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Working parents have to piece together different childcare arrangements to get through the summer school holidays. from www.shutterstock.com

The double juggle: how working parents manage school holidays and their jobs

We know summer school holidays can be challenging, stressful and expensive for working parents but we still know very little about how families juggle conflicting demands.
There are five species of kiwi in New Zealand. Their total number is currently at around 70,000 but the populations may have declined by two thirds in 20 years. from www.shutterstock.com

NZ is home to species found nowhere else but biodiversity losses match global crisis

New Zealand is the last major landmass to be settled some 800 years ago. Since then, changes in land use have been extensive and catastrophic for the country's unique flora and fauna.
Early intervention can help children with autism to develop their communication skills. from www.shutterstock.com

Why early diagnosis of autism should lead to early intervention

Unlike Australia, New Zealand doesn't fund early intervention therapy for autistic children, but there are programmes pre-school teachers and parents can use to help kids develop.
Museum collections are repositories of specimens and data, including specimens, tissue samples and vocal recordings. from Wikimedia Commons

Taxonomy, the science of naming things, is under threat

Taxonomists are becoming as rare as some of the species they work on, and this puts museum collections and conservation efforts under threat and increases the risk of biosecurity incursions.
It takes collective action to deal with global issues. from www.shutterstock.com

How to restore trust in governments and institutions

People’s trust in politicians and governments is in decline, but it will take cross-party collaboration to deal with issues such as poverty and climate change.
Members of the migrant caravan, mostly Hondurans, cross a river that separates Guatemala and Mexico. EPA/Esteban Biba

Origins and implications of the caravan of Honduran migrants

Honduran migrants trudging north towards the US-Mexico border are fleeing violence and poverty that has its roots in activities of 10th-century American fruit companies.
In the case of mānuka honey, there are serious questions about what authenticity actually means. from www.shutterstock.com

Mānuka honey: who really owns the name and the knowledge

While industry bodies fight over who can claim that their mānuka honey is authentic, Māori interests are often left out of the debate.
New Zealand faces a teacher shortage and the government has responded with an urgent drive to recruit teachers from overseas. from www.shutterstock.com

How to tackle NZ’s teacher shortage and better reflect student diversity

The New Zealand government's strategy to import teachers from the UK, Canada, South Africa, Australia and Fiji will do little to improve representation for indigenous Māori in the teacher workforce.
New Zealand’s government is considering looking into changes to the way political parties are funded, and areas such as donation transparency could be part of the discussion. from www.shutterstock.com

New Zealand politics: how political donations could be reformed to reduce potential influence

In the aftermath of a controversy surrounding New Zealand's opposition party, discussions now focus on reform of party donations to avoid the potential of political influence.
Many Caribbean reefs are now dominated by sponges. from www.shutterstock.com

The rise of sponges in Anthropocene reef ecosystems

Marine sponges are ancient organisms that have survived mass extinctions. Many are more tolerant of climate change and may dominate over corals in future reef systems.
New Zealand opposition and National Party leader Simon Bridges speaking to reporters, following allegations about his handling of a political donations by former senior whip Jami-Lee Ross. AAP/Boris Jancic

New Zealand politics: foreign donations and political influence

An evolving controversy brewing in New Zealand's opposition National Party has raised questions about political party donations and foreign influence on New Zealand’s democratic system.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the General Assembly of the United Nations last month. EPA/PETER FOLEY

One year on for Ardern’s coalition government in New Zealand

One year since Jacinda Ardern became prime minister, New Zealanders are refamiliarising themselves with the idea that the state can be a force for good.
Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Sequestration, known as BECCS, is one of the technologies we may need to limit warming to 1.5 degrees. from www.shutterstock.com

Bioenergy carbon capture: climate snake oil or the 1.5-degree panacea?

Delays on climate action to reduce emissions means that we may have to consider technologies that strip carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But that will come at a cost.

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