New R&D grants will help accelerate NZ tech exports


Te Whanganui-a-Tara - NZTech, the lead tech industry umbrella group in Aotearoa, is pleased the government has reintroduced grants for new research and development, chief executive Graeme Muller says. He hopes the government will be open to the types of R&D that are underpinning NZ tech’s fastest growing export sector, software. The

Further delays to Christchurch’s main stadium Te Kaha

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Ōtautahi - Christchurch City Council is cancelling an extraordinary meeting it had scheduled for next Wednesday June 1 to clear up costs of the city’s big new stadium. The council was going to consider the escalating cost of the city’s multi-use arena, Te Kaha, and whether it should consult the public

Urgency, fear and opportunity used by cyber attackers


Te Whanganui-a-Tara - Following a record quarter at the end of 2021, reports of cyber incidents and the associated financial losses have dropped back to roughly median levels, according to CERT NZ’s latest report. The previous quarter saw a spike due to the prevalent Flubot campaign which used text messages to

High pressure dominates but more large waves due

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Ōtautahi- Large southwest swells battered exposed coasts over the weekend, including south facing coasts in Wellington and Wairarapa where seven metre waves damaged some coastal roads.  MetService is forecasting another period of large south to southwest swell waves to affect southern and eastern coasts of New Zealand on Wednesday and Thursday,

Govt investment in sustainable food producer


Te Whanganui-a-Tara - The development of sustainable, plant-based foods and meat alternatives is getting new government backing, with investment from a dedicated regional economic development fund. The investment in Sustainable Foods is part of a wider government strategy to develop a low-emissions, highly-skilled economy that responds to global demands. Sustainable Foods Ltd

Millions of salmon reportedly dying annually on Aotearoa’s farms


Ōtepoti - SAFE, Aotearoa’s prominent animal rights organisation, is calling for a code of welfare for farmed fish, such as salmon.Fish are the only farmed animal in Aotearoa with no code of welfare. A lack of regulation is creating an animal welfare disaster on an enormous scale, SAFE says. SAFE campaign

New Zealanders in favour of borders reopening

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Ōtautahi - New Zealand is fully opening its borders on July 31 and most Kiwis are in favour of it, according to a new survey. Research New Zealand polled more than 1000 people and most supported the move. Almost a third of respondents stated the timing is right (30 percent), whereas 28

Early morning or night best times to exercise


Ōtautahi - Recent research into how the time that people exercise affects the body has shown significant differences between morning and evening. A new study used mice to carry out its research and while it has limitations, it provides a vital insight into how the timing of exercise can be used