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Record-Breaking Bird Just Flew Nonstop From Alaska to New Zealand

A bar-tailed godwit in Australia.

A bar-tailed godwit in Australia.
Image: JJ Harrison/Wikimedia

A conservation group has tracked a migration for the ages, in which a male bar-tailed godwit flew from Alaska to New Zealand without taking a single break.

As the Guardian reports, the bar-tailed godwit departed southwestern Alaska on September 16 and arrived 11 days later at a bay near Auckland, New Zealand. The bird, designated 4BBRW (for the blue, blue, red, and white identification rings attached to its legs), was tracked by Global Flyway Network, a conservation group that studies long-distance migrating shorebirds.

Bar-tailed godwits (Limosa lapponica) are exceptional birds, featuring some mind-bogglingly long migratory routes. The wading birds spend their summers in the arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere (where they breed) and then fly south for the winter, in some cases as far as Australia and New Zealand. Bar-tailed godwits are fast and lightweight, with

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Securonix Announces Distribution Partnership with M.Tech, Fueling Further Growth in Australia and New Zealand

ADDISON, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Securonix, Inc., a leader in Next-Gen SIEM, today announced it has signed M.Tech, a leading cybersecurity and network performance value-added distributor, as its preferred distributor in the Australia New Zealand region. The partnership further strengthens Securonix’s investments in infrastructure and personnel in Asia-Pacific following 100% year over year revenue growth in the region.

“Securonix UEBA capabilities and Next-Gen SIEM are designed to be cloud-first. With many organizations in ANZ now moving from on-premises to cloud environments, we’re ideally positioned as a best-in-class platform that’s easy to deploy and replace legacy solutions during cloud migration,” said Simon Carney, Director of Global Alliances at Securonix. “As we focus on expansion in the region, signing with M.Tech means we’re working with a top distributor, known for successfully bringing market leading solutions like Securonix to its partners.”

M.Tech is headquartered in Singapore and has a network of 32 offices in

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Accenture Increases Cloud First Capabilities in Australia and New Zealand With Acquisition of SAP Specialist Provider Zag

Clients to benefit as Accenture positions itself to meet growing demand for SAP and cloud migration services across ANZ

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has acquired New Zealand-based SAP and cloud solutions technology firm Zag. The acquisition will bolster Accenture’s New Zealand and Australian digital transformation capabilities to meet increased demand from organisations migrating to the cloud and SAP’s next generation products.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201005005844/en/

Left to Right: Nick Mulcahy, CEO Zag, and Ben Morgan, Managing Director Accenture New Zealand. (Photo: Business Wire)

Zag has offices in Auckland, Wellington, Sydney and Melbourne with a team of over 200 professionals. The company is a leading SAP specialist provider that offers services including consulting, development, support, testing and cloud migration. Clients include the New Zealand farmer owned cooperative Ballance and Australian energy provider Hydro Tasmania.

“By pairing Accenture’s global expertise with Zag’s local talent and insight,

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New Zealand PM Says ‘We Beat The Virus Again’

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared on Monday New Zealand “beat the virus again” and announced restrictions in the country’s largest city would be eased, after a second Covid-19 wave was contained.

The virus was believed to have been eradicated in late May after a strict national lockdown led to New Zealanders enjoying 102 days without community transmission.

But a new cluster emerged in Auckland in August, forcing the city of 1.5 million into lockdown for almost three weeks.

With no new confirmed cases in Auckland for 12 days, Ardern said Monday the virus was now under control and congratulated residents for enduring the second lockdown.

“It felt longer and dragged on in what was already starting to feel like a very long year,” she said.

“But despite this, Aucklanders and New Zealanders stuck to the plan that has worked twice now, and beat the virus again.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared to ease Covid-19 restrictions in Auckland after 12 days with no new cases Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

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In New Zealand, microbes are extracting gold from electronic waste

Cell phones, tablets, laptops, smartwatches: the modern world is packed with a dizzying array of gadgets that bring us connectivity, entertainment and information. Our hunger for the latest models – and the cachet that buying them brings – is such that these pieces of kit have, for some, become readily disposable.

This “throwaway” culture often means consumers are guilty of getting rid of old devices as soon as new ones come to the market, a habit that can have a significant effect on waste streams and the environment.

A recent report found that 53.6 million metric tons of e-waste was produced in 2019, with just 17.4% of this amount “officially documented as properly collected and recycled.”

The Global E-waste Statistics Partnership published the “Global E-waste Monitor 2020” report in July and described e-waste as containing harmful substances including mercury, hydrochlorofluorocarbons, chlorofluorocarbons and brominated flame retardants.

It also painted a stark

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Air New Zealand has drawn down $72 million of government loan

FILE PHOTO: An Air New Zealand Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 takes off from Auckland Airport in New Zealand, September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Nigel Marple

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Air New Zealand Ltd AIR.NZ said on Tuesday it had drawn down NZ$110 million ($72.20 million) of a NZ$900 million government loan facility to date as it shored up liquidity to help weather the coronavirus pandemic.

The airline reiterated that it expected to report a second consecutive annual loss in the financial year ending June 30, 2021, and that it was not able to provide earnings guidance.

“With the outlook for future passenger demand clearly uncertain, and highly dependent on the removal of travel restrictions both here in New Zealand and globally, we know that Air New Zealand will continue to be a smaller business for some time to come,” Chairman Therese Walsh said at the airline’s annual meeting, webcast from Auckland. Yes chairman not

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Clarivate Report Highlights Current Trends in Indigenous Research across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Region

Demonstrates how the new Fields of Research classifications will perform in structuring the research on Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori and Pacific Peoples for assessment

LONDON, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Clarivate Plc (NYSE: CCC), a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, has released a regional landscape report highlighting the current trends in indigenous research across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Region. The report looks at the academics, affiliate institutions and regions that are contributing largely to indigenous research and identifies which journals publish this research. It also evaluates how the new Australian and New Zealand Fields of Research (FoR) classifications will perform in structuring indigenous research for assessment.

The report is based on data from the Web of Science Core Collection™, the flagship collection in the world’s largest publisher-neutral global citation database.

Key findings of the report include:

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Clarivate Report Highlights Current Trends in Indigenous Research across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Region | News

Demonstrates how the new Fields of Research classifications will perform in structuring the research on Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori and Pacific Peoples for assessment

LONDON, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Clarivate Plc (NYSE: CCC), a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, has released a regional landscape report highlighting the current trends in indigenous research across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Region. The report looks at the academics, affiliate institutions and regions that are contributing largely to indigenous research and identifies which journals publish this research. It also evaluates how the new Australian and New Zealand Fields of Research (FoR) classifications will perform in structuring indigenous research for assessment.

The report is based on data from the Web of Science Core Collection™, the flagship collection in the world’s largest publisher-neutral global citation database.

Key findings of the report include:

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New Zealand PC sales up, smartphone sales down

The statistics are in and will be unlikely to surprise IT managers. PC sales have soared, while smartphone sales continue to fall in New Zealand. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns are showing up in hardware sales for the second quarter of 2020.

The latest IDC Asia/Pacific Quarterly personal computing device tracker shows that New Zealand’s PC market experienced a 39.7% increase year-on-year, with nearly 217,000 sold in Q2. The top five brands are HP, Lenovo, Apple, Acer Group and Dell.

Why PC sales have grown in New Zealand

IDC associate analyst Liam Landon says that COVID-19 has “stimulated a somewhat stagnant market”. “We also saw growth in PC sales in 2019 and 2017 so the New Zealand market hasn’t seen too many declines in recent years,” he says.

During the lockdown period in May, demand was driven by businesses and students forced to work and study from home.

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Commerce Commission New Zealand to leave voice and text MTAS regulated

woman holding smartphone,  using cell phone on cafe. Technology for communication concept.

Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Commerce Commission New Zealand (ComCom) issued its final decision on whether to deregulate Mobile Termination Access Services (MTAS) on Wednesday, choosing to roll over the current arrangements in place and leave the services regulated.

MTAS is a wholesale service that allows consumers to send and receive calls and messages between different mobile phone network providers. If unregulated, it would allow telcos to charge higher prices for incoming calls and text messages from other providers.

In 2010, ComCom recommended MTAS be regulated with set prices, with a review to happen at least once every five years.

Of particular interest was whether over-the-top (OTT) services were able to be a competitive replacement for voice or text services. ComCom said, however, they were not an effective constraint yet and deregulation would result in higher prices, particularly for voice.

“Our final position is that we consider that OTT services are

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