Past research has possibly overstated the likelihood of climbing up the income ladder for low-paid workers.
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An emissions trading scheme is New Zealand's main policy to tackle climate change. But to bring down emissions quickly enough, other policies will need to transform transport and agriculture.
Auckland has risen to the top of a global liveable cities survey on the back of the country's pandemic response. But that's not the full picture.
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By under-promising and over-delivering, Grant Robertson has pulled off a budget that displeases the fewest people.
You might expect progressive policies in our universities, but a parental leave system of primary and secondary caregivers – the first 93% women, the second 96% men – perpetuates the gender gap.
New Zealand recently became the first country to make climate-related financial disclosures mandatory, but it has some way to go to scale up investment in climate resilience.
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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.
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 businesses need to plan for a post-COVID recovery in a global economy more complex, uncertain and ambiguous than before.
Some hard decisions need to be made if we are to get better value-for-money performing arts funding from central and local government.
Pressure from business leaders and a simple legislative process leave few excuses for not introducing rules to combat modern slavery in commercial supply chains.
A departure tax based on length of stay, not distance travelled, would be a more effective sustainable tourism strategy.
The Cronulla Sutherland Sharks cheerleaders performing in March, 2015.
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The Parramatta Eels are the latest NRL team to cut their cheer squad. It's time cheerleaders were embraced as athletes.
Brazilian football star Pele getting the COVID vaccine in Sao Paulo.
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From Queen Elizabeth to Willie Nelson, celebrities have long used their platforms to promote public health information. Why do people trust celebrities for health advice more than the government?
A trial program will provide free period products in schools in New South Wales, like South Australia and Victoria already do. The rest of Australia must follow suit.
If a trans-Tasman travel bubble were to be established, passengers would likely need to use ‘vaccine passports’ to prove their vaccination status. But any tech-based system comes with security risks.
New Zealand has put just over half of its NZ$50 billion pandemic stimulus towards clean energy, but several fossil fuel powered projects will slow down the country's shift to a low-emissions economy.
Now is the time to reform the rules for travellers who park up and camp in public spaces. But don't blame freedom campers for all the problems in a community.
Instead of wage subsidy and business loan schemes, allowing households, workers and employers to borrow against future income could be more efficient and equitable in the long run.
Research measuring how water flows between living kauri trees and a leafless stump adds evidence that trees use their underground root systems to support each other.