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Who is looking the best for New Zealand’s general election?

Politicians are doing the dance of political management ahead of the 19 September election, writes Associate Professor Jennifer Lees-Marshment.

Can New Zealand stamp out COVID a second time?

New Zealand is on alert as COVID-19 returns. This is what we need to stamp it out again.

A country in crisis: Where is Lebanon heading? 🔊

Last week, on August 4th, an explosion devastated Beirut killing over one hundred people and injuring thousands. This incident shocked the nation amidst a horrible economic crisis and a tremendous lack of faith in the competence of the government.

Politics & Society

A country in crisis: Where is Lebanon heading? 🔊

A country in crisis: Where is Lebanon heading? 🔊

Last week, on August 4th, an explosion devastated Beirut killing over one hundred people and injuring thousands. This incident shocked the nation amidst a horrible economic crisis and a tremendous lack of faith in the competence of the government.

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.

Is the World Health Organization still fit for purpose?

Is the World Health Organization still fit for purpose?

Once capable of taking a leading role in the fight against disease, the World Health Organization has struggled to replicate its early successes in recent decades, including in its response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Science & Technology

Can New Zealand keep coronavirus out?

Can New Zealand keep coronavirus out?

Stringent border controls and mandatory quarantine give New Zealand a good chance to remain free of COVID-19 for months to come, according to new modelling from Te Pūnaha Matatini.

Business & Economics

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.”

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.”

Arts & Culture

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.

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.

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