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Nitrate takes less than five years to travel from farm to river, on average

Monday, 20 September 2021, 10:19 am | National Science Challenges

The decisions farmers make today to reduce excess nutrients will be reflected in water quality improvements in our rivers within five years, on average, finds new research from Our Land and Water. The research looked at the “lag time” between ... More >>

Ageing Well Releases New Book Chronicling Research

Monday, 13 September 2021, 10:05 am | National Science Challenges

After more than half a decade in operation, Ageing Well National Science Challenge has gathered a lot of knowledge in the area of ageing in Aotearoa New Zealand. We are proud to share this with you as we announce the release of our book, ‘ Celebrating ... More >>

Developing A Rimurimu/seaweed Sector Would Hugely Benefit NZ

Monday, 16 August 2021, 11:08 am | National Science Challenges

A prosperous rimurimu/seaweed sector has massive potential to improve the health and wellbeing of Aotearoa New Zealand, research shows. A new report [ see embargoed copy ] from the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge , due Monday 16 August, ... More >>

“Maverick” Farm Advisors With Smart Ideas Invited To Apply For Research Funding

Monday, 28 June 2021, 9:26 am | National Science Challenges

Do you have an innovative idea that could create real change for Kiwi farmers? Rural professionals are encouraged to team up with farmers to apply for $75,000 funding to rapidly test smart ideas and share the results. Rural professionals are invited ... More >>

Marine Indigenous Knowledge Crucial For Solving Global Challenges

Wednesday, 9 June 2021, 7:00 am | National Science Challenges

World Oceans Day has seen Aotearoa New Zealand’s government acknowledge that protecting our seas can safeguard us from climate, food and biodiversity challenges. Showcasing the importance of drawing on indigenous knowledge to improve the management of our ... More >>

Award Winning Iwi Owned Business Harnessing Benefits Of Native Ingredients

Thursday, 15 April 2021, 3:16 pm | National Science Challenges

The High-Value Nutrition (HVN) National Science Challenge has awarded $54,000 in funding for research to Kaitahi As One, a Māori-owned business who have created an award winning novel beverage using taonga species (kūmara, pūhā, kawakawa and ... More >>

NZ School Kids Learning Why Seaweed Helps Our Economy And Nature

Friday, 5 March 2021, 9:25 am | National Science Challenges

Kiwi school kids are about to learn how scientists know seaweed is an amazing marine resource set to help local communities — and the ocean — recover from COVID-19 lockdowns and environmental decline. <img src="" ... More >>

Announcing Traci Houpapa’s Appointment To The SfTI Board

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 8:57 am | National Science Challenges

Traci Houpapa (Waikato Maniapoto, Taranaki, Tūwharetoa) MNZM JP joins the Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) National Science Challenge Board. SfTI is pleased to announce Traci Houpapa appointment to its Board: “Traci is a well-known and ... More >>

$1.5 Million Funding For Research Into The Impact Of Chronic Disease On New Zealand Families

Wednesday, 10 February 2021, 1:38 pm | National Science Challenges

The lifelong impact of chronic diseases on New Zealand families is at the centre of a major new research programme. Three of the government’s National Science Challenges – A Better Start, Healthier Lives and Ageing Well – are collaborating to develop ... More >>

New Bioactive Beverage To Be Developed Using Kawakawa, A NZ Native Species

Wednesday, 10 February 2021, 1:36 pm | National Science Challenges

The High-Value Nutrition (HVN) National Science Challenge has awarded $1,297,299 in funding for research which, in collaboration with industry partners Wakatū Incorporation and Chia Sisters, will explore the potential health benefits of incorporating the ... More >>

10 Things You Need To Know About The Ocean This Summer

Friday, 18 December 2020, 8:36 am | National Science Challenges

The world’s oceans are in trouble and humans are responsible. In Aotearoa New Zealand, the state of our marine environment is declining. Coasts and oceans are vital to our health, wealth and our national identity. We need them to be healthy ... More >>

Major Climate Modelling Effort Captures New Zealand’s Exceptional Oceanic Conditions

Friday, 17 July 2020, 11:45 am | National Science Challenges

The significant effort to develop and run New Zealand’s own Earth System Model (NZESM), within the Deep South Challenge: Changing with our Climate , is leading to more realistic climate simulations for New Zealand.   The major step ... More >>

Cholesterol Levels Drop In Western Nations Including NZ, But Rise In Asia And Some Pacific Nations

Wednesday, 10 June 2020, 9:35 am | National Science Challenges

Cholesterol levels are declining sharply in high income, western nations including New Zealand, but rising in low- and middle-income nations – particularly in Asia, suggests the largest ever study of global cholesterol levels. Levels are also very ... More >>

Supporting Resilience In Young People Provides A Better Start

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 12:32 pm | National Science Challenges

A Better Start National Science Challenge has awarded Dr Karolina Stasiak and Tania Cargo from the University of Auckland $1.4 million over 2 and a quarter years to pilot the implementation of tools into schools in South Auckland, to increase access ... More >>

Antibiotics unlikely to be a major contributor to obesity

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 9:01 am | National Science Challenges

A Better Start National Science Challenge’s research into the association between antibiotic exposure and childhood obesity is one of the largest studies of its kind ever conducted. It used a sample size of nearly 290,000 children and their mother’s ... More >>

Statement re MfE/StatsNZ report on marine environment

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 12:51 pm | National Science Challenges

It is deeply concerning that the state of our marine environment has not improved in the last three years. Resilient coasts and oceans are essential to New Zealanders' health and wealth, so urgent action is needed to address the decline. More >>

The Four Key Essentials For A Functional Housing System

Wednesday, 27 March 2019, 10:33 am | National Science Challenges

As KiwiBuild and capital gains tax dominate headlines about the direction of the housing sector, Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities says it has clear evidence of New Zealand’s housing delivery system being dismantled over the last 30 years. More >>

Long-term, sustainable solutions to sea level rise

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 9:17 am | National Science Challenges

A significant proportion of New Zealand’s population is under increasing threat from sea-level rise – 300,000 residents live below 3m land elevation. More >>

Disaster preparedness event in Lower Hutt

Wednesday, 30 January 2019, 10:38 am | National Science Challenges

Senior Social Scientist Dr Julia Becker and Māori Social Scientist Lucy Carter will speak about the natural disasters that the Hutt Valley is vulnerable to, what to expect if one happens and how to respond. They will also share findings from their ... More >>

Researchers to lead Resilience to Nature’s Challenges

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 4:54 pm | National Science Challenges

Congratulations to the researchers selected to lead science programmes in the second phase of Resilience to Nature’s Challenges research. More >>