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The Milky Way above Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.

Under New Zealand's Dark Skies, Insects Recover and Humans Reconnect with a Lost View

The massive South Island stargazing reserve is a respite from light pollution for many species, including our own.
New Zealand's tuatara are the last members of <em>Rhynchocephalia</em>, an order of lizard-like reptiles

New Zealand's Slow-Moving 'Living Fossils' Have the Fastest Sperm Among Reptiles

Discovering the trait may help scientists protect the tuatara, which has been around since the dinosaurs.
Receivers on the vessel's aft deck, shown here between deployments, survived rough seas—not one device was lost during the expedition.

The ‘Swell’ Job of Sorting Out New Zealand’s Unusual Earthquake Patterns

Researchers braved storms and monstrous underwater mountains to learn why one region’s earth-shaking is so peculiar.

Podcast: Spacecraft Cemetery

Join us for a daily celebration of the world’s most wondrous, unexpected, even strange places.
A carved post, or <em>pouwhenua</em>, erected at New Zealand's Scott Base in 2013, overlooks the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

Can the Māori Connection to Antarctica Help Safeguard the Continent’s Future?

Indigenous ties to the bottom of the world go back more than a millennium, and could point the way forward.
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