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Call for urgent climate action backed by 150 New Zealand academics

Monday, November 19, 2018

A landmark report warning that the world has little more than a decade to try to limit global warming to 1.5C has prompted 150 Kiwi academics to issue an urgent call to the Government for bold action on climate change.The report,...

For our bumblebees, being cleverer isn't better

Monday, November 19, 2018

When it comes to factors that can hinder your survival, you'd expect being a quick study wouldn't be on the list.Yet that's just the conundrum facing our humble bumblebee – and one that Kiwi scientists are just starting to grapple...

Scientists investigate ruptures along high-risk Alpine Fault

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Scientists will investigate intriguing "barriers" capable of influencing earthquakes along one of New Zealand's most dangerous faults.The fault, which runs about 500km up the western side of the South Island between Milford Sound...

Chilly weather on the way as cold front moves up country

Sunday, November 18, 2018

After a couple of balmy days in Auckland, a temperature dip is expected to kick in shortly as a cold front moves up from the South. A broad complex trough is expected to cover the country next week through to Thursday, with embedded...

Auckland Council sides with opponent of rich-lister Rod Duke's Herne Bay helipad

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Rich-lister Rod Duke is pressing on to complete his controversial Herne Bay mansion, despite the Auckland Council siding with his legal opponent over "issues" with a harbourside helipad on a boatshed.The Briscoe Group boss, estimated...

Bay of Plenty kids learn to care about their waterways

Thursday, November 15, 2018

More than 180 students from schools around the Bay of Plenty have enjoyed discovering how to monitor and care for their local waterways.The 8 to 12-year-olds were participants in an annual Hands-on Water Expo, hosted at Redwood...

Paraparaumu Beach schoolkids' war on plastic

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Imogen Davidson, from the Paraparaumu Beach School's student council, writes about the school's war on plastic Each year at Paraparaumu Beach School a student council is formed. It is made up of leaders from Te Motu (Year 7/8 syndicate).This...

Jake Bailey: My kingdom for a receipt - nightmare at the auto-checkout

Thursday, November 15, 2018

COMMENT: I threw all of my spare change into any water holding vessel I could find. I hunted down every chicken in the land and broke its bone. I rubbed the lamp furiously, in the most literal and least metaphorical sense possible,...

The hourglass ticks: Hawke's Bay beach gets its sand back, but not for long

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A sudden appearance of sand on Westshore Beach has sparked excitement for summer in Napier, but it likely won't last the season.The once-sandy beach is now known for its shingled appearance, and a Napier City Councillor says it...

Whanganui must deal with waste better to compete in award

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

If Whanganui is to compete for the most beautiful city title it must lift its game in dealing with waste.Councillor Helen Craig was shocked and outraged to see renovation waste dumped down a gully on a College Estate section. It...

Muddy hell: Clive River may have 'had its day' as silt chokes waka cruises

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Clive River may have "had its day" as a rapid build up of silt threatens to ground a popular waka cruise experience.Out of action since May for maintenance, the waka Nga Tukemata o Kahungunu has been struggling to re-enter the...

Permanent jetlag: Scientists issue warning over blue light from screens

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Our increasing exposure to artificial blue light is hurting our health and our natural environment, scientists say.A new paper released today by Royal Society Te Apārangi has also set out ways people can protect themselves...

Our most complex quake: Kaikōura two years on

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Scientists are still gaining rich lessons from the Kaikōura Earthquake, two years after the 7.8 jolt shook the country with the equivalent energy release of 400 atomic bombs.GNS Science earthquake geologist Dr Rob Langridge...

NZ slams Japan's latest whaling expedition as fleet leaves for Southern Ocean

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Japan's latest whaling expedition into the Southern Ocean has again drawn heavy criticism from the Government, which has called for Antarctica's marine ecosystems to be better protected.A fleet left Japan this week for the polar...

Can the world stop polar ice sheets collapsing?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The world's goal to limit global warming to no more than 2C may not be enough to stop the collapse of polar ice sheets, scientists say.An international scientific review co-authored by Victoria University researcher Associate...

Did you know?

Holding the title for 'fattest animal in the world' , the Bowhead whale has up to 50 tons of blubber helping to keep it warm at home in the Arctic. It is also known as the "Arctic whale" or "Greenland right whale".

Some studies have suggested the Bowhead whale can live up to 200 years! They are quite possibly the oldest living mammal on earth...and they also have the largest mouth of any animal!

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