COVID-19

A stoat trappers’ guide to elimination

Guest Author May 08, 2020

Dave Heatley New Zealanders have a lot of experience with islands and unwanted organisms – keeping them away, learning to live with them, and – in just a few cases – eliminating them. What can that experience tell us about plans to eliminate COVID-19? I can’t claim any expertise on polio, measles, Mycoplasma bovis or thar. But I do … Read More

Four types of Kiwi at Level 3

Guest Author Apr 30, 2020

Jacqui Maguire, registered clinical psychologist Recently I was asked to predict how our nation would transition into level 3. My answer was that it’s never best to predict human behaviour when we don’t have an evidence-based blueprint. What I could guarantee is that we will not respond unanimously. As we begin this week at level 3, my educated guess … Read More

COVID-19 and the global climate emergency

Guest Author Apr 22, 2020

Associate Professor Simon Hales Living in 21st century New Zealand, it is easy to lose sight of the reality that human societies are embedded in a planetary ecosystem, upon which all life on Earth ultimately depends. Human cleverness beguiles us into believing that technology will always provide the answers to human needs. But the Covid-19 pandemic has brought … Read More

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Studying the lockdown life

Guest Author Apr 22, 2020

Associate Professor Leah Watkins and Associate Professor Rob Aitken   Living in lockdown is a rare phenomenon, and one that provides a unique opportunity to examine our spending habits. NZ lifestyles under the microscope Researchers at the University of Otago have been conducting an ongoing research programme designed to provide insights into the lifestyles, consumption patterns and behavioural … Read More

Delight, relief and caution: six experts on New Zealand’s move to ease its coronavirus lockdown

Guest Author Apr 21, 2020

Dougal Sutherland, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington; Arindam Basu, University of Canterbury; Malcolm Campbell, University of Canterbury; Martin Berka, Massey University; Michael Baker, University of Otago, and Richard Shaw, Massey University New Zealand will begin easing its national lockdown from next Tuesday, but only after a five-day extension of some of the world’s strictest COVID-19 restrictions. Read More

Modelling COVID-19 in New Zealand

Guest Author Apr 15, 2020

Professor Alexei Drummond and Dr David Welch A mathematical model attempts to describe a system in terms of the elements that make up the system, their states and the interactions between these elements. The detail of the model is chosen to allow certain behaviours of the system to be well-understood without being bogged down by unnecessary details. Mathematical … Read More

Remember the value of our older community members

Guest Author Apr 15, 2020

Professor Christine Stephens I was somewhat alarmed to find myself, as a 70-year-old, suddenly categorised as a member of a particularly vulnerable group.  This is a group of people based only on the number of years that they have lived who have been singled out as needing to be extra careful and isolated earlier than others during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read More

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Helpful tips for parents during lockdown

Guest Author Apr 02, 2020

Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up a lot of emotions for them). So, depending … Read More