Gaynor Macdonald: Indigenous treaties are meaningless without addressing the issue of sovereignty

Ironically, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s rejection of the 2017 Statement from the Heart, proposing more meaningful national engagement with Indigenous peoples, has accelerated demands for a treaty process across the country. Victoria and the Northern Territory have both moved ahead on this front in recent weeks. But enthusiasm for treaties at the state and territory level is misplaced. The legal, political… Read more
Protest at the front of the Senate house in Victoria, Australia.

Rachael Pells: Are universities engines or products of economic growth?

The Venezuelan economy is in free fall. A drop in oil prices and a collapse in confidence in the country’s leadership have caused the economy of the once affluent South American country to contract by 50 per cent since 2013, according to the International Monetary Fund, and inflation to hit 13,000 per cent. The country’s universities have by no means been spared the pain. Amalio Belmonte, rector of the Central UniversityRead more
Loughborough University

Pasifika Article of the Week: The new kava user: Diasporic identity formation in reverse by S. Aprosa

‘Diaspora’ studies have broadened their definition to now include hybridised identities situated in both the past and future. The formation of the Indo-Fijian ethnicity is an example of the evolution of a hybrid diasporic identity. This article briefly discusses Indo- Fijian diaspora in Fiji before shifting its focus to Aotearoa New Zealand. In this new setting, diaspora understanding will take… Read more

National Science Challenge 11 Building Better Homes, Towns, and Cities Research: Impacts of Higher Education Institutions on Local Population and Employment Growth by Apatov and Grimes

We examine the relationship between higher education institutions (HEIs) and local population and employment growth, using a sample of fifty-seven New Zealand territorial local authorities between 1986 and 2013. We account for HEI endogeneity by estimating with difference generalized method of moments; by including lagged growth plus a large set of other controls; and by including official demographic projections… Read more

Māori Article of the Week: The Art of the Impossible: Defining and Measuring Indigenous Research? By Linda Tuhiwai Smith

This chapter discusses the measurement of research impact as it relates to Indigenous research, particularly research that draws on Indigenous Knowledge, uses Indigenous methodologies, and seeks to improve the lives of Indigenous peoples. Increasingly, research impact is being used to shape broader decisions about the kind of research being supported by governments, philanthropic foundations, and institutions.… Read more

Book Review: The Gift Relationship: From Human Blood to Social Policy by Richard M Titmuss, edited by Ann Oakley and John Ashton

In modern-day New Zealand it is easy to be complacent about our standards of healthcare and wellbeing. However, with the UN receiving reports of institutional racism in our healthcare system (Day 2017) and the proposed review of the DHB system due to leaky buildings and long waiting lists (Kirk 2017, Kirk 2018), there is some concern that we may be moving toward a more libertarian, market-driven, privatised health… Read more
Cover of the Gift Relationship byTitmuss, 2nd edition edited by Oakley and Ashton

Michael Cameron: Employers offset minimum wage increases with decreases in fringe benefits

Employment compensation is made up of the wage that employees are paid, plus other fringe benefits that employers provide. Those fringe benefits might include training opportunities, discounted (or free) goods and services, use of a vehicle, travel and accommodation, health insurance, superannuation contributions, and so on. If we consider a very simple model of labour demand, employers will employ any worker… Read more
Manager handing over money

Open Access Article of the week: Managing the Planet: The Anthropocene, Good Stewardship, and the Empty Promise of a Solution to Ecological Crisis by Stubblefield

The Anthropocene has emerged as the dominant conceptualization of the current geological epoch and, more significantly, of Humanity’s relation to nature. By its proponents the Anthropocene is espoused as a “solution formulation”, an analytical tool that clarifies Humanity’s multifarious impacts on nature and nature’s subsequent crises, and further as a conceptual apparatus from which to launch… Read more

Moana Jackson: Respecting what we’re prepared to share and not share

Debates without a history are a dead end. The recent argument about a Pākehā woman’s decision to get a moko kauae because she was being “called” as a bridge between cultures was such a debate. It sparked an outpouring of racist and sexist vitriol aimed at the Māori women who questioned her decision, and only proved how easily our values and our people can still be dismissed and demeaned. The racism and sexism was… Read more
Maori woman with moko kauae

Early Career Researcher Advice article of the week: Research commercialisation: Tips for starting your journey by Matt Frith

Research commercialisation can be daunting, but in a landscape of dwindling government funding and ever-shifting technological and commercial realities, it can be a powerful way to bring new ideas and change into the world. For researchers and academics, however, the businesses, people and language can be so different that it’s almost alien. The way a researcher or academic thinks, the goals they have to achieve… Read more
Picture showing a researcher working on a formula on a whiteboard.