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How can we rebuild our economies fairly post-COVID?

Rich and poor don’t recover equally from epidemics. Rebuilding fairly will be a global challenge.

Bolsonaro’s handling of COVID-19 in Brazil is a disaster: “So What?”

When Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll passed China’s some days ago, a local reporter asked Jair Bolsonaro his thoughts on the morbid figures. The president’s first answer “So what?”

Are Google and Facebook taking New Zealand for a ride? A trans-Tasman divide on social media

“There is an emerging dichotomy in the attitude of governments on either side of the Tasman toward social media companies. New Zealand treats these transnationals with kid gloves while Australia is pulling on the boxing gloves.”

Politics & Society

Is Islamic State back?

Is Islamic State back?

In the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic the crises of tomorrow can fester. A resurgence of Islamic State (IS) is likely to be one of them.

Science & Technology

How bad is the state of New Zealand’s rivers?

How bad is the state of New Zealand’s rivers?

The latest environmental report on New Zealand’s lakes and rivers reiterates bleak news about the state of freshwater ecosystems, and warns that climate change will exacerbate existing threats.

Business & Economics

Arts & Culture

Will COVID quieten Beethoven’s big birthday?

Will COVID quieten Beethoven’s big birthday?

The 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth would surely be loud, public, monumental, teleological, triumphant, heroic—like the music of the man himself. Right? Wrong, on both counts.

What is decolonisation?

What is decolonisation?

Many writers only loosely define what they mean by it, and others use it as a general black box for addressing the negative impacts of colonisation upon Indigenous peoples.  

First in Family: Our University Voyages

First in Family: Our University Voyages

Awarding-winning filmmaker Professor Annie Goldson didn’t have to travel too far from her University of Auckland desk for her latest documentary production, with Dr ‘Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki.

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