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In defence of science and our Treaty – Margreet Vissers

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 28th, 2018.

University of Otago’s Associate Dean (research) Professor Margreet Vissers has penned a heartfelt response to a column criticising inclusion of Treaty of Waitangi principles in academic research. An excerpt (read in full): As a research scientist, I reject the notion that we (Western Science) have all the answers. Our current model of the scientific method, […]

BUDGET 2017: Science and research

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on May 25th, 2017.

The Government has released this year’s Budget, with $250 million earmarked for science and innovation initiatives. This page will be updated with any new announcements and expert reaction. Finance Minister Steven Joyce delivered his first budget today: the National-led Government’s ninth budget. The Science and Innovation sector will receive $255.6 million of investments over the […]

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Tūhoe and scientists collaborate on dinosaur hunt – In the news

Laura Goodall posted in on July 7th, 2016.

Ngāi Tūhoe and palaeontologists have teamed up to go digging for dinosaurs and understand more about how these animals lived in New Zealand. The research will focus on searching for fossil remains in streams that flow through Te Urewera National Park, which is managed by Ngāi Tūhoe. “They’re leading the project,” palaeontologist James Crampton from GNS Science […]

Ten science successes profiled in the Herald on Sunday

John Kerr posted in on April 11th, 2016.

In a two-page spread in the Herald on Sunday, science journalist Jamie Morton lays out ten New Zealand science and innovation success stories, ranging from migraines to methane. You can read the full feature online here. An excerpt: Making thunder Underground If anyone says science is boring, ask them how many professions let you blow […]

Science needs funding certainty to excel

Peter Griffin posted in on October 5th, 2015.

The Press science reporter Dr Sarah-Jane O’Connor looks at the state of science funding in New Zealand and whether it is serving the needs of the country. An excerpt: read in full here. “At the end of the year, Palmerston North’s Centre of Research Excellence the Allan Wilson Centre will close, after missing out on […]

The science behind weather balloons – 3 News

Laura Goodall posted in on March 4th, 2015.

3 News weather presenter Kanoa Lloyd asks Maurice Hodgson how he helps meteorologists measure weather conditions using hydrogen-filled balloons. An excerpt (read in full and watch the video here): Weather balloons are one of the most important tools used in forecasting. Every day, hundreds of them are released, simultaneously around the world. But behind many of […]

Kiwi scientists embark on a whale of a mission

Laura Goodall posted in on January 28th, 2015.

New Zealand and Australian scientists are about to hunt some of the biggest predators in the icy Southern Ocean – humpback and blue whales. The NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) vessel Tangaroa leaves Wellington on Thursday 29 January for Terra Nova Bay in Antarctica. This is the starting point of a six-week research initiative […]

Funding NZ with science – The New Zealand Herald

Laura Goodall posted in on November 17th, 2014.

Following up on the Government’s recent announcement that it is investing $139 million into 48 of New Zealand’s most promising research programmes, Teuila Fuatai at The New Zealand Herald takes a look at four of the projects that have been approved in the 2014 Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment contestable science investment round. An excerpt (read in full here): […]

101 research projects awarded Marsden Fund grants

Laura Goodall posted in on November 5th, 2014.

New Zealand’s top researchers will receive $56 million in Marsden Fund grants over the next three years. Over a hundred research programmes have been approved in this year’s funding round for the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund which has been supporting research in science, engineering, maths, social sciences and the humanities for 20 years. Projects include […]

Dentists question tooth decay data – Morning Report

Laura Goodall posted in on October 16th, 2014.

Radio New Zealand asked three dental experts for their take on the newly released report by Roy Morgan Research, which suggests that tooth decay has significantly declined between 2009 and 2014. Aired as a slot in RNZ’s Morning Report this week, journalist Nick Butcher interviewed New Zealand Dental Association chief executive David Crum, University of Otago paediatric dentistry professor Bernadette Drummond […]

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