Waka Kotahi reconsidering walk, cycling across the harbour bridge

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Tāmaki Makaurau - Waka Kotahi is reconsidering trial access for walking and cycling across Auckland's 63 year old harbour bridge at its board meeting on Thursday. GetAcross, an organisation supporting walking and cycling on the bridge, is calling for the eastern-most lane to be trialled as it is forecast to have minimal

Litter robot cleaning beaches using AI

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Sydney - A little robot BeachBot is using AI to clean up Australian and Dutch beaches, one cigarette butt at a time. Cigarette butts are the most common and problematic types of beach litter, polluting marine environments with plastics and harmful chemicals. Robot litter picker, the BeachBot, detects trash and help clean

Biggest NZ tech challenge is access to skills

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Tamaki Makaurau - The single biggest challenge for the continued growth of the tech sector and the digital transformation of other sectors is access to skills, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says in his report to the annual meeting next week, August 10. “Low numbers of New Zealanders studying tech plus

Recovering covid will take more than regular medicine

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Ōtepoti – Recovering from the physical and mental health effects of covid will take more than regular medicine alone. This is why doctors around the world are giving patients green prescriptions to spend more time in nature. Five hours a month in nature is the minimum dose in Finland, but a walk

AI going nuts in New Zealand and globally

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Te Whanganui-a-Tara - Artificial intelligence is a hot topic for businesses, such as Google and IBM. AI capabilities are expanding the possibilities for how businesses approach real-time engagement with their customers, manage their operations and ensure business continuity through the pandemic. As the technology advances, companies are finding new ways to

CC recommends competition for the NZ building industry

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Ōtepoti -The Commerce Commission’s draft report into competition in the residential building supplies industry has identified two main factors negatively impacting competition. It recommends changes that could deliver more choice and better quality along with greater innovation for the benefit of New Zealand homeowners. A market study shows tried and tested products

Climate killing 20 times more elephants than poaching

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Nairobi - Thousands of elephants are at risk from climate crisis-induced drought, according to the Kenyan wildlife and tourism ministry. It says elephants are dying as a result of the climate crisis. The country is experiencing an extended period of drought, the likes of which it hasn’t seen since the 1980s. Elephants

NZ’s first ever climate adaptation plan

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Ōtautahi - New Zealand has laid out its first ever climate adaptation plan. The plan, launched today, will ensure Kiwi communities have the information and support they need to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Climate change is a global challenge, but its impacts are felt in our local communities and