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19 February 2020

The recovery of whale populations over the past four decades, including the world’s largest animal the critically endangered blue whale, is increasingly looking like one of conservation’s biggest success stories and the good news just keeps on coming.

Coronavirus

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Arts and culture

  • 21 February 2020

    A conversation about peace in Spanish during a late-night taxi ride across Bogotá was a highlight for University of Auckland student Redelond Tsounga during a recent trip to Colombia.

  • Oscar statues are pictured in a row: In more than 90 years of the Academy Awards, the Oscar for best original film score has only been won by a female composer three times. Photo: iStock

    21 February 2020

    Opinion: The Oscar win by composer Hildur Guðnadóttir for The Joker could help redress the gender imbalance that remains in music composition, write Leonie Holmes.

  • Doris Day is pictured in a studio publicity portrait for the 1960 film Midnight Lace. Photo:  Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

    20 February 2020

    Doris Day is one of several mid-20th century Hollywood singers and actors to attract the research attentions of Dr Gregory Camp, musicologist at the School of Music.

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Business and economy

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Education and society

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Environment and sustainability

  • 19 February 2020

    The recovery of whale populations over the past four decades, including the world’s largest animal the critically endangered blue whale, is increasingly looking like one of conservation’s biggest success stories and the good news just keeps on coming.

  • A child's bike burnt by bushfire is pictured amid wreckage of a building: "While they are not trained to identify and help children cope with trauma, they soldier on and do their best," says Professor Mutch of teachers working in disaster-hit communities. Photo: iStock

    4 February 2020

    Opinion: NZ forefronts disaster risk reduction education within schools but recent events highlight it's not enough. We must not be complacent, writes Carol Mutch.

  • A 3D artwork image of Ambury Rd, Māngere, from 'Into the Underworld'

    3 February 2020

    Chirag Jindal, Auckland artist and Architecture and Planning graduate, has been recognised with another award for his startling images that reveal the hidden lava caves beneath Auckland.

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Health and medicine

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Politics and law

  • An elderly couple in New Zealand are pictured seated on a bench looking out over the ocean. Last year, NZ Superannuation cost the country $14.5 billion. By 2024 it is projected to cost nearly $20 billion a year. Photo: iStock

    20 February 2020

    Opinion: The pressures on the state budget of a rapidly ageing population must be acknowledged and treated holistically, write Susan St John and Claire Dale.

  • 18 February 2020

    Congratulations to Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu (Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Whatua), for her appointment as the next president of the New Zealand Law Commission.

  • 14 February 2020

    Opinion: The UK has given Huawei the go-ahead for 5G. If it proves cutting edge, the market will be the arbiter - not shadowy intelligence agencies, writes Gehan Gunasekara.

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Science and technology

  • 19 February 2020

    The recovery of whale populations over the past four decades, including the world’s largest animal the critically endangered blue whale, is increasingly looking like one of conservation’s biggest success stories and the good news just keeps on coming.

  • 18 February 2020

    Opinion: No matter how you measure it, science remains systematically biased against women – and ethnically diverse women even more so, writes Dr Hinemoa Elder.

  • 14 February 2020

    Opinion: The UK has given Huawei the go-ahead for 5G. If it proves cutting edge, the market will be the arbiter - not shadowy intelligence agencies, writes Gehan Gunasekara.

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