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Invasive species on the march – In the News

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

Somewhere out in the world, there are two new pest incursions a day, according to new research showing that efforts to prevent pests, weeds and diseases have not kept up with the pace of globalisation.  An international team of scientists, whose findings were published overnight in Nature Communications, found that the number of invasive species […]

Kaikoura earthquake recovery – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 17th, 2016.

As tourists are evacuated from Kaikoura – isolated by road since Monday morning’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake – attention is starting to turn to the recovery process. Reopening the state highway and strengthening alternative routes will be critical to connecting Kaikoura and surrounding rural communities with essential supply lines. Jersey Seipel is a lecturer in humanitarian […]

Earthquake effect on tourism – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 15th, 2016.

Over the coming days and weeks the full impact of Monday morning’s Kaikoura earthquake will become apparent. We asked an expert in the effect of natural disasters on tourism what the recovery of this tourist town might look like. Dr Caroline Orchiston, Deputy Director, Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago How do natural disasters like […]

Tourism focus at mountain conference – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 9th, 2016.

At the country shivers during winter’s first real cold snap, conservationists and mountaineers have gathered at Aoraki/Mt Cook to discuss protecting mountains for future generations to enjoy. The Sustainable Summits Conference, hosted by the New Zealand Alpine Club, follows on from an international conference held in Colorado, USA in 2014. The conference has a strong […]

The business of wildlife conservation – Wayne Linklater

John Kerr posted in on March 3rd, 2015.

Writing in the Dominion Post, Victoria University Wellington Associate Professor of Conservation Science Wayne Linklater looks at the economics of our native wildlife, saying “Wildlife conservation should not be a charity but a business.” An excerpt (read in full here): The benefits of rent-a-kakapo New Zealand’s wildlife – whales, dolphins, red deer, tahr, albatross, kiwi, […]

ODT: Climate change may favour resort

Peter Griffin posted in on February 15th, 2010.

Joanne Carroll of the Otago Daily Times reports that climate change could in fact benefit Queenstown’s tourism industry as many of the other snowfields in the world disappear, according to local scientists. New Zealand experts in climate science will be giving a talk in which they will discuss the effects of climate change on the […]

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