Tag Archives: New Zealand stories

New MP Ibrahim Omer’s election highlights the challenges refugees from Africa face in New Zealand

Ibrahim Omer campaigning with Labour MP Chris Hipkins during NZ’s 2020 general election. GettyImages Samuel Judah Seomeng, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington and Caroline Bennett, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington The election of Labour candidate Ibrahim Omer on October 17 makes him New Zealand’s first African MP and one of only two former refugees …

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Climate explained: are consumers willing to pay more for climate-friendly products?

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Shutterstock/Alliance Images Gary Mortimer, Queensland University of Technology CC BY-ND Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I’m seeing quite a few “climate-friendly” products at the supermarket. Are …

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Beyond the black hole of global university rankings: rediscovering the true value of knowledge and ideas

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The recent release of global university rankings and the way these are reported raises important questions about the role and reputation of our tertiary institutions. Are universities measured and ranked according to what we really value? Or are they ranked and valued only by what is measured? And are those measures authentic and trusted indicators of quality? There was a time when no one …

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Four lessons we must take away from the Christchurch terror attack

Across the world, marches took place during a UN anti-racism day, condemning the attacks on muslims in New Zealand this week. EPA/Andy Rain, CC BY-SA

Across the world, marches took place during a UN anti-racism day, condemning the attacks on muslims in New Zealand this week. EPA/Andy Rain, CC BY-SA Joe Burton, University of Waikato In the aftermath of the tragic loss of life in Christchurch on Friday, the focus needs to be on supporting those who have lost their loved ones and on fostering …

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When life means life: why the court had to deliver an unprecedented sentence for the Christchurch terrorist

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Alexander Gillespie, University of Waikato Was Brenton Tarrant’s silence and acceptance of sentence in court a final act to expand his notoriety? Was his disavowal of previously expressed ideological views a trick? A person capable of planning the Christchurch mosque attacks so methodically may well have mapped the last public chapter, too. By saying little and expressing no real remorse, …

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