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The rule of law is fundamental to a free society – so why don’t NZ courts always uphold it?

Wednesday, 22 November 2023, 11:17 am | The Conversation

Court decisions based on a judge’s discretion rather than the letter of the law are increasingly common. But this risks undermining some basic liberties. More >>

Health and education are closely linked – NZ needs to integrate them more in primary schools

Wednesday, 22 November 2023, 11:13 am | The Conversation

New Zealand’s health and education sectors are largely siloed and separate. But all the evidence points to collaboration within schools leading to better health and educational outcomes for children. More >>

Climate Extremes Make NZ’s Supply Chains Highly Vulnerable

Wednesday, 26 July 2023, 9:22 am | The Conversation

Supermarket customers around New Zealand are noticing gaps in the grocery aisles that have nothing to do with the global pandemic or Ukraine war. It’s clear domestic food supply chains have been increasingly challenged by natural disasters and the ... More >>

Can The FIFA World Cup Level The Playing Field For All Women Footballers?

Wednesday, 5 July 2023, 8:13 am | The Conversation

There’s little doubt the FIFA Women’s World Cup will deliver spectacle and significant financial rewards when it kicks off in a fortnight. The longer-term rewards, however, are harder to predict. Tens of thousands of visitors will spend hundreds of millions ... More >>

Labour’s ‘No Frills’ Budget Points To An Uninspiring NZ Election

Wednesday, 17 May 2023, 9:21 am | The Conversation

If the recent flood of sleep-inducing pre-budget speeches and commentary is any indication, New Zealand voters can expect largely unimaginative leadership that fails to prepare the country for an uncertain future, regardless of who wins October’s ... More >>

White-Collar Criminals Benefit From Leniency Provisions In NZ Law

Wednesday, 10 May 2023, 8:30 am | The Conversation

If you look at the justice policies of the main political parties you’ll see references to gangs ( ACT ), violent criminals ( National ), greater investment in policing ( Labour ), social justice ( Green Party ) and problems with the criminal justice ... More >>

Pharmac prioritised Māori and Pacific patients for access to new diabetes drugs – did they get it right?

Wednesday, 22 March 2023, 10:12 am | The Conversation

In a controversial move in 2021, drug-funding agency Pharmac fully subsidised new diabetes drugs for Māori and Pacific patients. Could the result help set a precedent? More >>

NZ universities are not normal Crown institutions – they shouldn't be 'Tiriti-led’

Wednesday, 22 March 2023, 10:09 am | The Conversation

Otago University has followed Massey in aspiring to be a “Tiriti-led” institution. But this implies being on the Crown side of the partnership – which is not where a university should be. More >>

IPCC report: the world must cut emissions and urgently adapt to the new climate realities

Wednesday, 22 March 2023, 10:06 am | The Conversation

Already, climate change plays out in all parts of the world. Every further increment of warming will bring rapidly escalating hazards, including more intense heatwaves and heavier rainfall. More >>

Floods, cyclones, thunderstorms: is climate change to blame for New Zealand's summer of extreme weather?

Wednesday, 15 March 2023, 9:23 am | The Conversation

Climate change is adding energy to the atmosphere and the oceans. This in turn fuels more intense storms and heavy rainfall. More >>

Flood warning: NZ's critical infrastructure is too important to fail – greater resilience is urgently needed

Wednesday, 15 February 2023, 8:49 am | The Conversation

Record flooding in Auckland revealed just how unprepared the city was for extreme weather. We need to urgently invest to future-proof our critical infrastructure . More >>

Fear and loathing in New Zealand: an overdue examination of our ‘underworld of extremists’ is valuable but flawed

Wednesday, 15 February 2023, 8:44 am | The Conversation

A new book examining New Zealand’s extreme and alt-right movements tackles an important issue. But it could have defined its terms better and provided more evidence for its claims. More >>

The cost of school uniforms is a barrier to education – but there are ways to level the playing field

Wednesday, 25 January 2023, 9:07 am | The Conversation

As the start of the school year looms, school uniform prices will be front-of-mind for many families already facing a cost of living crisis. What can be done to reduce the burden? More >>

Jacinda Ardern's resignation: gender and the toll of strong, compassionate leadership

Wednesday, 25 January 2023, 8:59 am | The Conversation

Despite women now having equal representation within New Zealand’s parliament, the misogynistic abuse directed at Jacinda Ardern shows equal treatment of women in leadership is still a long way off. More >>

Healthcare for New Zealanders with multiple chronic conditions needs ‘radical rethinking’ – here’s what should happen

Wednesday, 23 November 2022, 10:40 am | The Conversation

If we want people with complex care needs to prioritise their health, cutting patient fees, providing flexible hours and paying attention to their social circumstances would be a good start. More >>

Parliament is not a normal workplace – anti-bullying policy must start with ethical leadership and accountability

Wednesday, 23 November 2022, 9:59 am | The Conversation

A new report on workplace culture in parliament is due before the end of the year. Will it address the systemic and structural factors that make parliament so prone to bullying? More >>

Parliament now has to justify keeping the voting age at 18 – it’s a hard argument to make

Wednesday, 23 November 2022, 9:57 am | The Conversation

The Supreme Court has found the current voting age limit discriminates against young people. But there are other good arguments for lowering the age, including strengthening our democracy. More >>

100 years after insulin was first used, why isn’t NZ funding the latest life-changing diabetes technology?

Wednesday, 16 November 2022, 10:53 am | The Conversation

On the centenary of insulin’s first use, doctors, researchers and people with diabetes are asking why New Zealand lags other countries in funding the latest devices to monitor blood sugar. More >>

New Zealand’s ‘tobacco endgame’ law will be a world first for health – here’s what the modelling shows us

Wednesday, 27 July 2022, 9:48 am | The Conversation

Legislation now entering parliament aims to make Aotearoa New Zealand smokefree by 2025. Forecast effects show huge potential health gains, especially for Māori. More >>

Cheaper food comes with other costs – why cutting GST isn't the answer

Wednesday, 20 April 2022, 12:44 pm | The Conversation

Ending GST on some foods is being touted as a way to reduce food poverty. But cheap food comes with a high environmental and health cost. Is there a way to value food but reduce hardship? More >>





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