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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 >>

Following 3 Major Quakes Off New Zealand, Questions Remain About How They Might Be Linked

Monday, 8 March 2021, 4:26 pm | The Conversation

The Tonga Kermadec subduction zone stretches between New Zealand and south of Samoa. USGS , CC BY-SA More >>

Lots Of Law, Not Enough Order — The Government Must Be Clearer About Dealing With COVID Rule-breakers

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 4:23 pm | The Conversation

Alexander Gillespie , University of Waikato New Zealand’s COVID-19 response might be the envy of the world, but that hasn’t stopped New Zealanders themselves getting angry about it this week. More >>

Despite claims NZ's policing is too 'woke', crime rates are largely static — and even declining

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 10:21 am | The Conversation

Recent political arguments about policing methods aren't supported by the evidence: New Zealand crime rates are static, and even declining in some categories. More >>

Freedom Camping Needs New Regulations And Foreign Tourists Aren’t The Only Villains

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 4:37 pm | The Conversation

By Michael Lueck, Professor of Tourism, Auckland University of Technology & Sabrina Seeler, Senior research fellow, Nord University Freedom camping has a long tradition in New Zealand. Using your own vehicle as accommodation and parking in ... More >>

Why We Should Release New Zealand’s Strangled Rivers To Lessen The Impact Of Future Floods

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 4:31 pm | The Conversation

Gary John Brierley , University of Auckland ; Dan C H Hikuroa , University of Auckland ; Heide Friedrich , University of Auckland ; Ian Christopher Fuller , Massey University ; James Brasington , University of Canterbury ; Jo Hoyle , National Institute of ... More >>

The News Media Bargaining Code Could Backfire If Small Media Outlets Aren’t Protected: An Economist Explains

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 4:17 pm | The Conversation

By Simon Wilkie, Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics; Head of Monash Business School, Monash University When I was the chief economist at the US Federal Communications Commission, we oversaw was the acquisition of DirecTV, the satellite pay-TV platform, ... More >>

With their mother’s Australian citizenship cancelled over alleged ISIS-links, how will NZ deal with her children?

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 1:59 pm | The Conversation

The trans-Tasman diplomatic stand-off is complicated by the fate of two young children. Their rights will be central to resolving the situation. More >>

As NZ gets serious about climate change, can electricity replace fossil fuels in time?

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 9:12 am | The Conversation

Investment in renewable electricity needs bipartisan political support and some bold decisions if New Zealand is to meet its future energy commitments. More >>

Why more contagious variants are emerging now, more than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 9:09 am | The Conversation

The rapid increase in the number of infections is the most obvious reason why new variants of the virus have been emerging recently. Case numbers doubled in just two months at the end of 2020. More >>

Would 'COVID loans' be a more affordable and sustainable way to support national economies?

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 9:06 am | The Conversation

Instead of wage subsidy and business loan schemes, allowing households, workers and employers to borrow against future income could be more efficient and equitable in the long run. More >>

Close Contact Test Results Will Be Crucial To Whether Auckland’s Level 3 Lockdown Is Extended Beyond Three Days

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 4:33 pm | The Conversation

Authored by Michael Plank, Professor in Applied Mathematics, University of Canterbury, Shaun Hendy , Professor of Physics, University of Auckland & Siouxsie Wiles , Associate Professor in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, University of Auckland. ... More >>