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More work needed on environmental reporting – PCE

Posted in In the News on June 30th, 2016.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright,  has released her commentary on a wide-ranging ‘State of the Environment’ report published last year, saying that the Ministry for the Environment needs to give more direction to policy makers. The Environment Aotearoa 2015 report, released by the Ministry and Statistics News Zealand last year, covered […]

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Alcohol’s cancer link claims 230 Kiwis a year – In the news

Even moderate drinking is linked to an increased risk of cancer, warns new New Zealand research. A new study from University of Otago researchers, published in Drug and Alcohol Review, draws on international data to estimate the impact of alcohol-attributable cancer. The authors find that drinking is responsible for over 230 cancer deaths (under 80 […]

June 28th, 2016 Read full Story

90-day law research widely covered – In the News

New research analysing the impact of a controversial 90-day trial period for new employees has been widely covered in the New Zealand media. The research, undertaken by Motu Public Policy and Research, found the legislation led to little change in employment rates or employee mobility. You can read more about the research, including expert commentary, […]

June 20th, 2016 Read full Story

Record year for HRC health funding – In the news

Woolly bandages, ear infections and e-cigarettes are just a few of the subjects to be investigated by recipients of funding from New Zealand’s largest health research funder. This week the Health Research Council (HRC) announced the recipients for its latest funding round, awarding grants to dozens of projects to be undertaken in universities, research institutes […]

June 15th, 2016 Read full Story

Artificial light drowning out the stars – In the news

The “New World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky Brightness” published Science Advances this week reveals that the Milky Way is hidden from more than one-third of humanity. Drawing on data collected from citizen scientists and satellites, researchers from Italy, Germany, the USA, and Israel have created what they describe as “a critical documentation of the […]

June 14th, 2016 Read full Story

Trampoline injuries bounce up in spring – in the News

Trampoline-related injuries drop in the winter but bounce back in spring, finds a New Zealand study. The research, published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, catalogued all trampoline related injuries recorded in South Auckland emergency departments since 2000. Broken arms were by far the most common injury, accounting for two-thirds of the nearly 350 […]

June 10th, 2016 Read full Story

Fossil find uncovers possible hobbit ancestor – In the news

Fossilised remains of small-bodied hominins found on the Indonesian island of Flores have been dated to around 700,000 years old and are believed to be the ancestors of the mysterious and diminutive Homo floresiensis – AKA the hobbit. Two papers published today in the journal Nature describe and date the remains as well as animal […]

June 9th, 2016 Read full Story

Smoking on NZ television – In the news

New research highlighting the prevalence of smoking on New Zealand television has been widely covered by the media. Researchers from the University of Otago monitored depictions of tobacco across a week’s worth of free-to-air, prime-time New Zealand television. Comparing the results with a similar study from 2004, the researchers found that there had been little […]

June 1st, 2016 Read full Story

Plain packaging regulations revealed – In the news

Draft regulations for introducing plain packaging for cigarettes have been revealed by the Government. Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today released the draft regulations and a consultation document outlining how a law requiring plain packaging would be implemented. Plain packaging policies aim to reduce the appeal of cigarettes by requiring standardised packaging that removes […]

May 31st, 2016 Read full Story

$97m funding boost for NZ health research – In the news

Health research in New Zealand is set to get a $97 million boost over the next four years. The Government this week announced that funding to the Health Research Council (HRC) will increase by 56 per cent over four years – from $77 million in 2015/16 to $120 million in 2019/20. “The HRC supports research […]

May 18th, 2016 Read full Story


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