News & events
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.
22 Feb 19
How do invasive mustelids move around the landscape? Scientists from Manaaki Whenua's Wildlife Ecology and Management Team are investigating.
20 Feb 19
Antarctica will shortly receive one of the first traditional Māori carvings to have been carved and completed on the ice. A pair of Māori carvers headed south to Antarctica on Waitangi Day to spend two weeks completing and installing the two whakawae (door frames) and a pare (lintel) they are carving for Scott Base.
Scientists and Māori agribusiness team up to learn about mānuka DNA variation, beehive stocking rates, and honey bee food resources.