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Antarctic Tribute

Antarctic Tribute

A NZ foundation dedicated to the preservation of early Antarctic exploration is to erect a unique memorial museum to Norwegian explorer Carsten E. Borchgrevink. The UN-backed Global Resource Information Database (GRID) wants to preserve Borchgrevink’s cabin -…

Leading the field

Leading the field

“Never before has technology played such a pivotal role in bringing an animal back from the brink, setting the stage for computer-based rescues of endangered species elsewhere.” SMH feature documents the radical efforts of NZ scientists and conservationists…

Environmental Oxymoron

Environmental Oxymoron

NZ’s possum epidemic has made unlikely bed-fellows of environmentalists and fur-trappers. New Scientist looks at a globally unique situation, where groups such as WWF actively support the trapping of an animal for its fur and meat as…

Cleaner Greener NZ

Cleaner Greener NZ

The Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions came one step closer to enforcement after its ratification by the NZ and Canadian governments. Although both countries are relatively minor industrial polluters their signatures are vital in making up the…

The Big Break-up

The Big Break-up

“Somewhere east of New Zealand, where Gondwana’s break-up may have started some 130 million years ago, with New Zealand splitting from Australia, ‘the last resources of mankind’ could be awaiting discovery. So say a crew of German…

Tweety 1, Sylvester 0

Tweety 1, Sylvester 0

” has built up something of a reputation for bringing endangered birds back from the brink of extinction,” the kakapo being a prime example. Armed with electric blankets, video monitoring equipment, and over 100 volunteer nest-minders, NZ…

Kea Car-ha?

Kea Car-ha?

Judy Diamond and Alan B. Bond’s spent hours at an Arthur’s Pass rubbish dump working out the evolutionary significance of the kea: “Keas are giant mountain parrots, and they love cars, especially soft-tops. If you leave…

Kaiwhekea Katiki-saurus

Kaiwhekea Katiki-saurus

A new species of dinosaur has been discovered on a North Otago beach. The 70 million year old fossil is believed to be a type of plesiosaur – a giant, swimming reptile resembling “a…

No Dodo

No Dodo

New Scientist features the Kakapo’s claw-back from the brink of extinction: “What’s green, nocturnal, looks like an owl, smells sweet and fruity, and makes strange noises from growls and “skrarks” to metallic “chings” and deep resonant…

Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

Volcano enthusiasts were recently treated to a bonanza 500 kilometres north east of New Zealand. They discovered three new hydrothermal fields along the Ring of Fire which marks the boundary between the earth’s Australian and Pacific…

Kiwis: Our Sheep Don’t Stink

Kiwis: Our Sheep Don’t Stink

The No.8 gene gets Wired for the 21st Century: “With about 45 million sheep and only 5 million people, New Zealanders hear their fair share of sheep jokes. When it comes to biotechnology and sheep, however,…

Deep Sea Wonder

Deep Sea Wonder

NZ scientists catch the biggest octopus ever found, a four-meter 75 kg giant hauled from 3,000 feet deep waters near the Chatham Islands. “It’s extremely deep, it’s extremely large, it’s the first recorded in the South Pacific,…

Tuatara: Taking it Easy?

Tuatara: Taking it Easy?

BBC News features research undertaken by Victoria University Tuatara Research Group (Professor Charles Daugherty and student Nicola Nelson) into the habitat of New Zealand’s “living fossil”, the tuatara. “They’ve been around since the time of the dinosaurs, so…

Kakapo’s Getting It On

Kakapo’s Getting It On

The world’s “rarest, heaviest, and only nocturnal and flightless” parrot, NZ’s native kakapo, enjoys a record breeding season with 22 chicks hatching on Whenua Hou, a small island off Stewart Island. Thanks to the bumper brood, kakapo…

Giant Icebergs Leave Penguins Stranded

Giant Icebergs Leave Penguins Stranded

NZ scientists involved in penguin dynamics research in Antarctica report on the deaths of hundreds of thousands of baby penguins this summer, caused by the blocking of food routes by giant icebergs.

Royal Chill

Royal Chill

Saatchi & Saatchi CEO Worldwide Kevin Roberts, accompanies Britain’s Princess Anne to Antarctica to celebrate the centenary of Scott and Shackleton’s discovery expeditions, and to launch the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust’s 10 year project to conserve…

Feel Like Jonah/Never Meaning No Harm?

Feel Like Jonah/Never Meaning No Harm?

Phil Robinson, helicopter pilot and Greenpeace activist, films rare Southern Ocean footage of a Japanese vessel harpooning a whale after a 40 minute chase. “Scientists” responded by targeting Greenpeace inflatables with water cannons.

Left-handed Crows

Left-handed Crows

New Zealand scientist Gavin Hunt describes a new theory of “how human beings came to be right-handed” by investigating the “right beakedness” tendencies of crows when “ripping pieces from leaves.” The discovery makes it more likely that…

Shining White Antarctic

Shining White Antarctic

The environmental state of Antarctica’s Ross Sea region is in pristine condition – “exceptionally so by global standards” – according to a new report from the New Zealand Antarctic Institute. However the reports also points out “significant…

Adopted Lambs for Japan

Adopted Lambs for Japan

School children in Amagase, Japan have adopted lambs resident in Dunedin, Amagase’s sister city in New Zealand. The lambs have their own websites for the children to access and catch up on what’s happening with their…

Greener Than You Think

Greener Than You Think

University of Canterbury’s Professor Denis Dutton (Arts and Letters Daily) reviews Bjorn Lomborg’s controversial new book, The Skeptical Environmentalist, in the Washington Post: Dutton concludes that the “richly informative, lucid book” containing “bad news for Green…

New Inventions Limits Environmental Damage

New Inventions Limits Environmental Damage

New Zealand, long recognised for its environmental innovation, makes another advance. Researches at Massey University have found a unique technique for the quick and safe treatment and removal of hazardous chemical spills. The portable unit draws effluent…

Johnson and the Whale

Johnson and the Whale

Mark Johnson is literally leading the way with research into whale behaviour – part of his work involves attaching digital recorders to 60-foot sperm whales out in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists like Johnson are trying…

Famous NZ Plants

Famous NZ Plants

The Times explores the unlikely problem of growing tea trees like they do down in New Zealand.

Land Purchase

Land Purchase

1841: 1,214 acres of land around Waitemata Harbour purchased from Maori – the future site of Auckland city.

Honey Sweet

Honey Sweet

New Zealand Manuka honey cures what ails you.

Schuster, Stoppard, Sauvignon

Schuster, Stoppard, Sauvignon

The 1999 Montana Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (“my homage to Michael Schuster”) is a current favorite of British women’s-health guru Dr Miriam Stoppard. This New Zealand example is ‘fresh and rich and slightly oaky with a really lovely…

Origin Controversy

Origin Controversy

Is every living thing on earth descended from a heat loving bacteria – or are we, as Dr Anthony Poole of Massey University suggests, all really aliens on our own planet?

Easy-over or Sunnyside Up?

Easy-over or Sunnyside Up?

Which ever way you flip it, global warming will affect every part of New Zealand – but perhaps we’re among the lucky ones?

Trickster Wasp

Trickster Wasp

Newly discovered New Zealand parasitic wasp creates a whole new insect family – Maamingidae, named after the Maori word for trickster, because it has taken so long to come to light.

Clean as a Whistle

Clean as a Whistle

New Zealand comes up smelling of roses, second equal behind Finland in the world anti-corruption rankings.

Penguins Pegging Out

Penguins Pegging Out

Global warming, along with over-fishing and oil-spills, threatens penguin populations around the world says University of Otago penguin biologist Lloyd Davies.

Carbon Up

Carbon Up

New Zealand’s carbon emissions rose 22% in the 1990’s, almost certainly putting Kyoto targets out of reach.

Rat Attack

Rat Attack

New Zealand rat predatation expert Mike Bell called in to save the puffins of Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel.

Lucky Pig

Lucky Pig

New Zealand Kune Kune pig Grunty, former star of British programme Pig at the Ritz, currently resident at a farm in Wellington, southwest England, saved from slaughter after being declared free of foot and mouth.

Seeds of Learning

Seeds of Learning

New Zealand plant expert Doctor Warwick Harris lectures in Seattle on the Christchurch Botanical gardens.

Old Bones

Old Bones

Cache of moa bones and other fossils found under Canterbury vineyard.

If You Can’t Beat ’em, Eat ’em

If You Can’t Beat ’em, Eat ’em

“We need to take millions of possums out of circulation, not just nibble at it,” said Tauranga farmer Bryan Bassett-Smith promoting Possyum, the possum meat dog food he hopes will solve New Zealand’s marsupial woes.

Five Dollar Bird

Five Dollar Bird

Hoiho (yellow-eyed penguins, literally noise-shouters) catch the attention of an international money man.

Who’s a Clever Kea Then?

Who’s a Clever Kea Then?

The kea outscores gibbons in intelligence tests. “There was definitely learning going on,” says Rachel Johnston who administered the avian IQ tests.

World Music

World Music

The BBC’s Radio4 celebrates International Dawn Chorus Day by listening to the world wake up via some aural ornithology; singing the sun up is the enchanting “Nightingale of New Zealand” – the Tui.

Whale of a Debate

Whale of a Debate

Japan gets sharky over New Zealand’s support for a Southern Ocean whale sanctuary, but South Pacific nations are right behind the proposal.

Pohutukawa Brouhaha

Pohutukawa Brouhaha

“New Zealand Christmas tree” defended by Cape Town fans.

Young Crusader

Young Crusader

New Zealander Ruby Haazen, 13, sails the high seas fighting for a cleaner earth.

Kyoto Outcry

Kyoto Outcry

Phil Goff, Minister for Foreign Affairs and trade, voiced New Zealand’s condemnation of the Bush back-down on Kyoto after a meeting with US Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Flaxen Splendor

Flaxen Splendor

New Zealand flax gives British gardens a spiky edge.

Do They Have Sheep There?

Do They Have Sheep There?

Scotland’s national collection of New Zealand Olearia attract visitors to Inverewe Gardens on the shores of Lake Ewe.

Clever Kea

Clever Kea

The inhospitable alpine environment has caused the kea to develop “a very human-like curiosity and flexibility”.

Clean Fingers

Clean Fingers

European consumers can’t wait to get their hands on sustainably fished New Zealand hoki fish-fingers, but some groups strongly dispute the fishery’s right to the “sustainable” label.

Kiwi Burger?

Kiwi Burger?

“If you were in a position where every family could eat kiwi for lunch, then you would have solved the problem, wouldn’t you,” says John Wamsley, head of the private Environmental Sanctuaries group. But, “our aim…

Elegant Astelia

Elegant Astelia

A New Zealand silver astelia adds elegance to Irish garden designer Dominick Murphy’s small garden.

Edge Eden

Edge Eden

Cornwall’s bio-dome Eden Project houses vegetation from every part of the planet – including the edge.

Oh Lovely Olearia

Oh Lovely Olearia

New Zealand olearias feature in celeb-gardner Penelope Hobhouse’s top picks.

Orchid Can-do

Orchid Can-do

Volunteers at the new International Orchid Centre in Florida will “communicate their enthusiasm for orchids and an attitude of ‘Hell, if I can grow them, you can too’,” says American Orchid Society director of education, Kiwi…

Bad Bird

Bad Bird

“Even in New Zealand there are sheep farmers that lose stock to wildlife, namely the Kea, a large native and protected parrot. It may seem incredible, but it’s true.”

Furry Love

Furry Love

Wellington residents disturbed by amorous possums engage in chemical warfare to keep the peace.