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Our Changing World

April 2022

Kia ora,

A good mix of stories this April, with a few different contributors too!

In a follow up to her extensive coverage of the 2019 breeding season, radio legend and kākāpō fan Alison Ballance heads to Pukenui - Anchor Island in Fiordland to get an update on this year's happenings.

Working with the Antarctic Heritage Trust we were able to bring you an edit of their podcast: Frozen in Time: Scott's Antarctic Legacy. In it, Chief Operations Officer Francesca Eathorne speaks to conservators whose hard work has contributed to preserving the hut and the over 11,000 artefacts inside. If this is a topic of interest to you, I also highly recommend Alison Ballance and Veronika Meduna's collection of audio stories Saving Antarctic Heritage.

Justin Gregory brings us a story about a study into best care for the smallest of patients. The DIAMOND study, of which his daughter is part of, is investigating which feeding method for preterm babies gives them the best start in life.

Finally, in the same week as the release of the latest IPCC sixth assessment report about the mitigation of climate change, a story of different researchers getting ready for the consequences of our continually warming world.

Happy listening, I hope you enjoy.

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Ngā mihi nui,
2022 a boomer year for kākāpō
2022 is turning into another Year of the Kākāpō, with the giant flightless parrot in the middle of its second biggest breeding season on record.
But things seldom go smoothly when it comes to kākāpō conservation, and this season is no exception, as Alison Ballance finds out.
She joins DOC’s Kākāpō Recovery team on Pukenui – Anchor Island in Fiordland’s Dusky Sound to get an update.
Frozen in time
We head to Scott’s Terra Nova hut at Cape Evans with the Antarctic Heritage Trust and an edit of their podcast Frozen in Time: Scott's Antarctic Legacy.
Join Chief Operations Officer Francesca Eathorne as she learns about the work of the Trust to conserve this iconic piece of polar history.
Conservators with the trust have worked hard to care for the hut and the more than 11,000 artefacts within it. They tell the stories of their mahi.
Researching best care for the smallest of patients

Every year thousands of babies in New Zealand are born prematurely and even the healthiest often require a helping hand to get started.
Justin Gregory talks to researchers at the Liggins Institute in Auckland who think better nutrition might be the key.
Getting ready for our warmer future
2021 was New Zealand’s warmest year on record - two stories about projects facing this fact head on.
Dr. Rebecca Gladstone-Gallagher from the University of Auckland is leading a project to investigate temperature extremes in estuary sediments. Ecologically important creatures like cockles live at this interface between ocean and land and can be impacted by heatwaves in both.
And Akuhata Bailey-Winiata is starting his PhD to investigate what managed retreat solutions might look like for Māori communities whose marae are threatened by sea level rise.
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