If the proposed public sector wage freeze is aimed at improving the lot of lower paid workers, there are better alternatives the government should consider.
Were he still alive, former prime minister Robert Muldoon might have warned the Labour government about the trouble a wage freeze can get you into.
A study of 183 coral reefs worldwide quantified the impacts of ocean warming and acidification on reef growth rates. Even under the lowest emissions scenarios, the future of reefs is not bright.
The trans-Tasman travel bubble has come to a temporary regional halt three times now, highlighting the challenges in tracking the risk of an outbreak across jurisdictions with different systems.
New Zealand's financial system is sound but still vulnerable, according to the Reserve Bank. But without better evidence there's too much room for fear-mongering and confusion.
Researchers have explored many factors that affect iron levels, including diet and exercise, but we don't yet fully understand the role women's reproductive hormones play in regulating iron uptake.
Life on social welfare can feel 'soul destroying'. The May 20 Budget could start to fix that — but an unemployment insurance scheme isn't the right solution.
COVID-19 has overwhelmed India's hospitals partly because decades of under-investment in public health have left the country with one of the most privatised health systems in the world.
When Antarctica's land-based ice melts, the land bounces up slightly as the weight of the ice lifts. This affects sea levels across the world, but not enough to offset sea-level rise.
Marketing for robotic 'dogs' plays up their potential for good, but the debate about lethal autonomous weapons suggests public anxiety is warranted.
If storing DNA for criminal investigations helps identity the perpetrators and eliminate the innocent, why don't we include samples from everyone?
Removing a condom without consent during sex has been recognised as rape by a New Zealand court. Other jurisdictions could follow suit.
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.
Crowdfunding campaigners appeal to potential donors by describing the recipient as the subject of misfortune, rather than personal irresponsibility, and therefore deserving of their sympathy.
Proposed new hate speech laws would tighten legal definitions but broaden their potential application.
With great expectations come great challenges, and one of the biggest facing the new Health NZ agency will be rebuilding a collaborative ethos in the sector.
By borrowing from the British NHS system of working closely with general practitioners, this radical shake-up of New Zealand's health system can greatly improve primary healthcare.
As trans-Tasman borders re-open and in the wake of the Christchurch attacks, Anzac Day gains new meaning and presents new challenges – just as it has always done.
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.
New Zealanders pay the costs of poor environmental and infrastructural governance, but have little opportunity to influence policy in the first place. Here's how that could change.