Article 3 of Te Tiriti o Waitangi gave Māori the fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed under British law. Understanding it is critical to modern debates over ‘co-governance’ and partnership.
We encourage everyone to learn te reo Māori, but if not done well and ethically, it could be another wave of colonisation.
Rocket emissions in the upper atmosphere can damage the ozone layer but are neither measured nor regulated. It’s a policy gap we have to close if the space industry is to grow sustainably.
Building too close to cliffs and slopes, weak soils, lack of vegetation and increased rainfall all played a part in the massive storm damage to Auckland. The city needs to change the way it uses land.
Record-breaking floods in Auckland could see insurance costs in parts of the city rise significantly – some areas may even become uninsurable.
New prime minister Chris Hipkins with deputy Carmel Sepuloni.
The cost of living is important. But there are even bigger problems rumbling beneath the surface of New Zealand politics that the MMP electoral system may be ill-suited to deal with.
The more hard surfaces we build, the more stormwater we need to drain. Auckland must future-proof its urban design as climate change bites.
Victoria Park near the Auckland CBD on January 27.
The more the climate warms, the heavier the storm rainfalls will become. The Auckland emergency shows how urgently adaptive measures are now needed.
Vaping products are ubiquitous in New Zealand, sold through a growing number of stores. To reduce youth vaping rates, they need to be harder to access, less appealing and less addictive.
Heading into the 2023 election, politicians and commentators have said New Zealand’s tax needs to be fairer. But opinions on how to make the system fairer vary wildly.
Recent political polls in New Zealand and elsewhere have consistently failed to reflect eventual outcomes. Voters and pundits alike should avoid reading them too literally.
As the start of the school year looms, school uniform prices will be front-of-mind for many families already facing a cost of living crisis. What can be done to reduce the burden?
The cost of sustainability is no longer a deal breaker for some business owners, but more can be done to encourage decarbonisation efforts.
A German Leopard 2 heavy battle tank of the type destined for Ukraine.
How should the war in Ukraine end? That’s the question dividing two schools of geopolitical thought, but one side seems to be winning the argument.
The pet trade has spurred a wave of bird imports, leading to escapes or even deliberate releases of exotic species into the wild. New research reveals the threat they now pose to native birds.
An outbreak of ‘Chris-mania’ seems unlikely, but maybe taking personality and heat out of the mix will benefit Labour in election year.
Beavers dramatically change a landscape by building dams that create ponds of still water.
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January 26, 2023
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Restoring entire ecosystems is a difficult and expensive process. Thankfully, certain species, called ecosystem engineers, can make restoration easier. Gaining social and political support is critical too.
Leaving on her own terms may be Jacinda Ardern’s final triumph, and one more part of a rich, complex political legacy.
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Despite women now having equal representation within New Zealand’s parliament, the misogynistic abuse directed at Jacinda Ardern shows equal treatment of women in leadership is still a long way off.
Te mokomoko a Tohu – Aotearoa New Zealand’s newest species of gecko.
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A new gecko species in New Zealand was named te mokomoko a Tohu in consultation with a local Māori tribe. This could be a good example for how taxonomists might approach the naming of new species.