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Relief At Derek Chauvin Conviction A Sign Of Long History Of Police Brutality

Thursday, 22 April 2021, 4:07 pm | The Conversation

Clare Corbould , Deakin University The unprecedented conviction of police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder and manslaughter of George Floyd is testament to the hard work of Black Lives Matter organisers and protesters. More >>

Northern Ireland, Born Of Strife 100 Years Ago, Again Erupts In Political Violence

Wednesday, 14 April 2021, 5:03 pm | The Conversation

Sectarian rioting has returned to the streets of Northern Ireland, just weeks shy of its 100th anniversary as a territory of the United Kingdom. More >>

With The Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble About To Open, How Much Should The Tourism Industry Get Its Hopes Up?

Wednesday, 14 April 2021, 4:59 pm | The Conversation

By this time next week flights between New Zealand and Australia will have been taking off and landing for roughly 48 hours. The quarantine-free trans-Tasman travel bubble , beginning April 19, will finally be more than a promise. More >>

Forensics And Ship Logs Solve A 200-year Mystery About Where The First Kiwi Specimen Was Collected

Wednesday, 14 April 2021, 4:51 pm | The Conversation

Author provided , CC BY-ND Paul Scofield , University of Canterbury and Vanesa De Pietri , University of Canterbury The flightless kiwi is an iconic bird for New Zealanders, but all five species are threatened by habitat loss and introduced predators. More >>

Samoa’s Stunning Election Result: On The Verge Of A New Ruling Party For The First Time In 40 Years

Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 5:01 pm | The Conversation

Tamasailau Suaalii Sauni , University of Auckland and Patricia A. O'Brien , Georgetown University Samoan politics is on a knife edge. After the country voted in general elections on April 9, counting so far has resulted in a dead heat between the two ... More >>

ACC’s Policy Of Not Covering Birth Injuries Is One More Sign The System Is Overdue For Reform

Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 4:58 pm | The Conversation

Claire Breen , University of Waikato Recent media coverage of women not being able to get treatment for birth injuries highlights yet another example of gender bias in healthcare in New Zealand. More >>

New Zealand’s New Housing Policy Is Really Just A New Tax Package — And It’s A Shambles

Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 4:54 pm | The Conversation

Norman Gemmell , Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington Economists like to talk about “optimal policy instruments” — essentially, policies that achieve their objectives more effectively or efficiently than the alternatives, and ... More >>

The Best Hope For Fairly Distributing COVID-19 Vaccines Globally Is At Risk Of Failing. Here’s How To Save It

Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 4:51 pm | The Conversation

Deborah Gleeson , La Trobe University COVAX , the global initiative to coordinate the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in an equitable way, is crucial for bringing the pandemic under control. More >>

Vaccination Alone Will Not Provide Full Protection. When Borders Open, NZ Will Still Be Managing COVID-19

Monday, 12 April 2021, 4:45 pm | The Conversation

From next week, unvaccinated staff working at managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facilities will be moved to low-risk jobs , following a case of a worker who missed vaccination appointments and then tested positive for COVID-19. More >>

A Quarantine-free Trans-Tasman Bubble Opens On April 19, But ‘Flyer Beware’ Remains The Reality Of Pandemic Travel

Wednesday, 7 April 2021, 4:34 pm | The Conversation

Michael Plank , University of Canterbury and Shaun Hendy , University of Auckland New Zealand’s government today announced a long-awaited quarantine-free travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia, beginning on April 19. More >>

Climate Explained: Rising Carbon Emissions (probably) Won’t Make The Earth Uninhabitable

Wednesday, 7 April 2021, 4:29 pm | The Conversation

Laura Revell , University of Canterbury Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. More >>

Managing Retreat: Why New Zealand Is Drafting A New Law To Enable Communities To Move Away From Climate Risks

Wednesday, 7 April 2021, 4:20 pm | The Conversation

Catherine Iorns , Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington The government’s recently announced overhaul of major environmental legislation will result in a new law focused solely on climate change adaptation. More >>

Hostage To Fortune: Why Westpac Could Struggle To Find The Right Buyer For Its NZ Subsidiary

Wednesday, 7 April 2021, 4:15 pm | The Conversation

David Tripe , Massey University and Martien Lubberink , Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington The recent announcement that Westpac is “ reviewing ” ownership of its New Zealand business caused some speculation the decision might ... More >>

Many New Zealand species are already at risk because of predators and habitat loss. Climate change makes things worse

Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 10:01 am | The Conversation

Climate change has long been dismissed as a significant stress to New Zealand's native wildlife, but research shows it exacerbates existing threats such as introduced predators and habitat loss. More >>

Previous governments blocked it, but anti-slavery law should now be an urgent priority for New Zealand

Monday, 22 March 2021, 2:39 pm | The Conversation

Pressure from business leaders and a simple legislative process leave few excuses for not introducing rules to combat modern slavery in commercial supply chains. More >>

Has A Gap In Old-school Handwriting And Spelling Tuition Contributed To NZ’s Declining Literacy Scores?

Thursday, 18 March 2021, 5:36 pm | The Conversation

Christine Braid , Massey University The recently reported decline in student performance in international tests for literacy, science and maths confirmed a view in some quarters that New Zealand’s curriculum is in need of an overhaul. More >>

Why Is Kids’ Video Game Roblox Worth $38 Billion And What Do Parents Need To Know?

Thursday, 18 March 2021, 5:32 pm | The Conversation

Marcus Carter , University of Sydney and Jane Mavoa , The University of Melbourne When the children’s digital game Roblox launched on the New York Stock Exchange last week, the company’s share price rapidly took off. By the end of the day, it ... More >>

Researchers Have Grown ‘Human Embryos’ From Skin Cells. What Does That Mean, And Is It Ethical?

Thursday, 18 March 2021, 5:24 pm | The Conversation

Megan Munsie , The University of Melbourne and Helen Abud , Monash University Researchers have successfully grown model versions of early human embryos by “reprogramming” cells from human skin. The breakthrough potentially opens up new ways to study the ... More >>

A Green Tax On Long-haul Flights Favours Rich Tourists. NZ Needs A Fairer Strategy

Thursday, 18 March 2021, 5:14 pm | The Conversation

Michael Lueck , Auckland University of Technology International tourism has clearly been hit hard by COVID-19. But despite the desperation of the travel and airline industries, people are already questioning whether it should ever return to pre-pandemic ... More >>

NFTs Explained: What They Are, Why Rock Stars Are Using Them, And Why They’re Selling For Millions Of Dollars

Monday, 8 March 2021, 4:32 pm | The Conversation

Luke Heemsbergen , Deakin University A couple of days ago, the musician Grimes sold some animations she made with her brother Mac on a website called Nifty Gateway. Some were one-offs, while others were limited editions of a few hundred – and all ... More >>