Opinion

Views and opinions from AUT experts.

Climate emergency? Try revolution

David Hall

New Zealand's climate emergencies don't look, sound or quack much like an emergency, writes Dr David Hall of The Policy Observatory at AUT.

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One person, one vote: Abolish the ratepayer roll

Julienne Molineaux

The principle of one person, one vote doesn’t apply for local elections, writes Dr Julienne Molineaux, director of The Policy Observatory.

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Free speech is pointless for its own sake

Paul Moon

The right to free speech was initially about pursuing the truth, Professor Paul Moon writes.

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Children have fun playing sports and don’t need to satisfy adults’ ambitions

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NZ has dethroned GDP as a measure of success, but will Ardern's government be transformational?

David Hall

Is the Government's well-being budget transformational? Dr David Hall from The Policy Observatory weighs in.

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NZTA plans for Auckland Harbour bridge cycle and walking path

Erica Hinckson

Getting people active is almost a losing battle. Who remembers the ‘Push Play - 30 minutes a day’ campaign from a decade ago? Fast forward to today and nothing has changed for New Zealanders.

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Why are accused rapists acquitted?

Kris Gledhill

AUT Law School's Professor Kris Gledhill explains how an accused rapist can be acquitted even after compelling evidence is presented by a victim.

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Unequal access to fertility treatment

Sharyn Graham Davies

The disadvantaged are being forced to the DIY fertility scene because of the high-cost of New Zealand's regulated industry, writes Dr Sharyn Graham Davies, Associate Professor in AUT's School of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

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To build social cohesion, our screens need to show the same diversity of faces we see on the street

Arezou Zalipour

Migration plays an important role in shaping Aotearoa New Zealand society. New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland, is now “more diverse than London”.

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Architecture the key to creating a more humanistic approach to technology

Charles Walker

As a kind of “specialised generalist”, an architect needs to have a broad understanding of new technologies – whether they relate to smart cities, intelligent building systems, digital fabrication techniques, complex design and business management tools, or the internet of everything.

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Explainer: how a royal commission will investigate Christchurch shootings

Kris Gledhill

The trial of the man accused of the murders and attempted murders in the Christchurch mosque attacks is one small but important legal process.

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Pacific countries score well in media freedom index, but reality is far worse

David Robie

When Pacific countries reflect on the state of their media today, marking World Press Freedom Day, they know the reality is much worse than the ticks they got from a global media freedom watchdog last month.

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What does luxury really mean?

Tracy Harkison

To date there is no objective or quantifiable definition of luxury or the luxury market due to their nebulous nature.

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The SKA: should NZ stay or leave?

Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is one of the biggest projects on the planet. But it costs money to stay at the table and in a time of competing budget priorities and rival agendas the debate is heating up. So let’s look at the facts.

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