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Auckland University of Technology is New Zealand’s second largest and fastest growing university. AUT ranks in the top 2% of universities in the world, is 15th in the world for international outlook, and is Australasia’s #1 ranked millennial university.

AUT students are provided with a unique learning experience through engagement with industry, business and international partners, the ongoing development of modern teaching and learning facilities, and a focus on research that addresses issues facing the environment and society. We produce great graduates who enter the workforce able to challenge routine thinking and provide innovative solutions to industry.

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Even people who accept the science of climate change sometimes resist it because it clashes with their personal projects. from www.shutterstock.com

Climate explained: why some people still think climate change isn’t real

People are more likely to deny climate change if they're inclined toward hierarchy, have lower levels of education or are more religious. But the strongest predictor of denial is a person's politics.
Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios was sentenced to six months of probation following several controversial events and an ‘aggravated pattern of behaviours’. EPA/Jason Szenes

Nick Kyrgios on probation: can controversial athletes sell a sport or are they bad for the business?

As Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios begins his probationary period this week for a pattern of bad behaviour and foul language, his value to sponsors and the sport of tennis remains high.
Indonesian women participate in a rally for equal rights outside the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, in March 2017. Bagus Indahono/EPA

How a populist morality movement is blocking a law against sexual violence in Indonesia: analysis

Indonesia's populist morality movement considers talking about eliminating sexual violence against women is the same as supporting women’s right to have sex outside of marriage.
The climate crisis is itself an appalling lapse in duty of care by decision-makers, but we shouldn’t overlook this duty in our response. from www.shutterstock.com

Why our response to climate change needs to be a just and careful revolution that limits pushback

Climate change is a super-wicked problem. With a growing sense of urgency to act on climate change, it is vital we strike a balance between encouraging action and limiting pushback.
While hemp does not sequester as much carbon dioxide as trees, it can be used as an efficient energy crop or in concrete, both with a potentially positive carbon sequestration effect. from www.shutterstock.com

Climate explained: how different crops or trees help strip carbon dioxide from the air

Planting any tree is more important than planting a particular tree when it comes to removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Auckland Council’s upgrade plans highlight the importance of local Māori communities as part of the process. from www.shutterstock.com

If Auckland’s plan to include Māori histories in city centre upgrade is genuine, it must act on inequalities

As part of an upgrade of Auckland's city centre, the council promises to include local Māori communities and their histories. But without addressing inequalities, it is no more than a token gesture.
The new measures that give police discretion not to prosecute are in keeping with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s decision not to join US President Donald Trump’s “war on drugs”. from www.shutterstock.com

New law gives NZ police discretion not to prosecute drug users, but to offer addiction support instead

A change to drug laws in New Zealand has been hailed as a leap towards treating drug addiction as a heath issue. But it has also been criticised for essentially decriminalising class A drugs.
More than 50 advertisers have so far withdrawn from Alan Jones’ 2GB radio show, buoyed by social media campaigns naming and shaming those who remain. AAP/Paul Braven

Shoving a sock in it is not the answer. Have advertisers called time on Alan Jones?

The advertising boycott of Alan Jones' radio show highlights which companies advertised on it, but ironically, pulling out now could enhance their brand more than if they had never supported the show.
If it were possible to download the neural networks of a human brain, could we preserve a computer simulation of that person? from www.shutterstock.com

The digital human: the cyber version of humanity’s quest for immortality

The quest for immortality is as old as humanity itself, but the prospect of being able to copy the neural networks of a person's brain shifts the pursuit of perpetual life into the digital world.
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.

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