Podcasts, videos, radio interviews, and tv appearances by New Zealand's Independent Research Organisations
Podcasts and audio
RNZ: Nailing down the true cost of new build defects
14 September 2020: RNZ Nine to Noon. Michael Bealing from the NZ Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) and Matthew Curtis from BRANZ talk with Kathryn Ryan from Radio New Zealand about the economic cost of quality defects.
A new report puts the cost of having to fix defects in new house builds at $2.5b each year. The figure's been hammered out by the NZIER in an analysis of direct costs to the construction industry of quality defects, as well as the indirect effects on productivity and housing supply.
So when and where do the defects occur? And what would be the benefits of eliminating them?
RNZ: Covid-19 vaccine scientist discusses govt funding boost
27 August 2020: RNZ Checkpoint interview. The government has injected hundreds of millions of dollars into a fund to secure a Covid-19 vaccine, but it will not say exactly how much, as it does not want to compromise its ability to do a deal.
The money is on top of $37 million earmarked earlier this year for domestic research, boosting manufacturing capability and supporting international research collaborations.
The government says this latest round of funding will give it access to promising candidates, as well as joining collective initiatives working toward securing a vaccine.
The announcement was made at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, where scientists are racing to come up with their own vaccine. Research director Professor Graham Le Gros said the money shows New Zealand can be taken seriously.
HERA: The value of lifecycle assessment
19 August 2020: In this episode of Stirring the Pot, HERA talks talk with Emily Townsend who is the President of the Life Cycle Association of New Zealand – or LCANZ for short.
Their mission is to provide a focal point for Life Cycle Assessment and management work in New Zealand. Networking and knowledge sharing between organisations and people, as well as promoting and raising awareness of Life Cycle Thinking amongst the wider public and businesses.
HERA's podcast explores Environmental life cycle thinking, which is concerned with the environmental impacts of products and services from cradle to grave. Or – in other words from extraction of raw materials all the way through to the return of these materials to the Earth. It’s this approach that has formed the basis for development of the environmental management tool Life Cycle Assessment or LCA for short.
Video and tv
TVNZ Breakfast (TV1) – Covid-19 vaccine for New Zealanders needs to be the 'right' one, expert warns
31 August 2020: With the search on for a Covid-19 vaccine for New Zealanders, an expert is warning we need to make sure it's the "right" one.
Professor Graham Le Gros, who heads the Vaccine Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand – Ohu Kaupare Huaketo, told TVNZ1's Breakfast this morning any vaccine needed to be safe and able to be easily manufactured.
Te Karere TVNZ – Simplified asthma pump considered particularly beneficial for Māori, Pasifika
24 August 2020: A new analysis of a study on treating asthma has found a simplified “2 in 1” asthma pump is particularly beneficial for Māori and Pasifika, who suffer greatly from the respiratory disease. Te Karere TVNZ's Eruera Rerekura reports on research by the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand (MRINZ).
Research into using wool for masks
18 August 2020: Sarah's Country: Lincoln Agritech is adopting technology to utilise wool in biodegradable protective masks as part of the country’s covid response. New materials group manager Rob Kelly will explain.