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A year after New Zealand's first COVID-19 lockdown, discrimination and racism are on the rise

Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 10:42 am | The Conversation

About half of New Zealand's Māori, Pasifika and Asian populations reported experiencing more racism and discrimination since the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to about a third of European New Zealanders. More >>

Climate explained: is natural gas really cheaper than renewable electricity?

Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 10:39 am | The Conversation

Natural gas may still be cheaper than electricity in some cases, but the price of gas is likely to rise if New Zealand follows the Climate Change Commission's advice to shift to electrification. More >>

NZ's second 'Well-being Budget' must deliver for the families that sacrificed most during the pandemic

Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 10:36 am | The Conversation

The economic and emotional impact of COVID-19 has not been shared equally. Now is the time to start rebalancing that burden. More >>

How China has been transforming international education to become a leading host of students

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 10:03 am | The Conversation

Once seen as mainly as a source of international students, China has for a decade been strategically repositioning itself as a provider of international education. More >>

Despite major conservation efforts, populations of New Zealand's iconic kiwi are more vulnerable than people realise

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 10:01 am | The Conversation

Kiwi are often moved between fragmented populations to limit inbreeding, but without sufficient genetic screening, this risks doing more harm than good. More >>

Flights have resumed between New Zealand and NSW, but the temporary travel pause may not be the last

Tuesday, 11 May 2021, 10:45 am | The Conversation

The trans-Tasman travel bubble has come to a temporary regional halt three times now, highlighting the challenges in tracking the risk of an outbreak across jurisdictions with different systems. More >>

The outlook for coral reefs remains grim unless we cut emissions fast — new research

Tuesday, 11 May 2021, 10:41 am | The Conversation

A study of 183 coral reefs worldwide quantified the impacts of ocean warming and acidification on reef growth rates. Even under the lowest emissions scenarios, the future of reefs is not bright. More >>

Why Now Would Be A Good Time For The Reserve Bank Of New Zealand To Publish Stress Test Results For Individual Banks

Monday, 10 May 2021, 10:42 am | The Conversation

Set against the backdrop of an economy healing from 2020’s annus horribilis , this week’s Financial Stability Report (FSR) from the Reserve Bank (RBNZ) was cautiously reassuring: the country’s financial system is sound, though vulnerabilities remain. More >>

India COVID Crisis: Four Reasons It Will Derail The World Economy

Monday, 3 May 2021, 4:32 pm | The Conversation

India is the fifth largest economy in the world. Deepak Choudhary/Unsplash Uma S Kambhampati , University of Reading More >>

The Pacific Went A Year Without COVID. Now, It’s All Under Threat

Monday, 3 May 2021, 4:29 pm | The Conversation

For most of the last year, the Pacific Islands have been remarkably isolated from the devastating effects of the COVID crisis. By walling themselves off early from the outside world, most Pacific nations remain completely COVID free. More >>

Could The COVID Vaccines Affect Your Period? We Don’t Know Yet — But There’s No Cause For Concern

Monday, 3 May 2021, 4:15 pm | The Conversation

Over recent weeks, news reports have indicated some women are experiencing irregularities in their menstrual cycles after receiving a COVID vaccine. More >>

Without The Right Financial Strategies, NZ’s Climate Change Efforts Will Remain Unfinished Business

Thursday, 29 April 2021, 4:13 pm | The Conversation

When it comes to climate change, money talks. Climate finance is critical for enabling a low-emissions transition. This involves investment and expenditure — public, private, domestic and transnational — that demonstrably contributes to climate ... More >>

New Zealand’s First Successful ‘Stealthing’ Prosecution Leads The Way For Law Changes In Australia And Elsewhere

Thursday, 29 April 2021, 4:10 pm | The Conversation

Last week’s sentencing of a Wellington man for rape was legally significant for being New Zealand’s first successful prosecution for what is known as “stealthing”. More >>

Over 700 Health Experts Are Calling For Urgent Action To Expand Global Production Of COVID Vaccines

Thursday, 29 April 2021, 4:05 pm | The Conversation

Today, we are joining over 700 health professionals and academics in sending an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison urging him to take a leadership role in expanding the global production of COVID-19 vaccines and other medical tools to ... More >>

NZ’s Hate Speech Proposals Need More Detail And Wider Debate Before They Become Law

Wednesday, 28 April 2021, 4:16 pm | The Conversation

Promised changes to New Zealand’s hate speech regulations have been slower to emerge than first anticipated. But a recently released cabinet paper finally gives some idea of what is being considered. More >>

How Crowdfunding Campaigners Market Illness To Capture The Attention Of Potential Donors

Wednesday, 28 April 2021, 4:13 pm | The Conversation

Tom Baker , University of Auckland ; Ann E. Bartos , University of Auckland ; Caitlin Neuwelt-Kearns , University of Auckland ; Octavia Calder-Dawe , Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington , and Susan E Wardell More >>

Was Phar Lap Killed By Gangsters? New Research Shows Which Conspiracies People Believe In And Why

Wednesday, 28 April 2021, 4:11 pm | The Conversation

Mathew Marques , La Trobe University ; James (Jim) McLennan , La Trobe University ; John Kerr , University of Cambridge ; Mathew Ling , Deakin University , and Matt Williams , Massey University The Apollo moon landings were faked , Lee Harvey Oswald ... More >>

From Five Eyes To Six? Japan’s Push To Join The West’s Intelligence Alliance

Friday, 23 April 2021, 4:34 pm | The Conversation

Craig Mark , Kyoritsu Women's University As tensions with China continue to grow, Japan is making moves to join the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance. This week, Japan’s ambassador to Australia, Shingo Yamagami, told The Sydney Morning ... More >>

New Authority Could Transform Māori Health, But Only If It’s A Leader, Not A Partner

Friday, 23 April 2021, 4:31 pm | The Conversation

Dominic O'Sullivan , Charles Sturt University and Heather Came , Auckland University of Technology As part of a major overhaul of the health system , health minister Andrew Little yesterday announced a new Māori health authority. More >>

If We Want To Improve NZ’s Freshwater Quality, First We Need To Improve The Quality Of Our Democracy

Thursday, 22 April 2021, 4:10 pm | The Conversation

Nicolas Pirsoul , University of Auckland and Maria Armoudian , University of Auckland Since the fatal Havelock North campylobacter outbreak in 2016, freshwater quality has rightfully been a major political issue in Aotearoa New Zealand. More >>