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The latest news and views from the University of Auckland.

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19 October 2020

Opinion: Labour has had a landslide win, but leading the country to success amid a global economic crisis is not going to be easy, explains Jennifer Lees-Marshment.


  • 22 October 2020

    Opinion: The effort to defeat the coronavirus relies on many layers of defense. Or, let’s call them, slices of cheese. Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles explains New Zealand’s Swiss cheese/Emmental model for managing Covid-19.

  • 15 October 2020

    Opinion: Australia and New Zealand have shown that democracies can be just as successful as the most autocratic regimes in combating Covid-19, writes Gehan Gunasekara.

  • 14 October 2020

    Opinion: The government has signed its first binding agreement to secure a Covid-19 vaccine. But what exactly is the vaccine, who’s likely to get it and when? Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles talks us through it.

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Arts and culture

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Business and economy

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Education and society

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Environment and sustainability

  • 14 October 2020

    Opinion: When it comes to the environment, we need to look away from the relay race of politics and think about how to give more people a seat at the decision table.

  • 30 September 2020

    As Auckland traffic volumes plummeted during New Zealand’s strictest lockdown, so did air pollution levels but a detailed analysis shows a more complex picture than might be expected.

  • 24 September 2020

    News reports regularly remind us that the environment is under threat from a raft of climate change effects including loss of biodiversity, melting ice sheets and devastating ‘climate fires’.

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Health and medicine

  • 23 October 2020

    Opinion: Type 2 diabetes and other health conditions that badly affect Māori and Pasifika must be addressed – for the sake of all, writes Collin Tukuitonga.

  • 20 October 2020

    New Zealand babies born to mothers prescribed methadone during pregnancy lagged behind their peers, from motor skills and reflexes to the ability to settle, a new study shows.

  • 14 October 2020

    Opinion: Aileen Collier explains the 'internal burden' people who qualify for the end of life choice act will feel, arguing for more palliative care support in NZ.

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Politics and law

  • 20 October 2020

    Maria Romero De Medeiros and Danica Loulie-Wijtenburg have won the Justice Sir Robert Chambers Memorial Moot 2020 with their legal arguments concerning breach of privacy.

  • 19 October 2020

    Opinion: In a time of increasing economic hardship we need to talk about debt and let people know predatory loan sharks are not the only option, writes Claire Dale.

  • 19 October 2020

    Opinion: Labour has had a landslide win, but leading the country to success amid a global economic crisis is not going to be easy, explains Jennifer Lees-Marshment.

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Science and technology

  • 15 October 2020

    Research shows kea have the ability to distinguish between two different-coloured 1080 baits but cannot detect the presence of bird repellent in baits of the same colour, findings which might have implications for future 1080 operations.

  • 7 October 2020

    Our knowledge of black holes has progressed rapidly in recent decades due to the development of highly sophisticated observatory technology called LIGO or the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.

  • 2 October 2020

    Scientists have re-investigated a sixty-year-old idea by the American physicist P.W. Anderson and provided new insights into the quantum world.

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University news

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The Challenge

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