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New Zealand Partnership Increases Geothermal Presence In Japan

Thursday, 21 April 2022, 3:48 pm | GNS Science

GNS Science and Geo40 have today announced a geothermal coalition which will see them establish a physical presence in Tokyo. The move to open an office in Japan demonstrates the strength of New Zealand’s expertise in the geothermal space, and ... More >>

A Plan To Save Nature Within 30 Years – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 21 April 2022, 3:47 pm | Science Media Centre

  Efforts to safeguard New Zealand’s native plants and wildlife are spelled out in a newly-launched government plan, including easing tourism impacts and more coordination and community-led activities. The Conservation Minister says 4000 species ... More >>

Ministry Releases Latest Guide For Organisations Measuring Emissions

Wednesday, 20 April 2022, 10:14 am | Ministry for the Environment

The Ministry for the Environment has issued an updated guide today for organisations to measure and report on emissions. New Zealand’s emissions reduction plan, to be released next month, will put Aotearoa on the pathway to meeting its 2050 targets. ... More >>

Warm And Wet Weather For Short Week Ahead

Tuesday, 19 April 2022, 11:20 am | MetService

A mature low pressure system to the west of the North Island drives a warm, moist airflow over the country for the next few days. MetService is forecasting either rain or showers to northern parts of the North Island today (Tuesday) and the west ... More >>

The State Of The Environment In Aotearoa – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 14 April 2022, 4:17 pm | Science Media Centre

  A triennial report on the state of the environment has changed the way it reports its findings, drawing more on mātauranga Māori and exploring the link between the environment and our wellbeing. This year’s Environment Aotearoa 2022 ... More >>

Enviro-report: NZ Needs Nature, But First Nature Needs Us

Thursday, 14 April 2022, 10:58 am | Forest and Bird

Today's Environment Aotearoa 2022 State of the Environment report shows that nature will help and protect New Zealand’s society and economy, but only if we do a lot more to protect nature first. "This report shows that nature is helping us in ... More >>

Latest State Of The Environment Report Released

Thursday, 14 April 2022, 10:51 am | Statistics New Zealand

A comprehensive assessment of New Zealand’s environment shows improvements in some areas, but continued reduction in many aspects of environmental quality, with consequences for human health and wellbeing, according to the state of the environment ... More >>

Understanding Why Our Giant Glaciers Disappeared In The Past Gives Clues To The Future

Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 4:01 pm | NIWA

An international team of climate scientists is working in North Canterbury to try to understand the reasons why giant glaciers disappeared thousands of years ago. Massive pre-historic glaciers once stood on the banks of Lake Tennyson, North Canterbury. ... More >>

Ruapehu Unrest Heightens - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 2:45 pm | Science Media Centre

  Mt Ruapehu’s crater lake is belching CO at the second highest level ever recorded at the site. GNS says the changes suggest magma may now be driving the unrest, increasing the chances of further volcanic activity – however an eruption ... More >>

Palaeontologists Find Mystery ‘Relic’ Bird Fossil At St Bathans

Monday, 11 April 2022, 1:10 pm | Canterbury Museum

An ancient bird recently discovered at New Zealand’s most significant fossil site for land-dwelling animals has scientists scratching their heads. The trans-Tasman team of researchers who described the bird, named Zealandornis relictus , say it ... More >>

New Research Centre Aims To Help Reduce Risk Of Covid-19 Transmission Indoors

Monday, 11 April 2022, 8:54 am | BRANZ

The newly established Indoor Air Quality Research Centre (IAQRC) brings together expertise from seven leading research organisations. It aims to increase public awareness of indoor pollutants, and related health outcomes, and to advocate for improved indoor ... More >>

Emergency Management Sector To Benefit From Researchers’ Natural Hazard Knowledge

Friday, 8 April 2022, 11:00 am | Earthquake Commission

Leading researchers will team up to share their knowledge on Aotearoa’s tsunami and earthquake risk with emergency management and response staff, hazard analysts and policy-makers through a smorgasbord of webinars. Funded by the Earthquake Commission ... More >>

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Dovi Urges Careful Planning For Future Extreme Events

Thursday, 7 April 2022, 10:49 am | CLIMsystems

On the weekend of 13th February, ex-tropical Cyclone Dovi swept across New Zealand from west to east. Most of the damage was caused by extreme wind speeds in regions of the North Island. Gusts reached up to 130 km/hr in Marlborough and 120 km/hr in ... More >>

Dr Tara McAllister, Freshwater Ecologist Winner Of The Prestigious “Zonta Science Award 2022”

Thursday, 7 April 2022, 9:43 am | Zonta Club of Wellington

The Zonta Club of Wellington congratulates Dr Tara McAllister, a freshwater ecologist, who is the winner of the 17th Biennial Zonta Science Award for an emerging scientist. Tara’s research provides a new focus on the global understanding of toxic blooms ... More >>

Real World Recognition For Research In Augmented Reality And Empathic Computing

Wednesday, 6 April 2022, 11:28 am | University of Auckland

Professor Mark Billingshurst of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) has been inducted into the SIGCHI Academy of the ACM SIGCHI, which he describes as being “the equivalent of being awarded an Oscar for research in human computer interfaces”. ... More >>

New Covid-19 Variant XE May Be More Transmissible – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 6 April 2022, 10:47 am | Science Media Centre

The World Health Organization is warning of a new Covid-19 variant that may be more transmissible than Omicron BA.2. XE is potentially 10 per cent more transmissible than BA.2, and was first detected in the UK in January. Director-General of Health ... More >>

March Climate Summary - Warm And Dry For Most

Tuesday, 5 April 2022, 3:23 pm | NIWA

Please find March's Climate Summary attached. - Much higher than average sea temperatures - Drier and warmer than normal, particularly for the South Island (leading to meteorological drought in some places) - Significant heavy rainfall event for the North Island in ... More >>

Storm Between The Calm

Monday, 4 April 2022, 1:47 pm | MetService

A high straddles this working week, with calm weather firmly resting over Aotearoa/New Zealand either side. What’s in between? A few days of wet and windy weather, with MetService forecasting a barrage of fronts to impart their influence. Last weekend ... More >>

GPS Project Reveals Travels Of North Island Kākā

Monday, 4 April 2022, 12:32 pm | Department of Conservation

Analysis of new data from birds fitted with transmitters has revealed North Island kākā flying long distances and even taking an avian ‘OE’. Kākā are a native parrot usually found in ancient forests. They have central North Island strongholds ... More >>

How Did Life On Earth Begin? University Of Auckland Scientist Will Test A Novel Theory

Monday, 4 April 2022, 10:20 am | University of Auckland

University of Auckland biophysicist Dr Peter Wills and colleagues have $2 million to test a theory on the origins of life on Earth. Nearly four billion years ago, Earth was wildly volcanic with an orange sky, green seas, and meteorites crashing ... More >>

NIWA-Nippon Foundation Tonga Eruption Seabed Mapping Project A "rare Opportunity" To Study Effects Of Tonga Eruption

Friday, 1 April 2022, 2:01 pm | NIWA

NIWA and The Nippon Foundation are undertaking a mission to discover the undersea impacts of the recent Tongan volcanic eruption. In a rare opportunity to improve understanding of the nature and impact of a major volcanic eruption, NIWA scientists ... More >>

Can We Have Our Fish And Eat It Too?

Thursday, 31 March 2022, 10:24 am | University of Auckland

Overfishing threatens a global catch that peaked in 1996 but perhaps a solution is possible. The world can protect biodiversity and threatened species and also catch enough fish for humans to eat if nations cooperate on where fishing takes place, ... More >>

Tree Planting Key To Controlling Hill Country Erosion

Thursday, 31 March 2022, 9:39 am | NZ Forest Service

The increasing frequency and severity of flooding events across the country is highlighting the critical importance of Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service’s erosion control initiatives. “Loss of productive land through erosion has a significant ... More >>

Somar Digital Achieves Amazon Web Services Partner Status

Wednesday, 30 March 2022, 2:35 pm | Somar Digital

Somar Digital, New Zealand’s leading Citizen Experience Technology company, is now an AWS Select Consulting Partner and AWS Public Sector Partner within the Amazon Web Services Partner Network. Based in Wellington, Somar Digital works with government, ... More >>

New Investigation Into Native Honey

Wednesday, 30 March 2022, 9:02 am | Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Research will be leading a national team of researchers looking at native honey composition and the characteristics that appeal most to consumers, thanks to new funding from the High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge. <img ... More >>

PF2050 Ltd Supporting Breakthrough Science For Predator Eradication

Wednesday, 30 March 2022, 6:54 am | Predator Free 2050

Predator Free 2050 Limited (PF2050 Ltd) today announced it is investing $6.7 million into research projects aiming to enable the Predator Free 2050 mission to eradicate invasive rats, stoats and possums from the whole of New Zealand, to help reverse ... More >>

Family Donation Supports Otago University Research On World Bipolar Day

Wednesday, 30 March 2022, 6:43 am | University of Otago

The generosity of a Christchurch family, in memory of a much-loved wife and mother, aims to improve the lives of New Zealanders living with bipolar disorder. A research project led by a team at The University of Otago, Christchurch, has been chosen as ... More >>

Family Donation Supports Otago University Research On World Bipolar Day

Wednesday, 30 March 2022, 6:42 am | University of Otago

The generosity of a Christchurch family, in memory of a much-loved wife and mother, aims to improve the lives of New Zealanders living with bipolar disorder. A research project led by a team at The University of Otago, Christchurch, has been chosen as ... More >>

APEC Science Prize Calls For Economic, Environmental, And Social Goals

Tuesday, 29 March 2022, 7:59 pm | APEC

Issued by the APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology, and Innovation Singapore, 29 March 2022 APEC is now accepting nominations for the 2022 APEC Science Price for Innovation, Research and Education, or ASPIRE, which promotes scientific excellence ... More >>

Simon Lucas, PHEV Sales, Service, And Maintenance Experts

Tuesday, 29 March 2022, 6:13 pm | Simon Lucas Mitsubishi

The advancement in automotive technology moves at an incredibly fast pace. Every year that ticks by, vehicles of all shapes and sizes are becoming smarter, safer, more efficient, and more powerful. While this is true across the broad spectrum of ... More >>

NortonLifeLockUnveilsNorton AntiTrackTo Help Protect Consumers From Online Tracking

Tuesday, 29 March 2022, 8:02 am | NortonLifeLock

New app and browser extension helps prevent websites from tracking and profiling users in ways normal private browsers and VPNs don’t  AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – 29 March 2022 –  NortonLifeLock , a global leader in consumer ... More >>

TANAKA Develops Gold Shell Nanoparticles That Can Be Prepared In High Concentrations Using High Dispersion Stability

Monday, 28 March 2022, 7:44 pm | ACN Newswire

Achieving dispersion liquids with high concentrations that are 100 to 1,000 times that of existing products with expected applications in optical devices such as optical displays, optical sensing, and biosensors TOKYO, Mar 28, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - ... More >>

Fortnite Fans Triple Down On Fibre Speeds

Monday, 28 March 2022, 3:15 pm | Tuatahi First Fibre

New Zealand fans of the popular online video game Fortnite were able to download the latest season at triple the speed if they were connected on a standard fibre broadband plan. The Commerce Commission’s Measuring Broadband New Zealand summer ... More >>

Glaciers Continue To Shrink This Year, Says NIWA

Monday, 28 March 2022, 10:39 am | NIWA

The annual end-of-summer snowline survey of more than 50 South Island glaciers has revealed continued loss of snow and ice. Last week, scientists from NIWA, Victoria University of Wellington, and Department of Conservation took thousands of aerial ... More >>

Restoring Power To Marae And Hapū Is Climate Adaptation

Monday, 28 March 2022, 6:52 am | National Science Challenges

Climate adaptation research in Aotearoa is set to be invigorated by an unprecedented 14 research projects led by Māori, for Māori. These highly localised projects, made up of multidisciplinary teams including tohunga and kairangahau, will investigate ... More >>

New National Rainfall Record Surpasses 56-year-old Record

Friday, 25 March 2022, 3:03 pm | NIWA

This week’s torrential rains have set a new national rainfall record. NIWA meteorologists say the 103 mm of rain from 4am-5am recorded at Maungatapere near Whangārei on Monday 21 March is a new national hourly rainfall record for a low elevation station. The ... More >>

Eliminating Plastic Waste “Doable But Difficult” Says Scion Report

Wednesday, 23 March 2022, 7:28 pm | Scion

Scion releases a report today on how New Zealand might reach the objective of zero plastic waste. “It’s doable, but difficult, and will require aligned efforts by science, industry, government and the public,” says Marc Gaugler, the report’s ... More >>

Scientists Release Updated Summary Of NZ Groundwater Quality

Tuesday, 22 March 2022, 8:04 am | LAWA

This World Water Day, New Zealand scientists are drawing attention to the precious resource of freshwater stored under the ground as part of a global effort to raise awareness of groundwater. Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) Groundwater Science Lead ... More >>

Severe Weather To Start The Week

Monday, 21 March 2022, 12:37 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting wet and windy weather across northern and central Aotearoa New Zealand this week as a deep low-pressure system and associated fronts move across the country. Several Watches and Warnings are currently in place today (Monday) for ... More >>

Team Working On Superbug Vaccine

Monday, 21 March 2022, 11:51 am | University of Auckland

A team of scientists is harnessing mRNA vaccine technology developed for Covid-19 to conquer a common superbug. The day after Ries Langley ’s son turned one, his knee swelled up, turning hot and red. He couldn’t put any weight on his leg and ... More >>

Human Activity Driving Global Plant Evolution

Monday, 21 March 2022, 11:02 am | Lincoln University

Urbanisation is changing the evolution of plants in cities worldwide, including in Christchurch, new research shows. Global Urban Evolution Project (GLUE) , a ground-breaking study involving Lincoln University ecology senior lecturer William Godsoe, has found ... More >>

Covid-19 School Spread Speeds Up – Expert Reaction

Monday, 21 March 2022, 9:23 am | Science Media Centre

Three in four New Zealand schools are dealing with active Covid-19 cases, and there has been a 40% rise in reported school infections since Monday. Yesterday the Education Ministry reported more than 64,500 cases in schools, kura and early childhood centres ... More >>

NEC Develops The World's First Unit Cell

Friday, 18 March 2022, 6:42 am | ACN Newswire

NEC Develops The World's First Unit Cell Facilitating Scaling Up To A Fully-connected Quantum Annealing Architecture Aiming to produce a highly accurate and practical quantum annealing machine TOKYO, Mar 17, 2022 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Corporation ... More >>

New Service For All New Zealanders’ COVID-19 Safety

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 3:05 pm | Rako Science

Rako Science announced today it has launched a Test2BSure PCR saliva test for the New Zealand public across its nationwide network. “People need and deserve a non-invasive, highly accurate and reliable test so they can make the right decisions in the middle ... More >>

Wet Weather From The West

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 12:35 pm | MetService

MetService advises that the ridge of high pressure over most of Aotearoa / New Zealand is beginning to move away east, allowing a moist northeasterly flow to kick in this weekend, and drive away some of those colder temperatures. A front embedded in this ... More >>

Two Thirds Of Tested Rural Bore Water Above Cancer Risk Limit For Nitrate

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 12:24 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace Aotearoa is today releasing preliminary figures of its groundbreaking mail-in nitrate water testing showing that two thirds of 237 bores tested had nitrate contamination above levels linked to colorectal cancer in an international study. ... More >>

New Leaders Continue The Innovative Work Of Rauika Māngai

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 10:39 am | National Science Challenges

The Rauika Māngai, a Māori organisation that advances Mātauranga Māori, accelerates research, and positively influences science policy, says nau mai, haere mai to its two new leaders: Associate Professor Louise Parr-Brownlie and Dr Selai Letica. These ... More >>

NZ Tree Intel In Your Pocket, Even Offline

Wednesday, 16 March 2022, 11:09 am | Auckland University of Technology

AUT’s popular NZ Trees app has been updated, with more than double the number of native plants now included, making it a useful tool for anyone wanting to learn more about the trees around them. A key feature of the app means it works offline, ... More >>

SEMI Applauds Findings On Cybersecurity Hardware Adoption In Europe

Tuesday, 15 March 2022, 7:16 pm | SEMI

BERLIN, Germany March 15, 2022 – To strengthen cybersecurity for semiconductor manufacturing in Europe, the industry must unify behind security standards, support decision-makers in adopting new technologies, and identify new skill sets needed ... More >>

Potentially Significant Weather On The Way

Thursday, 10 March 2022, 12:05 pm | MetService

Covering period of Thursday 10 - Monday 14 March A run of the mill front zooms up the West Coast on Friday but it’s a low-pressure system from the northeast that MetService is monitoring extra closely as it has the potential to bring a long period ... More >>

Low-cost Earthquake Warning Project Gains Significant Momentum

Thursday, 10 March 2022, 11:16 am | Earthquake Commission

New Zealand scientists working on an experimental earthquake warning system using low-cost sensors are excited to share their discoveries in a globally leading journal. The project, co-funded by the Earthquake Commission (EQC) and Massey University, ... More >>

EPA Opens Waterway Testing To More Community Groups

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 2:50 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is rolling out more support for communities by offering up to 1,000 science kits to groups that want better information about their waterways. Since 2020, the EPA has funded 200 groups in its Wai Tuwhera o te ... More >>

Can Your Family Help Wellington Scientists Develop Better Vaccines?

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 2:24 pm | ESR

The game changing WellKiwis Infant study led by ESR experts needs to recruit more Wellington whānau that could hold the key to developing longer lasting vaccines – especially from the region’s Māori, Pacific, and Asian communities. Having ... More >>

Tips To Safely Make Food Last Longer

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 10:00 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

If you’re isolating at home, want to reduce your trips to the supermarket, or simply make your food dollars stretch further, there are some simple food safety tips that can help, says New Zealand Food Safety deputy director general Vincent ... More >>

Three Researchers Receive First Māori Early Career Development In Cancer Research Awards

Tuesday, 8 March 2022, 10:32 am | Joint Press Release

Wellington's Helena Abolins-Thompson is one of three researchers committed to maximising Māori health gains to be awarded the inaugural Māori Early Career Development in Cancer Research Awards. The awards are the first-ever offered in collaboration between ... More >>

Women In Semiconductors 2022 To Highlight Women In Leadership And STEM Talent Pipeline

Tuesday, 8 March 2022, 6:56 am | SEMI

The vital importance of workplace inclusion and diversity to the growth of the global semiconductor industry will take center stage as the Women in Semiconductors (WiS) program returns in-person on May 2 in conjunction with the SEMI Advanced Semiconductor ... More >>

Mostly Settled And Warm

Monday, 7 March 2022, 12:23 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting predominantly dry weather around the country this week, but some rain lingers around Fiordland before spreading to Westland on Friday. High pressure remains close to our shores this week and keeps away any widespread rain-bringing ... More >>

Animal Agriculture ‘essential To Global Food System’

Monday, 7 March 2022, 9:49 am | Lincoln University

Animal foods can form part of a healthy, sustainable and ethical lifestyle, despite increasing claims to the contrary, says Lincoln University Professor of Livestock, Pablo Gregorini. His recent article, Animal source foods in healthy, sustainable ... More >>

Mean Heat: Marine Heatwaves To Get Longer And Hotter By 2100

Monday, 7 March 2022, 9:40 am | NIWA

Off the back of Friday's Summer Climate Summary which highlighted this season's record breaking sea temperatures, we bring you new research showing that New Zealand could experience very long and "very severe" marine heatwaves by the end ... More >>

Summer And Feb Climate Summaries - Warm With Rainfall Extremes

Friday, 4 March 2022, 12:57 pm | NIWA

Please find the Summer and February Climate Summaries attached. Highlights include: - New Zealand's 5th warmest summer on record, with temperatures 1.1C above the 1981-2010 summer average - Fifty-five locations observed a record or near-record warm summer ... More >>