The Big Q

Questions - Ideas - Scholarship - Debates

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My body, my choice? Not this time

Mike Lee argues that the rights of other people to remain free from harm overrides freedom of choice.

What challenges do disabled people face in the 21st century? 🔊

Disability rights are essential human rights and are recognised by the UN. What is the state of the discourse on ensuring the equality and civil rights of people with disabilities?

What next for Aotearoa’s COVID strategy?

The COVID-zero strategy may be past its use-by date, but New Zealand still has a vaccination advantage.

Politics & Society

Is it the end of the American century?

Is it the end of the American century?

By Stephen Hoadley This ‘evidence’ of US unreliability, weakness and failure is partial, out of context, and lacking in historical perspective. Fifty years ago, as I began my teaching career at the University of Auckland, the United States began withdrawing its forces...

Science & Technology

How can New Zealand reach 100% renewable energy?

How can New Zealand reach 100% renewable energy?

Renewable energy sources currently supply around 40% of total energy demand in New Zealand. Increasing this share is critical to reducing the current level of greenhouse gas emissions to meet our international obligations.

Can viewing art reduce stress?

Can viewing art reduce stress?

By Paul Panckhurst There's evidence that looking at paintings can reduce stress and anxiety. A researcher wants to know if this phenomenon can help surgery patients heal. Pablo Picasso once said, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” The artist...

Business & Economics

Covid: why are people so vaccine-hesitant? ▶

Covid: why are people so vaccine-hesitant? ▶

As Aotearoa rolls out its Covid vaccine response, although uptake is high, there remains a few who are either vaccine-hesitant or refuse to want the vaccine. Why are people so vaccine-hesitant?

Is COVID causing a rise in digital nomads?

Is COVID causing a rise in digital nomads?

Nomads have historically been seen as a threat, but several countries around the world are now actively seeking to attract this growing digital legion through new remote work visas. 

Arts & Culture

Can viewing art reduce stress?

Can viewing art reduce stress?

By Paul Panckhurst There's evidence that looking at paintings can reduce stress and anxiety. A researcher wants to know if this phenomenon can help surgery patients heal. Pablo Picasso once said, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” The artist...

Why did QAnon become so widespread? 🔊

Why did QAnon become so widespread? 🔊

Conspiracy theories have marked American politics throughout the nation’s history. The most recent popular conspiracy centres around a shadowy figure who posts online under the pseudonym Q.

How did America’s youth get the right to vote?

How did America’s youth get the right to vote?

In an extract from her new book “Let Us Vote: Youth Voting Rights and the 26th Amendment,” Jennifer Frost outlines the path towards youth voting rights in the United States.