News & Events

Biosecurity Month Spotlights Tomorrow’s Pests Today

New Zealand Biosecurity Institute vice president, Pedro Jensen examines Buddliea

Bad bugs, weedy plants and pest animals are threatening our country, and during NZ Biosecurity Month in July, New Zealanders are being encouraged to find out what they can do about them.

Major Report suggests Catastrophe looms for Oceans

Sunset over water

According to a recent major report, the world’s oceans are faced with an unprecedented loss of species comparable to the great mass extinctions of prehistory.

Kaikoura Becomes World’s First Destination to Secure EarthCheck Gold Community Certification

Landscape of Kaikoura, New Zealand

In yet another display of New Zealand’s world-leading sustainable tourism credentials, the small whale watching capital of Kaikoura has become the first destination in the world to receive EarthCheck’s Gold Community certification.

Call to boycott shark-fin soup

a shark swimming in the sea, happy as can be

New Zealand Forest and Bird is urging diners to boycott a popular Chinese delicacy amid concerns over inhumane fishing practices.

The Lowdown on 2010-2011 Weather Extremes

Satellite image of storm

If you thought the weather’s been a bit extreme lately you’d be right. Renown meteorologist Jeff Masters gives a detailed analysis of recent weather events.

Hands Across the Sand Global Day of Action

Hands across the sans logo

Tomorrow at noon, New Zealand will be the first of many nations to join in the international ‘Hands Across the Sands‘ day of action against offshore oil drilling.

Kiwi Hair Guru Goes Global With Natural Product Range

hair colour being modelled

With his hair care products featured on Hollywood film and TV sets, stocked in over 100 stores around NZ and championed by World’s Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, prominent Kiwi trichologist Nigel Russell is ready to conquer the world with his natural hair care range Holistic Hair.

Global Wind Day 2011

Wind Farm

Join over 30 countries celebrating the power of wind energy on June 15th.

You can’t see wind, but you can feel its power. Global Wind Day is a chance for New Zealanders to show their support for a vital link in our energy chain.

Protei – Open Hardware Oil Spill Cleaning Sailing Robot

a computer generated graphic of the protei sailing robot

Protei is a low-cost open-source oil collecting robot that autonomously sails upwind, intercepting oil sheens going downwind. Protei combines conventional technologies in an innovative design that we can implement in the short term to address timely environmental crisis such as the BP Oil Spill, cleaning the ocean gyre garbage patches or performing ocean research.

Wireless Electric Car Charging Closer to Reality

A scematic showing wireless electric car charging system

Flanders’ Drive, Volvo, Van Hool, Bombardier and others are partnering to work on creating an induction charging system that could allow electric vehicles to be charge quickly and conveniently.

NZ Compostable Coffee Bag World First

compostable coffee bags

Fresh coffee consumption is on the rise and with it, a dramatic increase in packaging waste. Enter the new ‘Econic’ coffee packets developed by Christchurch coffee roaster Geoff Johnson.

Contact Energy granted Approval for NZ’s Largest Wind Farm

Wind Farm

Contact Energy has been granted approval to build New Zealand’s largest wind farm near the coast between Raglan and Port Waikato.