Yes, the bank would effectively pay you to borrow money. But negative interest rates won't please savers, nor will they meet the big challenges of economic recovery.
At the start of the cyclone season in the Pacific, weather forecasters are changing their warnings to focus less on weather information and more on the damage expected from an impending storm.
People tend to interpret things through a lens of their pre-existing beliefs. But they are not immune to changing their view, if you treat them with respect and understanding.
Life-cycle assessments of food packaging often omit the impact and possible toxicity of plastics leaking into the environment. Excluding these factors gives plastics an unjustified advantage.
New Zealand's housing market is ill designed to create the surpluses that would force down values. Only the state can change that.
Donald Trump may be on the way out, but 'Trumpism' will remain a political force. Could it ever take hold in New Zealand?
With six COVID-19 incursions in three months, New Zealand needs to change its approach to border control to reduce the risk of quarantine staff catching the virus from travellers.
Hashtags are infiltrating language well beyond their original use on Twitter — and linguists are struggling to define their role.
Half of Jacinda Ardern's ten most senior ministers are now women, lifting NZ's global gender ranking from 50th to 26th.
The new cabinet may be diverse and inclusive, but Labour also has unprecedented executive and legislative control.
A reliance on local customary knowledge and practices helped people make a living and strengthened relationships with family and friends.
The detailed work of making the End of Life Choice Act work in practice now begins, including the decision about how assisted dying will be funded.
Southern right wales have been hunted to near extinction. Now their genome has been sequenced to help biologists track their recovery and understand the impacts of climate change, past and future.
A Trump election loss would suit NZ's trade, climate and arms control foreign policies. But there will still be the problem of China.
As the country's first ever African MP, and only the second refugee to win a seat, Ibrahim Omer is ideally placed to tackle the big problems facing immigrant communities.
It's not only nuclear bomb tests that disrupt the atmosphere, there are a number of natural events that can do the same. But how long does any damage last?
Leaders need to focus on minimizing the COVID-19 harm to both lives and livelihoods if they're to win support from the electorate.
New Zealanders have, in principle, access to free healthcare. But inequality is a major issue, affecting Māori and Pasifika communities and New Zealanders living with disabilities or in poverty.
Massive borrowing to fund NZ's economic recovery due to COVID-19 cannot be written off without the risk of worsening the crisis it was designed to meet.
If the pattern on election night holds, 2020 will be the most dramatic election in 100 years in terms of votes shifting between major parties.