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Motu News September 2017

From the Director of Motu Economic and Public Policy ResearchSocial science research has a somewhat odd place in New Zealand. For starters, there is ambiguity about what it includes. For some 'social science' is a...

Gender Wage Gap Coverage

The paper examining the reasons behind the gender wage gap was popular in the media. Here is a list of where the article featured:Mainstream MediaThe Conversation - Women paid less for same contribution to work, and sexism...

Sexism to blame for much of gender wage gap

A world first examination of the gender wage gap has researched employees’ productivity to see how much sexism is to blame for the difference in women and men’s pay.The study by researchers at Motu Economic...

Working for a better world

Anne-Marie Brook is developing a Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) after realising that the world doesn’t currently have a simple, transparent way to track the human rights performance of countries. The Gisborne Herald reports.

Regenerating East Coast Māori land for carbon farming

A new three year research project beginning this year will identify the opportunities and barriers for Maori land on the East Coast that could be used for native forest regeneration for carbon farming. Manu Caddie, Business...

Farmers advocate takes wrong message from climate reports - Andy Reisinger

As a climate scientist, I strongly rebut Tuesday's opinion piece by Robin Grieve who claimed he was relating facts from the Motu Research report, Cows, Sheep and Science: A Scientific Perspective on Biological Emissions from...

East Coast land study builds case for lucrative native forest future

The North Island's picturesque East Coast is set to become a testing ground for a nationwide model that could potentially establish hundreds of thousands of hectares of new native forest, combat climate change and improve...

Global support for 'Trump Forest' stuns NZ trio

Suzi Kerr comments in this story from the NZ Herald on how three New Zealand environmentalists pushing to plant a global forest cheekily dedicated to US President Donald Trump say they've been overwhelmed by worldwide...

New Research: Carbon Farming Native Trees on Māori Land

A new three year research project beginning this year will identify the opportunities and barriers for Māori land on the East Coast that could be used for native forest regeneration for carbon farming.“With the mānuka...

Carbon Charge or ETS? The pros and cons.

This blog post from Jeanette Fitzsimons is a valuable addition to how people can think about making NZ climate-safe. The recent Climate Declaration to the NZ govt includes the suggestion: “Abandon the ETS and replace it...