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90-day law research widely covered – In the News

John Kerr posted in on June 20th, 2016.

New research analysing the impact of a controversial 90-day trial period for new employees has been widely covered in the New Zealand media. The research, undertaken by Motu Public Policy and Research, found the legislation led to little change in employment rates or employee mobility. You can read more about the research, including expert commentary, […]

Pain relief in labour – what works?

John Kerr posted in on March 16th, 2012.

A new study has drawn together findings from hundreds of clinical trials to identify the most effective and safest pain relief option available to women during labour.  It finds the strongest evidence for drugs, though some non-drug methods may work and improve women’s satisfaction with their pain relief. Other popular options are not backed by […]

Election 2011 – SMC science Q&A with political parties

Peter Griffin posted in on November 8th, 2011.

The Science Media Centre put questions on key science-related issues to the political parties ahead of the General Election scheduled to be held on November 26.  Please click on the links below to find the answers from responding political parties (or download as a PDF): Science priorities  |  Crown Research Institutes  |  Science and education  […]

Election 2011 – Major parties on agri-policy

John Kerr posted in on October 5th, 2011.

In the lead up to the election, the Dominion Post has quizzed National and Labour on what the key issues are in the agricultural sector. Excerpts (read in full here): Big issues loom over agriculture With Parliament rising on Thursday, and campaigning for Election 2011 getting under way in earnest, the parties were asked to […]

Red State Blue State, Rich State, Poor State?

Peter Griffin posted in on November 14th, 2008.

We’re all familiar with how those political maps ended up looking after election night both here and in the US. The US once again had a swathe of red through its middle as the Democrats cleaned up on the coasts and in the north-east. The map of New Zealand was a sea of blue – […]

US R&D tax credit debate – a different story entirely

Peter Griffin posted in on October 28th, 2008.

As Science (subscription required) reported last week, the US Government’s US$700 billion bail-out of the financial sector included a bundle of provisions designed to get the legislation over the line, including an extension of the US research and development tax credit system. There’s been much discussion lately about New Zealand’s 15 per cent R&D tax […]

10 science questions for Helen Clark

Peter Griffin posted in on October 28th, 2008.

1. Education: New Zealand is struggling to produce enough science and technology graduates to meet the demand for a skilled workforce. What will you do to improve the attractiveness of science and technology among young students in the education sector? Having enthusiastic teachers and schools is the key to getting kids interested in science and […]

Election 08: 10 science questions for the leaders

Peter Griffin posted in on October 17th, 2008.

The Science Media Centre asked the leaders of the two largest political parties to state their positions on the big science and technology-related issues facing the country. The answers to these questions are published below with the aim of increasing public awareness of the major party leaders’ views on science and technology. For Labour’s answers […]

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