News & events
8 May 18 by Katarina Tawiri
Manaaki Whenua is kaitiaki (guardian) of the National New Zealand Flax Collection. The collection is made up of over 300 plants. The five main collections include weaving varieties, ornamental garden plants, historical plants from the early flax industry, plants taken to offshore islands by both Māori and Pākehā, and a collection of plants representing what grows in the wild.
2 May 18
Aotearoa’s magnificent kauri tree was almost wiped out in the early 1900s due to settler deforestation, and now the giants of our forests face a new threat – kauri dieback.
10 Apr 18
The Central Otago Ecological Trust recently released Jewelled geckos into a 14-ha predator-proof fence near Alexandra. This species has been extinct from Central Otago for many decades, so this translocation represents a significant step in restoring lost lizard communities in this region.
Dogs in the Rotorua area could see their dermatitis clear up with the world’s first field release of a Brazilian fungal biocontrol agent aimed at combating the invasive weed tradescantia.
28 Feb 18
Students and teachers from at least nine kura kaupapa schools across New Zealand gathered at Pūtiki Marae in Whānganui last week for Ahi Pepe | MothNet’s first North Island camp.
25 Feb 18 by Suzette Howe
School students have discovered new bacterial species in Aotearoa’s first wetland BioBlitz.
31 Jan 18 by Suzette Howe
Hundreds of Japan’s white admiral butterflies are emerging in New Zealand for the first time.
30 Jan 18 by Suzette Howe
A new educational booklet, aimed at teaching Māori ancestral knowledge about fungi (hekaheka) has been released to schools.
Manaaki Whenua researchers launched the bilingual teacher and student booklet “Ngā Hekaheka o Aotearoa,” at Auckland’s Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Maungarongo.
22 Jan 18
A fun, educational event for the whole family to celebrate World Wetlands Day and local biodiversity.
16 Jan 18 by Phil Novis
Testing predicted responses of Antarctic plants and microbes to environmental change. It is time now to consider how we will conduct laboratory experiments to determine the environmental tolerances of the eight species of Antarctic terrestrial species.