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A How-to Guide on Observing the Matariki Star Cluster

The days are getting colder and shorter and as we move into takurua (winter), it's time to keep an eye out for the Matariki star cluster appearing near the horizon. For a season, they have remained hidden behind the center of our solar system. Bu...
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A discussion on Tikanga with Dr Valmaine Toki

Tikanga Māori is a contextual concept. The commonly accepted meaning is “straight, direct, tied in with the moral notions connotations of justice and fairness including notions of correct and right”, however, this can vary according to the peopl...
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Protecting the waters of Aotea

Aotea, (Great Barrier Island) has a waste problem. But the problem is not caused by the islanders. The problem is caused by an EPA (Environmental Protection Authority) decision to allow Coastal Resources, a company, to dump 250,000 cubic metres of...
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A How-to Guide to Planting Native Plants in your Backyard

Planting native plants, as seeds or seedlings, is a great way to support our natural biodiversity and ecology. Seeds amazingly contain all the DNA that the plant needs to develop to maturity. It tells the cells what type of plant it is, and gives ...
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How sustainable is Mānuka honey?

Mānuka is truly is one of nature’s special gifts. Despite it's incredible global popularity, it's important to consider that Mānuka flowers only bloom for 2-6 weeks every year, which speaks to how rare and delicate the process of attaining Mānuka...
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Saving Concrete - A look at Brutalist Architecture

Brutalism, also known as Brutalist architecture, is a style that emerged in the 1950s and grew out of the early-20th century modernist movement. Recycling of concrete materials was one of the driving forces behind brutalism. The word Brutalism co...
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