Researcher Janet Wilmshurst excavating moa droppings from a cave at Mt Nicholas Station, near Queenstown, in New Zealand.
Scientists long assumed that the extinct moa played an important role as a disperser of large seeds. But a new study finds that New Zealand's largest herbivore only dispersed the tiniest seeds.
Lake Tarawera, seen from its outlet, has excellent but declining water quality.
The ecological health of New Zealand's lowland rivers and lakes is in decline, but principles borrowed from drinking water safety could help reverse the degradation.
6-year-olds have the social skills to cooperatively overcome the competition of a resource dilemma.
New research shows that children as young as six have the social skills necessary to cooperate and sustain a shared resource.
New Zealand’s government will not grant any new permits for exploration of offshore oil and gas reserves.
New Zealand has ruled out new permits for offshore oil and gas exploration as a step towards a transition to a carbon-neutral future.
A male hihi on a flowering flax bush.
Inbreeding and male infertility could be impeding the recovery of one of New Zealand's threatened birds - the stitchbird, or hihi. Hihi sperm might hold the answer, and help raise funds for conservation.
Despite the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it remains difficult to monitor governments’ performance because there are no comprehensive human rights measures.
Despite the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it remains difficult to measure governments' performance. A new data tool gives countries a scorecard on how well, or badly, they are doing.
Lower Hutt, population 105,000. Debates on urbanisation are usually dominated by Auckland, but most of New Zealand’s urban population are in small and medium-size cities.
New Zealand's coalition government plans to transition to a low-emissions economy while also addressing major urban issues such as unaffordable housing, inequality and poverty.
Two new Tip Top ice creams, packaged with labels stating they are “brought to you by Tip Top”, are in fact made in Spain.
Some of New Zealand's most trusted brands are implementing strategies that are misleading domestic consumers and risking their long-term brand reputation.
Thousands of high school students across the US walked out of their schools to protest gun violence and to call for changes to gun laws.
Lowering the voting age to 16 would bring the age of political responsibility more in line with the age of criminal responsibility and the age of informed consent for medical procedures.
Some women in refugee camps are afraid to go to distribution points to pick up aid packets because of fear of sexual exploitation and abuse.
Survival sex – the exchange of sexual favours for aid packets – happens in refugee camps everywhere. Victims are not protected by international human rights law.
We use different grammar when speaking or writing, but the difference is so subtle that linguists were blind to it for centuries.
Spoken language evolves differently and faster than written language, and there are good reasons why this is the case.
The New Zealand government is introducing legislation to become zero-carbon by 2050, but will consider new permits for coal mining, offshore oil drilling and fracking on a case-by-case basis.
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Natural gas is touted as a “bridging fuel” to displace coal while moving to a low-carbon economy. In New Zealand, this is shortsighted and could lead to stranded assets and hold back renewables.
Blockchain technology has turned conventional thinking about intellectual property and copyright on its head.
Blockchain technology is flourishing in an open-source environment, which raises the question of whether current intellectual property laws are the best tools to foster innovation.
Māori businesses now account for an economic asset base of more than NZ$42.6 billion, made up mostly of small and medium-sized enterprises.
Māori business is booming thanks to entrepreneurs with a strong sense of cultural identity and a willingness to take risks.
Research found that media largely frame debate about oil and gas developments in New Zealand around how drilling should take place, rather than whether it should happen at all.
Researchers find that mainstream media in New Zealand tend to present fossil fuel development as positive for the economy, while framing opponents as irrational and extremist.
There are many ways the not-for-profit GLAM sector - public galleries, libraries, archives and museums - could be protected from potential copyright damages claims.
Australia's plan to extend ISP 'safe harbour' copyright immunities to cultural institutions avoids more nuanced thinking about the nature and social value of culture, art and education.
Flirting with danger with each trick, freeskiers and snowboarders must learn to manage the emotions of such a daredevil sport.
The 2014 Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong against ‘Chinese-style democracy’ laid bare democracy’s contested meanings.
Uncertainty is built into democracy, but we are seeing more talk of crisis and more attempts at redefinition. So where does this leave citizens who want to have a meaningful say in how they live?
The social chatroom can be used with or without a VR headset.
A new app that combines virtual reality with a social chatroom could help push VR into the mainstream.
Research into workplace cyberbullying among nurses reveals that many also experience other forms of bullying.
Workplace cyberbullying is a growing problem and can cause more harm than traditional forms of bullying. Employers need to take active steps to protect employees from it.