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Natural hazards in 2007: busy and expensive - 02/05/2008

2007 was one of the most costly years on record for natural hazards, according to the annual review of natural hazards from the National Hazards Centre.

Geologists find buried volcano inside Panmure Basin - 22/02/2008

Geologists have found a buried volcano inside Panmure Basin, which is the mouth of a volcano that erupted about 28,000 years ago. It is extremely rare for two eruptions to have occurred at the same site in the Auckland Volcanic Field.

New science organisation launched at Parliament - 19/02/2008

“Making the link between science and the ability of New Zealanders to have choices for themselves, their families and communities, is a key task for Science New Zealand,” says its foundation Chair, Dr Alex Malahoff, chief executive of GNS Science, a Crown Research Institute.

NZ and German research organisations look to the longterm - 15/02/2008

Earth scientists from Germany and New Zealand are looking to build a long term partnership that will bring economic and environmental benefits to New Zealand.

New geological map of central South Island - 23/01/2008

Eight years of work by a team of geologists has come to fruition with the publication of a new geological map of the Aoraki area in central South Island. The map, which shows the region’s geology in more detail than ever before, has been generated from a computer database using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, which means it can be updated regularly as new information comes to hand.

Big finish to the earthquakes of 2007 - 09/01/2008

Whilst most of the large earthquakes of 2007 were distant from populated centres or too deep to cause harm, the big shake of December 20 was close enough to cause significant damage in Gisborne city.

Earthquake causes damage in Gisborne - 21/12/2007

A quake of magnitude 6.8 hit Gisborne at 8.55pm on December 20th.

Lower Hutt lab comes out top of the world - 17/12/2007

Our national sporting teams may have had a patchy year, but New Zealand scientists have done their bit to put the country on the international map. A water dating laboratory operated by GNS Science has come out top in an accuracy test in which 70 water dating laboratories around the world participated.

Methane-eating bug holds promise for cutting greenhouse gas - 22/11/2007

A methane-consuming microorganism that lives in geothermal areas in Rotorua has attracted international attention for its ability to live in extremely acidic conditions.

NZ scientists to lead submarine investigation in the Mediterranean - 26/10/2007

New Zealand and American scientists will join Italian colleagues next week for the first-ever systematic investigation of submarine hydrothermal activity in the Mediterranean Sea.