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Are New Zealand’s Universities Doing Enough To Define The Limits Of Academic Freedom?

Wednesday, 24 November 2021, 9:46 am | The Conversation

The news last week that University of Auckland public health researcher Simon Thornley was retracting a co-authored paper about supposed vaccination risks during pregnancy raised deeper questions about the limits of academic freedom. More >>

Old wine in new bottles – why the NZ-UK free trade agreement fails to confront the challenges of a post-COVID world

Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 11:03 am | The Conversation

New Zealanders won’t see the full text of the UK free trade agreement until it is signed, meaning it will proceed without open public debate – despite locking in constraints on future governments. More >>

Beyond Zoom, Teams and video lectures — what do university students really want from online learning?

Monday, 4 October 2021, 10:31 am | The Conversation

Research is now showing what works — and what doesn’t — for students forced online by the pandemic. Better course design should be the next step. More >>

ANZUS without NZ? Why the new security pact between Australia, the UK and US might not be all it seems

Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 1:45 pm | The Conversation

PR exercise, elaborate purchasing agreement or genuine security pact? The new AUKUS agreement raises plenty of questions about why New Zealand missed out. More >>

New Zealand needs to go beyond fast-tracking counter-terrorism laws to reduce the risk of future attacks

Monday, 6 September 2021, 4:36 pm | The Conversation

New Zealand’s second terrorist attack in two years highlights weaknesses in existing counter-terrorism laws in preventing violent extremism. Beyond fast-tracking changes to terrorism suppression laws, there are still other areas of law and policy in New ... More >>

To get New Zealanders out of their cars we’ll need to start charging the true cost of driving

Wednesday, 18 August 2021, 10:08 am | The Conversation

In light of last week’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report confirming human activity is “unequivocally” driving global warming, here’s a striking statistic: in Auckland, road transport modes are responsible for 35% of the city’s ... More >>

As New Zealand mobilises to help in Afghanistan, its rescue response faces serious challenges

Wednesday, 18 August 2021, 10:05 am | The Conversation

The question of whether New Zealand accepts some moral responsibility to help Afghans who worked with its armed forces has now been answered . But another question remains: will high ideals be brought to earth by political and practical obstacles? To its ... More >>

The global water cycle has become more intense, and that makes New Zealand's wet regions wetter, and dry ones drier

Wednesday, 11 August 2021, 9:40 am | The Conversation

New Zealand’s climate has been changing in line with global trends over the last century, warming by 1.1. But unless we curb emissions fast, we can brace for more extreme downpours and droughts. More >>

Tuatara are ancient, slow and endangered. But their super speedy sperm could boost conservation efforts

Wednesday, 4 August 2021, 10:32 am | The Conversation

The male anatomy of tuatara, the last representatives of an ancient lineage, is unique among reptiles. They lack a penis, which has made sperm collection a major challenge – until now. More >>

Aggressive Marketing Has Driven The Rise Of The Double-cab Ute On New Zealand Streets — Time To Hit The Brakes?

Wednesday, 28 July 2021, 10:31 am | The Conversation

“Explore your inner beast.” That was the slogan used last year to sell the Ford Ranger. At 2.4 tonnes, that’s a lot of “light” truck, but the stakes are rising. This year, the 3.5 tonne Ram 1500 “eats utes for breakfast”. More >>

Climate Explained: Is New Zealand Losing Or Gaining Native Forests?

Wednesday, 14 July 2021, 10:14 am | The Conversation

Shutterstock/riekephotos Sebastian Leuzinger , Auckland University of Technology More >>

Australia And New Zealand Are Signing Up For An International Tax On The Tech Giants — But Will It Be Enough?

Wednesday, 14 July 2021, 9:26 am | The Conversation

Australia, New Zealand and many other countries are losing hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue each year by not adequately taxing the profits of digital giants doing business in their jurisdictions. More >>

Four In Five New Zealanders Plan To Get Vaccinated, But Many People Want More Information About Vaccine Safety

Wednesday, 14 July 2021, 9:18 am | The Conversation

Associate health minister Ayesha Verrall receives the Pfizer vaccine. Lynn Grieveson - Newsroom/Newsroom via Getty Images More >>

We probably can’t eliminate COVID in Australia forever. As we vaccinate, we should move to a more sustainable strategy

Wednesday, 7 July 2021, 11:29 am | The Conversation

We should move rapidly to reduce fear, improve vaccination rates, improve treatments and reduce complications as we do with other diseases we can't eliminate or fully protect against. More >>

Lawyers challenge New Zealand's proposed emissions budgets as inconsistent with the 1.5 goal

Wednesday, 7 July 2021, 11:27 am | The Conversation

Consider Ireland. Like New Zealand, it has high agricultural emissions and a poor climate track record so far, but it has adopted much stronger targets to cut emissions by 51% between 2018 and 2030. More >>

Separatist or radically inclusive? What He Puapua report really says on Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Wednesday, 7 July 2021, 11:25 am | The Conversation

Contrary to some claims, He Puapua is not a 'plan' and it doesn't advocate for 'separatism'. Rather, it invites us to imagine more inclusive political and constitutional arrangements. More >>

Has the door finally opened for Samoa's first female prime minister, after weeks of constitutional crisis?

Monday, 28 June 2021, 3:27 pm | The Conversation

Samoa's Supreme Court has had a bet each way to resolve the country's election stalemate, but the odds are still on a new prime minister within the week. More >>

Online learning has changed the way students work — we need to change definitions of ‘cheating’ too

Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 10:16 am | The Conversation

Recent allegations of cheating by university students in online exams suggest the students are adapting faster than the education system itself – and that should change. More >>

New Zealand approves Pfizer vaccine for young people from 12 to 15, but they'll have to wait their turn

Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 10:13 am | The Conversation

New Zealand's approval of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15 year olds will bring the number of people eligible for the jab to 85% of the population, raising the chance of reaching collective immunity. More >>

New Zealand is overdue for an open and honest debate about 21st-century trade relations

Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 10:46 am | The Conversation

More countries, including a post-Brexit UK, are looking at joining the CPTPP free trade agreement. But the secrecy around negotiations makes serious analysis virtually impossible. More >>