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South Africa’s runner Caster Semenya, the current 800-meter Olympic gold and world champion, arrives with her lawyer Gregory Nott (right) for hearings at the international Court of Arbitration for Sport. EPA/Laurent Gillieron

Sex and sport: how to create a level playing field

The International Association of Athletics Federations wants athletes who have differences of sexual development to medically reduce their testosterone levels. But this may be in breach of human rights.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meeting with the Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang during last year’s ASEAN summit. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Huawei or the highway? The rising costs of New Zealand’s relationship with China

New Zealand's decision to block Huawei from its 5G cellular networks due to security concerns is likely to be just the first of many that challenge Wellington's relationship with Beijing.
On February 6, 1840, representatives of the British Crown and Māori chiefs acting on behalf of their tribes signed the Treaty of Waitangi. from Wikimedia Commons

Explainer: the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi, signed in 1840, is New Zealand's foundation document. But debate continues about the exact meaning of the treaty text.
The law assumes consumers read the terms and conditions of their contracts, and in a dispute, they are held responsible for the written terms of any agreements. from www.shutterstock.com

Research shows most online consumer contracts are incomprehensible, but still legally binding

Legally, consumers are expected to read any online contracts they enter into, but companies have no obligation to offer readable agreements. As research shows, most are incomprehensible.
Gillette backed up its campaign by US$3 million in charitable donations, but the brand has been criticised for appropriating the #MeToo movement. Proctor & Gamble

Post Gillette: other brands are better at matching practice with talk, but don’t get the publicity

Gillette recently made headlines with their controversial campaign against toxic masculinity, but other brands appear to be better at taking action.
Donald Trump presents a wall design during a discussion on border security. EPA/Shawn Thew

Why Trump’s wall rhetoric is about power rather than policy

The partial shut-down has ratcheted up tensions within the Republican party and added to speculation that President Trump will face a primary challenge some time before the 2020 presidential election.
Queensland groper, typical of coral reefs off Queensland at 27°S were found in the Bay of Islands, north of Auckland, at 35°S. from www.shutterstock.com

Farmed fish dying, grape harvest weeks early – just some of the effects of last summer’s heatwave in NZ

Analysis of last summer's heatwave shows it killed farmed salmon and decimated kelp forests, as well as shifting grape harvests and fish spawning times forward by several weeks.
A study of drinking water sourced from groundwater in areas of intensive farming and horticulture found nitrate levels are already high and rising. from www.shutterstock.com

Drinking water study raises health concerns for New Zealanders

Nitrate in drinking water has been linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer. That could have implications for some parts of New Zealand where nitrate levels are high.
This summer, coastal seas to the north and east of New Zealand are even warmer than during last year’s marine heat wave. from www.shutterstock.com

Coastal seas around New Zealand are heading into a marine heatwave, again

Marine heatwaves may become the new normal for the Tasman Sea and the ocean around New Zealand, and oceanographers are developing models to better predict their intensity.

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