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Equal pay starts with transparency

By Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy - If everyone knows what their peers are getting paid, it is much harder for women to remain underpaid relative to their male colleagues, argues the University of Auckland's Dr Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy Mary* first learned that her colleague...

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Melinda Webber: Ethnic ‘mixedness’ on the rise

As ethnic 'mixedness' is on the rise, the message is that individuals must find their own way to become, be, and belong, writes Melinda Webber.  The number of people who identify having multiple ethnicities is increasing, both in New Zealand and internationally....

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Evidence and the ‘Three Strikes’ law

By Len Cook - The ‘Three Strikes’ law exists because a majority of Members of Parliament want it, although there is no evidence which exists to justify or shape it. This is not an unusual situation, and there are many examples of legislation being weakly informed...

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A new way to fix our housing bubble

By Susan St John - Susan St John says the Government's Tax Working Group will not find real answers for the housing market, and a new kind of tax on our net housing equity is needed. To say that New Zealand has been in the grips of an extraordinary speculative...

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Sharing Economy Hurtling Ahead of NZ Laws

By Kevin Jenkins - Over the warmer months, the Otago Farmers Market has the best fresh produce in New Zealand – like Central Otago apricots the size of peaches, old-school gooseberries, and greengage plums – along with artisan products like seaweed condiments,...

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