Palaeontologists digging near Saint Bathans in Central Otago have discovered a fossil that probably belonged to the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest known swan species. The Bannockburn Swan lived between 16 and 19 million years ago on Lake Manuherikia, a huge lake covering most of modern Central Otago.
Joe spoke to Paul Scofield, a Senior Curator of Natural History and Adjunct Professor in Palaeontology in the Geology Department at the University of Canterbury, about the discovery.
A meteor’s sonic boom was heard across South Canterbury at around 8:00pm on Thursday night. It didn’t take long for reports to come through on social media by people from across the South Island. The arrival was caught by at least four specialised meteorite detection cameras, as well as on CCTV and by at least one lucky astrophotographer.
This is New Zealand’s second meteorite this month. On July 7th, a meteor crashed near Wellington during the day with a force equivalent to 1,800 tonnes of TNT, creating a sonic boom heard across New Zealand. Two weeks on, Canterbury experienced its own meteor strike.
Joe spoke to Dr Michele Bannister, a Senior Lecturer from the University of Canterbury, on the matter
Tuva’a speaks to Labour Party’s Andrew Little about the state of the health workforce.
Joe speaks to Dougal Sutherland a Clinical Psychologist from Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington about the importance of workplaces to have well-being plans. Joe also speaks to Professor Brett Gartrell, a Professor in Wildlife Health at Massey University about traces of lead being found in Wellington kākā nestlings.
David speaks to Hon Damien O’Connor about Foot and Mouth Disease
And for this weeks Green Desk, Frances spoke with Megan Williams, a sustainability advocate from the TIA, about the Sustainability Tourism Commitment.
A recent survey of New Zealand workplaces revealed more than a third have no workplace well-being plan in place. Yet it is necessary, now more than ever, for organisations to understand what a healthy work environment looks like and to provide it for their employees.
The 2015 Health and Safety at Work Act requires workplaces to look after the physical and mental health and well-being of their staff. This means looking at work through a health and safety lens and understanding the risks that affect people’s well-being at work.
Joe spoke to Dougal Sutherland, a Clinical Psychologist from Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington, on the matter