Following the last elections in 2014, New Zealand’s parliament had 26 Māori MPs spread across five political parties.
As New Zealand heads into a general election in less than three weeks, its seven Māori seats are a focus of debate.
Premier league soccer players are some of the team sports athletes who actively use nicotine in competition.
The use of nicotine in sports is on the rise, but there is little research investigating whether it has any effect on performance or could pose a health risk.
This aerial view shows the catchment of the Makaroro river, in the Ruahine Forest Park. The river was to be dammed for the Ruataniwha irrigation scheme.
New Zealand's Supreme Court rejected a proposed land swap that would have seen conservation land used for an irrigation dam, but the government is now considering a retrospective law change.
Fat stigma harms the health and wellbeing of fat people.
Evidence shows fat-shaming health campaigns have little effect on promoting healthy lifestyles and weight loss among fat people.
Tributes and messages to the victims of the Manchester Arena suicide attack on May 22, 2017.
Terrorism is a chameleon by its very nature. Counter-terrorism measures must adapt and ensure a balance of security and liberty.
Young people are disproportionately affected by sexually transmitted infections, but they face several barriers to getting tested.
Despite significant medical advances, rates of sexually transmitted infections are on the rise, including some old foes like syphilis.
A healthy body comes in many shapes.
The Body Mass Index is used to assess the risk of lifestyle diseases, but the relationship between BMI and chronic illnesses remains far from simple.
A new study calls for screening to lower the risk of malnutrition for older people.
Old age comes with many challenges, including concerning levels of malnutrition. But screening and early intervention could make a substantial difference - and save health budget funds.
Smoke rises over the city of Manchester in William Wyld’s painting Manchester from Kersal Moor.
Can the Victorian novel offers us a means of thinking and feeling about our own moment anew?
Older adults’ health may mainly reflect wealth and socioeconomic status, not the amount they drink.
Baby boomers might not be boosting their health with a glass or two of alcohol a day after all.
Bill English has been endorsed by his colleagues to become New Zealand’s next prime minister.
Having won three straight elections, John Key is a hard act for anyone to follow as leader. That is now Bill English's task.
John Key has stepped down as New Zealand’s prime minister, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is leaving as a leader, and not in defeat.
Indigenous children in Australia continue to slip below national minimum standards for literacy.
A New Zealand literacy program is helping to raise Indigenous achievement to mainstream levels.
Malcolm Turnbull campaigned on promises of a stable government – but given the Coalition’s slim victory, this may not be possible.
To understand how Australia's political uncertainty is being seen elsewhere, we reconvened our panel of experts from the UK, US, Indonesia and NZ to respond to the election results.
Does the rest of the world care about Australia’s election?
Experts in the UK, US, India, Indonesia and NZ explain how Australia's election is playing out abroad and what's at stake for our neighbours and allies.
Peter Paul Rubens, Lot and his family escaping from the doomed city guided by an angel, circa 1615.
For Muslims generally, as for conservative Christians, homosexual acts are sinful. Christian gays and lesbians have had to work hard for a measure of recognition among fellow-believers; their Muslim counterparts are just beginning that struggle.
Dairy giants Murray Goulburn and Fonterra competed in a race to the bottom.
Two of the largest dairy cooperatives have been playing with farmers by pursuing a high price for milk when both should have taken into account fluctuations in the global dairy markets.
Australian and New Zealand dairy farmers need to get used to the low prices for milk as they represent the new norm in global markets.
Cooperatives like Murray Goulburn and Fonterra and dairy farmers need to accept that lower milk prices will be the new normal in a more competitive global market.
Despite the Treaty of Waitangi, acts by both the British Crown and successive New Zealand governments have had detrimental effects on the Māori population.
AAP Image/SNPA Pool, David Rowland
Reconciliation efforts were established in New Zealand 30 years ago to tackle grievances stemming from government initiatives that have seen Māori lose both resources and power.
Differential treatment between international and local aid workers may undermine international aid programs.
In the humanitarian aid and development sector, local staff are paid less and receive fewer benefits than their expatriate colleagues, even when they do similar work and have similar qualifications.