The Big Q

Questions - Ideas - Scholarship - Debates

Project for Public Interest Media

What does the future hold for law in a COVID world? ▶

In this webinar hosted by the University of Auckland Law School, four experts discuss the future of law in a COVID world.

Does the Black Lives Matter movement reflect experiences in Aotearoa New Zealand?

In the 1970s African American activism was echoed in New Zealand influencing the creation and activism of both Ngā Tamatoa and the Polynesian Panthers. 50 years later these trends continue with protests across New Zealand sparked by the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and Black Lives Matter has become an issue of national political contention.

How can “dark ships” and “ghost ships” be tracked and apprehended?

In recent months, international media have reported dark ships fishing in North Korean waters.

Politics & Society

Does the Black Lives Matter movement reflect experiences in Aotearoa New Zealand?

Does the Black Lives Matter movement reflect experiences in Aotearoa New Zealand?

In the 1970s African American activism was echoed in New Zealand influencing the creation and activism of both Ngā Tamatoa and the Polynesian Panthers. 50 years later these trends continue with protests across New Zealand sparked by the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and Black Lives Matter has become an issue of national political contention.

Science & Technology

Climate change: How damaging is methane?

Climate change: How damaging is methane?

Methane is a shorter-lived greenhouse gas – why do we average it out over 100 years? By doing so, do we risk emitting so much in the upcoming decades that we reach climate tipping points?

Can COVID misinformation cost lives? 🔊

Can COVID misinformation cost lives? 🔊

Misinformation is rampant about COVID-19 and in some cases, it has caused death, blindness, emergency health issues, and widespread stigma, and social ostracization.

Can you trust political polls?

Can you trust political polls?

From now until October 17, Election Day in New Zealand, voters will be getting election poll information from multiple directions. So which ones can be trusted?

Business & Economics

New Zealand universities: What’s the reality in our rankings?

New Zealand universities: What’s the reality in our rankings?

“The Labour Party promises to make all tertiary education free by 2024; and this is an admirable goal; but unless it is accompanied by a serious re-thinking of the nature, purpose, and funding base of our universities it will only lead to further decline.”

Should Aotearoa have a wealth tax?

Should Aotearoa have a wealth tax?

The recent announcement by the Green Party of a proposed wealth tax raises many important questions about the taxation system in New Zealand.

What is the fate of the driverless car?

What is the fate of the driverless car?

“The only thing clear is that as technology accelerates, the lack of guidelines and clear accountability may chill autonomous driving commercialisation.”

Arts & Culture

Is the United States haunted by its racist past? 🔊

Is the United States haunted by its racist past? 🔊

In recent weeks, the news in the United States has been filled with stories of statues and public spaces being altered or removed. These stories are usually connected with America’s racist past, with a particular eye towards the issue of slavery.

New Zealand universities: What’s the reality in our rankings?

New Zealand universities: What’s the reality in our rankings?

“The Labour Party promises to make all tertiary education free by 2024; and this is an admirable goal; but unless it is accompanied by a serious re-thinking of the nature, purpose, and funding base of our universities it will only lead to further decline.”

What does the future hold for liberal arts education? 🔊

What does the future hold for liberal arts education? 🔊

Universities are increasingly wanting to appeal to students who look to their study as a training period for future employment. However, this has put traditional liberal arts subjects like philosophy and sociology at risk.