114 days ago

New Year Honours: New Zealand's top scientist Dr Juliet Gerrard becomes a dame

Caroline Williams Reporter from Central Leader

Asked how she feels about being made a dame, Dr Juliet Gerrard​ is somewhat lost for words, an unfamiliar position for the woman whose job is distilling the most up-to-date scientific information for those making the decisions that will shape our future.

Gerrard, currently Jacinda Ardern’s chief science advisor, has been named a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit​ in the New Year Honours.

While she hasn’t really processed what it means on a personal level, it hasn’t stopped the Freemans Bay resident from sharing the news with her 75-year-old mum in the United Kingdom, who got a kick out of getting the good news on her birthday.

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10 hours ago

Auckland's red buses are going electric.

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Auckland Transport and NZ Bus on Friday unveiled the new electric fleet for the CityLINK bus service.

Mayor Phill Goff said the 12 new buses would reduce carbon emissions and help Auckland work towards meeting its climate change goals.

The electric fleet would be quieter than the former diesel models.

“Electrifying Auckland’s CityLINK buses helps improve air quality by reducing pollution from black carbon and nitrogen oxide emitted by diesel vehicles,” he said.

“Black carbon damages health and is at higher levels in Queen St than in any other New Zealand city and many other cities in Europe and North America."

Goff said the launch was another step towards electrifying the rest of Auckland's bus fleet.

When completed, this would stop about 93,000 tonnes of CO2 entering the atmosphere each year compared to 2019 emissions levels.

“We are working with central government towards bringing forward the transition to a fully electric bus fleet, and we’re looking to halt the purchase of new diesel buses from July this year as part of our commitment to a carbon-free city.”

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10 hours ago

What's On: Composting Basics Seminar

Toni-Kim from Henderson

AHC presents The Compost Collective, demonstrating three home composting systems - worm farming | bokashi buckets | cold composting. $2 entry compostcollective.org.nz/events/composting-basics-western-springs
Composting Basics Seminar
  • Auckland Horticutural Complex
1 day ago

Every Signature Counts

The Team from Cancer Society Auckland

Reducing the number of shops able to sell tobacco is part of the Government’s world-leading draft Smokefree plan.

Show your support by signing our petition here.
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