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Weakening Or Collapse Of A Major Atlantic Current Has Disrupted NZ’s Climate In The Past – And Could Do So Again

Saturday, 15 June 2024, 2:12 pm | The Conversation

Earth’s climate system is connected across hemispheres. When the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation weakens and Europe cools, warming in New Zealand and southern mid-latitudes accelerates. More >>

Welcome To NZ – Now Pay Up: The Risks And Rewards Of Raising The Foreign Tourist Tax

Friday, 14 June 2024, 7:58 pm | The Conversation

The government has proposed raising the international visitor levy to $100. But first New Zealand needs a clear strategy about who it’s trying to attract, and in what numbers. More >>

Patently Insufficient: A New Intellectual Property Treaty Does Little To Protect Māori Traditional Knowledge

Wednesday, 12 June 2024, 2:05 pm | The Conversation

The newly signed global Treaty on Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge might improve the patent system, but is unlikely to improve protection of Indigenous knowledge itself. More >>

Cryptocurrencies Use Massive Amounts Of Power – But Eco-friendly Alternatives Come With Their Own Risks

Monday, 10 June 2024, 5:45 pm | The Conversation

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin can use more power than countries such as Finland. The emergence of eco-friendly alternatives provides hope, and a few concerns, for crypto users. More >>

As Israel Pushes Into Rafah, It Exposes An Uncomfortable Truth: No Court Alone Can Protect Civilians In War

Sunday, 2 June 2024, 7:07 pm | The Conversation

No court alone has the power to adequately protect civilians during times of war. More >>

Is Collapse Of The Atlantic Ocean Circulation Really Imminent? Icebergs’ History Reveals Some Clues

Saturday, 1 June 2024, 6:23 pm | The Conversation

If the ocean circulation, known as AMOC, shuts down, it would be a climate disaster, particularly for Europe and North America. New research shows why that might not happen as soon as some fear. More >>

NZ Budget 2024: ‘Tax Relief’ For The ‘Squeezed Middle’ – But Who’s Paying? 7 Experts Follow The Money

Saturday, 1 June 2024, 6:19 pm | The Conversation

Finance minister Nicola Willis made good on two promises with her first budget – tax cuts and no surprises. But the belt tightening required to do that will have longer-term consequences. More >>

How Long Should Everyday Appliances Last? Why NZ Needs A Minimum Product Lifespan Law

Thursday, 30 May 2024, 6:17 pm | The Conversation

A ‘right to repair’ bill before parliament aims to reduce the cost and difficulty of fixing consumer items. Setting minimum acceptable lifespans for common products should be the first step. More >>

Dawn Raids Never Died: Why Formal Apologies And Restoring NZ Citizenship Are Still Not Enough

Thursday, 30 May 2024, 4:38 pm | The Conversation

Public submissions close this week on a bill restoring citizenship to some Samoan immigrants. But despite prime ministerial apologies over the 1970s dawn raids, immigration law is largely unchanged. More >>

Norway, Spain And Ireland Have Recognised A Palestinian State – What’s Stopping NZ?

Wednesday, 29 May 2024, 7:20 pm | The Conversation

Recognition of Palestinian statehood was previously held out as an incentive to completing peace negotiations. But that’s changed now, and New Zealand should consider changing its position too. More >>

NZ Budget 2024: Tax Cuts And Borrowing Don’t Always Fuel Inflation – But Nicola Willis Has To Get The Balance Right

Wednesday, 29 May 2024, 7:14 pm | The Conversation

Spikes in inflation are often blamed on government borrowing to deliver cash handouts. But it’s more complicated than that. The real issue lies in borrowing without a plan to balance the books. More >>

NZ Is Changing Faster Than The Census Can Keep Up – The 4 Big Trends To Watch

Monday, 27 May 2024, 7:06 pm | The Conversation

The latest census figures are released this week, but the long-term trends are already clear: we will soon be more Māori and more Asian, fertility rates are dropping, and more citizens are leaving. More >>

‘Facebook Probably Knows I Sell Drugs’ – How Young People’s Digital Footprints Can Threaten Their Future Prospects

Saturday, 25 May 2024, 2:47 pm | The Conversation

The global trade in data means minor drug dealing by 16-year-olds on social media could hurt their ability to get a job, house or insurance in their 30s. More >>

Flu Vaccines No Longer Free For All Under-12s In NZ – Children Living In Poverty & At Higher Risk Will Bear The Brunt

Friday, 24 May 2024, 4:58 pm | The Conversation

Influenza accounts for more than half of all potentially vaccine-preventable hospitalisations of children under 14. But those living in poverty are three times more likely to require hospital care. More >>

Farewell Anchor, Fresh'n Fruity And Mainland: What’s Behind Fonterra’s Decision To Sell Its Consumer Brands?

Thursday, 23 May 2024, 8:57 am | The Conversation

Fonterra’s plan to sell its consumer brands came as a surprise. But there is logic to the dairy giant focusing on selling to the food industry rather than directly to consumers. More >>

Déjà Vu In New Caledonia: Why Decades Of Political Failure Will Make This Uprising Hard To Contain

Wednesday, 22 May 2024, 2:43 pm | The Conversation

Even New Caledonia’s independence leaders have been unable to stop this latest spontaneous eruption of popular rage. France will have to compromise if there is to be a lasting solution. More >>

Ancient DNA From An Extinct Native Duck Reveals How Far Birds Flew To Make New Zealand Home

Tuesday, 21 May 2024, 7:27 am | The Conversation

Many people may assume New Zealand’s native birds arrived via Australia. But our new research on the Auckland Island merganser shows they originated from much further away. More >>

Fast-track Laws, Parliamentary Urgency, Treaty Tension, Media Retreat: Warning Signs For NZ’s ‘Brittle’ Democracy

Monday, 20 May 2024, 8:11 pm | The Conversation

New Zealand is far from a tyranny. But there are signs its democratic institutions are not as robust as they might be – with the proposed ‘fast-track’ legislation bringing concerns to a head. More >>

Does Fighting Inflation Always Lead To Recession? What 60 Years Of NZ Data Can Tell Us

Friday, 17 May 2024, 7:22 pm | The Conversation

New Zealand’s history of inflation, recessions and unemployment offer clues to what might happen next. Coupled with global events, the outlook is not promising. More >>

Many new mums struggle, but NZ’s postnatal services often fail to address maternal mental health – new study

Friday, 17 May 2024, 7:16 pm | The Conversation

New mothers can experience anxiety and depression. But rushed appointments and impersonal checklists leave many fearful of being judged inadequate or unfit if they admit to struggling. More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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