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Is media mental health coverage helping?

New Zealand’s biggest-ever inquiry into our mental health system says it’s broken and action is urgent. Many in the media pointed out that’s what previous inquiries have said too so we shouldn’t expect much meaningful change now. Is that realistic reporting or damaging defeatism?    [embedded content] This week the government’s Mental Health & Addiction […]

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Upping the game in women’s sports coverage

Women’s football doesn’t often make much of a mark in our sports news but the unprecedented achievements of the Young Ferns and a sexist joke from a bloke in Paris did this past week. The minister of sport also bluntly challenged our sports reporters to up their game too. Fair call? New Zealand under-17 womens […]

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Do global ranking lists and surveys actually reflect performance?

By David Cohen* Opinion – Exciting news. The Legatum Institute has just released its 12th annual global Prosperity Index, a hefty survey that ranks 149 countries by “prosperity”. New Zealand has been ranked second overall in the Legatum Institute’s gobal Prosperity Index. Photo: 123RF Once again this year New Zealand does notably well – as […]

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Huawei vs Five Eyes: NZ diplomatic ties at centre of dilemma

By Paul G. Buchanan* Opinion – The Government Communications Security Bureau’s (GCSB) decision to recommend against using Huawei equipment for the 5G rollout because of national security concerns underscores the strategic role commercial telecommunications plays in modern society. The GCSB has turned down Spark’s proposed use of Huawei equipment in its new 5G network, citing […]

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Instagram cracks down on fake followers and likes

Photo-sharing platform Instagram has announced an initiative that will target fake likes and comments. Since its launch in 2010, Instagram has continued to grow in popularity in recent years having passed a billion users. Photo: AFP/ Anadolu Agency The company said it had developed tools that identify accounts that use third-party services and apps to […]

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Paper cuts: ‘You need the local journalist who picks up on that local issue’

A proposal to slash local journalists has some Aucklanders worrying their communities will fall off the news radar – and their leaders will be unaccountable. Photo: screenshot Stuff told its staff earlier this month it planned to sack the 15 journalists who work in its free, community papers in Auckland and Northland. A further four […]

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Cyber bullying: The growing menace costing NZ $444m

Online bullying comes with a massive financial burden. Photo: 123rf A new report by economist Shamubeel Eaqub has found cyber bullying costs the country $444 million a year. It’s the first report that puts a financial figure on the social cost of being bullied, harassed and threatened online. The report – commissioned by Netsafe – […]

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Many NZers comfortable with robots in the workplace – survey

New Zealanders are comfortable with having a robot as a colleague, according to a new survey, but there is a warning there might not be room for everyone. Photo: 123rf.com A new TradeMe job survey talked to about 800 New Zealanders, to understand their current work habits and the future of work. It found 66 […]

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Tech giants oppose proposed Australian law seeking private data

Facebook, Apple, Alphabet and Amazon will oppose an Australian law that would require them to provide access to private encrypted data linked to suspected illegal activities, an industry lobby group says. Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Alphabet – the parent company of Google – are standing against a proposed Australian law allowing access to private data. […]

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Instagram hit by outage in several cities

Instagram has gone down for some users across several cities, including London, San Francisco and Singapore. Photo: AFP/ Anadolu Agency Users took to Twitter to complain about the outage and tweeted messages along with the #instagramdown hashtag. According to a check by Reuters, the app displayed an error message saying “couldn’t refresh feed”, while its […]