Climate change will hit endemic plants and animals hardest

Otautahi - Plants and animals that only live in one region, known as endemic species, are expected to be consistently more adversely impacted by climate change than their less specialised counterparts, new research shows. The study, published in Biological Conservation, found that more than 90 percent of endemic species will face negative

Climate change risks flushing away global progress on sanitation

Te Whanganui a Tara - Researchers call for urgent action to adjust public health programmes for climate change. Increasingly frequent, extreme weather events linked to climate change are causing devastation to toilets, water supplies, waste systems and treatment facilities around the world. It is threatening the health of some of the poorest

Climate change could impact a good cup of coffee

Otautahi - Climate change could make it harder to find a good cup of coffee, new research shows. A changing climate might shrink suitable areas for specialty coffee production without adaptation, making coffee taste blander and impacting coffee farmers’ livelihoods. Published in Scientific Reports, the study focused on regions in Ethiopia, Africa's largest coffee-producing nation. Although

Digital competency in health workforce well below par

Tāmaki Makaurau - The overall level of digital competency in Aotearoa’s health workforce is well below what is needed to utilise digital health technology, a brand new New Zealand Health IT (NZHIT) report says. It is also crucial that effective leadership, targeted funding and change management is prioritised to increase our

Border trial of cutting-edge tech to detect covid early

Te Whanganui a Tara – Aotearoa health officials will test an app that uses smartwatch data to catch covid days before a diagnosis, making New Zealand the first government to launch a pilot with the technology. Up to 500 border workers voluntarily participate in the month-long pilot using elarm, an app

Rare giant wētā on move to help save species

Kirikiriroa - A group of rare Mahoenui giant wētā has a new home after a successful relocation to the kiwi house in Ōtorohanga. The Mahoenui giant wētā is one of the world’s largest insects, measuring up to 7cm and weighing approximately 15gms. Found in only four North Island locations, they are classified

Aotearoa house prices hit new highs – West Coast the place to live?

Otautahi - Median prices for residential property across New Zealand increased by 24.3 percent from $665,000 in March 2020 to $826,300 in March 2021 a new record high for the country. Additionally, 12 out of 16 regions reached record median prices and so did 32 districts, according to the latest data from

More Kiwis accessing their healthcare records online  

Tamaki Makaurau - An increasing number of New Zealanders are accessing their primary healthcare records online via general practice portals, a new report says. The New Zealand Health IT (NZHIT) report says people they can order repeat prescriptions and review their test results. “An increasing proportion of the population are using wearable