The Big Q

Questions - Ideas - Scholarship - Debates

Project for Public Interest Media

Has AUKUS diminished the non-nuclear security strategy of New Zealand?

Despite claims that a new strategic alliance between Australia, the UK, and US had marginalised New Zealand, there are indications this development could bolster the significance of Wellington’s non-nuclear stance in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.

Pandora Papers: how do people avoid paying tax?

The Pandora Papers show how the tax industry uses ‘special purpose vehicles’ to avoid stamp duty – despite repeated legislation to prevent this.

What happens when you invert the history of the First World War?

It is only by unmasking the myriad local and global transformations occasioned between 1914 and 1918 that we can truly understand this conflict as a total global war and a total global tragedy.

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...

Does the death penalty have a future in the United States? 🔊

Does the death penalty have a future in the United States? 🔊

In the United States, state executions have declined with concerns over human rights. Twenty-two states have abolished the death penalty, but the federal government under Donald Trump resumed executions, and the increase in its use was quite significant.

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

Arts & Culture

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. 

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.