The Big Q

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How did coronavirus spread across the world?

How did coronavirus spread across the world? Why is it so bad? Beth Linas explains.

Are financial declaration systems creating opportunities for corrupt extortion?

One of the most popular reform measures for combating public corruption is the establishment or strengthening of requirements that public officials regularly file declarations of assets and income sources.

Why should we be worried about climate change in the Arctic?

The poles are warming faster than the rest of the planet, causing extreme weather events in the Northern hemisphere.

Politics & Society

Does far-right extremism still threaten New Zealand?

Does far-right extremism still threaten New Zealand?

“In the hours after the Christchurch mosque attacks on March 15 last year,Β I wroteΒ that I hoped New Zealand would finally stop believing it was immune to far-right extremist violence. A year on, I’m not sure enough has changed.”

Fossil fuel-free superannuation: What is the deal? πŸ”Š

Fossil fuel-free superannuation: What is the deal? πŸ”Š

Last week an announcement was made by the government surrounding changes to default KiwiSaver funds. In a bid to align with the zero-carbon bill, in 2021 when the terms of default KiwiSaver end, they will no longer be able to invest in fossil fuels or illegal weaponry.

Science & Technology

What technologies can help clean up rivers? πŸ”Š

What technologies can help clean up rivers? πŸ”Š

New Zealand has a dirty rivers problem. In 2017, two-thirds of the country’s rivers were deemed too polluted to swim in. Given this, research is being carried out to find ways in which the country can attempt to clean up its rivers.

Business & Economics

What technologies can help clean up rivers? πŸ”Š

What technologies can help clean up rivers? πŸ”Š

New Zealand has a dirty rivers problem. In 2017, two-thirds of the country’s rivers were deemed too polluted to swim in. Given this, research is being carried out to find ways in which the country can attempt to clean up its rivers.

Fossil fuel-free superannuation: What is the deal? πŸ”Š

Fossil fuel-free superannuation: What is the deal? πŸ”Š

Last week an announcement was made by the government surrounding changes to default KiwiSaver funds. In a bid to align with the zero-carbon bill, in 2021 when the terms of default KiwiSaver end, they will no longer be able to invest in fossil fuels or illegal weaponry.

Arts & Culture

What’s at stake in West Papua?

What’s at stake in West Papua?

Dr Mark Busse and Sophie Faber examine West Papua’s history to see what’s at stake politically and economically in the current unrest

Why do people steal art? πŸ”Š

Why do people steal art? πŸ”Š

The recent heist at the Green Vault within the Dresden Castle in Germany has been speculated to be one of the largest art heists in history.

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