Laura Walters

Politics
Aug 27, 2021

In defence of those who hold the government to account on Covid-19

As we navigate the latest outbreak, those who challenge the government’s response are being subjected to increasing levels of vitriol.

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Society
Aug 19, 2021

What now for the women and girls of Afghanistan?

Within hours of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, shopfronts and beauty salons with pictures of women were painted over.

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Science
Aug 12, 2021

The study searching out Covid exposure in NZ and its long-term impacts

Researchers leading New Zealand’s broadest Covid-19 antibody study want to discover the long-term impacts of exposure to the virus.

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Business
Aug 10, 2021

Team of 6 million: How NZ can harness the power of Kiwis living overseas

Now is a crucial moment for New Zealand to meet the needs of its diaspora community, a new report argues.

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Money
Aug 5, 2021

I really want to move to Wellington, but Wellington is making it really hard

I always intended to return to Wellington, a city I love. But the reality is proving challenging.

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Society
Jul 22, 2021

How real is the rural-urban divide?

If New Zealand is going to move towards a more sustainable primary sector, then media, politicians and fringe groups need to stop stoking division.

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Society
Jul 15, 2021

Sorting fact from fiction in the latest outcry over gangs

The latest controversy prompts an age-old question: will we ever be able to have a mature conversation about gangs?

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Politics
Jul 8, 2021

‘Nothing changes unless there’s public embarrassment’: the stain of state treatment of children in 2021

On the face of it, Oranga Tamariki’s leadership has come a long way. But why does it take media exposure for those in charge to do the bare minimum?

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Politics
Jul 1, 2021

Cameras in the shadows: when NZ spy agencies test public trust

Revelations that the SIS has been secretly accessing CCTV cameras across Auckland raises uncomfortable questions about intrusion.

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Society
Jun 24, 2021

How Laurel Hubbard’s road to Tokyo is forcing a rethink on what inclusivity really means

The trans weightlifter's inclusion in New Zealand’s Olympic team has generated debate about transgender athletes and sport. But it has led also to a global conversation about how we design …

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Politics
Jun 17, 2021
Society
Jun 14, 2021

Police alcohol advice amounts to victim blaming, say critics

While women push back against victim-blaming narratives, NZ Police promote outdated and harmful alcohol messaging. 

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Society
Mar 19, 2021

How the murders of two women reshaped the conversation on male violence

After Grace Millane's death, NZ women pushed back against the victim-blaming narrative. Now the same shift is happening in the UK.

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Society
Mar 15, 2021

‘Freedoms we’ve lost by being born a woman’: the view from London as police break up Sarah Everard vigil

First an officer was arrested for the murder of Sarah Everard, then his former Metropolitan Police colleagues aggressively broke up a vigil held in her honour.

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Society
Feb 10, 2021

British kids are being taught some very dodgy things about Aotearoa

From dubious craft projects to blatant factual inaccuracies, colonialism is alive and well in the classrooms of Britain.

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Society
May 15, 2020

Down the rabbit hole: Shining a light on how the internet is changing us

When it comes to tackling online extremism, part of the answer rests with us – those who use the internet every day.

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