Environment and sustainability
New whale species to be named after Mātauranga Māori whale expert
27 October 2021
Whales are often named after Western scientists and after men, but that tradition is about to change, as a newly discovered species of whale will carry an Indigenous name and the name of a woman.
Young researchers get funding for work on pests
7 October 2021
Two young researchers in the School of Biological Sciences have been awarded $640,000 each to carry out leading-edge research into pest and predator control.
Rachel Fewster: saving lives using statistics
4 October 2021
Professor Rachel Fewster tells the story of how statistics and wildlife led to her joyful career.
Kiwis quite keen on the idea of eating insects
23 September 2021
A majority of New Zealanders would be happy to try eating an insect even if they have never tasted one before, preliminary findings from a new study show.
University of Auckland scientist invents revolutionary method of safeguarding our waterways
17 September 2021
Risos Group investigates ways to rapidly and cost efficiently test water to detect waterborne contaminations using lasers.
$13.5m boost for leading EV charging research
14 September 2021
Technology to wirelessly power heavy commercial vehicles quickly and on the move will be the game changer for switching freight fleets to electricity.
We throw away less food during lockdown
8 September 2021
We waste less food during lockdown, according to new research.
The Christchurch rebuild: a tale of two cities
25 August 2021
Christchurch has missed an unprecedented opportunity to rebuild itself as a green, 21st century city, according to new research.
Scholarship for research on tohorā
11 August 2021
Institute of marine sciences masters student Annabelle Cranswick has received a scholarship for research investigating the diet and foraging ecology of southern right whales or tohorā.
No place for cars in cities of the future
5 August 2021
Opinion: We don’t know exactly how a sustainable city will look and function. But we do know it won’t include reliance on the personal car, writes Timothy F. Welch.
Why calling ordinary Kiwi cyclists ‘elitist’ just doesn’t add up
29 July 2021
Something strange has happened to the perception of cyclists and cycling in the more than 200 years they’ve been around. Once a novelty, bike riding has moved from being a critical transport mode to a children’s pastime to now being popularly perceived as an elitist activity.
Why moths matter
28 July 2021
Opinion: Morgane Merien explains why we need to start recognising the importance of these fascinating little insects and their vital role in the ecosystem.