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Govt cyber security spend welcome – Dr Ian Welch

John Kerr posted in on June 20th, 2016.

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 […]

Q&A with forensic scientist Keith Bedford – NZ Herald

John Kerr posted in on April 26th, 2016.

As Prime’s new documentary series Forensics NZ goes to air, the New Zealand Herald quizzes Dr Keith Bedford from ESR about the realities of forensic science. An excerpt (read in full here): Twelve questions with Keith Bedford ESR Forensics boss Dr Keith Bedford has had oversight of the forensic evidence in virtually every high-profile court […]

ESR’s future crime scene technology on Radio NZ

John Kerr posted in on April 13th, 2012.

For Morning Report, Radio New Zealand science reporter Will Hine talked with experts from Crown Research Institute ESR about the futuristic technologies are using for analysing and recording evidence at crime scenes. ESR was just one of the Crown Research Institutes highlighting their research at the Science in the City event at the Cloud in […]

Forensics foil fishy infringment

John Kerr posted in on November 9th, 2011.

The forensic analysis of paint has lead to the fining of a fisherman for the illegal dumping of excess fish,  Facing robust scientific evidence, a Tauranga commercial fisher has pleaded guilty in the Tauranga District Court to a charge of being a party to the dumping of snapper. Dumping of legal size quota species of […]

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RadioLive: Dr Ian Lambie discusses paedophilia in New Zealand

John Kerr posted in on March 28th, 2011.

RadioLive: Dr Ian Lambie, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology, talks to Graeme Hill about paedophiles, breaking some widely held myths about who they are, how they think and what can be done to help both victims and perpetrators. You can listen to the full interview here.

Otago study shows childhood self-control influences later life

Peter Griffin posted in on January 26th, 2011.

Research spearheaded by University of Otago researchers has found that the extent of a child’s self-control can predict their health, wealth and criminal activity as adults, irrespective of their IQ or social background. Self-control includes such traits as perseverance, self discipline and conscientiousness, and the study’s authors suggest that children and teenagers be encouraged in […]

Forensics pioneer on the science of DNA profiling

Peter Griffin posted in on February 16th, 2010.

It is 20 years since DNA evidence was first presented in a New Zealand court, a development that resulted in the conviction of Michael James Pengelly for the murder of an elderly Auckland woman. Long-used in helping solve serious crimes, DNA samples in the mid nineties were increasingly used as evidence in criminal cases when […]

Dom Post: Pig study may help police investigate crimes

Peter Griffin posted in on January 20th, 2010.

Kiran Chug of the Dominion Post reports on the work of NZ scientist Rachel Parkinson, who has been researching the decomposing bodies of both pigs and humans in a bid to better establish a person’s time of death. While techniques to do so already exist, there are no really accurate techniques – something the researcher […]

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