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Illegal import of tobacco sticks — In The News

Posted in In the News on May 19th, 2017.

The Ministry of Health is taking tobacco giant Philip Morris International to court over illegally importing the tobacco sticks used in their electronic device (iQOS) which heats, rather than burns, tobacco.  While the electronic device itself isn’t illegal, the tobacco sticks — known as HEETS — are. The Smoke-Free Environment Act prohibits advertising, importing and distributing “any […]

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Extreme heat under the Southern Alps — In The News

Drilling into the Alpine Fault to measure the conditions of the fault and monitor what happens before a major earthquake, a team of New Zealand and international scientists found extremely hot water just a couple of hundred metres down.  The Westland Deep Fault Drilling Project — jointly led by Victoria University of Wellington, GNS Science and the University […]

May 18th, 2017 Read full Story

Yellow-eyed penguins could disappear from mainland – In the News

One of New Zealand’s iconic species, the yellow-eyed penguin or hoiho, could disappear from the mainland within decades unless there is urgent action taken to protect the remaining population. Researchers from the University of Otago sounded the alarm after modelling suggested the South Island population could become locally extinct by 2060. But even that estimate […]

May 17th, 2017 Read full Story

Antibiotic resistance a concern in NZ – In the News

New Zealand isn’t insulated from the global problem of antimicrobial resistance, concludes the latest expert advice paper from the Royal Society Te Apārangi. Released today, Antimicrobial Resistance – Implications for New Zealanders compiled evidence on what impacts antimicrobial resistance would have in New Zealand. With many microbes developing resistance to medicines, including bacteria, viruses, fungi […]

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Oldest evidence of life on land — In The News

Giving weight to Darwin’s theory that life likely originated in a ‘warm little pond’ on land, Australian and New Zealand scientists have found the oldest evidence of life on land in ancient hot spring deposits in the Pilbara, West Australia. The find, published in Nature Communications, sets back the record of life in hot springs by […]

May 11th, 2017 Read full Story

Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry — In The News

The first stage of the inquiry into Havelock North’s drinking water contamination has been released today. The report found several parties failed to protect the public from contamination in the aquifer — an incident that led to more than 5,000 people in Havelock North becoming infected with campylobacter. While better regulation may not have avoided the […]

May 10th, 2017 Read full Story

De-extinction: Sci-Fi or reality? – In the News

New Zealand scientists have cemented their role at the forefront of discussions around de-extinctions with a leading role in a special journal issue on the topic.  University of Otago’s Professor Philip Seddon guest-edited the special issue of Functional Ecology, published this week, which included contributions from other New Zealand scientists, including University of Canterbury conservation […]

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In The News: Counting albatrosses from space

The number of Northern Royal albatrosses living on some rocky sea-stacks near the Chatham Islands have been counted from space, the first time an entire population has been counted by satellite. The Northern Royal albatross is endemic to New Zealand, but populations have been hard to count — especially the colonies on remote, inaccessible islands. […]

May 8th, 2017 Read full Story

Myrtle rust arrives on mainland – In the News

Following last month’s discovery of myrtle rust on Raoul Island pōhutukawa, the fungal disease has now been detected in Kerikeri – the first time it’s been recorded on mainland New Zealand. The Ministry for Primary Industries was notified on Tuesday evening that a nursery in Kerikeri had five pōhutukawa seedlings with suspected myrtle rust, which […]

May 4th, 2017 Read full Story

Rental houses more likely to be poorly maintained – In The News

Rental houses in New Zealand tend to be older, colder, damper, mustier and twice as likely to be poorly maintained than owner-occupied houses according to the recently released Housing Condition Survey from BRANZ. Carried out every 5 years since 1994, assessors checked out 560 properties, and surveyed the occupants about the condition of the house. […]

April 27th, 2017 Read full Story


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