The announcement of a new Māori health authority could radically transform health outcomes for Māori, but its success depends on how independent and accountable it will be.
New Zealanders pay the costs of poor environmental and infrastructural governance, but have little opportunity to influence policy in the first place. Here's how that could change.
Although most border workers are now vaccinated, regular testing remains essential to guard against the risk of a major outbreak in the community.
New Zealand's Alpine Fault has ruptured in a major earthquake on average every 250 years. New research shows a 75% chance of the next one within 50 years, and it's likely to be magnitude 8 or more.
Measuring the equivalent economic cost of 'lost life years' due to the pandemic allows us to map the true scale of the crisis.
The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue might be the most important security alliance you've never heard of – and New Zealand needs to start taking it seriously.
Calls to ban far-right groups should be treated with caution. Anything that drives extremism further underground risks making the situation worse.
Two years ago an inquiry called for major reform of New Zealand's mental health services, but since then, things got worse rather than better.
Quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand will be a make-or-break moment for many tourist operators hit hard by COVID-19.
New Zealand's Accident Compensation Corporation has been urged to reconsider a policy change that restricts access to treatment for women who suffered common birth injuries.
Without making housing supply the priority, the government's tax-based policies create more objectives than they can reasonably achieve.
Mainstream academic publishing presents many obstacles to Indigenous authors, especially the conventional peer review process — but there are ways to overcome this.
Even with the highest possible rates of vaccination, New Zealand will need to keep up public health measures, or consider letting go of the concept of elimination and focus instead on disease control.
The good news is New Zealand's whistleblower protection laws will be stronger. The bad news is they might still not be strong enough.
New Zealand is replacing its once groundbreaking environmental legislation with new laws, one of which focuses on climate change adaptation and will include a fund to enable managed retreat.
New Zealand and Australia both had COVID-19 outbreaks originating from border facilities, but as frontline border workers are prioritised for vaccination, the risk of this happening again is lower.
The Earth should be safe (and habitable) for a few billions of years, but we still need to worry about the impact now of just a few degrees of global warming.
The New Zealand subsidiaries of major Australian banks might be highly profitable, but realising their true sale value can still be a challenge.
Specific exercise therapy is the most recommended treatment for osteoarthritis, and it could save New Zealand's health system $20 million each year by reducing other costly and ineffective treatments.
The booming activewear industry markets an idealised feminine form and lifestyle, but women have also been liberated by its functional and versatile clothing.