Māori Article of the Week: Reversing the decline in New Zealand’s biodiversity: empowering Māori within reformed conservation law by Ruru, O’Lyver, Scott, and Edmunds

Creating new conservation law that more holistically and comprehensively supports hapu and iwi leadership in conservation management should be embraced as a critical step towards reversing the decline of Aotearoa New Zealand’s biodiversity. Treaty of Waitangi settlement statutes (for example, the Te Urewera Act 2014) and new conservation policies and practices (for example, the Department of Conservation’s… Read more

Book Review: The New Poverty by Stephen Armstrong

The aesthetic of neoliberalism is sleek and futuristic. The ‘market’ is meant to reduce friction and cut through paperwork, flensing away the blubber of public institutions and leaving them lean and nimble. The reality of neoliberalism, as Stephen Armstrong shows in The New Poverty, is earthy body horror: pliers yanking out dead teeth from weeping gums in backyard sheds. The New Poverty is a gruelling book. The… Read more
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Research and development tax incentive submissions now open

The Government has announced its intention to introduce a Research and development (R&D) tax incentive in 2019 to help more businesses undertake a greater amount of R&D. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Inland Revenue and Callaghan Innovation have designed an R&D tax incentive proposal and are seeking input into the design process. A discussion document outlines the main features… Read more

Professor Mere Berryman: ‘Forced fit’ or belonging as Māori?

Having to leave our culture at the school gate to achieve in schools that marginalised and belittled our own cultural identity has been the experience of generations of Māori students, including myself. Regrettably, especially for Māori boys not prepared to compromise their cultural identity, many were forced to fit within a schooling system that held little promise for their future. As a result, too often these… Read more
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Rachel Thomas: If you think women in tech is just a pipeline problem, you haven’t been paying attention

I first learned to code at age 16, and am now in my 30s. I have a math PhD from Duke. I still remember my pride in a “knight’s tour” algorithm that I wrote in C++ in high school; the awesome mind warp of an interpreter that can interpret itself (a Scheme course my first semester of college); my fascination with numerous types of matrix factorizations in C in grad school; and my excitement about relational databases and… Read more
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Noah Smith: Econ 101 No Longer Explains the Job Market

The battle over the effects of minimum wages has been one of the most protracted and bitter fights in the history of empirical economics. Some researchers, such as David Neumark of the University of California-Irvine, continue to insist that pay floors kill jobs, and a few studies find negative effects. But a series of very careful, large-scale studies is finding that the minimum wage is as benign as its advocates have… Read more
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Umair Haque: Seven Lessons We Should Have Learned From History But Didn’t

Looking around the globe today, you’ve probably gritted your teeth and wondered: “Wait! Aren’t we repeating history?” Authoritarianism, nationalism, tribalism — extreme inequality, social breakdown, rising demagoguery — check, check, check. You’d be right. So here are seven lessons we should have learned from history but didn’t. When too much money piles up in too few hands, economiesRead more
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Māori Article of the Week: The Impacts of Contemporary Embalming Practices on Tikanga Māori by Byron Rangiwai

When Māui, in the form of a mokomoko, attempted to enter the sacred portal of Hinenuitepō, the goddess of death, in an attempt to achieve immortality, but was instead fatally crushed by her thighs, we are reminded forever that death is invariably part of life. When a Māori person dies, more often than not, a tangihanga at a marae ensues. In preparation for the tangihanga,  Māori have become accustomed to taking their… Read more

Book Review: The Militant Muse: Love, War and the Women of Surrealism by Whitney Chadwick

‘What did it mean to be young, ambitious and female in the context of an avant-garde movement defined by men?’ Whitney Chadwick’s new publication, The Militant Muse: Love, War and the Women of Surrealism, is the culmination of six years of attentive research, drawing on letters, poetry, artworks and interviews to weave an immersive narrative of five female friendships among the Surrealists across a twenty-year… Read more
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Helen Kennedy: How people feel about what companies do with their data is just as important as what they know about it

It’s been an exciting week for those of us interested in what companies do with people’s data. The revelation that Cambridge Analytica got its hands on 50 million people’s Facebook data and that Facebook, at least until 2015, made this possible, enabling apps to access not only user data but also that of their friends, has thrown issues that some of us have been researching, teaching, and talking about for a number… Read more
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