Representative democracies require functional governments but they also need strong oppositions. At the moment, New Zealand has one of these things but not the other.
With the World Trade Organization’s 12th Ministerial Conference – arguably its most important ever – happening next week, attempts to keep it ‘on life support’ may be counterproductive.
New Zealand’s international pledges, domestic laws and carbon budgets run on different timelines. They could be better aligned to make sure everyone understands how Aotearoa plans to cut emissions.
Recent controversies involving academic freedom and responsibility raise important questions about how publicly accountable Aotearoa’s universities should be.
Introduced species that become invasive are clearly destructive, but many exotic species are not detrimental to the existing ecosystem – some become complementary or take on lost ecological roles.
Nearly a year ago, New Zealand’s intelligence services warned of the ‘realistic possibility’ of future COVID-related violent extremism. How concerned should people be now?
Reducing methane emissions could slow global warming quickly and buy time for the world to wean itself off fossil fuels. But it must not distract from the challenge to cut carbon dioxide emissions.
Electric cars are hailed as the best way to cut transport emissions, but it’s an illusion to think we can reduce our environmental impact without changing the way we design and move about in cities.
A more accessible world for disabled people begins with better design – listening to disabled people themselves is the key.
Court challenges over vaccine mandate exemptions have so far failed. But with fundamental human rights at the centre of the government’s emergency powers, is it time for purpose-built new law?
As the Law Society recently reported, legal aid in New Zealand is ‘on life support’. Urgent action is required to avoid the justice gap becoming a chasm.
Uncertainty about carbon market rules will be problematic for New Zealand, given its reliance on overseas carbon trading to meet its new climate pledge.
A new study suggests the market alone will not deter or punish pharmaceutical companies whose products turn out to have adverse effects after they have been approved.
Newer screen technologies provide a more interactive experience for children using digital devices. The benefits can be similar to play time with traditional toys.
With vaccine mandates kicking in next Monday, the Teaching Council code of professional responsibility offers a guide to handling staffroom divides – if it’s used with care.
New Zealanders are increasingly concerned about the state of the environment, but
many don’t feel a strong enough connection to nature to become involved in conservation projects.
New Zealand is already using self-screening kits for bowel cancer. Giving women the opportunity to self-test for cervical cancer at home will improve equity and lift participation.
Managing the competing demands of a pandemic inevitably erodes Jacinda Ardern’s political brand – but changes to Labour’s leadership rules don’t necessarily signal the end of an era.
As protests against COVID restrictions increase, authorities should focus on de-escalating tense and volatile situations, and bringing those who break laws to justice after the event, not during it.
Public health measures introduced to protect people from COVID have often exacerbated health conditions and delayed access to therapy for those living with disabilities.