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Campaigning for a third term in government in 2014, NZ Nationals leader John Key visits a new housing development, consistent with the government’s framing of affordability as a supply problem. Sarah Robson/AAP

Housing crisis? What crisis? How politicians talk about housing and why it matters

Tracing politicians' use of the term 'housing crisis' reveals it came into common use only in recent years, and then only by opposition MPs. Governments prefer to frame the issues differently.
The male bluehead wrasse defends his group of yellow females, one of whom has to step-up and take charge if he leaves. Kevin Bryant

What we learn from a fish that can change sex in just 10 days

When a male bluehead wrasse is removed from the group he dominates, the largest female changes sex, rapidly transforming ovaries into sperm-producing testes. Molecular research shows how.
British Columbia’s law should see First Nations’ people included in public decisions and economic development, especially in relation to natural resources. from www.shutterstock.com

What NZ and Australia can learn from British Columbia’s implementation of Indigenous rights

British Columbia’s new law requires its parliament to align all laws with the UN declaration on indigenous rights. New Zealand and Australia should watch closely to see what it could mean for them.
Globally, 387 delivered and about 400 undelivered Boeing Max aircraft remain grounded indefinitely. AAP/Mark Wagner

Grounded: what’s behind Boeing’s production shutdown of MAX aircraft

The Boeing MAX disaster has already cost the company billions of dollars and will have ripple effects on suppliers and the wider US economy, with tens of thousands of jobs at risk.
In April 1916, armed police invaded Maungapōhatu to arrest the Tūhoe leader Rua Kēnana (handcuffed, fourth from the left) in an unlawful raid that killed Kēnana’s son and another family member. Wikimedia Commons

Why a pardon for 20th-century Māori leader Rua Kēnana doesn’t go far enough

New Zealand will pardon religious Māori leader Rua Kēnana, who was arrested more than a century ago for "moral resistance", but the pardon fails to acknowledge the miscarriage of justice.
Alcohol companies are part owners of cannabis production overseas already, and they have the resources to influence policy development. from www.shutterstock.com

Why NZ’s cannabis bill needs to stop industry from influencing policy

The draft New Zealand cannabis law proposes a ban on advertising, but includes no reference to marketing via social media, where most alcohol marketing now takes place.
The Royal New Zealand Navy during a recovery operation on Whakaari/White Island, on December 13. Rescue and recovery efforts have been hampered by hazardous conditions on the island, and the danger of another eruption. EPA/Royal NZ Navy

Call for clearer risk information for tourists following Whakaari/White Island tragedy

The tragedy at Whakaari/White Island highlights the need for consent forms to ensure tourists are fully informed when choosing to visit dangerous locations.
Many developed countries already have significant waste-to-energy operations and therefore less material going to landfill.

Climate explained: seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals

Burning non-recyclable waste to generate energy sounds like a great idea – but incineration plants need an ongoing waste stream to be viable, which perpetuates the make-use-dispose mentality.
The volcanic alert level on Whakaari/White Island remains at three, one rung higher than it was when the eruption took place. AAP/GNS Science

Why were tourists allowed on White Island?

Visiting an active volcano involves risk. Hazard monitoring systems can issue warnings but in the case of the privately-owned White Island, the decision to take a tour falls to tourism operators.
The sudden eruption at White Island was short-lived but produced an ash plume that rose several kilometres above the vent. GNZ Science

Why White Island erupted and why there was no warning

Five people have died and several remain unaccounted for after a sudden volcanic eruption on Whakaari/White Island off the east coast of New Zealand.

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