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Climate Change Risk Assessment - Expert Reaction

Monday, 3 August 2020, 3:08 pm | Science Media Centre

  New Zealand's first nationwide climate change risk stocktake has highlighted ten areas of most concern. The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act 2019 included a requirement for a National Climate Change Risk Assessmen t (NCCRA) ... More >>

Closing The Measles Immunity Gap – Expert Reaction

Friday, 31 July 2020, 4:48 pm | Science Media Centre

  The campaign to restore New Zealand’s herd immunity to measles is underway. The government will spend up to $40 million for a year-long measles catch-up campaign, with 350,000 more MMR vaccines already in the country. The National Immunisation ... More >>

Replacing The RMA - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 30 July 2020, 10:00 am | Science Media Centre

A new review recommends scrapping the Resource Management Act (RMA) and starting again. It proposes replacing the RMA with two new Acts: one to focus on regulating the natural and built environments, and one to set long-term strategic goals. The ... More >>

Promising COVID-19 Vaccine Results - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 4:03 pm | Science Media Centre

  Two COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to prompt an immune response, which may prevent COVID-19, in humans. The results are from the University of Oxford’s ChAdOx1 vaccine candidate, and China’s Ad5-vectored vaccine candidate. While both ... More >>

Northland's 'One In 500 Years' Flooding - Expert Reaction

Monday, 20 July 2020, 5:58 pm | Science Media Centre

Northland is bracing for another bout of heavy rain, while barely recovering from the weekend's storm. The downpour was labelled a "one in 500 year event" by MetService, and the region's Civil Defence is predicting an expensive clean-up. ... More >>

Cape Kidnappers Risk Report - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 15 July 2020, 11:26 am | Science Media Centre

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has today released the risk assessment for landslides and rockfall at Clifton Beach, Cape Kidnappers in Hawke's Bay.The Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) and Hazard Assessment reports, produced by GNS Science and ... More >>

The Global Methane Budget Report – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 15 July 2020, 11:04 am | Science Media Centre

The Global Carbon Project (GCP) has today released its latest analysis of the worldwide balance of methane emissions and sinks. The report is an update from a previous analysis published in 2016. The new results show that global methane emissions increased from ... More >>

Crown Research Institute Review – Expert Reaction

Monday, 13 July 2020, 11:38 am | Science Media Centre

Last week, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment released a commissioned review of the New Zealand’s Crown Research Institutes.The Te Pae Kahurangi Report was commissioned to present an independent view of the role that Crown Research Institutes ... More >>

Tiwai Point Closure - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 9 July 2020, 4:43 pm | Science Media Centre

  Tiwai Point owners Rio Tinto will close the Southland-based aluminium smelter after operating for almost 50 years. The smelter directly employs about 1,000 people in Southland, and uses around 12 per cent of New Zealand’s electricity. ... More >>

Securing NZ Quarantine And Managed Isolation Facilities – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 9 July 2020, 3:32 pm | Science Media Centre

  Recent escapes from managed isolation facilities have drawn attention to security and compliance among returning New Zealanders. But with many more Kiwis expected to return to New Zealand in the coming weeks, quarantine and managed isolation ... More >>

The Future Of NZ Borders – Expert Q&A

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 3:29 pm | Science Media Centre

Air New Zealand are temporarily suspending new international bookings to New Zealand to ensure that all arrivals can be accommodated in a managed isolation or quarantine facility. But as more countries open their borders to foreigners, including Kiwis, ... More >>

Personal Welfare Under Border Quarantine - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 1:06 pm | Science Media Centre

As more New Zealanders continue to return from abroad, additional quarantine facilities are being set up to meet demand. A report, released on Sunday , says the rapidly expanding system is under “extreme stress” from the demand. New recommendations ... More >>

New H1N1 Influenza Virus Detected - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 2:36 pm | Science Media Centre

A Chinese and British research team has identified a new H1N1 influenza virus in pigs. The research, published today in PNAS , says this type of virus has “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus”. The researchers call for ... More >>

Dolphin Protection Plan Announced - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 2:01 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government has announced a suite of measures in an effort to protect New Zealand’s native Māui and Hector’s dolphins. The measures include a nationwide ban on drift netting, a prohibition on granting new permits for seismic surveying and seabed mining ... More >>

COVID-19 Testing At The Border - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 5:40 pm | Science Media Centre

The new testing strategy includes regular health checks and asymptomatic testing of all border-facing workers, as well as regularly testing people who are exempt from quarantine, such as New Zealand-based air crews. The SMC asked experts to comment ... More >>

New COVID-19 Cases – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 5:16 pm | Science Media Centre

  Two new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in New Zealand, both linked to international travel. The two women arrived from the UK together on the 7th of June, and were granted a compassionate exemption from isolation to travel to Wellington ... More >>

COVID-19 Testing And The Pacific Border – Expert Reaction

Friday, 12 June 2020, 1:42 pm | Science Media Centre

With no active COVID-19 cases in New Zealand, the next frontier is our borders. While the concept of a 'trans-Tasman bubble' with Australia was floated first, the Cook Islands has since suggested starting a safe travel zone with New Zealand. The ... More >>

Rheumatic Fever Recurrences - Expert Reaction

Friday, 12 June 2020, 8:38 am | Science Media Centre

Most New Zealanders who suffered a repeated bout of rheumatic fever between 2010-14 were young adults, or had stopped their medication, according to a new study.The research also found recurrences were strongly associated with severe rheumatic heart ... More >>

Antarctic Science Shrunk For COVID-19 - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 3:48 pm | Science Media Centre

Antarctica New Zealand is limiting its activities in the world's only COVID-19-free continent, in an effort to keep it that way. This field season, the organisation will support only long-term science monitoring programmes in the vicinity of Scott ... More >>

No Active COVID-19 Cases In New Zealand - Expert Reaction

Monday, 8 June 2020, 2:01 pm | Science Media Centre

The Ministry of Health has today announced that there are no active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. The final coronavirus patient has been symptom free for 48 hours and is regarded as recovered. This makes New Zealand the first significantly affected ... More >>