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Snapshot of our internet usage – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on April 14th, 2016.

Online privacy concerns and inequality in internet access are highlighted in the latest New Zealand data from the World Internet Project.  The latest two yearly survey from the Project, released today, quizzed almost 1400 New Zealanders on their online habits and views. The survey is carried out by AUT researchers at the Institute of Culture, […]

Human sacrifice built complex societies – In the News

John Kerr posted in on April 5th, 2016.

Ritual human sacrifice played a central role in helping those at the top of the social hierarchy maintain power over those at the bottom, finds a New Zealand-led study.   In a new study, researchers from the University of Auckland’s School of Psychology, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany […]

NZ ranks well in material wellbeing index

John Kerr posted in on July 28th, 2015.

New research has found that New Zealand ranks highly in a new index of wellbeing based on household consumption. The research, undertaken by economic and policy research institute Motu, drew on OECD student surveys covering almost 800,000 homes across 40 countries. Data on consumer goods, such as household cars and appliances, was collected by the […]

Peter Griffin at WCSJ, Qatar

John Kerr posted in on June 30th, 2011.

I’m at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Doha, Qatar where scientists, journalists and science press officers from around the world have been gathering to discuss the future of science journalism. I’ll be writing up posts over the next few days on the more interesting sessions I’ve been to (of those, there are many) […]

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Why don’t Kiwis trust the media?

Peter Griffin posted in on October 7th, 2009.

We hear the grumbles about the media all the time – from friends and family, colleagues and the inevitable bloggers sneering about the useless “MSM” or mainstream media. If the media isn’t beating the story up, it seems, it is getting it completely wrong. But are things really that bad with the media? Is the […]

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