The National Party’s new curriculum policy proposes reforms, when there are already several underway. What schools and teachers really need is more funding and less change.
We know the oceans are warming, but we have fewer measurements in coastal waters where most fisheries and aquaculture operate. Now the fishing industry is helping scientists to track the changes.
There’s plenty of research supporting lowering the voting age to 16. Public debate and the law just need to catch up.
Immigration NZ banned hip hop collective Odd Future on the basis of public safety in 2014. Will it do the same for anti-transgender rights activist Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull?
Already, climate change plays out in all parts of the world. Every further increment of warming will bring rapidly escalating hazards, including more intense heatwaves and heavier rainfall.
Otago University has followed Massey in aspiring to be a “Tiriti-led” institution. But this implies being on the Crown side of the partnership – which is not where a university should be.
In a controversial move in 2021, drug-funding agency Pharmac fully subsidised new diabetes drugs for Māori and Pacific patients. Could the result help set a precedent?
Dangerous war games, such as the Russian interception of a US drone over the Black Sea, have the potential to trigger real conflict. But there is no international law governing such behaviour.
It’s likely Canberra is open to discussions with Wellington about investing in the AUKUS alliance. Can New Zealand keep hedging its bets on China and the US?
New Zealand’s urban green space has dwindled over the past six decades. The Commissioner for the Environment has issued a warning and a challenge – get greener before climate change gets meaner.
Nine in ten of all deaths in New Zealand are caused by non-communicable diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Better use of research evidence could save lives and healthcare dollars.
Before the Commerce Commission investigates the banking industry, we should remember there are good reasons for the way the sector is set up – and the Reserve Bank is at the heart of it. .
Climate change is adding energy to the atmosphere and the oceans. This in turn fuels more intense storms and heavy rainfall.
Paying without cash is growing in popularity. But, as the experience of China over the past decade shows, the benefits of mobile payments can leave some groups behind.
About a third of women and 9% of men who participate in the long-running Dunedin Study reported experiencing unwanted sexual contact before age 16. For many, this has a life-long impact.
Speed limits are coming down to improve road safety. Expanding the policy to target high-carbon emission vehicles would be a simple and effective climate strategy.
The National Party is promising rebates for childcare. But similar policies have been discarded overseas for failing to effectively reduce the cost of childcare. Is it time for a rethink?
In this extract from the new book Histories of Hate: The Radical Right in Aotearoa New Zealand, the authors examine the ideological origins of the Christchurch massacres nearly four years ago.
While the cut in tobacco retail outlets may help people planning to quit and prevent youth uptake, those who have smoked for a long time may sacrifice other necessities to continue smoking.
The sacking of senior public servant Rob Campbell and questions about the neutrality of others are a reminder of the line between robust policy debate and perceived partisanship.