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Report examines risk factors for poor child health

Posted in In the News on July 22nd, 2014.

Poor housing, maternal depression and money worries are just some of the risk factors that can affect a young child’s health and, according to a new report, the majority of Kiwi kids will be exposed to some of these risk factors in their first few years of life. A new report based on data from […]

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Royal Society review looks into the future of New Zealand

New Zealand’s population is changing and we need to be ready to face the challenges that come with it, according to a new review. Our Futures: Te Pae Tawhiti, released today by an expert panel of the Royal Society of New Zealand, pulls together the latest data from the 2013 census and expert input to […]

July 16th, 2014 Read full Story

Listener: The harm on the farm

The New Zealand Listener’s latest editorial looks at the issue of animal welfare in New Zealand, particularly in the pork industry. An excerpt: (read in full here) Continuing revelations of cruel treatment of pigs in some New Zealand piggeries are a matter of concern on so many fronts politicians should be falling over themselves to […]

July 11th, 2014 Read full Story

No yetis yet – UK research

Through DNA analysis of 36 different hair samples, Oxford researchers have found no proof of the existence of an anomalous primate like the yeti or bigfoot. Legends of the existence of a yeti, sasquatch or almasty have long been avoided by the wider modern scientific community, which has left advocates of these creatures feeling “rejected […]

July 4th, 2014 Read full Story

NZ stargazers key in discovery of unusual exoplanet

A newly discovered exoplanet exhibits curious behaviour, orbiting just one member of a pair of stars in a binary star system, researchers report, nearly ignoring the companion star. The international team of academic and amateur astronomers who compiled the data to identify the planet included many New Zealanders; researchers from the University of Auckland, Massey […]

July 4th, 2014 Read full Story

Scientists to drill deep into Alpine Fault

Scientist are planning to drill deep in the Alpine Fault to learn more about the fault and the earthquakes it produces with surprising regularity – at least in geological terms. The location is regarded by scientists as one of the best sites in the world to study the inner workings of a major plate boundary fault. […]

June 26th, 2014 Read full Story

Quakes near Kermadec Islands

A series of three strong quakes struck the Kermadec Islands this morning but have not triggered tsunami warnings here in New Zealand. According to updated records from the US Geological Survey, the quakes, reaching 6.9, 6.3 and 6.2 magnitude, struck about 90km south east of Raoul Island, the largest of the Kermadec Islands. The quakes […]

June 24th, 2014 Read full Story

Growing Up in NZ report – in the news

The latest report from the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study, ‘Now We Are Two‘, has delved deep into the not-so-private lives of the average toddler The report, released this week, provides new insight into the lives of two-year-olds in New Zealand – describing health and safety, emotional and behavioural development, and early learning […]

June 19th, 2014 Read full Story

$78 million in HRC funding for New Zealand’s health

A total of  $78 million is being invested into the health of  New Zealanders through the government’s funding body, the Health Research Council. The Health Research Council (HRC) has announced the recipients of its latest funding round. This year the HRC is funding 50 new projects worth a total of $56 million and four new […]

June 9th, 2014 Read full Story

Sheep genome spins a good yarn

The mapping of the whole genome of the humble sheep, completed with the help of New Zealanders, opens up a world of new research for improving the health of New Zealand’s most populous farm animal and the quality of its meat and wool. An international team of researchers, including scientists from the University of Otago […]

June 6th, 2014 Read full Story


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