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Artist’s impression of an eastern moa in its podocarp forest habitat. Paul Martinson. Te Papa Tongarewa/Museum of NZ

How did ancient moa survive the ice age – and what can they teach us about modern climate change?

DNA from ancient eastern moa bones is unlocking the secrets of their survival during the last ice age, and providing lessons for today’s threatened species.
Valerio Micaroni

Into the ocean twilight zone: how new technology is revealing the secrets of an under-researched undersea world

You may not have heard of ‘temperate mesophotic ecosystems’, but science is beginning to understand the vital role these ocean zones play – and the need to protect them.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to parliament via video link from COVID isolation during budget day. Getty Images

Labour’s fourth ‘well-being budget’ still comes up short on the well-being of women

Only by requiring state agencies to budget and plan for gender equity can genuine well-being be achieved for New Zealand’s women.
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A budget for the ‘squeezed middle’ – but will it be the political circuit-breaker Labour wants?

Our experts weigh up the winners and losers in a budget that had to balance an immediate cost-of-living crisis with long-term ambitions for health and climate change.

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