News & events
20 Aug 19
One of the world’s rarest trees has potentially been saved from extinction and returned to its rohe. Pennantia baylisiana, once in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s rarest tree, was successfully propagated by scientists in the 1980s and then grown on to produce hundreds of saplings – reducing its risk of extinction.
19 Jul 19 by Felicity Rookes
Scientists are campaigning to have endangered fungi from across Australasia included in the Global Red List of threatened species.
15 Jul 19 by Felicity Rookes
New Zealand will need to make major advances in large-scale predator management to stop and reverse forest bird declines.
One of New Zealand’s longest running citizen science projects, the New Zealand Garden Bird Survey, has taken off again this week.
19 Jun 19
This week sees the publication by Missouri Botanical Garden Press of the second and third volumes of a landmark collection of books known as a flora, representing all we know about a small but very significant aspect of New Zealand’s plant biodiversity – liverworts and hornworts.
20 May 19
We have several events included in this year's Techweek NZ: A festival of innovation that's good for the world
New Zealand’s 192-million-tonne erosion problem and the new research programme slowing the slippery slope and reducing its downstream effects
10 May 19
New Zealand is losing 192 million tonnes of soil each year due to erosion. That’s the equivalent of more than 7 million dump trucks. According to the Ministry for the Environment’s Environment Aotearoa 2019 report, almost half (44%) of this loss is from pastoral land. This erosion has been accelerated by the loss of native vegetation but is primarily caused by significant weather events where heavy rain causes slips, slumps and stream-bank collapse that sends massive amounts of fertile soil and sediment into waterways, streams and rivers.
2 Apr 19 by Pike Brown
A report on the New Zealand Colony Loss Survey for 2018 has been released highlighting an increase in colony losses in most regions throughout New Zealand, with the Upper North Island having the highest colony loss rates.
BEST: Building biodiversity into an ecosystem service-based approach for resource management Symposium
27 Mar 19
The BEST Symposium was held in Wellington on 1 May 2019. The management of New Zealand's natural resources continues…
Māori reconnect with their roots through a new raranga education programme with the help of the The National NZ Flax Collection / Te Pā Harakeke ō Aotearoa
26 Mar 19
A new programme involving the National NZ Flax Collection is taking place at a Christchurch school as a way of reconnecting raranga (the art of weaving) with young Māori, their whānau and their community.