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RMA doesn’t live up to expectations, report says – In the News

Posted in In the News on September 29th, 2016.

The Resource Management Act (RMA) hasn’t lived up to expectations in protecting the environment, according to a new report led by the Environmental Defence Society (EDS). EDS senior policy analyst Dr Marie Brown interviewed cross-sector groups and 81 per cent of respondents believed the environment had declined since the RMA came into being in 1991. […]

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Study finds more adverse outcomes for midwife-led pregnancies – In the News

New research from the University of Otago has found an excess of adverse outcomes for midwife-led compared to medically-led deliveries. The five-year study, published in PLOS Medicine, found mothers with medical-led care had lower odds of some adverse outcomes for their children, including oxygen deprivation, neonatal encephalopathy and a low Apgar score. New Zealand College […]

September 28th, 2016 Read full Story

Prepare for takeoff: rocket launch site opens – In the News

New Zealand’s first orbital launch site has been opened on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. Los Angeles company Rocket Lab plans to start launching from Mahia later this year, with commercial payloads added from next year. Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce hoped Rocket Lab would be the catalyst for other space-related […]

September 27th, 2016 Read full Story

Hikurangi ‘Megathrust’ potential to be studied – In the News

GNS Science will lead a multi-million dollar study investigating the Hikurangi subduction zone and what danger it might pose to New Zealand. NZ Herald science reporter Jamie Morton highlighted the study, which has received $6.5 million in funding from the Government’s Endeavour Fund. The scientists will examine the Hikurangi subduction zone, where the Pacific tectonic plate […]

September 26th, 2016 Read full Story

120 rats with 25 traps – In the News

A New Zealand-made self-resetting rat and possum trap has garnered more praise after a student’s research project tested its efficiency against traditional traps. Bay of Plenty Polytechnic student Chantal Lilas tested out Wellington-based company Goodnature’s self-resetting trap over a 10-day period in Taneatua Forest, Bay of Plenty. She set up 25 of the self-resetting traps […]

September 23rd, 2016 Read full Story

Flu project reveals “large invisible iceberg” of disease

Preliminary findings from a multi-million dollar, five-year international flu study reveal the extent to which people are infected by influenza viruses. The new data, generated from the Southern Hemisphere Influenza and Vaccine Effectiveness Research and Surveillance (SHIVERS) study shows that about one in five people were infected with influenza, with even higher numbers for young […]

September 21st, 2016 Read full Story

Stronger regulations needed for loose tobacco – In the News

University of Otago public health researchers are calling on policy makers to develop stronger regulation of loose tobacco to curb the growing popularity of the cheaper option among New Zealand’s young adults. Their research, published in Tobacco Control, found young adults who used roll-your-own tobacco associated the product with being more natural and less harmful. ASPIRE2025 co-director […]

September 20th, 2016 Read full Story

Obese children at risk of serious illness – In the News

Researchers at the University of Auckland studying obese Kiwi kids have found early warning signs that the children are at risk of developing serious problems like type-2 diabetes, heart and liver disease. Over 200 Taranaki children and teenagers took part in a 12-month intervention programme involving home visits from a health professional. At the start […]

September 19th, 2016 Read full Story

Excess sugar harmful and hard to avoid – In the News

It is difficult to work out how much sugar is added to food and drinks, and therefore excess sugar is difficult to avoid despite being harmful to health, according to a report from the Royal Society. Released today, the factsheet summarises evidence on the role of sugar in health, especially in relation to diseases such […]

September 15th, 2016 Read full Story

What’s the future of recreational fishing? – In the News

A new report from the New Zealand Initiative – the first of three – suggests recreational fishers might face greater restrictions unless fisheries are better managed. Report author Dr Randall Bess said with a growing population, the relaxed fishing rights Kiwis currently enjoy might not be sustainable in the future. More information about the report […]

September 14th, 2016 Read full Story


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