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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.
Since the last ice age, the ice sheet retreated over a thousand kilometres in the Ross Sea region, more than any other region on the continent. Rich Jones

New research shows that Antarctica’s largest floating ice shelf is highly sensitive to warming of the ocean

New research shows that ocean and air temperatures both contributed to the melting of Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf in the past, but melting from below by a warming ocean became more important over time.
In a recent survey, New Zealand gun owners reported more trust in other gun owners than people who don’t own guns, but lower levels of trust in the pro-gun lobby. from www.shutterstock.com

Survey reveals a third of NZ gun owners distrust gun lobby

New Zealand police is running gun collection events throughout the country as part of the government's amnesty and buyback scheme.
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?
The data show no evidence of local anti-Semitism or Islamophobia – but this does not mean that hate towards minority religious groups does not exist in New Zealand. AAP/Mick Tsikas

New survey reveals which religions New Zealanders trust most – and least – after Christchurch shootings

A survey of New Zealanders' attitudes towards religious groups, taken after the Christchurch mosque shootings, shows they trust Buddhists most and Evangelicals least.
Climate change, together with other ecological pressures, may well undo the gains we have made in health. from www.shutterstock.com

Climate explained: will we be less healthy because of climate change?

Do you have a question about climate change? This collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre gives you the chance to ask – and we'll provide expert answers.
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.
Australia and Russia could soon be the last remaining developed nations without fuel efficiency standards, with New Zealand proposing new rules and financial incentives to get more people driving cleaner cars. www.shutterstock.com

New Zealand poised to introduce clean car standards and incentives to cut emissions

New Zealand has proposed new fuel standards, along with a consumer rebates for cleaner cars – paid for by higher costs for high-polluting cars – to cut its rising transport emissions.
Several Pasifika rugby league players decided to represent the country of their heritage, such as in this match between New Zealand and Tonga. Supplied

Athlete development must better support Indigenous and Pasifika players

The Oceania Cup allows rugby league players to represent the country of their heritage. Now we need to introduce training processes that better reflect and support cultural diversity.
Most written works are not available in accessible formats, and this barrier affects about 168,000 New Zealanders. from www.shutterstock.com

NZ considers changes to copyright law as part of promise to help end global ‘book famine’

An estimated 90% of all written works worldwide are not available in accessible formats. New Zealand is implementing the Marrakesh Treaty to help change that.
How well we do – at work or on the sports field – influences how we see ourselves. from www.shutterstock.com

How our obsession with performance is changing our sense of self

Work already affects many people's sense of self-worth, but now new research suggests that it's not only what we do, but how good we are at it, that affects how we see ourselves.

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