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The Mysterious Existence Of A Leafless Kauri Stump, Kept Alive By Its Forest Neighbours

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 4:29 pm | The Conversation

By Sebastian Leuzinger, Professor, Auckland University of Technology & Martin Karl-Friedrich Bader, Senior Lecturer in Ecology, Auckland University of Technology Plants use their leaves to make food from the sun’s energy and carbon dioxide. ... More >>

Gymnastics NZ Has Apologised For Past Abuses — Now It Must Empower Athletes To Lead Change

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 4:25 pm | The Conversation

By Georgia Cervin Honorary Research Fellow, University of Western Australia Within days of serious allegations of physical and psychological abuse in New Zealand gymnastics emerging in late 2020, the sport’s governing body Gymnastics New Zealand commissioned ... More >>

Trump Evades Conviction Again As Republicans Opt For Self-preservation

Monday, 15 February 2021, 4:18 pm | The Conversation

By Jennifer S. Hunt Lecturer in Security Studies, Australian National University Twice-impeached former US President Donald Trump has evaded conviction once more. On the fourth day of the impeachment trial, the Senate verdict is in . Voting guilty: ... More >>

No more acting like 'stunned mullets' — bigger, better, faster responses needed to meet future bio-threats

Tuesday, 9 February 2021, 11:29 am | The Conversation

Interim findings from the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response paint a bleak picture of global failure. If things don't improve, a future pandemic could be truly catastrophic. More >>

It's still too soon for NZ to relax COVID-19 border restrictions for travellers from low-risk countries

Tuesday, 9 February 2021, 11:26 am | The Conversation

A new study argues for selective border relaxations. But with COVID-19 more prevalent now than at almost any point in the past, the risk would be substantial. More >>

In An Age Of Digital Disinformation, Dropping Level 1 Media Studies In NZ High Schools Is A Big Mistake

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 4:19 pm | The Conversation

By Wayne Hope Professor of Communication Studies, Auckland University of Technology Primary and secondary school teachers engage with students who are constantly on devices — consuming, sharing and jointly creating texts, photos, videos and memes. ... More >>

If We’re To Defend Our Borders From The Pandemic, What Do We Mean By Borders?

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 4:16 pm | The Conversation

By Germana Nicklin Senior Lecturer in Border and Resource Security, Massey University Before COVID-19 hit New Zealand’s shores last year, most people’s understanding of defending a border would have come from watching TV reality show Border Patrol ... More >>

Frontline border workers to be vaccinated first as New Zealand approves Pfizer vaccine

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 10:14 am | The Conversation

The approval of the first of four COVID-19 vaccines marks the first step in New Zealand's plans for a Pacific-wide immunisation rollout. More >>

How to cut emissions from transport: ban fossil fuel cars, electrify transport and get people walking and cycling

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 10:09 am | The Conversation

Emissions from road transport in New Zealand have doubled since 1990, and the Climate Change Commission recommends sweeping changes to switch to electric transport options. More >>

Why Indian Farmers Are So Angry About The Modi Government’s Agricultural Reforms

Wednesday, 3 February 2021, 4:13 pm | The Conversation

By Bhavani Shankar Professorial Reseach Fellow in Food Systems and Health, University of Sheffield India’s farmers have been protesting since the autumn, with a growing intensity that culminated in a violent breaching of barriers in the Red Fort in Delhi ... More >>

NZ Music’s #MeToo Moment Is A Wake-up Call For Educators: Prepare Graduates To Challenge And Change The Industry

Wednesday, 3 February 2021, 4:10 pm | The Conversation

By Oli Wilson and Catherine Hoad . Recent accusations of harassment and coercion by leading figures in Aotearoa New Zealand’s music industry were shocking, but not surprising. Last year, we released the Amplify Aotearoa report that revealed ... More >>

How To Cut Emissions From Transport: Ban Fossil Fuel Cars, Electrify Transport And Get People Walking And Cycling

Wednesday, 3 February 2021, 4:03 pm | The Conversation

By Robert McLachlan Professor in Applied Mathematics, Massey University The Climate Change Commission’s draft advice on how to decarbonise New Zealand’s economy is refreshing, particularly as it calls on the government to start phasing out fossil ... More >>

If Border Restrictions Increase To Combat New COVID-19 Strains, What Rights Do Returning New Zealanders Have?

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 4:21 pm | The Conversation

By Kris Gledhill , Professor of Law, Auckland University of Technology As we know, getting into New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult. There are practicalities, such as high airfare and managed isolation costs. And there are legal requirements, ... More >>

COVID-19: Northland Case Is A Reminder NZ’s ‘dumb Good Luck’ May Run Out

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 4:18 pm | The Conversation

By David Welch, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland When a COVID-19 case was found in Northland last Sunday, Aotearoa’s second-longest period with no detected community case came to an end. ESR scientists worked late into Sunday night to obtain ... More >>

NZ Needs An Evolving Pandemic Strategy If It’s To Keep The Public’s Trust

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 4:13 pm | The Conversation

Kiwis know what it’s like when life throws curveballs. We’ve had major quakes, floods, fires, an eruption, a terrorist attack and now a pandemic. In those situations, it’s the ability to collectively “get the smarts”, to devise clever, adaptable ... More >>

A Healthy Microbiome Builds A Strong Immune System That Could Help Defeat COVID-19

Sunday, 24 January 2021, 4:29 pm | The Conversation

Authored by Ana Maldonado-Contreras Takeaways Your gut is home to trillions of bacteria that are vital for keeping you healthy. Some of these microbes help to regulate the immune system. New research, which has not yet been peer reviewed, shows the presence ... More >>

Web’s Inventor Says News Media Bargaining Code Could Break The Internet. He’s Right — But There’s A Fix

Sunday, 24 January 2021, 4:22 pm | The Conversation

Authored by Tama Leaver, Professor of Internet Studies, Curtin University The inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee , has raised concerns that Australia’s proposed News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code could fundamentally break ... More >>

As Joe Biden prepares to become president, the US still reels from the deadly consequences of 'alternative facts'

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 9:54 am | The Conversation

Among the new president's top priorities should be restoring faith in institutions and science. More >>

Trumpism doesn't end with Trump — NZ needs to take a firmer stand against a global threat to democracy

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 9:49 am | The Conversation

America is currently experiencing its worst political and constitutional crisis since the civil war when the very survival of Abraham Lincoln’s government “of, by and for the people” was at stake. More >>

Capitol siege raises questions over extent of white supremacist infiltration of US police

Monday, 18 January 2021, 12:21 pm | The Conversation

The FBI has long warned that white supremacist groups are seeking to infiltrate police, which makes the events of Jan. 6 all the more concerning. More >>