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Are Kiwi academics less engaged in govt policy-making?

- Wayne Linklater Jul 14, 2016

The Chief Science Advisor to the New Zealand Prime Minister thinks New Zealand’s university academics are less engaged in policy-making by government than those in other countries. Source of image: The Guardian Perhaps it was an unplanned, throw-away, line in Sir Peter Gluckman’s wide-ranging presentation for the Science & Society Series at Victoria University today (13 July), but it grabbed … Read More

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The science and memories of children climbing trees

- Wayne Linklater Jan 19, 2016

A cordon of dark, gnarly Macrocarpa trees stood along the falling-down-fence boundaries behind my childhood home. I can’t recall ever crossing the boundaries they defined. The fields beyond were someone else’s. They lived on different roads that I seldom travelled. The trees, like sentinels, looked outward over my no-man’s land. And, like guardians, they looked inward over my … Read More

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Victoria University Democalyse

- Wayne Linklater Aug 20, 2015

When the staff and students of Victoria University were asked how they would like members on university’s governance council to be selected – democratic election, or appointment by the council or some other select group – 71% supported elections (450 staff and 700 students responded to the survey). Selection by election was also the most supported option amongst the ~1000 alumni … Read More

Growing and protecting New Zealand’s wildlife economy

- Wayne Linklater Mar 04, 2015

Wildlife is critical to the economies of nations. New Zealand’s whales, dolphins, albatross, kiwi, tuatara and kauri bring tourists. And the tourists who come to see our wildlife stay for longer and spend more, especially in our provinces and small towns, than those who come for our casinos and high-end hotels [1, 2]. Even … Read More

The value of our environment – learning from Proctor & Gamble

- Wayne Linklater Apr 08, 2014

Proctor & Gamble’s Dawn Ultra, New Zealand Springs. Sold in North America and listed on www.fishpond.co.nz but unavailable in New Zealand. New Zealand! The 100% purity and beauty of our freshwaters is an international inspiration… … for dishwashing liquid. Dawn Ultra, New Zealand Springs Dishwashing liquid is an environmental hazard. It adds phosphorous to the environment … Read More

Fat, well-fed cats kill too… and they do it for fun

- Wayne Linklater Mar 05, 2014

On our way down to the local corner store for the Saturday morning paper my 5- and 1-year-old daughters and I meet a feline ritual. At the front gate of a home half-way down, every day without fail stands a generously fed black moggy with white socks and nose, long hair, and an inviting purr. She sits reliably waiting for … Read More

Killing to save, saving to kill – hunting rhino

- Wayne Linklater Jan 27, 2014

Resurgent killing for horn that is then traded on the international black market for thousands of dollars a gram threatens to undo two decades of progress recovering the black rhinoceros from near extinction. Countries are mobilising and people are dying protecting rhino from international crime syndicates that out manoeuvre and out gun them. Do not … Read More

Annihilate, really? – show me the evidence

- Wayne Linklater Dec 18, 2013

The nation missed an important opportunity at Raglan. If cats have been removed from the Raglan community then, had we the time beforehand to prepare, we could have tested whether cats were a beneficial urban predator, as claimed here and here. Cats on evidence. Evidence on cats… and their relationship with other … Read More

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