Canada votes: Is change on the way? 🔊

Canada votes: Is change on the way? 🔊

Canada’s federal election is taking place on October 21. The campaign has so far been hotly contested between Canada’s ruling liberal party and the two main opposition parties the Conservatives and the New Democrats. A scandal involving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau...
Why is the Kererū so important? 🔊

Why is the Kererū so important? 🔊

They are known to get drunk on berries, fall out of trees, and hang around humans, but Kererū have become something of a New Zealand icon. They are also the only bird left in New Zealand that can distribute large seeds, and their disappearance would be a disaster for...
Why is housing so unaffordable?

Why is housing so unaffordable?

By Michael Rehm Auckland was not always unaffordable. At the 1966 Census the $9,900 average Auckland home price was just under three times the average household income. A price-to-income ratio of three generally represents the upper threshold of housing affordability....
Q+A: What is going on in Hong Kong?

Q+A: What is going on in Hong Kong?

In February 2019, Hong Kong’s government announced a new extradition law that for the first time would allow for the extradition of accused criminals from Hong Kong to mainland China. This decision culminated in mass demonstrations across Hong Kong numbering in the...
Q+A: Why do so few people vote in local elections?

Q+A: Why do so few people vote in local elections?

Local government elections in New Zealand are fast approaching, but participation in local democracy has been declining for several years. The problem is particularly bad in Auckland where turnout was under forty percent during the last elections in 2016. Lachlan...