Tagged: New Zealand stories

Friday essay: a rare bird — how Europeans got the black swan so wrong - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 11, 2021

David Haworth, Monash University   The black swan is an Australian icon. The official emblem of Western Australia, depicted in the state flag and coat-of-arms, it decorates several public buildings. The bird is also the namesake for Perth’s Swan River, where the British established the Swan River Colony in 1829. The swan’s likeness has featured on stamps, sporting team … Read More

Research now backs routinely offering pregnant women the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine - COVID-19

Guest Author Jun 11, 2021

Michelle Wise, University of Auckland New Zealand and Australia will now routinely offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to women at any stage of pregnancy, following an update of vaccination advice. This comes as research suggests the risk of severe outcomes from infection is significantly higher for pregnant women compared to the general population. At the same time, … Read More

The Irish lough that offers a window into the deep sea - Hot off the press

Guest Author Jun 11, 2021

James Bell, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington; Rob McAllen, University College Cork, and Valerio Micaroni, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington   Deeper than most scuba divers can safely work and above where most underwater robots are designed to descend lie some of the most poorly studied ecosystems in the world. Between 30 and 150 … Read More

Why Indigenous knowledge should be an essential part of how we govern the world’s oceans - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Jun 10, 2021

Meg Parsons, University of Auckland and Lara Taylor, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research   Our moana (ocean) is in a state of unprecedented ecological crisis. Multiple, cumulative impacts include pollution, sedimentation, overfishing, drilling and climate change. All affect the health of both marine life and coastal communities. To reverse the decline and avoid reaching tipping points, we must adopt more … Read More

What would sustainable tourism really mean for New Zealand? Let’s ask the river - Hot off the press

Guest Author Jun 08, 2021

Jason Paul Mika, Massey University and Regina Scheyvens, Massey University   Excitement among Cook Islands tourism operators and officials at the opening of quarantine-free travel with Aotearoa New Zealand was understandable. The impact of the pandemic on the island nation’s economy has been massive and will be felt for a long time. But it wasn’t long before a local … Read More

Power from the ocean: can we use bio-fouling organisms to help extract energy from waves? - Unsorted

Guest Author Jun 08, 2021

Craig Stevens, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research; Louise Kregting, Queen’s University Belfast, and Vladislav Sorokin, University of Auckland People living near the coast are familiar with the power of ocean waves. What we see when a typical wave breaks on a beach is the endpoint of a global energy conversion story. It starts with the sun’s heat driving … Read More

Whakaari tragedy: court case highlights just how complex it is to forecast a volcanic eruption - News

Guest Author Jun 04, 2021

Shane Cronin, University of Auckland and David Dempsey, University of Canterbury   While today’s pre-trial hearing over the Whakaari White Island tragedy revealed most of the 13 parties charged have yet to enter pleas, there is no disputing the basic facts. The December 9 2019 eruption struck when 47 people were on the small island; 22 people died … Read More

New Zealand relies on scientific research for good policy. It’s a pity the budget didn’t reflect this - News

Guest Author Jun 02, 2021

Nicola Gaston, University of Auckland   New Zealand’s government has been praised for listening to scientists as it continues to pursue its COVID-19 elimination strategy. But it’s difficult to find any signs of significant investment in science in the recent budget — or in fact previous budgets. It was with a sense of déjà vu I scrolled through … Read More

The real challenge to COVID-19 vaccination rates isn’t hesitancy — it’s equal access for Māori and Pacific people - COVID-19

Guest Author Jun 02, 2021

Jesse Whitehead, University of Waikato; Kate C. Prickett, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington, and Polly Atatoa Carr, University of Waikato   Reports of potentially higher rates of vaccine hesitancy among Māori and Pacific populations have seen the government target COVID-19 vaccine and information campaigns at those communities. And there are excellent reasons for such … Read More

The idea of ‘green growth’ is flawed. We must find ways of using and wasting less energy - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Jun 01, 2021

Michael (Mike) Joy, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington   As countries explore ways of decarbonising their economies, the mantra of “green growth” risks trapping us in a spiral of failures. Green growth is an oxymoron. Growth requires more material extraction, which in turn requires more energy. The fundamental problem we face in trying to replace fossil … Read More