Tagged: community

Disaster recovery is local - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 04, 2016

There are a lot of lessons from Hurricane Matthew that New Zealand might have found useful in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes.  Vero de Rugy has a great summary of Virgil Storr’s work for the Mercatus Centre on hurricane recovery in New Orleans. Take a recent investigation by PBS’ “Frontline” and NPR into flood insurance and aid … Read More

An Inventory of Citizen Science - Up and Atom

Kimberley Collins Aug 22, 2016

The New Zealand Landcare Trust has launched ‘An Inventory of Citizen Science in New Zealand‘ to understand what’s happening in the citizen science space. An Inventory of Citizen Science, which was published earlier this month. The inventory, written by Dr. Monica Peters, includes a range of projects studying everything from children monitoring long-tailed bats, to patrolling beaches for dead seabirds and monitoring … Read More

Reshaping the mould for Māori obesity research - Mātau Taiao

Laura Goodall Apr 29, 2016

What has the Māori word for ‘chieftainship’ got to do with a team of scientists looking at obesity in Northland? Answer: the researchers broke the scientific mould by putting the Māori communities — not scientists — in the leading role. Researcher Ricky Bell tells us how they did it. Rangatiratanga is a powerful word.  It’s loosely translated to mean chieftainship, authority, leadership.  But … Read More

Getting Curious and Curiouser - Curious and Curiouser

Victoria Metcalf Nov 06, 2015

The power of curiosity One of my beliefs is that everyone has curiosity programmed into them. Sometimes as people progress from childhood wonder into adulthood that curiousness becomes dulled, covered in layers, just like the clouds I am viewing from my plane window at the precise moment I write this. A moment spent looking and thinking might lead to consideration … Read More

The value and values of water - Waiology

Waiology May 19, 2014

By Suzie Greenhalgh, Jim Sinner and Natasha Berkett The Land and Water Forum, the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management and government proposals for further freshwater reforms all recognise the increasing competition between values for and uses of our freshwater resources in New Zealand. This competition has opened a new lexicon around what we mean by value and values and … Read More

Vague expectations get vague results: Freshwaters need targets - Waiology

Waiology Dec 09, 2013

By Mike Scarsbrook You’ll have heard this saying before. You may have even used it as an excuse when talking to your boss at the end of the year. It is equally valid in managing our water resources. If we cannot provide clarity on what we are trying to achieve, how can we expect anyone to make effective decisions … Read More

My Skeptics Conference 2013 talk and slides – ‘Nerds, nerds everywhere’ - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Sep 09, 2013

The weekend just passed saw the annual NZ Skeptics Conference 2013, held in my home town of Wellington. The theme was around science communication, and speakers featured such stars as Pamela Gay and Kylie Sturgess, as well as local speakers such as Martin Manning and fellow Scibloggers Siouxise Wiles and Elf Eldridge. For some unfathomable reason, I was asked to … Read More

Give your two cents on electric vehicles in NZ - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Sep 12, 2012

No doubt, some of you care (in some way or other) about electric cars, the technol9ogy on which they’re built, their useage and their future.   If one of those people is you, you could do worse than hieing* yourself over to the brand new – as in started yesterday – EV Supporters community. So [...] … Read More

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