Australian bushfires generate huge interest in NZ


Media coverage around the bushfires raging in New South Wales and Queensland generated significant interest here in NZ, not only from firefighters being deployed to help out, or those with families in or close to the fire areas, but also from NZ media around wildfire research.

Fire & Emergency New Zealand, the National Institure of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and Scion’s Rural Fire Research team were asked to provide comment on the Australian bushfires, and relevance to current and future wildfire risks here in NZ, including smoke impacts.

Expert reactions provided to the Science Media Centre were used in articles in the NZ Herald, Stuff and other outlets around the potential for similar wildfires here in NZ with climate change, and which regions are most at risk. Another article in the NZ Herald featured a description of what it’s like inside a bushfire.

Both Scion’s Tara Strand and Grant Pearce gave radio interviews on Newstalk ZB and Radio NZ. Grant also featured in a story on TVNZ’s Q+A programme on the bushfires and whether NZ is adequately prepared for future wildfires.


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