Opinion archive

Archived opinion articles from May 2010 - September 2018.

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    Keeping science serious by avoiding the 'p' word
    24 July 2018
    Tom Bodey (Biological Sciences) talks about behaviour differences in individual animal species – but avoids talking ‘personality’ to keep his science serious.
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    Trump-Putin summit: poker or chess?
    20 July 2018
    Associate Professor Stephen Hoadley (Politics and International Studies) looks for potentially constructive initiatives from the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki.
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    Ethnic ‘mixedness’ on the rise
    17 July 2018
    Dr Melinda Webber (Te Puna Wānanga) believes the increase in people with multiple ethnicities means individuals will find their own way of ‘belonging’.
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    Why language matters in a crisis
    17 July 2018
    Language skills are often overlooked in international rescue missions but can be key to success says Associate Professor Minako O’Hagan (Translation Studies).
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    Working for Families perversely misunderstood
    16 July 2018
    Honorary Associate Professor Susan St John (Economics) says Working for Families was seriously eroded by the last government and we must do better for NZ children.
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    Pākehā tolerance won’t restore Māori power
    16 July 2018
    Restoring real power to Iwi Māori will require more than a little bit of cultural tolerance within a liberal capitalist Pākehā world says Dr Ian Hyslop (CHSSW).
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    NZ judges reject confines of three-strike straightjacket
    13 July 2018
    NZ’s judges prize individualised justice when sentencing rather than the parole-free maximums of the third strike laws writes Dr James Oleson (Criminology).
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    The genes that may predict cancer survival
    12 July 2018
    Dr Francis Hunter (FMHS) tells Newsroom about his work on genes that may determine cancer survival and the search for new treatments for hard-to-cure cancers.
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    Tread carefully with big data ethics
    11 July 2018
    Big data needs adequate ethical controls, but they must be applied carefully and reliability should take precedence over transparency, says Professor Tim Dare (Philosophy).
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    Here, put these on and feel what I feel
    09 July 2018
    Professor Mark Billinghurst (ABI) talks about technology being developed at the university that lets people share each other's experiences in real time.
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    Skip flying and walk the walk
    06 July 2018
    Recognising the hypocrisy of scientists' carbon footprint, Professor Shaun Hendy (Physics) is avoiding air travel for 2018 and going by bus, train or on foot to be kinder to the climate, and tells us about it in this Newsroom article.
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    Five minutes with: a robot builder
    05 July 2018
    Dr Andrew McDaid (Mechanical Engineering) talks to Newsroom about building wearable robotic limbs to help people with strokes and disabilities, and using video games to make physio more fun.
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    Money and its myths
    04 July 2018
    In this Newsroom article Associate Professor Alex Sims (Commercial Law) discusses the myths and problems around money and questions whether cryptocurrencies will be any better than bank notes as a store of value.
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    Agile at Spark a ‘recipe for disaster’?
    28 June 2018
    In this Newsroom opinion piece, Associate Professor Daniel Vidal (Graduate School of Management) asks if Spark’s notice to staff to agree to a new “Agile” way of working is a recipe for disaster.
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    Time to tackle welfare system with both hands
    26 June 2018
    The Welfare Expert Advisory Group has an opportunity to turn around the harmful and ill-informed changes made to our welfare system in recent years, writes Mike O'Brien (Education and Social Work).
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    Five minutes with: a teen-sex researcher
    26 June 2018
    Dr Claire Meehan (Criminology) talks to Newsroom about her research around young people and pornography and the importance of preparing teens for the reality of adulthood.
  • Emily Frost
    How to help put plastic behind us
    07 June 2018
    The era for us to remove short-term single use plastic from our lives is here. In this Newsroom article, doctoral candidate Emily Joy Frost (Biological Science) looks at the alternatives.
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    Time to bring ‘knowledge’ back to schools?
    01 June 2018
    Professor John Morgan (Curriculum and Pedagogy) argues for a more progressive approached to education that is knowledge-rich and forward facing.
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    Enacting alofa between NZ and Samoa
    01 June 2018
    Associate Dean of Pasifika, Dr Rae Si’ilata, argues that New Zealand must maintain and revitalise gagana Samoa and other Pacific languages beyond the ‘one week a year’ approach.
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    Predator Free NZ closer to reality
    31 May 2018
    In this Newsroom article, Associate Professor James Russell (Biological Sciences) says that the Government has shown a credible commitment to conservation and brought the predator-free New Zealand dream closer to reality.