Baz Macdonald

Turns out Tonga’s internet outage can be fixed by Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites

An update on the island's ongoing efforts to restore stable communications.

Nitrogen fertiliser makes us money, but survey shows NZ’ers don’t think it's worth it

Over the past 30 years, synthetic nitrogen fertiliser use has increased 630 percent in New Zealand

Aotearoa ranked least corrupt country in the world

For the third year in a row, Aotearoa has been in the top spot.

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Anti-vaxxers say vaccines breach the Nuremberg Code. Here’s why that’s wrong

“It is completely dishonest and should be ignored.”

Tonga’s underwater volcano is part of a chain of 50 extending to NZ: explainer

It's time to cast your mind back to year 10 science classes.

Covid vaccines are available for children aged 5 to 11 from today

From today, the Pfizer vaccine is available for children aged 5 to 11 years old in New Zealand. 

More than 120,000 doses of the child-sized vaccine have…

Why our summer Covid numbers are so low

Despite lockdown lifting and New Zealanders travelling across the country over Christmas and New Year’s Day, our Covid community cases have been surprisingly low. 

Re: spoke to…

The everyday NZers hunting down online conspiracy theorists

Update (18/05/22): 

During the protest at Parliament in Wellington, a research centre called The Disinformation Project reviewed social media data daily. 

On March 2, hundreds of protesters were…

How health and wellness influencers became misinformation superspreaders

Influencers have played a significant role in the spread of Covid misinformation and members of the health and wellness community have been among the biggest superspreaders.…

Covid update Dec 20: 69 new community cases

The country now has 22 Omicron cases.

How the Kellogg’s strike affects our Corn Flakes in NZ

From Corn Flakes, Nutri-Grain and Coco Pops, local supermarkets are filled with Kellogg’s products.

‘It’s a fucking goat’: NZ’s top ten quotes of the year

Massey University has released the ten finalists for Quote of the Year, an annual competition ranking the funniest, most powerful, and memorable quotes of the year…

Why changing sex on your birth certificate matters

How trans and gender diverse communities feel about the passing of the BDMRR bill

Covid update: 135 new cases, Government purchases new antiviral Pfizer pill

Monday December 6: 4pm

The Government has purchased a new medicine from Pfizer which early research has shown could dramatically reduce the hospitalisation and death of people…

Six60 beat Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber for NZ’s most streamed artist

For a second year in a row, Six60 is NZ's most streamed artist on Spotify.

Aroha in the moana: Meet NZ’s cutest freediving couple

Freedivers Reremoana and Dion have built their love along the seabed of Tairāwhiti/Gisborne.

What you need to know about Christopher Luxon, the new leader of the National Party

The National Party has voted for Christopher Luxon as its new leader.

‘We are not drowning, we are fighting’: powerful indigenous speeches from the global climate…

"This COP, learn our histories, listen to our stories, honour our knowledge."

Covid update: Auckland to move to Alert Level 3, step 2 Tuesday night

Shops open and outdoor gatherings increase to 25 people.

‘I’m using petrol until it runs out’: The problem with car culture in NZ

Will our car culture stop us from meeting our climate goals?

Let’s talk about: Will vaccines have long term effects?

Let's look into whether vaccines will have long-term effects on us.

Covid-19 Update: Vaccine certificates announced for the lead-up to summer

Jacinda Ardern has announced the introduction of vaccine cards, likely to be implemented in November

Here’s what we know about the Facebook outage this morning

The outage was the second biggest the company has experienced.

Why Dr Bloomfield is warning us about Long Covid

More information is emerging about the long-term impacts of Covid. We take a look at what it is.

Covid update - Cases drop back to 19 today, after yesterday’s spike

There are 19 new cases in the community - 18 in Auckland and one in North Hauraki.

‘I could have been her, or could be next time’. A disability researcher on Lena Zhang Harrap’s death

Lena Zhang Harrap’s death has reignited conversations about violence in Aotearoa.

Covid update: 12 new cases, all in Auckland

There are 12 new community cases of Covid-19 today, all in Auckland.

'I went from having nothing, to having something.' Homeless rangatahi on being housed during…

Rangatahi who found homes during lockdown after experiencing homelessness share their stories

New Zealand has 100,000 empty homes, and 100,000 homeless people

New Zealand has 100,000 empty houses, while also having 100,000 homeless. We explore why.