Covid pandemic helping accelerate switch to agri-technology

Christchurch - The covid pandemic, and some empty supermarket shelves at various points of lockdown, has raised the issue of food supply moving forward. Some tech firms are turning to technology to help increase food production. Globally, the area of agricultural land is shrinking, and the world's population and demand for food

NZ economy can benefit from producing plant-based meat

Christchurch - New Zealand’s economy could benefit substantially if it listens to billionaire Bill Gates’ plea to countries, to shift away from environmentally destructive animal agriculture and toward plant-based meat. Livestock numbers will ultimately need to reduce over time if New Zealand is to meet its climate change targets. But fortunately, productivity

Protecting and growing the tiny takahē population

Christchurch - Department of Conservation’s takahē recovery programme is seeing some significant wins. Annual growth rates are at least 10 percent a year, as genetic management is reducing the level of inbreeding and establishing further wild sites. But DoC staff we still have a lot of mahi (work) to do before they

Trial work to better understand the pekapeka

a DoC photo

Hamilton - Waikato University and the Department of Conservation are investigating native bats near the Pureora Forest, south of Rotorua, to understand more about them. The long-tailed bats or pekapeka, New Zealand’s only native land mammals, are absolutely no threat to humans, despite how they may be portrayed in films and

A landmark day in NZ’s climate change commitment

Christchurch - Sunday, January 31, must be seen as a red-letter day in New Zealand’s climate change history.  Much is being speculated and anticipated about the work of the new Climate Change Commission. At 2pm on Sunday, He Pou A Rangi Climate Change Commission will release its draft advice to government,

Covid and sport

By former NZ cricket coach and captain Glenn Turner Wanaka - Sportspeoples' reactions to the covid-19 restrictions, has in many cases been regrettable. Governments the world over are doing everything possible to have some top-level sport played to occupy the masses through some tough times and for the players, team brands, broadcasters, advertisers

Is New Zealand rugby’s condition asymptomatic?

Christchurch - Without pontificating too much, there could be many reasons why New Zealand rugby’s customary success is waning if, in fact, it is. The pain of the first ever loss to Argentina in 44 years could be indicative of the whole structure and very fibre of the current set up,