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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 […]

Future of Housing – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on June 21st, 2017.

There’s no place like home, but owning your own home is harder than ever before. Leaky houses, sky-rocketing prices, and ever-increasing energy bills – what do experts have to say about the Future of Housing in New Zealand? In this Expert Q&A, the Science Media Centre asked experts in the field how design, technical innovation, […]

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

Tessa Evans posted in on April 27th, 2017.

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. […]

OECD rates NZ’s environmental performance – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 21st, 2017.

The OECD’s latest report on New Zealand’s environmental performance warns that the country’s growth is starting to show environmental limits, including increased greenhouse gas emissions, freshwater contamination and threats to biodiversity. The third OECD Environmental Performance Review of New Zealand made 50 recommendations and noted the country has the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions […]

Will NZ’s future energy be clean? – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 16th, 2017.

Approximately 80 per cent of New Zealand’s electricity comes from renewable energy sources. But is this the full picture behind NZ’s clean and green reputation?  This week the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability releases ten policy briefs from its Energy Cultures research. The SMC asked experts how New Zealand’s energy usage compares to the […]

HRC funding for the health of New Zealand

John Kerr posted in on June 4th, 2015.

Female infertility, better housing and kicking the smoking habit are just some of the health issues to be tackled by new projects supported by the Health Research Council. This week the Health Research Council (HRC) announced the recipients for its latest funding round, awarding grants to dozens of projects to be undertaken in universities, research institutes and […]

Royal Society review looks into the future of New Zealand

John Kerr posted in on July 16th, 2014.

New Zealand’s population is changing and we need to be ready to face the challenges that come with it, according to a new review. Our Futures: Te Pae Tawhiti, released today by an expert panel of the Royal Society of New Zealand, pulls together the latest data from the 2013 census and expert input to […]

Brrrr! Experts comment on polar blast

John Kerr posted in on June 21st, 2013.

New Zealand is in the grip of a winter storm, with cold southerlies from Antarctica bringing snow, wind and hail. Severe Weather warnings from MetService are in place for most of the country. Earlier in the week, MetService Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented,”This winter storm will have quite a bit of bark and bite, and is […]

Cold houses and impact on health

Peter Griffin posted in on June 18th, 2008.

We spend more than 90% of our time indoors, and for that reason, the indoor environment and its effect on our health are more important than is often assumed. Many New Zealand homes share a number of features that can lead to health issues. One of the biggest problems is that our houses are simply […]

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