Baz Macdonald

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.

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.

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.

Answering your Covid-19 booster questions

You had questions about the booster, so we got answers.

Made my day: Humpback whales have been removed from the threatened species list

Australia has removed them from its threatened species list.

Self-isolation rules for vaccinated travellers to end, border dates changed

From Wednesday evening, vaccinated travellers coming to NZ don't need to self-isolate.

Covid update Feb 28: Unvaccinated people more commonly being hospitalised for Covid-19

Unvaccinated people are four-times overrepresented in Covid-19 hospitalisations.

Covid update Feb 14: 981 new cases

Monday February 14


New Zealand will move to phase 2 of our Omicron plan from 11:59pm tomorrow, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced at a post-cabinet press briefing…

Anti-vaccine-mandate protesters occupy Parliament: a timeline of the last 3 days

They’ve set up an illegal tent city, blocked off streets, and 120 have been arrested.

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…