Research news and commentary

Keep up to date with the latest discoveries and research developments and opinions from Victoria University of Wellington.

    The Christchurch Call is the tip of a bigger iceberg

    Although curbing the proliferation of extremist and terrorist views through social media and other online platforms is understandably a priority, there are many more regulatory issues that also need addressing, writes Dr Peter Thompson from Victoria University of Wellington's Media Studies programme.

    Government can't ignore welfare reform report

    Despite the Minister of Social Development's underwhelming response, there are still reasons to be optimistic about more substantial moves, writes Dr Michael Fletcher, a Senior Research Fellow in Victoria University of Wellington's Institute for Governance and Policy Studies.

    Rediscovering the genesis of film classic Apocalypse Now

    As director Francis Ford Coppola's cinematic landmark celebrates its 40th anniversary, Dr Alfio Leotta from Victoria University of Wellington's film programme traces the pivotal contribution co-writer John Milius made to the movie.

    NZ has world’s highest proportion of species at risk

    The situation is dire, especially given the country's 100%-pure slogan, write Dr Mike Joy from Victoria University of Wellington's Institute for Governance and Policy Studies and Master of Environmental Studies student Sylvie McLean.

    Cat problem can only be solved by owners

    The key to managing domestic cats' impact on New Zealand wildlife is to get owners and vets on board, says Victoria University of Wellington Associate Professor of Conservation Science Wayne Linklater.

    To be a migrant in New Zealand

    Dr Diane Comer from Victoria University of Wellington's School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies explores one of the deepest concerns humans feel: where do we feel at home and why?

    How to protect our national .nz online identity

    New Zealand's 'open' model for domain names means unscrupulous offshore businesses can take advantage of their apparent physical presence in the country to deceive customers, writes Associate Professor Susan Corbett from Victoria University of Wellington's School of Accounting and Commercial Law.

    Why the Crusaders rugby team is right to rethink its brand

    Crusader imagery used to be widely employed within New Zealand society but was abandoned as embarrassing, if not repugnant, writes Dr Geoff Troughton from Victoria University of Wellington's Religious Studies programme.