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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Arts and culture

  • 26 November 2020

    UNESCO has established the world’s first Chair on Dance and Social Inclusion, a partnership between the University and UNESCO with inaugural co-chairs, Associate Professors Ralph Buck and Nicholas Rowe of the Dance Studies Programme.

  • 18 November 2020

    Associate Professor Nancy November has has been given a major research boost by Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden, the Marsden Fund, to further investigate the music-making of 19th century women, and the creation of take-home versions of large-scale compositions.

  • The image shows a head shot of Dr Te Oti Rakena

    18 November 2020

    Opinion: Dr Te Oti Rakena explains how Pacific nations produce performers with such great voices and why diluting their success as ‘natural ability’ is wrong.

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Business and economy

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Education and society

  • 25 November 2020

    In honour of a life’s work improving and enriching Māori-Pākehā relationships, Dame Anne Salmond has been awarded the prestigious Blake Medal for leadership.

  • 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.

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Environment and sustainability

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Health and medicine

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Politics and law

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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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University news

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The Challenge

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