Science and environment

Innovative incubators wanted: New plans to rev Kiwi start-ups

Callaghan Innovation is launching Scale-Up New Zealand - a free online platform that will help showcase New Zealand's innovative businesses. Callaghan's General Manager Erica Lloyd joins Kathryn to talk about areas that need a boost and what the platform can deliver for Kiwi entrepreneurs.

Innovative incubators wanted: New plans to rev Kiwi start-ups
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Science and environment

2019 kakapo breeding season a record-breaker

This year's kakapo breeding season is one for the record books.This is all down to a bumper crop of rimu fruit, with all indications that the current population of endangered flightless night parrots will get a 50 percent boost once all the chicks become old enough to count as adults. Our Changing World producer Alison Ballance brings us the latest numbers.

2019 kakapo breeding season a record-breaker
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Science and environment

Long-tailed bat colony found near Rotorua city

A colony of long-tailed bats have been discovered in a reserve close to Rotorua city - not a place they usually hang-out. This is only the third time these bats have been found in a semi-urban area - usually they set up in forests well away from civilisation. Kerry Borkin is a bat specialist.

Long-tailed bat colony found near Rotorua city
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Science and environment

Fully renewable electricity by 2035 too expensive

The Government is about to find out that its plan for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035 is prohibitively expensive. The pledge is part of Labour's confidence and supply agreement with the Greens. But the group set up to analyse it, the Interim Climate Change Committee, has dissected the policy and does not like what is sees. Eric Frykberg joins Philippa Tolley in the studio with the details.

Fully renewable electricity by 2035 too expensive
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Science and environment

Eels being mashed by hydrodam turbines en route to spawn

It's a tough life, being an eel - and even tougher when your route back to spawn in the Pacific Islands is blocked by massive turbines which can mince you up like a blender. Waikato fisherman Erin Tindale reckons we should be doing more for eels that survive their Odyssey-like journey from Tonga to New Zealand and back again, and joins us to explain how and why.

Eels being mashed by hydrodam turbines en route to spawn
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Science and environment

Runaway Kunekune pigs find new home

When 14-year-old George heard two Kunekune pigs were looking for a new home, he stepped up - adopting the porkers. It wasn't long before they became part of the family.

Runaway Kunekune pigs find new home
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