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Auckland Council plans an extra $600m to clean up Waitemata Harbour

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Auckland Council is looking to spend a further $600 million to reduce diluted sewage pouring into Waitemata Harbour and onto inner city beaches nearly every time it rains.The extra money will go to extending a massive new pipeline...



DNA feat could boost star forestry species

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A world-first DNA feat by New Zealand scientists could boost the way we grow the star species of our plantation forests.By completing a draft assembly of the radiata pine's genetic make-up, or genome, researchers at Crown research...



And then there were two: Our feisty weka, redefined

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New DNA insights have just changed what we thought we knew about another famous New Zealand bird - our feisty, flightless weka.The number of sub-species of weka has been a point of debate, with the land bird being found on mainland...



Lack of sea ice hampers Antarctic expedition

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Kiwi scientists gearing up for a major new study in Antarctica say the field work they'd planned could be nearly halved after fierce winter storms resulted in a dramatic change in sea ice.Niwa marine physicist Dr Natalie Robinson...



Marine reserve boosts snapper outside borders

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Marine reserves don't just benefit sea creatures living within them, but those beyond their borders as well, Kiwi researchers have suggested.University of Auckland scientists have observed a higher proportion of young snapper in...



Pesticide traces in NZ honey surprises researcher

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A researcher says he was surprised to find how four samples of New Zealand honey contained traces of a class of pesticides known for their role in the decline of bees.Professor Edward Mitchell, presently based at Crown research...



Learning by cooking wins school award

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A school that teaches reading and maths by cooking has won the country's first "Young Gardener of the Year" awards. Haumoana School , on the Hawke's Bay coast east of Hastings, grows food in its own garden and cooks it every week.Teacher...



Uncovered: Our north's fiery, 260m-year history

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

We think of New Zealand's north as a summery paradise, bounded by golden beaches and turquoise waters.But our northern regions hold a dramatic and fiery ancient history - and are home to a higher density of extinct volcanoes than...



Major probe of quake danger zone begins

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

What is arguably New Zealand's largest natural threat - a major active fault capable of generating a magnitude 8.5 earthquake - is about to be probed in a sprawling international project.A "megathrust" earthquake on the Hikurangi...



10 endangered Auckland species - and how to save them

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Aucklanders might not realise it, but their region is home to many of New Zealand's most endangered species - and they're not just birds. Ahead of Conservation Week , we list 10 of them - and recommend how people can help protect...



Twelve Questions with Ian Short, former Lehman Brothers investment banker

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Former Lehman Brothers investment banker Ian Short helped lead East London's redevelopment for the Olympics and Europe's shift to a low-emission economy. He's come home to show New Zealand how a joined-up "systems approach" is the...



Editorial: Election has thrust plastic bags closer to oblivion

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Supermarkets saw writing on wall and focus on way we package goods will only widen. Nothing is quite the same after an election, even if the voters have left the major parties with much the same proportions of support they had before....



How climate change is affecting travel - and what you can do about it

Friday, October 13, 2017

When Kimberly Button drove her RV to Glacier National Park in Montana this summer, she expected relief from her muggy home town of Orlando, Florida. "We assumed that we'd have mild temperatures," she says. "We couldn't have been more...



How much cash could a solar panel save you?

Friday, October 13, 2017

How much solar energy could your home capture?A University of Auckland researcher has created a new online tool for city residents to find out whether installing solar panels on their roof could help them make or save cash.Last...



Brian Fallow: Rising sea level will cost us all

Friday, October 13, 2017

One challenge awaiting the next Government is how to address - and especially, how to fund - the need to adapt to climate change.A timely paper on this by Jonathan Boston, professor of public policy at Victoria University of Wellington,...



NZ scientists alarmed at captive orcas' teeth

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The first ever in-depth investigation of the teeth of captive orca has found them a sorry state, raising serious concerns for the charismatic mammals' overall health and welfare.Anyone with a toothache knows how painful and distracting...



Bird of the Year contest rocked by scandal as fraudulent votes logged for heron

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Feathers are already flying in the annual Bird of the Year contest , after the shocking revelation that someone has lodged more than 100 fraudulent votes for the white-faced heron.A scientist at Dragonfly Data Science who has been...



Brian Rudman: Plastic bag ban can't come soon enough

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Apology by Brian Rudman and the NZ Herald to Judith Collins' husbandThe NZ Herald published an article authored by Brian Rudman ,"Judith Collins' Pipeline to Promotion Springs Leak", on Wednesday 20 September 2017. The article...



Rachel Stewart: Trying to make sense of a world that is changing

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

What are the signs that the world's resources are running out?It's in the big things but, by crikey, it's in the little things too. It's found in the culture wars we're seeing around us every day. It's found in everyday conversations...







Did you know?

Beluga Whales, also known as "White Whales" live in the arctic and sub-arctic waters of the world.

They live in pods of hundreds, and even thousands of individuals, and their 'clicks', 'squeaks', and 'chips' are among the most distinctive of any mammal, earning them the nickname of "Sea Canary".

Living in the some of the coldest oceans, Belugas have a 10 centimeter thick layer of blubber insulating their bodies. In fact, half of their weight is FAT!

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