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Election 2017 – SMC science Q&A with political parties

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 24th, 2017.

The Science Media Centre put questions on key science-related issues to the political parties ahead of the General Election scheduled to be held on September 23. This is the fourth time the SMC has canvassed political parties on their science-related policies; you can access previous election Q&As on our website – 2008, 2011, 2014. Click […]

Gareth Morgan on ‘Cats to Go’ – NZ Herald

John Kerr posted in on January 25th, 2013.

After two days of heated debate on the issue of cats and conservation, Economist Gareth Morgan, the man behind the highly publicised Cats to Go campaign, has explained his views in an opinion piece published by the New Zealand Herald. You can read expert responses to the campaign here, and read some of the extensive […]

Updated: Cats’ impact on native wildlife – Experts respond

John Kerr posted in on January 23rd, 2013.

A campaign launched by economist Gareth Morgan to raise awareness about the impact of cats on native wildlife has elicited a range of opinions, but what does the evidence say? This week , Dr Morgan launched the Cats-to-go campaign, calling for further efforts to prevent cats killing native birds. Recommendations included: affixing bells to collars, keeping cats […]

Marine protection a ‘diplomatic process’ – Gareth Morgan

John Kerr posted in on April 24th, 2012.

Economist Gareth Morgan and his associate Geoff Simmons write about the pitfalls of campaigning for Marine Protected Areas in today’s New Zealand Herald. Dr Morgan recently returned from the Our Far South expedition, which aimed raise New Zealanders’ awareness of the importance of the Antarctica, the subantarctic islands and the Southern Ocean. An excerpt (read […]

Fishing for the truth on ocean protection

John Kerr posted in on November 22nd, 2011.

An article by Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons in the New Zealand Herald highlights the environmental issues surrounding fishing,  drawing on the research presented in their book ‘Hook, Line & Blinkers: Everything Kiwis Never Wanted to Know About Fishing‘. An excerpt (read in full here): Our oceans can’t survive fishing madness The election is looming, […]

Sunday Star Times: Reinventing the wheel

Peter Griffin posted in on September 20th, 2010.

Adam Dudding writes in the Sunday Star Times about concerns that, although Kiwis are highly inventive, we risk inventing the wheel repeatedly. Using Rex (the exoskeletal legs recently developed in NZ) as an example, an intellectual property consultant has pointed out why the ‘invention’ may not be the commercial success people expect. An excerpt: (read […]

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