Opinion archive

Archived opinion articles from May 2010 - September 2018.

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  • John McCaffery
    Time to plan for a bilingual New Zealand
    14 September 2018
    If we can turn enthusiasm for Māori Language Week into a plan, the pathway ahead for te reo looks promising, says doctoral candidate John McCaffery (Te Puna Wānanga). Newsroom 14 September 2018
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    Election lessons to future-proof 2020
    14 September 2018
    As the honeymoon ends, Associate Professor Jennifer Lees-Marshment (Politics and International relations) has advice for the government ahead of a 2020 election.
  • Cathy Gunn
    Life and learning in the digital age
    12 September 2018
    Born before the digital age? Embrace and engage, and navigate your way through the technological terrain of today, says Associate Professor Cathy Gunn (CLeaR).
  • Neal Curtis
    A cartoon for our dangerous times
    12 September 2018
    A controversial newspaper cartoon of Serena Williams is a racist, lazy image of pathological, raging whiteness says Dr Neal Curtis (Media and Communications).
  • Eating plastic
    An ocean feeding our trash back to us
    11 September 2018
    Master’s student Veronica Rotman (Marine Science) forces us to face an unsavoury truth – that we are likely consuming plastic every time we eat fish.
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    Why art shouldn’t just be a luxury in prison
    10 September 2018
    The arts are carriers of hope, a human right and as vital in prisons as they are everywhere else in our society argues Professor Peter O’Connor (CRISTIE).
  • Free speech: more work and less cause celebres
    06 September 2018
    Dr Edward Willis (Law) argues laws around freedom of expression need constant attention rather than loud debate around controversial speakers from overseas.
  • Peter Zamborsky
    How to thrive in uncertain times
    30 August 2018
    In times of business uncertainty globally, Dr Peter Zámborský (management and international business) advises companies how to become more competitive.
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    Race and queerness in New Orleans bounce music
    24 August 2018
    Dr Kirsten Zemke (Anthropology) explains New Orleans bounce music and how exploring popular music can help us understand ourselves and the world.
  • Nicholas-rowe
    When dancing is political
    24 August 2018
    Associate Professor Nicholas Rowe (Dance Studies) explains the stories weaved and political statements made by excluded people through dance.
  • Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy
    Equal pay starts with transparency
    22 August 2018
    If pay was transparent and everyone knew what their peers earned, there would be no such thing as a gender pay gap argues Dr Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy (Economics).
  • The new science building
    Time to step up to save NZ whitebait
    20 August 2018
    The threat to some native whitebait puts them in the same category as kiwi, says PhD candidate Emma Moffett (Environment). Will we step up to save them?
  • Wayne Smith
    Comment: Reinvest in teachers, NZ
    15 August 2018
    The teachers’ strike must be a circuit breaker to turn around New Zealand’s growing teacher shortage crisis, says Associate Professor Wayne Smith (C&P).
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    A case for, and against, NCEA exams
    14 August 2018
    NCEA exams – about equity and fairness according to Professor Gavin Brown (LDPP); stifle confidence, choices and deep thinking argues Dr Maree Davies (LDPP).
  • John McCaffery
    Māori for all: He waka eke noa
    13 August 2018
    Growing demand for te reo realises a dream for Māori language activists says Te Puna Wānanga doctoral candidate John McCaffery – but the struggle is not over.
  • Missy Morton
    An inclusive society begins at school
    08 August 2018
    Achieving the society we want must begin with inclusive education and schools that welcome all, says Professor Missy Morton (CRISTIE).
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    Closing NZ’s knowledge gap
    06 August 2018
    Professor Elizabeth Rata (EDSW) argues against an ‘empty national curriculum’ that is denying young people equal access to rich and valuable knowledge.
  • Jane Norton - web
    No free speech crisis in NZ
    30 July 2018
    Despite strongly divided opinions over a visit by Canadian alt-right speakers, there is no freedom of speech crisis in NZ says Dr Jane Calderwell Norton (Law).
  • John McCaffery
    'Māori has gone mainstream': the resurgence of New Zealand's te reo language
    28 July 2018
    John McCaffery (Te Puna Wānanga) and Arapera Bella Ngaha (Maori Studies) feature in the Guardian’s story 'Māori has gone mainstream': the resurgence of New Zealand's te reo language.
  • Poi
    What poi can do for your health
    26 July 2018
    Kate Riegl van West (Dance Studies) talks about older people and the health-giving benefits of twirling poi – for both the mind and body.