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Preparing to March for Science – In the News

Posted in In the News on April 20th, 2017.

Around the world, people who value science are preparing to participate in the #marchforscience on Earth Day, April 22nd, with 517 marches planned worldwide. The aim of the New Zealand branch of the March for Science is to have knowledge “reaffirmed as fundamental to the democratic decision making that supports society in Aotearoa New Zealand”. […]

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In The News — Water fools?

After a week of floods and heavy rainfall, fresh water is still in the headlines. Radio New Zealand is diving into the muddy waters in a series called ‘Water Fools?’, teasing apart how farming affects our waterways and how the views of the public, farmers and the government often differ. The unmonitored ‘spray and pray’ […]

April 19th, 2017 Read full Story

The science of the freshwater estate – In the News

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman has released a report hoped to help understand the complexity of issues surrounding the condition and stewardship of freshwater. Sir Peter said his office had been working on the report for nearly a year, but following the Government’s ‘Clean Water’ consultation package, which includes new approaches […]

April 12th, 2017 Read full Story

Kaikōura shook more violently than Christchurch – In the News

New insights from November’s magnitude 7.8 Kaikōura earthquake have revealed the shake was the most violent ever recorded in New Zealand. Research from GNS Science, published in Seismological Research Letters, showed that most of the ground motions recorded in the upper South Island were strong, but comparable to previous earthquakes. However, the small North Canterbury […]

April 10th, 2017 Read full Story

Te Kiri Gold scrutiny – In the News

A water-based tonic that is claimed to help treat cancer has been put under a critical spotlight by reporters at the NZ Herald and the Waikato Times. Te Kiri Gold is marketed by Taranaki dairy farmer Vernon Coxhead as an organic liquid that acts in a similar way to the body’s immune system. But at $100 […]

April 10th, 2017 Read full Story

Enduring Powers of Attorney — In The News

Around the country this week, district health boards were raising awareness for advanced care planning for our nation’s elderly, with a new study highlighting how few have enduring powers of attorney set up. A new study published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal has found that most elderly Kiwis don’t have enduring power of attorney […]

April 7th, 2017 Read full Story

The Royal Society celebrates 150 years – In the News

Last night New Zealand’s research community, along with distinguished international guests, kicked off the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. The next six months leading up to October 10 – 150 years to the day that the legislation establishing the New Zealand Institute was signed – will feature a full […]

April 6th, 2017 Read full Story

Typhoid outbreak in Auckland – In the News

An outbreak of typhoid in Auckland has sent at least ten people to hospital, with officials working to confirm another case. The Auckland Regional Public Health Service said all the confirmed cases appeared to be linked and it seemed the disease was spread by a common source. Writing on SciBlogs, Dr Siouxsie Wiles said that […]

April 3rd, 2017 Read full Story

“Unacceptable” design flaw in Statistics House – In the News

Design standards and building laws will be reviewed following an investigation into structural damage to Statistics House in November’s Kaikōura earthquake. The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment’s investigation into the building’s damage in the magnitude 7.8 earthquake was released on Friday. Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith called the building’s performance “unacceptable” and […]

March 31st, 2017 Read full Story

Study show long-term effects of lead exposure – In the News

Lead exposure in childhood was linked to lower cognitive function, IQ and socioeconomic status, according to data from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study. A study published today in JAMA used data from the longitudinal study, which has been tracking a cohort of 1,000 participants born in Dunedin in 1972 and 1973. Of the participants […]

March 29th, 2017 Read full Story

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