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American Magic, one of Team New Zealand’s challengers for the America’s Cup have completed their first day of testing.

In contrast, three other challenging syndicates, INEOS Team UK, Italy’s Luna Rossa and Stars and Stripes USA, have yet to arrive.

American Magic have spent almost five months in New Zealand, preparing their boat.

Their session today lasted five hours on the Waitemata Harbour.

American Magic represent that syndicate from the New York Yacht Club. One of the most famous yacht clubs in the world.

Their AC-75 foiling boat, named Defiant, spent much of the training session sailing around areas that organisers have designated as five potential race courses.

The Wellington Phoenix are sitting in second place on the A-League table.

Coach Ufuk Talay has his sights set on retaining second place and securing their best place finish in their history.

Last weekend the Phoenix drew 1-1 with Adelaide United to move ahead of Melbourne City on goal difference.

Sydney FC has already clinched top spot and Talay wants the Phoenix to hold on to second place, for their final three games, and secure a home semi-final.

The Phoenix have played three games in nine days, after a fourth month break, taking four out of a potential nine points.

Scientists have found a type of kelp that’s around 16,000 years old!

A team from Heriot-Watt University think the type of seaweed has survived since the last Ice Age.

Scientists will now investigate how it has survived for so long, especially focusing on how marine plant life survives extreme changes in climate.

They found it off the coast of Scotland, Ireland and around Brittany in France.

One of the marine ecologists said, “Kelp plays a critical role in the Atlantic so it is important to understand what affects its distribution and survival over time and how sensitive it is to change.”

There are around 30 different types of kelp, and the one that scientists found in this case is called oarweed.

Polar bears may be wiped out by the end of the century unless more is done to tackle climate change.

This was the findings from a recent scientific study.

Scientists believe some Polar Bear populations have already reached their survival limits as the Arctic sea ice shrinks.

The bears rely on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean to hunt for seals.

As the ice breaks up, the animals are forced to walk for long distances.

Polar bears are listed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

New Zealand’s largest agricultural event has gone online in 2020.

The National Agricultural Fieldays was officially opened online on the 13th July.

The event, which attracted 130,000 people last year, was due to start in June but was postponed as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Fieldays online platform will host exhibitors’ sites, a series of online videos, live video and sales.

The organisers hope the benefit of having the online event is it will have a global reach.

The event was officially opened by Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern and attendees were welcomed by Prince Charles, who beamed in from Clarence House, UK.

Fieldays Online will remain open until 26 July.

New rules will allow more crocodiles in New Zealand zoos.

Under the new rules, live crocodiles and eggs will be able to be imported from the EU, Asia and the Pacific.

Currently, we can only get crocodiles from Australia. 

The move coincides with Auckland Zoo building a new $50 million southeast Asian attraction which will open this year.

A wider range of crocodile species will also be allowed in.

The crocodiles and eggs must come from animals hatched and raised in captivity.

However, any crocodile coming into New Zealand must be held in isolation in their country of departure for 30 days and be disease free before being allowed around the country.

A digital Māori atlas named Kā Huru Manu has been developed by Ngāi Tahu.

The new atlas uses the original Māori names for the South Island. It can be used to teach school students about the Maori language and the affects of colonisation.

Kā Huru Manu was launched at the end of 2017 and features more than 1000 Māori names and the stories behind them.

There is even a guide for teachers to use the map in their classrooms.

Ngāi Tahu archive manager Takerei Norton said the iwi was excited about presenting the framework and working with teachers to see how the resource could be used.

The framework could be used to teach Year 7 to 10 students about places and as a reference when studying social action.

International Women’s Day was celebrated on March the 8th around the world.

It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme was #EachforEqual

The message was that individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, increase understanding, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.

Together, each one of us can help create a gender-equal world.

The first International Women’s Day occurred in 1911.

The Breakers will make history in the next Australian NBL season after the appointment of their first female coach.

The Breakers have signed former Tall Fern Chanel Pompallier as an assistant coach.

Pompallier has already been involved in the club, working as the Breakers’ community coach recently.

Breakers guard Corey Webster says Pompallier’s knowledge of the game is something that deserves to be seen in the NBL.

The Breakers finished short of reaching the playoffs this season.

A rare 10-metre long whale shark has been spotted off the Tauranga coast.

The whale shark was spotted about 11km off Mauao.

The amazing fish was spotted by the skipper of the Bay Explorer. There were 16 people on board.

The captain said the fish swam right up to the boat before going under it – that was when he got a closer look.


Whale Shark Fact #1: Whale sharks are the largest fish on the planet.

Whale Shark Fact #2: Whale sharks are in no way related to whales. Although they are sharks, they are very docile and pose no real threats to humans.

Whale Shark Fact #3: Whale sharks can reach up to 14m (46 feet!) in length.

Whale Shark Fact #4: Whale sharks can weigh up to 11,000 kilos!!

Whale Shark Fact #5: Whale sharks are filter feeders and sieve plankton through their gills for much of their nourishment.

Whale Shark Fact #6: Whale sharks have about 3,000 tiny teeth (less than 6mm long) but they don’t use those teeth to eat.

Whale Shark Fact #7: Whale sharks aren’t the fastest swimmers, reaching speeds no higher than 5 km/h.