News and events


Giving back to the next generation

David Day posing with scenic background

12 December 2023

David Day is the donor behind the David Day Award which supports postgraduate students in the Centre for Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology.

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Honouring a committed conservationist

Michael in the bush taking photographs

07 December 2023

Tararua Tramping Club, established in 1919, is New Zealand’s longest established tramping club. They have created a scholarship in memory of Michael Taylor, a former president and life member of the club, who tragically fell to his death on Mt Twilight in Mt Aspiring National Park while on a summer trip.

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e-DNA kit developer pays it forward

Shaun Wilkinson in the field, holding a syringe

07 December 2023

Alumnus Dr Shaun Wilkinson is the founder and CEO of Wilderlab, Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading environmental DNA (eDNA) testing laboratory. The company has generously donated valuable water sampling kits and DNA sequencing analysis to a student researcher at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.

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Coral can’t escape climate change

22 March 2023

A new paper shows that despite coral’s natural adaptive capacity, even moderate global warming could see the destruction of our coral reefs.

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Missing millions—talking biodiversity

graphic image with kereru on one side, rat on another, plus other native animals on branches framing a beach scene

7 March 2023

Aotearoa New Zealand is home to tens of thousands of unique animal and plant species, but their survival is threatened by climate change and rising sea temperatures, as well as introduced pests.

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Death of Fiordland sponges

Marine sponge with patches of white

2 February 2023

Warming waters may already be taking a toll on marine sponges.

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Ant raids decimating honeybee colonies

A honey bee emerging from its hive being attacked by ants.

20 January 2023

Researchers from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington have demonstrated a link between invasive ant species and increased levels of diseases in bees.

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Rare fish spotted in Wellington Harbour

Scaly gurnard in Wellington Harbour

17 January 2023

Marine researchers snap photo of a rare .scaly gurnard

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