News and commentary

Read a selection of news and commentary on economic, business, and policy issues from Victoria University of Wellington.

    Inside the nuances of corporate responsibility

    Victoria University of Wellington Associate Professor in Public Policy and Sustainability Valentina Dinica weighs the balance between business and conservation responsibilities.

    From pets to burgers – behind our eco-footprints

    Some pets can have an annual ecological footprint equivalent to a car travelling 10,000 kilometres a year, points out the recipient of Victoria University of Wellington's inaugural Staff Sustainability Excellence Award, Professor Brenda Vale.

    Taking the fight to short-termism in government

    Parliamentary scrutiny of quality of long-term governance in New Zealand is limited, ad hoc and unsystematic. So what are the solutions, asks Professor Jonathan Boston from Victoria University of Wellington's School of Government.

    Bipartisan approach will get best of wellbeing

    Victoria University of Wellington Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy Professor Arthur Grimes looks at how putting the former and current Governments' approaches together would achieve significant improvement in areas direly needing it.

    Why the Australasian Health Star Rating needs major changes

    After five years, it's time to reconsider and improve key aspects of a noble food initiative, write Victoria University of Wellington's Dr Jessica C Lai, Associate Professor Hongzhi Gao, Associate Professor Samuel Becher and Alana Harrison.

    Private Kiwis missing out on community

    New Zealanders need their own equivalent of public 'bumping' spaces like Coronation Street's Rovers Return, writes Dr Rebecca Kiddle, a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.