Water quality and the intensification of farming has become a contentious issue for Canterbury in recent years. Nitrate levels are stubbornly high in and around private drinking water wells, potentially posing risks to infants under 6 months old. In 2009, 70 percent of bathing sites were suitable for public recreation. Today, that figure has dropped to 58 percent. Peter Anderson of Forest and Bird said land intensification is a significant cause of the water quality crisis.
The Australian government has rejected an offer from New Zealand to take 150 of the Manus Island asylum seekers on the basis they might use this country as a back door in to Australia. But what are the chances of this actually happening and if it did, what sort of threat would these people pose to our neighbours across the ditch. RNZ spoke to one of the 131 Tampa refugees New Zealand took off Australia's hands back in 2001 who, after settling here, decided to then move to Australia.
Researchers are building a laser microscope to try to work out what is causing South Island lakes to become choked with lake snot. First discovered at Lake Wanaka ten years ago, the alga has spread to Lake Wakatipu on the shores of Queenstown and as far north as the previously pristine Lake Tekapo, clogging filters used for household water supplies and electricity generation.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".