Opinion archive

Archived opinion articles from 2016-2017.

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    High hopes for children
    29 December 2017
    Dr Ian Hyslop, Counselling, Human Services and Social Work, explains ‘hunting monsters’ won’t solve child abuse and the impact of poverty must be recognised.
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    What’s in a dress?
    22 December 2017
    Dr Ciara Cremin, Sociology, explains the politics behind her decision to make women’s clothing and makeup her every day wear.
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    Tragic deaths must not mean surveillance
    18 December 2017
    Associate Professor Liz Beddoe, Counselling, Human Services and Social Work, argues that a register of all children will not protect against caregiver abuse.
  • Dr Allen Bartley
    Allen Bartley – I love working with social workers
    18 December 2017
    As an ‘applied sociologist’, Dr Allen Bartley, Head of the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work, reflects on why social work goes hand in hand with teaching and gives five reasons why he loves working with social workers.
  • Lizzie Krissansen at her desk at BNZ
    “It’s not either/or” – degrees still relevant in today’s business world
    15 December 2017
    Alumna and BNZ star performer Lizzie Krissansen and her manager, Head of Enterprise Insight, Sarah Cawsey, on the value of a university qualification for 21st century careers.
  • Anne Salmond: Forestry plan not out of the woods
    14 December 2017
    Dame Anne Salmond, Distinguished Professor Anthropology, wants the Forestry Service re-established using lessons learnt from the past.
  • ‘Serve and return’ is how young kids learn
    11 December 2017
    Jean Rockel, Learning, Development and Professional Practice, says early education needs well-trained staff and small groups to nurture young children.
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    Auckland housing’s 100-year-old problems
    11 December 2017
    Ella Arbury (PhD student, History) says Auckland must look to the past to solve housing problems.
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    Tongans walking in the democratic dark
    05 December 2017
    Dr Melenaite Taumoefolau, Pacific Studies, questions election victory for the democratic party in Tonga when democracy has no word or meaning in Tongan culture.
  • To all te reo Māori haters out there ...
    01 December 2017
    Professor Stephen May, Te Puna Wānanga, challenges te reo ‘haters’ to open their minds to multilingualism and learn the language unique to New Zealand.
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    Working with businesses
    01 December 2017
    Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Nic Smith, shares some of the opportunities for businesses to work with the University to improve business growth and efficiency.
  • Wendy Kerr
    Giving students the entrepreneurship edge
    01 December 2017
    Director of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Wendy Kerr, talks about how they are building students entrepreneurial capability and mind shift to thrive in this new world of work.
  • Andy Shenk
    Bringing ideas to life
    01 December 2017
    Auckland UniServices CEO, Andy Shenk, talks about their role in the University of Auckland ecosystem and how they combine emerging entrepreneurial talent with deep intellectual property created by world-class researchers and their students.
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    AI: If you can’t beat it, join it
    27 November 2017
    Professor Darl Kolb argues we should accept robots do certain jobs better than us and instead focus on our human qualities and what we do better than machines.
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    One good way to improve mental health
    24 November 2017
    Dr Hilary Lapsley (General Practice and Primary Healthcare) is confident mental health service failures will be remedied by the government decision to re-establish the Mental Health Commission.
  • Why is my 14-year-old sitting exams?
    22 November 2017
    Dr Camilla Highfield says that we need to "rethink this whole exam thing", describing it as "a construct of the 19th century used to rank young people for drafting them into various careers or knowledge institutions".
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    Religious freedom … or religious intolerance?
    20 November 2017
    Dr Caroline Blyth (Religious Studies) argues exemption clauses in same-sex marriage bills show the power of religious institutions in ‘secular’ Australia and NZ.
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    Same-sex marriage: a tale of two countries
    14 November 2017
    Dr Maxine Lewis (Classics and Ancient History) believes the Australian government’s same-sex marriage survey has harmed the LGBQTI community and wider society.
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    A good start on tackling child poverty
    10 November 2017
    Honorary Associate Professor Susan St John (Economics) gives her view of what the new government could mean for New Zealand’s most vulnerable citizens.
  • Fiona Kennedy
    Why coalition friction could be a good thing
    09 November 2017
    Fiona Kennedy (New Zealand Leadership Institute) explains how differences between Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First could spur innovation.