News and opinion

The latest news and views from the University of Auckland.


  • The image shows an older woman wearing a facemask in Sapa, North Vietnam. Photo: iStock

    20 November 2020

    Opinion: Vietnam’s success against Covid-19 is remarkable given the lack of material resources. Natasha Hamilton-Hart and Celia Caughy discuss how it was done.

  • 18 November 2020

    Most people consumed more unhealthy snacks and drinks during New Zealand lockdowns, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Auckland.

  • 16 November 2020

    Opinion: Take a 19th century German scientist, a 21st century disease and add the internet - the result is a dangerous upsurge in Covid-denial nonsense, writes Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles.

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Business and economy

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Education and society

  • 14 November 2020

    In an honest, personal story, Dr Melani Anae (Pacific Studies) looks back on 50 years of involvement with activist group the Polynesian Panthers, what led her there and how it changed her life.

  • The image shows individual photos of the smiling faces of young adults in their 20s of different ethnicities in rows. Photo: iStock

    13 November 2020

    Opinion: It has been a difficult year, but life is getting better and we are the most privileged humans to have ever lived on this planet. Andrew Taberner explains.

  • 10 November 2020

    How can we restore our river communities to health? How do we define life itself? What motivates Māori electoral choices? And how has one in three Kiwi adults become obese?

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Environment and sustainability

  • 10 November 2020

    How can we restore our river communities to health? How do we define life itself? What motivates Māori electoral choices? And how has one in three Kiwi adults become obese?

  • 3 November 2020

    A stunning night-time photo of Buller’s shearwaters/rako captured in the flash of the camera with the Milky Way as a backdrop high above, has been named People’s Choice at this year’s NZ Geographic Photographer of the Year awards.

  • One of the most widely known photos of Earth, this image was taken by the crew of the final Apollo mission as the crew made its way to the Moon. It was dubbed the “blue marble”. Photo: NASA

    28 October 2020

    Aotearoa has committed to net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases, other than biogenic methane, by 2050. Is that enough? Finlay Macdonald talks to University scientists, including those involved with the Climate Science Initiative.

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Health and medicine

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Politics and law

  • 19 November 2020

    Opinion: Dylan Asafo argues it’s impossible to govern for "all New Zealanders” in an exceptionally unequal society like ours and that there is no honest middle ground.

  • The image shows Dr Julie MacArthur at Denmark's Middlegrunden offshore windfarm, co-owned by a  Copenhagen city-owned utility and the Middlegrunden Co-operative. Photo: Julie MacAthur

    16 November 2020

    Opinion: The ‘build back better’ concept should incorporate a close look at community energy initiatives owned and controlled by the people, writes Julie MacArthur.

  • The image shows Kamala Harris, US Vice President-elect. Photo: United States Senate, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

    12 November 2020

    Opinion: The election of Kamala Harris as VP is an opportunity to make true progress in addressing the wide gender gap in US politics, writes Katherine Smits.

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Science and technology

  • 18 November 2020

    Scientists are tracking humpback whales by listening in on the songs they sing as they migrate past New Zealand each year on their way to breeding grounds nearer the tropics.

  • 18 November 2020

    Research on the link between exercise and a healthy brain has earned Dr David Moreau one of the year’s top science prizes, the Early Career Research Excellence Award for Social Sciences from the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

  • 18 November 2020

    Professor Eamonn O’Brien of the University of Auckland has been awarded this year’s Hector Medal by the Royal Society Te Apārangi for his contributions in the field of group theory.

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The Challenge

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