Baz Macdonald

Winter illness is overwhelming our doctors. Here's how you can help

Dr Bryan Betty says New Zealand’s medical system is “the most stressed I’ve seen”.

NZ CEOs earn up to 88 times more than employees: We crunched the numbers

The gap between CEO and worker pay has been widening in recent decades.

Interest explained: how it affects the price of everything

But even if you’re not borrowing money, interest affects the price of everything in Aotearoa.

You can blame your bad behaviour on childhood friends, science says

They can even help determine what your beliefs and morals are.

Inflation explained: Why everything gets more expensive

How the Big Mac went from 75 cents to $7.10

Gen Z are way less likely to be straight

"There is a sexual revolution happening and Gen Z are at the heart of it."

Periods, poverty and debt: Rangatahi grill politicians

Rangatahi asked politicians about poverty, period products and lowering the voting age in NZ.

Six60 paid our rent for a year

We went to Ōtepoti/Dunedin to meet the first-ever recipients of Six60's new scholarship.

Covid update May 31: 8,436 new cases, 18 deaths

There have been an average of 14 deaths a day related to Covid-19 in the last seven days.

More supermarket options on the way, NZ Government promises

David Clark said the Government is "urgently pursuing"ways to introduce more competition.

Covid update May 30: 5,836 new cases, 5 deaths

The seven-day rolling average of community case numbers today is 6,881 – last Monday, it was 7,712.

Spotify and Tinder use AI to influence us but won’t tell us how

“The process isn’t human or necessarily understandable to us."

Budget 2022: Here's what you need to know

The 2022 budget has allocated $128.4 billion towards areas such as health, climate and transport.

“Are we safer?”: Unpacking the March 15 recovery efforts, three years on

Re: looked at what has been done when it comes to the Royal Commission of Inquiry recommendations.

It's now illegal to decline a tenant for having a disability assist dog

Former Green Party MP Mojo Mathers introduced this bill to Parliament when she was still an MP.

Three Waters: What is it and why this reform is controversial in NZ

The government has made a plan to combine all of NZ’s water infrastructure and make four entities.

How our dead bodies can be good for the planet

Cremating one person requires the same energy as the average New Zealand household uses in a month.

Pollution and emissions up, species down: environment report

The intensification of the dairy industry is a major driver of NZ’s environmental decline.

NZ to send aircraft, 50 defence force staff to help support Ukraine

The aircraft, a NZDF C130 Hercules, will carry equipment and supplies around Europe.

Four things you need to know about today's big climate report

If global warming continues to rise, there will be less food, faltering economies and more diseases.

NZ stays at red traffic light for at least another 10 days

The country will remain at its current traffic light setting for at least another week and a half.

Ranking the best masks to protect you from Covid-19

My Vaccine pass will soon no longer be required. Masks, however, are just as vital as ever.

Russians in NZ tell us how they feel about Putin

"We have a common enemy - this enemy called Vladimir Putin."

Why new Covid-19 antiviral drugs are not a replacement for the vaccine

From next week, 60,000 doses of Covid-19 antiviral medication will be available.

New Zealand contributes an extra $5 million to support Ukraine

The money will go towards fuel, rations, communications and military first-aid kits.

NZ is leading the charge against online hate. But have we done enough?

When does free speech becomes hate speech? And can we ‘nip it in the bud’ before it's too late?

A ‘disturbing proportion’ of NZers think they can land a plane after watching one video: new study

A retired Air New Zealand pilot said the video was “100 percent useless” for training purposes.

Covid update March 21: 14,463 new cases, 1000 people in hospital

9 people have died with Covid-19. The total number of publicly reported Covid-related deaths is 184.

Government announces cheaper fuel and half price public transport for three months

Some New Zealanders will save between $11.50 and $17.23 per tank of fuel.

First fuel, then food: How the invasion of Ukraine will impact New Zealand

The economic impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is starting to be felt around the globe.