If doctors questions evidence-based medicine guidelines, they are often viewed as incompetent practitioners.
Ageing populations and efforts to medicate to prevent disease are both factors that have driven up the use of pharmaceuticals, but we have inadequate means of reporting side effects.
Tourism is putting some natural sites under increasing pressure.
Can tourism ever be sustainable? Only if operators and consumers start looking beyond the idyllic postcard images and take undesirable consequences of tourism into account.
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.
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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.
Many universities use tutorials to complement lectures.
As students return to campuses this week, new research shows universities could save money by not asking professors to teach tutorials because they are no more effective than student instructors.
The issue of consent leaves room for interpretation by judges and juries.
In New Zealand, sexual crimes are describes as “crimes against religion, morality and public welfare”, not as crimes against a person. This disparity in language underscores the inequity in how the law treats women.
The Treaty of Waitangi promised Māori British subjecthood.
Much of the debate about the Treaty of Waitangi has focused on sovereignty and self-determination, but the issue of citizenship needs more attention.
More than 620 million years of evolution separate crows from humans, but the birds show that they can plan three steps ahead.
New Caledonian crows are famous for using tools to reach a reward. Now scientists have confirmed they can plan several steps ahead, like a chess player contemplating a series of moves.
A new climate model combines data on ice loss from both polar regions for the first time.
Climate scientist predict that the combined effect of ice loss in Greenland and Antarctica will be more extreme weather, with impacts on agriculture, infrastructure and human life itself.
The emperor penguin can grow up to 45 kilograms, making it the largest living penguin species.
Genetic information extracted from fossil bones of two extinct penguin species shows the geological emergence of islands plays a role in penguin evolution.
February 6 marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s foundation document.
The Treaty of Waitangi provides New Zealand with a convention for working through issues with a commitment to cultural diversity.
On February 6, 1840, representatives of the British Crown and Māori chiefs acting on behalf of their tribes signed the Treaty of Waitangi.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
As income inequality is growing in many countries, associated social problems are also getting worse.
Research suggests union membership by default could help reduce income inequality and its associated social ills.
This summer, coastal seas to the north and east of New Zealand are even warmer than during last year’s marine heat wave.
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.
Many European holiday destinations now struggle with overcrowding and pollution.
As many of the world's most popular tourism destinations are overrun by visitors, operators could pay attention to the UN's sustainable development goals.
Male monks were not the sole producers of books throughout the Middle Ages.