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Minister announces changes to science funding Bio Commerce Centre site announced Saving the Enderby Island cattle Open letter to Premier of Victoria GM wheat trials underway in Germany Bioethics Council releases report

Minister announces changes to science funding Research, Science and Technology Minister Pete Hodgson has announced changes to the science funding system that will provide more stable long-term funding to maintain key research capabilities."A ... More...

Bio Commerce Centre site announced A lease on the iconic 1926 "dairy factory building", the first research facility built in what's now the Fitzherbert Science Complex, was announced yesterday by centre Chairman Derek Walker. The c... More...

Saving the Enderby Island cattle What ever happened to the rarest cattle breed in the world - the seaweed eating Enderby Island cattle? Cast your mind back six years to May 1998, Philippa Stevenson writes in the New Zealand Heral... More...

Open letter to Premier of Victoria Dear Premier and Minister CameronThe announcement of a four-year moratorium on GM canola came as an unwelcome surprise to the majority of Victorian farmers.The success of Victoria's farm expor... More...

GM wheat trials underway in Germany Workers for Swiss seed company Syngenta on Tuesday planted genetically modified wheat on farmland in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt. It's the first-ever open air planting of its kin... More...

Bioethics Council releases report The President's Council on Bioethics released another report last week, recommending a ban on reproductive cloning and a restriction of the use of embryos past 10 to 14 days after fertilization.Th... More...

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I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>


Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>


Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

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Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>


Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>


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