 per cent of NZ's waterways 'swimmable' by 2040. More >>

NZ Hi-Tech Awards - Entries close in 7 days

Monday, 27 February 2017, 11:46 am | NZ Hi-Tech Awards

Just a reminder that it's 7 days until entries close for this year's Hi-Tech Awards. It's not too late to pull your entry together: check out our categories here . More >>

Massive mudslides in Kaikōura Canyon destroy seabed life

Monday, 27 February 2017, 9:59 am | NIWA

Huge mudslides from November’s earthquakes have wiped out all organisms living in the seabed of the Kaikōura Canyon. More >>

Cawthron innovation impresses esteemed guests

Friday, 24 February 2017, 5:38 pm | Cawthron Institute

New Zealand Governor-General The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne immersed themselves in the wonderful world of science at the Cawthron Institute yesterday afternoon. More >>

Minister muddying waters with accusations of “junk science”

Friday, 24 February 2017, 4:25 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird says that Environment Minister Nick Smith’s claim that criticism of the government’s proposed swimming standard is based on “junk science”, doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. More >>

Swimmable target for 2040

Friday, 24 February 2017, 3:25 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government plans to ensure 90 per cent of New Zealand rivers, streams and lates are "swimmable" by 2040. More >>

Student awarded internship with MX3D

Friday, 24 February 2017, 11:29 am | University of Auckland

Using robots to build a bridge over a canal in Europe might sound like a scene from a science fiction story, but it will soon be reality for one young architectural graduate from the University of Auckland. More >>

Android ransomware requires victim to say unlock code

Friday, 24 February 2017, 9:58 am | Symantec

Latest Android.Lockdroid.E variant uses speech recognition instead of typing for unlock code input. More >>

Ancient penguins lived alongside dinosaurs?

Friday, 24 February 2017, 9:42 am | Canterbury Museum

Artist’s impression of a group of Waimanu penguins on a beach in Paleocene Canterbury. Credit: Chris Gaskin, Geology Museum, University of Otago. More >>

New Zealand freshwater quality reforms moving forward

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 5:25 pm | Cawthron Institute

Cawthron Institute welcomes the Government’s announcement of the latest round of freshwater reforms. The Government is proposing greater transparency regarding which lakes and rivers are swimmable and this will vary across seasons and places. More >>

UC marine scientist named NZ's first Pew Conservation Fellow

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 4:40 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury Antarctic marine scientist Dr Regina Eisert has been recognised for her work protecting the world’s oceans with a prestigious Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship. More >>

Te Papa’s fish and spirit collections closed for quake work

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 2:44 pm | Te Papa

The National Fish Collection and the natural history spirit collections held by Te Papa at its Tory Street research facility have been closed temporarily while the building undergoes earthquake strengthening. More >>

NZ’s first ‘beyond line of sight’ drone flight

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 1:44 pm | Transpower

Transpower today announced it will conduct New Zealand’s first ‘beyond line of sight’ flight using a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS or drone). Transpower will be the only NZ organisation to have undertaken this type of flight. More >>

Most Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:35 am | NASA

This illustration shows the possible surface of TRAPPIST-1f, one of the newly discovered planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. Scientists using the Spitzer Space Telescope and ground-based telescopes have discovered that there are seven Earth-size planets in ... More >>

AI set to massively impact NZ

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:25 am | NZTech

New Zealand needs to seriously and swiftly embrace artificial intelligence (AI) as an extraordinary opportunity and challenge for the country’s future, a new body, the AI Forum says. More >>

World-leading climate change research at Bream Bay

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:09 am | NIWA

The effects of climate change on fish are being studied in a world-first trial at NIWA’s Bream Bay marine science centre. More >>

UC planet hunters search the galaxy’s centre

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:06 am | University of Canterbury

With the help of international researchers and three identical telescopes in Chile, Australia and South Africa, the UC Physics and Astronomy team is helping answer some of the great unknowns about the planets in our galaxy. More >>

UC academic to write Global Warming Special Report for UN

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 2:58 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury (UC) Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward is the only New Zealander among the world experts appointed by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC) to prepare the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C. More >>

World first initiative to power energy innovation

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 2:28 pm | Joint Media Statement

A groundbreaking collaboration between Simply Group, Counties Power, Callaghan Innovation, and Creative HQ will unlock half-hour electricity data for the first time, to promote research and innovation. More >>

NZDF Surveys Kaikoura's Sea Floor

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 12:07 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has sent eight hydrographers to Kaikoura to survey its sea floor and map the shifts caused by last November’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Lieutenant Commander Philip Davies, who leads the Military Hydrographic ... More >>

Launch Of Pega Self-Service Advisor

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 11:49 am | Pegasystems

First AI-powered capability to sense customer intent and deliver tailored customer service to existing web and mobile channels More >>

Brain health team visits Hawkes Bay

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 10:44 am | University of Auckland

Brain health research will be the focus of a display at this week’s Te Matatini Kapa Haka festival in Hawkes Bay. More >>

UC physicists take a (nano)chip off the old block

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 10:09 am | University of Canterbury

Computer components can’t just keep getting smaller forever. So how does the computer then continue to become faster, lighter and more energy efficient? A team of University of Canterbury physicists think they have the answer – in the human brain. More >>

How well are we recovering?

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 10:44 am | AUT University

A look at work limitations four years after mild traumatic brain injury A new study from researchers at the Auckland University of Technology’s National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neuroscience has discovered a dramatic link between people ... More >>

Microsoft Hackathon Information Night THIS FRIDAY

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 9:30 am | BCC

Ranveer Chandra is the Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and will be coming to Palmerston North on Friday 24 February to talk about Microsoft's move into digital farming. He'll talk about what they've already discovered and what they see the future ... More >>

Cicadas agree: it’s summer

Monday, 20 February 2017, 1:08 pm | MetService

“I’m sitting in the MetService office in the Botanic Gardens, Wellington and can hear a chorus of cicadas which is the first time I have noticed them this loud all year,” said MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray. More >>

Māori and Pacific more vulnerable to pancreas diseases

Monday, 20 February 2017, 11:23 am | University of Auckland

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of acute pancreatitis in the world with Māori and Pacific people at more than double the risk of developing pancreatitis and post-pancreatitis diabetes than New Zealand Europeans. More >>

UC research targets dozens of incurable diseases

Monday, 20 February 2017, 10:56 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury researchers are working on a revolutionary drug-targeting system that could one day be used to treat a range of fatal, inherited diseases caused by genetic enzyme deficiencies. More >>

Adapting to New Zealand’s changing climate

Monday, 20 February 2017, 10:38 am | Victoria University of Wellington

A Victoria University of Wellington and University of Otago project has been awarded almost $400,000 in funding to investigate the impact of climate change on New Zealand’s frozen water resources. More >>

David Flacks chairs Upside Biotechnologies

Monday, 20 February 2017, 10:23 am | Upside Biotechnologies

Regenerative medicine company, Upside Biotechnologies , has appointed lawyer and experienced director David Flacks as Board chair. More >>

Climate change actions should be practical, research-based

Monday, 20 February 2017, 10:01 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers supports the need for action to address climate change but says New Zealand’s responses should be practical, cost-effective and based on sound research. More >>

ICT Hui brings Māori, local and global ICT talent together

Monday, 20 February 2017, 9:58 am | National Science Challenges

Some of Aotearoa’s leading Information and Communications Technology experts are being joined by expat Kiwi and top Google executive Craig Neville-Manning in Auckland today at a one day Hui. More >>

Fires ravage Port Hills

Friday, 17 February 2017, 3:29 pm | Science Media Centre

Firefighters have spent much of the week battling fires on Christchurch's Port Hills, which have forces families out of their homes. More >>

First Waikato Technology Showcase a huge success

Friday, 17 February 2017, 3:15 pm | HMC Communications

Waikato Innovation Park was buzzing yesterday with the region’s brightest minds and most innovative businesses at the first annual Waikato Technology Showcase, held to celebrate the launch of Cultivate IT – a new regional cluster group for information ... More >>

NZ to benefit from new science links to China

Friday, 17 February 2017, 1:21 pm | AgResearch

AgResearch intends to form a joint international research centre with China’s largest state–owned food company and largest university research department specialising in food science and nutrition. More >>

Deepwater Group welcomes Kermadec research

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 2:42 pm | Seafood New Zealand

The discoveries of new species made by NIWA on a 20-day scientific voyage to the remote Kermadec region have been welcomed by deep sea fishers, who encourage further scientific exploration of this vast untouched ocean northeast of New Zealand. George ... More >>

Unsettled weekend, and Daisy the cow will be happy.

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 2:32 pm | MetService

Good rainfalls are occurring over the top of the North Island bringing welcome relief to parched areas of Northland and Auckland, especially for farmers and those relying on tank water. Some of the drier areas over the east of the North Island should also ... More >>

It’s time to get tech-savvy with The Mind Lab by Unitec!

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 1:42 pm | Unitec

Auckland, New Zealand – 16 February 2017: Are you a parent or grandparent struggling to keep up with your kids when it comes to technology, or maybe an education professional looking to test out technologies set to transform the classroom? More >>

Bishop delighted at funding for young Hutt scientists

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 1:09 pm | New Zealand National Party

National MP Chris Bishop is delighted by today’s announcement of nearly $60,000 in funding for Hutt Valley projects from the 2017 Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund. More >>

Native forests absorbing more carbon dioxide

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 12:52 pm | NIWA

New Zealand’s forests and other land areas may be absorbing up to 60% more carbon dioxide than has been calculated, with much of this uptake likely occurring in native forests, NIWA scientists have discovered. More >>

New babybot takes on KiwiSaver

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 9:26 am | Commission for Financial Capability

It’s alive! Artificial intelligence is taking over conversations about KiwiSaver with the launch of a new chatbot. More >>

NZ needs to be alert as pest threat growing worldwide

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 9:22 am | Bio-protection

A biosecurity expert is sounding a warning for New Zealand to continue to be vigilant about guarding its borders, with new research showing pests are continuing to spread around the world. More >>

Highly flammable vegetation helps fuel Port Hills fires

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 3:58 pm | Science Media Centre

Firefighters have been battling fires on Christchurch's Port Hills since Monday evening. More >>