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BUDGET 2018: Science and Innovation — Expert Reaction

The Labour Government’s first Budget focuses primarily on health, housing and education. New research and innovation initiatives include funding for the R&D tax credit announced last month, a new Green Investment Fund to help the transition to a low-carbon economy and funding towards healthier homes This page will be updated with any new announcements and expert reaction. While […]

May 17th, 2018 Read full Story

Impact of Mycoplasma bovis on cow welfare – Expert Reaction

The cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis has spread “beyond all expectation” in the last week, with Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor indicating that the number of farms affected by the disease “will likely exceed their earlier modelling”. News of the spread comes off the back of an announcement last week that on average farmers could end up paying $30,000 each to help cover the cost of […]

May 11th, 2018 Read full Story

Should vaping, snus and heat-not-burn tobacco devices be legalised? – Expert reaction

A new report from the New Zealand Initiative think tank argues that quitting cold turkey doesn’t work for all smokers and less harmful alternatives should be encouraged. Rather than continuing to raise taxes on cigarettes, they recommend encouraging smokers to switch to harm-reduced alternatives like e-cigarettes and snus. The SMC gathered expert reaction on the […]

May 11th, 2018 Read full Story

Review finds HPV vaccine safe, effective – Expert Reaction

A Cochrane review of 26 studies across 73,000 women has found the HPV vaccine effectively protects young women against cervical lesions. The vaccine is particularly effective when given between the ages of 15 and 26, but the review noted it appeared less effective in older women. The review also found the vaccine did not appear […]

May 9th, 2018 Read full Story

Curtailing farm nutrient run-off – Expert Reaction

Environment Minister David Parker told TVNZ’s Q&A on Sunday that tough measures to curb nutrient run-off from farms could stall further dairy intensification. Though he said there would not be a direct cap on the number of cattle, “cow numbers have already peaked and are going down, but yet, in some areas, the number of […]

May 7th, 2018 Read full Story

European Commission votes to restrict neonicotinoids – Expert reaction

The European Commission has voted to ban neonicotinoid pesticides in EU member states. The decision is expected to come into force by the end of 2018, with only closed greenhouses exempt. The decision follows growing evidence that the insecticides may be linked to declines in pollinator populations, including honeybees. New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Authority has said it would watch the […]

May 1st, 2018 Read full Story

Productivity Commission on a low-emissions economy – Expert reaction

A draft report from the Productivity Commission has made a series of recommendations for how New Zealand can transition to a low-emissions economy. The draft report, released today, is open for submissions until Friday 8 June – the final report will be presented to Government in the second half of 2018. The Commisson has made […]

April 27th, 2018 Read full Story

MfE reports on changes to NZ’s landscapes – Expert reaction

The extent to which we have changed our natural landscapes is highlighted in the latest instalment of the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ’s environmental reporting. Our Lands 2018, released today, also indicates significant gaps in our knowledge about land use and the flow-on effects to soil. The report and other materials are available on MfE’s […]

April 19th, 2018 Read full Story

Artificial pancreas for type 1 diabetics – Expert reaction

An artificial pancreas can help people with type 1 diabetes smooth out blood sugar peaks and troughs, according to a new study.  Artificial pancreas systems which automatically control insulin levels in patients with type 1 diabetes work better than other insulin treatments, according to a new review of medical trials. Type 1 diabetes accounts for around […]

April 19th, 2018 Read full Story

UPDATED: R&D tax incentive discussion document – Expert reaction

Minister for Research, Science and Innovation Megan Woods and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash have released a discussion document on a proposed Research and Development tax incentive. With New Zealand’s gross expenditure on R&D currently at 1.28 per cent, this puts the country behind the OECD average of 2.38 per cent. The Government has set a […]

April 19th, 2018 Read full Story

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