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New Zealand’s 2018 census was the first to be carried out online, but it captured only 83% of people, a response rate 9% lower than the previous census. Māori responses dropped by 20%. from www.shutterstock.com

Bungled NZ census highlights need for multiple voting options to raise Māori participation

The failure of the 2018 census to get a good response rate highlights the need for multiple voting options to increase participation, particularly of Māori.
The judge described a grandmother who was sentenced for murder this week as suffering from severe mental health issues and “carer burnout”. from www.shutterstock.com

Grandmother’s case raises question whether NZ should adopt defence of ‘diminished responsibility’

The case of a grandmother who killed her granddaughter after caring for her and other family members for years raises the question: should New Zealand consider mental distress as a defence argument?
Specialist machine learning and narrow AI could help us to start removing the “four Ds” - dirty, dull, difficult, dangerous - from our daily work. from www.shutterstock.com

AI is here to stay. Now we need to ensure everyone benefits

Artificial intelligence is predicted to contribute some US$15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030. A new report looks at issues specific to New Zealand.
One of the government’s spending priorities is a transformation towards a low-emissions economy. from www.shutterstock.com

How New Zealand’s well-being budget delivers for the environment

A recent report on the state of New Zealand's environment painted a bleak picture of species losses and freshwater pollution. Budget 2019 signals a shift, but more in intention than sufficient funding.
Australia allows travellers to bring in two kilograms of kava per person, but the government is considering doubling that to four. Todd Henry

Australia’s discussion of kava imports reflects lack of cultural understanding

Australia is considering whether to double the amount of kava people can bring into the country for personal use. While many welcome the move, the rules on kava reflect a bias against its cultural use.
More and more Māori words are commonly used by speakers of New Zealand English. The word aroha means love or compassion. from www.shutterstock.com

Māori loanwords in NZ English are less about meaning, more about identity

Usually, a minor language will adopt words from a dominant language, but NZ English bucks this trend. It has been borrowing a growing number of Māori words, not always to add meaning but to mark identity.
Mountain bikers are reclaiming some of the tracks that were destroyed during the Christchurch earthquakes. from www.shutterstock.com

The importance of sports in recovery from trauma: lessons from and for Christchurch

In the weeks and months following mass trauma, such as the shootings in Christchurch, participating in physical activity can help individuals and communities deal with stress, anxiety and grief.
Justice minister Andrew Little (left) said that the “year and a day” rule can no longer be justified because of medical advances that keep people alive for longer. AAP Image

New Zealand’s repeal of “year and a day” rule expands liability for homicide

New Zealand's parliament this week passed an amendment to the crimes act, abolishing the "year and a day" rule. This raises questions about any proposed euthanasia laws and homicide more generally.
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.

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