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Top researchers honoured in Prime Minister’s Science Prizes

Posted in In the News on February 13th, 2018.

The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes have been presented in Wellington today, awarding a total of $1 million across five categories. The top prize has been awarded to a multidisciplinary team from Plant & Food Research that helped the New Zealand kiwifruit industry recover after the discovery of the vine-killing disease Psa (Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae). Plant […]

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More evidence ‘Unfortunate Experiment’ led to cancer – In the News

Some women who were unknowingly included in the ‘Unfortunate Experiment’ at Auckland’s National Women’s Hospital went on to develop cervical cancer after being diagnosed with microinvasive cancer but not given treatment. A study led by University of Otago researchers, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, found that of the 82 […]

February 8th, 2018 Read full Story

Hot summer causing early snow melt – In the News

University of Otago researchers have just returned from one of New Zealand’s largest ice fields – the Gardens of Eden and Allah – which they say are melting quicker than usual due to the hot summer.  The ice field straddles the Southern Alps and feeds into major rivers include the Rakaia and Rangitata in Canterbury […]

January 31st, 2018 Read full Story

Forgotten species and 50 environment questions – In the News

Stuff and the NZ Herald have both been running a series of environment stories this week, with Stuff focusing on ‘forgotten species’ and the Herald quizzing scientists on the environment. Stuff science and environment report Ged Cann’s ‘Forgotten Species’ series has challenged the idea that we’re doing well on conservation, instead highlighting five species that […]

January 19th, 2018 Read full Story

Neonicotinoid pesticides to be pulled from some NZ shelves – In the News

Australian hardware chain Bunnings has decided to stop selling neonicotinoid pesticides products in its Australian and New Zealand stores by the end of the year. The Sydney Morning Herald reported the decision over the weekend, which the company said was based on studies that suggest neonicotinoid pesticides may be contributing to declining bee numbers. The […]

January 17th, 2018 Read full Story

Taranaki newspaper highlights climate change – In the News

The Taranaki Daily News has been running a six-part climate change series, called ‘Life of the Edge’, examining what climate change means for Taranaki. Journalist Deena Coster has explored the impacts of climate change on Māori, changes to local landscapes and impacts on human health. Insurance Council of New Zealand chief executive Tim Grafton said New […]

January 12th, 2018 Read full Story

Underwater eruption one of the biggest in 100 years – In the News

Researchers examining an underwater volcano that erupted in 2012 have compared its size to the Mt St Helens eruption in 1980. Havre volcano was only discovered in 2002 and when it erupted in 2012 initially no-one knew something had happened until a giant pumice raft, covering about 400 square kilometres of ocean, was spotted floating […]

January 11th, 2018 Read full Story

Extinct NZ bat identified in Otago – In the News

New Zealand and Australian researchers have identified another extinct New Zealand bat species, this one weighed about 40 grams – making it the biggest burrowing bat discovered. While so-called burrowing bats are now only found in New Zealand, they once also lived in Australia and are peculiar as they forage on the forest floor as […]

January 11th, 2018 Read full Story

Warning to plan now for sea level rise – Expert Reaction

A report from the Ministry for the Environment has warned that New Zealand lacks a coordinated plan to deal with future climate change, which threatens hundreds of billions of dollars of property and infrastructure. The report, which had been withheld by the previous government, was leaked prior to the September election. Today, Climate Change Minister […]

December 15th, 2017 Read full Story

Havelock North inquiry: 20 per cent of drinking water potentially unsafe – In the News

The second stage of the Havelock North drinking water inquiry has been tabled in Parliament, with 51 recommendations including the universal treatment of drinking water. The Hawke’s Bay town was struck by a campylobacter outbreak in August 2016. In total, over 5000 people became ill and the outbreak was linked to four deaths. A Government […]

December 6th, 2017 Read full Story


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