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Most consumers are unaware that the Health Star Rating system is compensatory, and that one negative nutritional attribute, such as high sugar, can be cancelled out by a positive attribute like fibre. from www.shutterstock.com

Why the Australasian Health Star Rating needs major changes to make it work

A food heath labelling system Australia and New Zealand introduced five years ago is under review and needs a significant overhaul to make it useful for consumers looking for healthy options.
People high on psychopathic personality traits, such as fearlessness and impulsiveness, often refuse to find common ground. from www.shutterstock.com

Why too many fearless people on a team make collaboration less likely

Some people are better team players than others, but people with goal-oriented and manipulative personality traits can undermine collaborative efforts and affect the team outcome.
One of the government’s spending priorities is a transformation towards a low-emissions economy. from www.shutterstock.com

How New Zealand’s well-being budget delivers for the environment

A recent report on the state of New Zealand's environment painted a bleak picture of species losses and freshwater pollution. Budget 2019 signals a shift, but more in intention than sufficient funding.
Children play sports for fun and to be with their friends - not for winning. from www.shutterstock.com

Children have fun playing sports and don’t need to satisfy adults’ ambitions

If you ask children, they enjoy sports because it's fun, they are with their mates and may get a compliment from the coach. But research shows that adults' ambitions increasingly drive kids' sports.
Australia allows travellers to bring in two kilograms of kava per person, but the government is considering doubling that to four. Todd Henry

Australia’s discussion of kava imports reflects lack of cultural understanding

Australia is considering whether to double the amount of kava people can bring into the country for personal use. While many welcome the move, the rules on kava reflect a bias against its cultural use.
New Zealand’s well-being budget makes a significant contribution to Māori self-determination. from www.shutterstock.com

Budget lessons in the politics of Indigenous self-determination

Support for Māori and Pasifika communities was a funding priority in New Zealand's well-being budget, but a change in values may have greater impact than more money.
New Zealand’s unemployment rate is better than the OECD average of 5.2%, but 12 OECD countries have lower rates. from www.shutterstock.com

Why reducing unemployment should have been a focus for NZ’s well-being budget

Historically, New Zealand's post-war rate of unemployment was 2% or lower until the early 1980s. Today, 4.4% of New Zealanders are out of work, but the well-being budget is unlikely to bring unemployment rates down.
New Zealand’s well-being budget was based on a set of measures that include cultural identity, environment, income and consumption, and social connections. from www.shutterstock.com

The search for an alternative to GDP to measure a nation’s progress – the New Zealand experience

New analysis shows that if New Zealand replaced GDP with the Genuine Progress Indicator, which accounts for social and environmental costs, it would be only half as well off.
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Ministry for Children have interviewed thousands of children about what well-being means to them. from www.shutterstock.com

Children had no say in New Zealand’s well-being budget, and that matters

When thousands of New Zealand children were asked what well-being meant for them, most wanted enough money for basics, good relationships and to be free from bullying, racism and discrimination.
As part of New Zealand’s transition to a low-emissions economy, emphasis is shifting to innovation and away from traditional agriculture. from www.shutterstock.com

NZ Budget 2019: support for lower-emission business, transport, land use

Under the New Zealand government's well-being approach to the budget, funding that will help reduce emissions is linked with economic development and innovation.
New Zealand’s pledge to spend NZ$1.9 billion on mental health in the next five years includes extra nurses in schools to help 5,600 more secondary students. from www.shutterstock.com

Mental health wins record funding in New Zealand’s first ‘well-being budget’

The New Zealand government has put a record NZ$1.9 billion mental health package at the centre of its well-being budget. It's a welcome step in the right direction.
Protests followed the terrorist attack that killed more than 40 Indian military personnel in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir. AAP/Jaipal Singh

How the dangerous evolution of Pakistan’s national security state threatens domestic stability

Escalating tensions between India and Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir border are a stark reminder that the subcontinent is one of the world’s likeliest nuclear flashpoints.

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