Tagged: New Zealand

Predator-free is a “mirage” – John Parkes - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Jan 08, 2018

Killing predators to reduce their impact is an important part of wildlife conservation in New Zealand. It delivers good outcomes for biodiversity, especially for our birds and reptiles. It does not logically or scientifically follow, however, that attempting to eradicate predators from ALL of New Zealand is also a good idea. Indeed, some scientists think that a national … Read More

NIWA Summer Series – Native forests suck in carbon dioxide - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 22, 2017

New Zealand’s forests and other land areas may be absorbing up to 60% more carbon dioxide than has been calculated, with much of this uptake likely occurring in native forests. This research, revealed in February, and led by NIWA atmospheric scientists Drs Kay Steinkamp and Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher, indicates that New Zealand’s forests absorb much more carbon dioxide than previously … Read More

The Havelock North drinking water inquiry: A wake-up call to rebuild public health in New Zealand - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Dec 21, 2017

Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson, Prof Alistair Woodward The huge campylobacteriosis outbreak in Havelock North in August 2016 caused by contaminated drinking water was a public health disaster. The second report of the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry describes a long list of failings that contributed to the outbreak. In this blog we argue that the failings are much … Read More

NIWA Summer Series – The Sounds of Whales - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 19, 2017

The sounds of whales and dolphins rarely seen in New Zealand waters were recorded by a NIWA scientist in a pioneering underwater sound project. In March the first analysis of work undertaken by NIWA marine ecologist Dr Kim Goetz was revealed following the deployment of seven acoustic moorings in Cook Strait to record the sounds of marine mammals. NIWA … Read More

Breast cancer screening is reaching Pasifika women too late - News

Jean Balchin Dec 15, 2017

A recent study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal has revealed a number of differences between Pasifika women and New Zealand European women diagnosed with breast cancer in New Zealand. The team found that Pasifika women in New Zealand are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer when the disease is already relatively advanced. The research team examined records of breast … Read More

Smokefree cars legislation: Should the new government make this a priority? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Dec 12, 2017

George Thomson, Richard Edwards, Richard Jaine, Janet Hoek, Jude Ball, Nick Wilson This blog briefly reviews the case for the prioritisation by the new Government of a law for smokefree cars carrying children. This would demonstrate their commitment to children’s health and well-being, respond to public and smoker opinion, follow official and Parliamentary advice, and fit with the research evidence … Read More

New Zealanders: Prepare to be alerted - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 25, 2017

New Zealanders: if your phone squeals at you sometime between 6 and 7pm tomorrow evening, don’t panic! Tomorrow New Zealand will face it’s first mobile emergency alert test. Compatible phones are listed on the CD website. You don’t have to download an app or subscribe to anything; it’ll just do it’s thing. Mobile alerts give warning … Read More

Natural Health Products bill gets quietly dropped - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 16, 2017

Today Newsroom reported that the Natural Health Products bill has been quietly dropped. Fellow Sciblogger Mark Hanna offered thoughts on this in an interview. There is a need to address an unregulated market that has problems. In an earlier piece, I offered some thoughts on the draft bill. I felt quite a bit could be added. Claims about … Read More

What do you want in a science commission? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 22, 2017

Now that New Zealand has a government, we can look to what they might do. Several parties offered to reorganise the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor role, and to introduce a Science Commission. How would you like to see this role work? I’m going to offer a few suggestions to encourage people to put their ideas forward in the comments … Read More

Teams, collaborations, lone wolves, and cranks - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 01, 2017

Jeremy Farrar, the director of the London-based biomedical research charity the Wellcome Trust, has written an opinion piece in the Guardian newspaper espousing the value of (international) collaborations in the face of Brexit, Britain proposed exit from the European Union. Farrar rightfully highlights the importance of collaborations. Collaboration can be essential for many types of work, and direct interactions … Read More