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Environment and sustainability

  • 29 July 2021

    Something strange has happened to the perception of cyclists and cycling in the more than 200 years they’ve been around. Once a novelty, bike riding has moved from being a critical transport mode to a children’s pastime to now being popularly perceived as an elitist activity.

  • 28 July 2021

    Opinion: Morgane Merien explains why we need to start recognising the importance of these fascinating little insects and their vital role in the ecosystem.

  • 28 July 2021

    Opinion: Banning outdoor balloon releases is another small step to making a difference to our oceans, and NZ should do the same, writes Ariel-Micaiah Heswall.

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Health and medicine

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Politics and law

  • 27 July 2021

    Opinion: NZ must consider risks and opportunities presented by the fragile Korean armistice and be aware of shifting East Asia power balances, writes Stephen Hoadley.

  • 15 July 2021

    Opinion: The new National Policy Statement on Urban Development allows for unsafe, unsuitable housing blocks that will devolve into slums, writes Claire Dale.

  • 13 July 2021

    Opinion: Ananish Chaudhuri lays out some concerns about New Zealand's proposed hate speech law, arguing it's in line with a pattern of authoritarianism.

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The Challenge

  • Professor Guglielmo Aglietti at the University of Auckland's Mission Control Centre.

    19 July 2021

    Space might be the final frontier, but, like all frontiers it’s strewn with junk. Luckily, Professor Guglielmo Aglietti, director of the Auckland Space Institute has a plan

  • Professor Stuart McNaughton researches curriculum and pedagogy.

    30 June 2021

    From the rise of social media to dramatic change in the education system, many reasons are offered to explain New Zealand’s decline in international iteracy assessments. Stuart McNaughton says a single cause is very unlikely.

  • Dr Rebeccan Jesson

    30 June 2021

    There is a national debate about how best to teach children to read and write against the backdrop of international comparisons that show a decline in our children’s literacy.

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