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A New Short Video Series Focusing On The Reconnection Of Rangatahi With Their Taiao

Thursday, 18 March 2021, 9:49 am | Manaaki Whenua

Reconnecting Taitokerau rangatahi (youth) and tamariki (children) with their taiao (the natural world) and Te Rarawa’s ancient ngāhere (forest) – the Au Warawara forest is the focus of a new short video series now being released. The five-part ... More >>

Fake Clues: Using Misinformation About Odour To Protect Rare Bird Species

Thursday, 11 March 2021, 9:30 am | Manaaki Whenua

Mammalian predators rely primarily on smell as their main cue, enabling them to detect food from a distance. Smell is – usually – a reliable strategy for food location. As part of long-running research into the behaviour of introduced mammalian ... More >>

Prehistoric Aotearoa Brought To Life In Virtual Reality

Thursday, 5 November 2020, 3:46 pm | Manaaki Whenua

Virtual reality is bringing prehistoric New Zealand back to life thanks to a collaboration between Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research and digital agency, Waxeye. Blending contemporary science with mātauranga Māori, Karanga a Tāne Mahuta – the VR experience is ... More >>

Researchers Predict Refuges From The Disease Myrtle Rust

Monday, 12 October 2020, 11:30 am | Manaaki Whenua

Myrtle rust is a disease that has been infecting New Zealand’s iconic native myrtles since it arrived in the country in 2017. Researchers have now identified geographical areas (known as ‘refugia’ by ecologists) where species from the plant family ... More >>

Introduced Seed Predators Are No Surrogate For Extinct Seed-eating Animals On Islands.

Friday, 28 August 2020, 8:50 am | Manaaki Whenua

Whenever humans have reached islands, animal species on those islands have been exposed to a raft of new pressures, such as habitat loss and invasive species. As a result, many animals have gone extinct – the dodo of Mauritius being one the ... More >>

Survey Of Rural Decision Makers – 2019 Results Out Now

Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 12:13 pm | Manaaki Whenua

The results of the fourth biennial Survey of Rural Decision Makers, run by scientists at Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, have now been released. More than 3700 people responded to the survey during spring 2019. Respondents include both lifestyle and ... More >>

Soil Sensors In The Living Room – How Science Keeps Going During Lockdown

Friday, 17 April 2020, 1:20 pm | Manaaki Whenua

Although New Zealand’s still in COVID-19 lockdown, it hasn’t stopped scientists at Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research from devising some ingenious home-based workarounds, to make sure that their research can keep going even if they aren’t allowed to ... More >>

New Children’s Book In Pacific Languages

Monday, 24 February 2020, 12:24 pm | Manaaki Whenua

Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens has published a new children’s picture book in seven languages about starting school. There is a shortage of books in Pacific languages particularly for the smaller Pacific communities in New Zealand, and this book will ... More >>

Winner Picked for New Zealand’s National Fungus

Friday, 8 June 2018, 11:33 am | Manaaki Whenua

New Zealand has voted its pick for the national fungus and the overwhelming winner is the sky-blue mushroom Entoloma hochstetteri (also known to Māori as werewere-kōkako). More >>

Fowl smells could help native birds

Thursday, 10 September 2015, 10:18 am | Manaaki Whenua

A Kiwi scientist is following his nose and testing a novel approach which could help save nesting native birds from predators. More >>