Politics and law
Beware the ‘forgotten’ war
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.
New housing policy runs risk of urban slums
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.
Why hate speech law is authoritarian
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.
Dame Anne Salmond: Iwi vs Kiwi
7 July 2021
Opinion: In a five-part series for Newsroom Dame Anne Salmond reflects on a new institutional order for NZ which takes account of the Treaty of Waitangi and whakapapa.
Sensible solutions for Auckland's transport woes
6 July 2021
Opinion: A number of problems with Auckland’s infrastructure have become starkly apparent in recent times, writes Professor David Grinlinton.
A word of caution on prohibiting ‘hate speech’
5 July 2021
Opinion: Legitimate anger and protest must not end up as a crime when the government amends hate speech legislation, writes Professor Natasha Hamilton-Hart.
Claims that sexual violence bill will harm Māori are unfounded
1 July 2021
Opinion: Professor Elisabeth McDonald and Associate Professor Scott Optican on the merits of The Sexual Violence Legislation Bill 2019.
The Samoa Supreme Court’s final warning
30 June 2021
Opinion: The Samoan Supreme Court has issued a final warning to caretaker prime minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, writes Lecturer Dylan Asafo.
Terror threat greatest from lone individuals with online support
25 June 2021
The Christchurch mosque attacks of 15 March 2019 were a “watershed moment” for New Zealand, which is now at higher risk of similar attacks than it was before.
Aotearoa has plenty of room for more refugees
22 June 2021
Opinion: We are currently accepting a low number of refugees compared with other similar countries and could easily welcome many more, writes Jay Marlowe.
From the Social Welfare to the Social Insurance state
22 June 2021
Opinion: A signalled move towards unemployment insurance could open opportunities to expand ACC principles to even more of the welfare system, Peter Davis argues.
Dawn Raids apology ‘empty’ without action on immigration
15 June 2021
Opinion: The Government needs a list of actions to address intergenerational harms caused by the Dawn Raids. Dylan Asafo explains what those actions should look like.