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It’s a people problem, not a pest problem – Wayne Linklater

Posted in Reflections On Science on July 28th, 2016.

In the hubbub following the Government’s call for a predator-free New Zealand, one point has been missing, writes Dr Wayne Linklater in the Dominion Post: NZ isn’t people-free. An excerpt (read in full here): Wayne Linklater: It’s a people problem, not a pest problem Increasingly, as recent efforts to make Stewart Island predator-free or neighbourhoods […]

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Obesity link significant find – Tony Merriman and Dave Grattan

Writing in the Otago Daily Times, University of Otago Professors Tony Merriman and Dave Grattan discuss the significance of new researching finding the strongest genetic link with obesity to date. An excerpt (read in full here). Tony Merriman and Dave Grattan: Significant to have found gene with link to obesity If we want to solve the obesity […]

July 28th, 2016 Read full Story

Limits to brain scanning technology – Prof Donna Rose Addis

A proposal to test how reliable brain scans could be in detecting whether suspects knew anything about a crime goes beyond the limits of the technology, says Professor Donna Rose Addis. Writing in the New Zealand Herald, University of Auckland psychologist Prof Addis responded to an article published on June 29 describing the work of ‘The […]

July 13th, 2016 Read full Story

Climate change facts for Kiwis – Tim Naish and James Renwick

Writing in the New Zealand Herald, Victoria University of Wellington professors Tim Naish and James Renwick – ahead of their nationwide speaking tour – outline 10 facts New Zealanders might not know about climate change. An excerpt (read in full). Ten things New Zealand can learn about climate change 1 Wellington has the longest continuous carbon dioxide […]

July 6th, 2016 Read full Story

Natural Health Bill a bitter pill – Julia Rucklidge

Writing in the New Zealand Herald, University of Canterbury Clinical psychologist Prof Julia Rucklidge outlines her concerns over legislation to control natural health products. An except (read in full here): Julia Rucklidge: Natural Health Bill a bitter pill for nutrient sector Mental illness is on the rise. Figures reveal crisis referrals from 2010 to 2015 have […]

June 22nd, 2016 Read full Story

What can be done to stop lake snot? – Dr Marc Schallenberg

We need to fund more research into an algae clogging southern lakes says University of Otago’s Dr Marc Schallenberg on Stuff.co.nz. An excerpt (read in full here): What can be done to stop lake snot? Scientists need more funding to understand the degrading phenomenon of lake snot, now spreading through our southern lakes. MARC SCHALLENBERG explains. […]

June 20th, 2016 Read full Story

Govt cyber security spend welcome – Dr Ian Welch

In the New Zealand Herald Victoria University Wellington cyber security researcher Dr Ian Welch welcomes increased government investment in cyber security. An excerpt (read in full here) Ian Welch: Waging war on hackers a daunting arms race The Government has released its new defence policy with a budget of $20 billion. The plan covers the […]

June 20th, 2016 Read full Story

Science recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Several prominent New Zealanders have been recognised for their services to science in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List, celebrating the Monarch’s 90th Birthday. Selected examples are included below with quotes from their citations. Mr Christopher Robert Mace, of Auckland, was made a Knight Companion of the  New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM), for services […]

June 8th, 2016 Read full Story

Fish report authors respond to criticisms – NZ Herald

The authors of a report reconstructing the history of New Zealand’s fisheries catch – and finding it out of step with official figures – have responded to to some of the criticisms levelled at their research. You can read earlier expert commentary on the report collected by the SMC and a response from the Ministry […]

May 24th, 2016 Read full Story

The perils of over-exercising and under-eating – Waikato Q&A

The University of Waikato held a live online Q&A session with their experts, covering issues such as over-exercising, ‘fitness addiction and eating disorders. The discussion was recorded and can be viewed below. The Panel included: Associate Professor Holly Thorpe, Associated Professor (Human Development and Movement Studies) Dr Pawel K Olszewski, Senior Lecturer (Biological Sciences) Dr […]

May 12th, 2016 Read full Story


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