Today’s announcement sent a clear message to all regions – get to a 90% vaccination rate or face the possibility of a lockdown when COVID-19 inevitably arrives.
This Sunday marks the start of Tokelau Language Week, recognising how an endangered tongue survives in a culture dominated by English.
Thirteen parties face criminal charges in the wake of the 2019 Whakaari White Island eruption. Among them is a research organisation, which underlines the perils of natural hazard risk communication.
As pressure mounts to adopt the “individual armour of vaccination” before public health measures are removed, New Zealand needs to shift resources and control to locally run vaccination programmes.
After soil, water and food, microplastics have now entered the atmosphere, where they influence the climate system and may even change atmospheric chemistry.
In countries where the right to a healthy environment is part of domestic law, court decisions are already resulting in stronger climate action.
Māui dolphins are at risk of extinction. With a marine mammal sanctuary in place since 2008, the risk from fisheries is now largely under control. It’s time to take other threats more seriously.
A new modelling approach improves projections of Antarctica’s future ice loss. It shows a low-emissions scenario would avoid the collapse of West Antarctica’s ice sheet and limit sea-level rise.
Dealing with what have been called ‘wicked’ and ‘adaptive’ problems is a huge challenge for political leaders. A ‘clumsy’ response can be inevitable – and even desirable.
Kiwi consumers are increasingly experiencing personalised, targeted manipulation online, but the law has very little to say about it.
A statistically designed random sampling scheme, based on as few as 100 people, would give a very high probability of detecting if there are any COVID-19 cases and highlight at-risk hotspots.
One year on, the NZ Election Survey crunches the numbers on what drove Jacinda Ardern’s unprecedented 2020 victory.
While current extinction rates remain lower than during previous mass extinction events, the number of species under threat of dying out is growing, reflecting the true scale of loss.
Non-intoxicating cannabis products are safe and well tolerated by those who use them, so why not lower the clinical threshold for their manufacture and sale?
Forced to balance traditional alliances with its trade-dependent relationship with China, New Zealand walks a fine diplomatic line over Taiwan.
If mandatory vaccination means exclusion from certain activities in life, sometimes that’s just the price of sticking to one’s convictions.
Lockdowns and learning from home have further embedded digital technology in young people’s lives. Educational theory and practice need to catch up fast.
New Zealand was named almost by historical accident, and there have been various versions used in the past. But a complete change would still need greater public support.
Most countries experienced serious outbreaks of COVID before widespread vaccination was available. Will it make the difference as New Zealand walks a narrow path towards opening up?
Has COVID rendered concepts such as “work-life conflict” or “work-life balance” redundant?
Maybe we need new ways to describe and navigate the new pandemic reality.