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Large Freshwater Find Off Canterbury Coast

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 11:46 am | NIWA

Scientists have discovered an extensive body of freshwater off the Canterbury coast between Timaru and Ashburton. NIWA marine geologist Dr Joshu Mountjoy says the discovery is one of the few times a significant offshore aquifer has been located around the ... More >>

Rotowaro - The Town That Disappeared

Friday, 13 March 2020, 1:37 pm | Hamilton City Council

Photographer David Cook spent nearly four decades recording the effects of the coal industry on one small New Zealand town and it’s 400 residents – now all gone – and the landscape around it. David Cook’s long-term study of Rotowaro, in the ... More >>

Seequent Wins 2020 Esri Partner Award

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 3:46 pm | Seequent

CHRISTCHURCH, NZ – 12 March 2020 –Seequent has received a 2020 Esri Partner Award, ‘Analytics to Insights’, for its industry-first tool Target for ArcGIS Pro which enhances the integration of mining and exploration data. More >>

A Dry Weekend For Many

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 2:33 pm | MetService

A ridge of high pressure currently dominating New Zealand’s weather holds onto the end of the week with MetService forecasting that it will eventually loosen its grip over the South Island on Sunday when a front moves up the island. Cooler temperatures ... More >>

Virtual Reality Helps Preserve NZ’s Ecosystem

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 1:25 pm | Company X

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND: Cutting edge technology designed to simulate biosecurity threats has emerged from the collaboration of two Hamilton companies. A pioneering virtual reality shipping container packed with simulated biosecurity risk scenarios ... More >>

Setting the Record Straight on Regenerative Practices

Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 3:13 pm | Ata Regenerative

Regenerative practices have the power to reverse the impact of climate change according to a world-renowned expert on the topic, and he is visiting our shores next month to put a face to that claim. More >>

Don’t Risk A Costly Pipes Blockage – Only Flush Toilet Paper

Monday, 9 March 2020, 3:10 pm | Water New Zealand

Flushing anything other than toilet paper down your toilets is risking a costly and unpleasant pipes blockage. Water New Zealand Technical Manager Noel Roberts says it’s concerning that some people may consider flushing alternatives to toilet paper, ... More >>

Tech For Good Is Helping Kiwis Use Technology To Create A More Accessible World

Monday, 9 March 2020, 1:58 pm | ClearPoint

"When we design for disability first, you often stumble upon solutions that are better than those when we design for the norm." Elise Roy With a quarter of all New Zealanders having permanent access needs and others affected in different ... More >>

More Support Needed For Children Born Very Pre-term

Monday, 9 March 2020, 9:30 am | University of Canterbury

There is a need for the health and education system to adopt a more proactive approach in addressing the developmental needs of children born very pre-term, a University of Canterbury (UC) child health development expert says. Professor Lianne Woodward ... More >>

Alpine Fault Roadshow Brings Hazard And Impact Science To More South Island Communities

Friday, 6 March 2020, 2:29 pm | Alpine Fault Magnitude 8

AF8 [Alpine Fault magnitude 8] is again teaming up with leading earthquake scientists and Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups to bring the award-winning AF8 Roadshow to more South Island communities. The “AF8 Roadshow: The Science Beneath ... More >>

More Snow On Glaciers But No Good News, Say Scientists

Friday, 6 March 2020, 11:12 am | NIWA

Scientists have recorded more snow on the South Island glaciers this year, but they warn it is simply a temporary break rather than any good news on the climate change front. NIWA and Victoria University of Wellington scientists completed the annual ... More >>

From Idea To Industry Pioneer – Husqvarna Robotic Mowers Turn 25

Friday, 6 March 2020, 8:00 am | Lassoo media

In 1995, Husqvarna took the first step into a new product segment with the launch of the world’s first robotic lawn mower, Husqvarna Solar mower. This started to change the way lawns are maintained all over the world. To highlight innovation leadership ... More >>

Little Known About Lakes And Climate Change, Says Researcher

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 5:01 pm | NIWA

Scientists know so little about how storms affect the delicate balance of lake ecosystems that we may be unable to protect them from the effects of climate change, says a NIWA scientist. Lake scientist Dr Piet Verburg was part of an international team ... More >>

'Devastating': Great Barrier Reef In Danger Of Catastrophic Bleaching As Temperatures Remain High

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 3:17 pm | Common Dreams

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is in danger of a catastrophic bleaching event that scientists warn could have dire consequences on the survival of one of the seven natural wonders of the world. "It's a sobering reality we're in," Georgia ... More >>

'Alarming': Tropical Forests In Shift From Carbon Sponge To Carbon Source

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 3:16 pm | Common Dreams

A new study published Wednesday adds to mounting evidence that the world's tropical forests could soon stop serving their climate crisis-mitigating role of carbon sinks. "After years of work deep in the Congo and Amazon rainforests, we've found that ... More >>

Homes.co.nz Partners Lynker Analytics & Harrisons To Uncover The Solar Power Potential Of Kiwi Roofs

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 7:13 am | homes.co.nz

In a New Zealand first, homes.co.nz has partnered with geospatial analysis company, Lynker Analytics, and New Zealand’s leading solar power provider, Harrisons Energy Solutions, to help Wellington homeowners realise the solar power potential of their ... More >>

Moving Mountains On The Ocean Floor May Hold Key To East Coast Earthquakes

Wednesday, 4 March 2020, 1:14 pm | GNS Science

  Earthquakes and slow slip events may be influenced by mountains on the ocean floor, or “seamounts”, according to new research co-authored by GNS Science. A paper published today in Nature Geoscience magazine found that seamounts can have ... More >>

Steps To Building Trustworthy AI In Aotearoa

Wednesday, 4 March 2020, 1:11 pm | Make Lemonade

The AI Forum of New Zealand today published a set of guiding principles to help build public trust in the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) across New Zealand. Forum executive director Emma Naji says the principles provide overarching ... More >>

Polly Knows Probability: This Parrot Can Predict The Chances Of Something Happening

Wednesday, 4 March 2020, 10:06 am | The Conversation

Avian experts have repeatedly demonstrated the remarkable brainpower of birds. Parrots, in particular, have established a reputation as skillful imitators – a talent that requires a complex network of neural connections. More >>

Agri-graduates Kickstart Their Career With Ravensdown

Tuesday, 3 March 2020, 9:33 am | Ravensdown

Ravensdown’s popular development programme has returned for its sixth year, this time supporting six talented university graduates into fulltime careers within the co-operative. Among those are two former recipients of the Ravensdown Hugh Williams ... More >>

Google Play Games Hit 8.59 Bn App Downloads

Tuesday, 3 March 2020, 7:22 am | Psychic Ventures Ltd

As the largest revenue source of the entire gaming industry, mobile games continue generating a record number of downloads in the leading app stores. According to data gathered by GoldenCasinoNews.com , mobile games were the most popular app category ... More >>

Scientists To Check Out Ash On New Zealand Glaciers

Monday, 2 March 2020, 4:41 pm | NIWA

Scientists undertaking the annual Southern Alps end-of-summer snowline survey this week will be using advanced photographic technology to help clarify obscure snowlines due to ash and dust from the Australian bushfires. The survey is set to take place ... More >>

Northern Regions Experience A Record Dry Summer But Some Brief Respite This Week

Monday, 2 March 2020, 12:37 pm | MetService

  Meteorological summer runs from 1 December to the end of February. As we enter Autumn, Metservice can now confirm that this has been the driest summer on record for parts of the upper North Island. In Northland, Whangarei recorded its ... More >>

Bats Would Benefit From 'hugely Important' Government Policy

Monday, 2 March 2020, 9:39 am | Forest And Bird

Auckland's rare bats could get a badly needed boost if a government plan to strengthen environmental policy goes through, says Forest & Bird. Long tailed bats are ‘nationally critical’, while short-tailed bats are ‘nationally vulnerable’, ... More >>

COVID-19 Case Confirmed In NZ – Expert Reaction

Saturday, 29 February 2020, 11:06 am | Science Media Centre

After spreading across the globe for months, the first case of COVID-19 has been reported in New Zealand. The Ministry of Health says the risk of a community outbreak is low, due to their preparedness and the high awareness of the disease. The Science ... More >>

New Zealand Losing The War Against Weeds

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 2:56 pm | Lincoln University

New research* highlights how the lack of success in controlling weeds on agricultural and conservation land is challenging New Zealand’s position as a global leader in biosecurity. This is despite weeds costing New Zealand billions of dollars every ... More >>

Collaboration Between Filmmakers And Scientists Leads To Discovery Of New Fish At a Remote NZ Island

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 2:26 pm | NHNZ

In 2015, factual television producers NHNZ and scientists from Massey University Auckland, Auckland Museum, and University of Waikato worked together to get a film crew and scientific researchers to Rangitāhua-The Kermadec Islands. The Kermadec ... More >>

Himalayan Tahr Control To Benefit Native Plants

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 1:05 pm | Department of Conservation

Some of New Zealand’s unique alpine plant communities have a chance to recover and regenerate, following the Department of Conservation (DOC) and hunters’ ongoing efforts to control Himalayan tahr in the South Island. DOC estimates at peak there ... More >>

Needle Exchanges Have Contributed To Reducing Transmission Of The Disease, New Research Suggests.

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 10:11 am | Science Media Centre

Of more than 1650 people diagnosed with HIV between 1996 and 2018, only 2.9 per cent of cases were in people who use needles for drugs—an average of just one HIV diagnosis per year. New Zealand’s needle exchange programme, established in the ... More >>

Proposed Air Quality Rules - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 5:34 pm | Science Media Centre

  Changes to air quality rules could require councils to monitor and respond to air pollution from far finer particles than they currently do. The Ministry for the Environment's consultation document says the proposed PM2.5 measurement would ... More >>

NASA Balloon Team Sets Up For Around-The-World Test Flight From New Zealand

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 10:37 am | NASA

After a three-year hiatus, NASA’s Scientific Balloon Program is returning to Wanaka, New Zealand, on a quest to perfect its super pressure balloon, or SPB, technology to support science missions for longer flight durations, with flights running up ... More >>

Rain Not Enough To Change Fire Danger

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 10:24 am | Fire and Emergency NZ

Rain over the weekend has not changed the fire danger levels across the country, warns Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Manager Rural Fire Tim Mitchell says given how dry conditions have been, the rain experienced over the past few days has not ... More >>

Innovation Program Puts Emerging Leaders At The Forefront Of Tackling Climate Change

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 8:39 am | GHD

Smart Seeds, a 10 week innovation program powered by GHD, will develop up to 20 new solutions and ideas for how New Zealand can better tackle climate change. Now in its fifth year running in New Zealand, the program launches in Christchurch this ... More >>

Research On Climate Change Aims To Give Voice To Pacific People

Monday, 24 February 2020, 3:29 pm | University of Waikato

A University of Waikato researcher says some of the current colonial representations of climate change in the Pacific are obscuring Pacific voices and failing to recognise the importance of Indigenous knowledge in the fight against our changing climate. ... More >>

Rain Still Hard To Come By For Most Of New Zealand

Monday, 24 February 2020, 11:23 am | MetService

  MetService is forecasting a mostly dry start to this week, with predominantly settled conditions. The front which moved over New Zealand on the weekend, provided some brief rain relief for drought-stricken parts of New Zealand. However, more rain ... More >>

The Power Of Sleep Protects At-risk Children From Obesity

Monday, 24 February 2020, 9:51 am | University of Auckland

  A University of Auckland study has identified a key factor in protecting at-risk pre-school children from becoming overweight or obese and the elixir is sleep. The research examined data from Growing Up in New Zealand , this country’s largest ... More >>

'On A Knife Edge': Experts Warn Great Barrier Reef Could See 3rd Mass Coral Bleaching In 5 Years

Friday, 21 February 2020, 11:36 am | Common Dreams - Jessica Corbett

Australian scientists and conservationists warned in the Guardian Thursday that the Great Barrier Reef could soon endure a third major coral bleaching event in just five years, highlighting how the human-caused climate crisis is already devastating ... More >>

PriceSpy Research Suggests New Samsung Handsets Are Not As Popular As They Once Were

Friday, 21 February 2020, 9:15 am | PriceSpy

As anticipation builds surrounding the imminent release of Samsung’s latest handset, the Samsung Galaxy S20 , new research from the fully impartial price and product comparison site, PriceSpy, suggests Kiwi shoppers may not be flocking to the shops ... More >>

Renée Walker Resigns From EQC

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 4:54 pm | Earthquake Commission

Earthquake Commission Chief Executive Sid Miller this afternoon announced the resignation of Renée Walker, Deputy Chief Executive, Readiness & Recovery. Ms Walker will be leaving the organisation in May after a three-month transition period. "It ... More >>

Brief Rain To Interrupt Prolonged Dry Spell

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 12:31 pm | MetService

  MetService is forecasting a couple of fronts to move northeast across New Zealand on Friday and Saturday, bringing a period of rain that will interrupt the extremely dry weather experienced by many places this summer. However, a ridge ... More >>

Aroa Biosurgery Expands Options For Soft Tissue Repair With Launch Of Myriad™

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 10:56 am | Aroa Biosurgery

Auckland, NZ. Aroa Biosurgery, the Auckland-based privately held soft-tissue repair company, has launched Myriad™, a new product for soft tissue repair and reconstruction, in the United States market. Aroa Chief Executive, Brian Ward says the product name, ... More >>

Scientists Say Methane Emitted By Humans ‘vastly Underestimated’

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 10:28 am | NIWA

NIWA researchers have helped unlock information trapped in ancient air samples from Greenland and Antarctica that shows the amount of methane humans are emitting into the atmosphere from fossil fuels has been vastly underestimated. Graphic credit: ... More >>

One Third Of Taiwanese Online Consumers Have Accessed Streaming Piracy Websites Or Torrent Sites

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 1:47 am | ACN Newswire

A new study of the online content viewing behaviour of Taiwanese consumers, revealed that 33% of consumers have accessed streaming piracy websites or torrent sites to access premium content without paying any subscription fees. In addition, 28% of ... More >>

Evidence Giant Blue Whale Making Comeback

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 1:25 pm | University of Auckland

  The critically endangered blue whale is increasingly looking like one of conservation’s biggest success stories and the good news just keeps on coming. In the first multi-year survey at South Georgia Island in the southwest Atlantic ... More >>

23 Former Diplomats Urge Global Leaders To Adopt Paris-Style Agreement To Protect Biodiversity

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 11:57 am | Common Dreams - Jessica Corbett

Ahead of government negotiations scheduled for next week on a global plan to address the biodiversity crisis, 23 former foreign ministers from various countries released a statement on Tuesday urging world leaders to act "boldly" to protect ... More >>

Tank Water Before And After Drought - Expert Q&A

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 11:00 am | Science Media Centre

Forecast rain might be a welcome relief for tank water users across the parched North Island, but now they should be wary of contamination. A front is hoped to move over the upper North Island sometime this weekend , welcome news for those who have ... More >>

Trintech Announces Four SAP-Certified Integrations With SAP S/4HANA(R) And SAP NetWeaver(R)

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 8:11 am | ACN Newswire

Trintech, a leading global provider of integrated Record to Report software solutions for the office of finance, today announced successful certifications by the SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC). Trintech's Cadency(R) 8.0 and Cadency RPA and ... More >>

CITIC Telecom CPC Helps Enterprises Maintain Business Continuity With Cloud Desktop & Remote Access

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 7:47 am | ACN Newswire

CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited (CITIC Telecom CPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited (SEHK: 1883) today announced its launch of remote working solutions (cloud desktop - Desktop-as-a-Service, DaaS; remote ... More >>

Brain Structure And Antisocial Behaviour - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 1:54 pm | Science Media Centre

Lifelong antisocial behaviour may be associated with differences in brain structure, reports a new study. An observational study published today in The Lancet Psychiatry examined MRI brain scans of more than 600 participants from the Dunedin Study. The ... More >>

Developers Institute Aiming To Break The Tech Mould

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 12:30 pm | Northland Inc

Developers Institute, an innovative school for software developers, is ready to break the mould of the tech world nationally. Based at The Orchard – Northland Inc’s collaborative business and event space for the region’s growing community ... More >>

BRI Leads The Way With Green Star Certification

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 8:43 am | Bragato Research Institute

Bragato Research Institute (BRI) is aiming for excellence in sustainability with a 5-star rating for its new research winery building. Upon certification it will be the first building in Marlborough to be built to this standard. CEO MJ Loza says ... More >>

NZ Automation Agency Named Number 1 In APAC

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 8:11 am | Hype and Dexter

Auckland-based automation agency Hype & Dexter has been named the top HubSpot solutions partner for the entire APAC region for 2019. The win also sees them take the number 7 spot in the global rankings of agencies who provide solutions for the ... More >>

SEO Company Breaking Mould By Swearing Off Long Term Contracts

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 4:48 am | Premium SEO NZ

The SEO industry is known for being full of dodgy dealers and unsavoury practices. One agency has set out on a mission to change that – starting by making long term contracts a thing of the past. Premium SEO, the business that launched out of Christchurch, ... More >>

Giant Squid And Glow-in-the-dark Sharks Surprise Scientists

Monday, 17 February 2020, 3:14 pm | NIWA

A giant squid and several glow-in-the-dark sharks were surprise finds for NIWA scientists last month on the Chatham Rise during a voyage to survey hoki, New Zealand’s most valuable commercial fish species. But other denizens of the deep east of Canterbury ... More >>

Warm And Muggy Week Ahead

Monday, 17 February 2020, 12:30 pm | MetService

  As former Tropical Cyclone Uesi moves off to the southwest today, MetService has lifted all Severe Watches and Warnings. There are still a few areas, in the northwest of the South Island and the western North Island expected to receive some rainfall ... More >>

Next Generation Of Kiwi Explorers Selected To Tackle Kayaking In Antarctica

Saturday, 15 February 2020, 1:24 pm | Antarctic Heritage Trust

Imagine paddling alongside a humpback whale, watching a Gentoo penguin porpoise through the water or seeing a leopard seal haul himself onto an iceberg. That’s the sort of surreal experience five young people are hoping for, having been selected ... More >>

Concentration Of CO2 Hits 416 Ppm - highest EVER daily average, but it still wont be breaking news

Friday, 14 February 2020, 10:03 am | Common Dreams - Jessica Corbett

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record high Monday, a reading from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that elicited fresh calls from climate activists and scientists for the international community ... More >>

Record Dry Spells And Effects On Forests – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 2:04 pm | Science Media Centre

With no rain forecast before Sunday, Auckland is about to break a record for the city's longest dry spell. Niwa says Auckland is likely to hit 40 consecutive days without rain this weekend . The upper North Island is seeing severe meterological ... More >>

Auckland Set To Break Dry Spell Record

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 12:05 pm | NIWA

  Auckland is set to break a climate record on Saturday for the region’s longest dry spell, according to NIWA forecasters. A dry spell is defined as consecutive days with less than 1 mm of rain and the current record for the greater Auckland ... More >>

More Rain For The South While Dry Continues In The North

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 11:45 am | MetService

  Significant rain is expected for Southern New Zealand on Sunday, but there is no relief in the short term for the parched North Island. With Tropical Cyclone Uesi currently in the northern Tasman Sea, MetService meteorologists are ... More >>