Issue 215, August 2, 2016

 

Opinion: The dangers of (not heeding) populist politics

What do Brexit, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump have in common? They show, across the political spectrum, the re-emergence of populist politics.
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Mite named after Massey scientist

The soil mite Notophthiracarus minorae Niedbała has been named after Dr Maria Minor of the Institute of Agriculture and Environment by a Polish scientist.
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Record entries for the 2016 NZ Food Awards

Entries for this year’s New Zealand Food Awards have now closed, with a record number of entries for new products vying to be the best of the best in New Zealand’s food and beverage industry.
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Perception – philosophy’s hot topic

Perception is not just about how we become aware of the world – it’s the hottest topic in contemporary philosophy. And its study has the potential to help us overcome fundamental problems, from racism to mental illness, says Bill Fish, Associate Professor in philosophy at Massey University.
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Fashion runway from New Zealand to India and back

The results of an international project between New Zealand and Indian fashion design students who first collaborated earlier in the year will be on display at Massey University’s Wellington campus this week.
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Fiji’s Russian arms deal a wake-up call for NZ

New Zealand and Australian defence forces need to rebuild ties with Fiji in the wake of a Russian arms deal with Fiji that highlights a shift in traditional security dynamics in the region, according to a new report.
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Massey in Rio

At last count 83 Massey students, staff and alumni are headded to the Olympics to compete. Below is a selection of stories highlighting our athletes journey Rio.

Opinion: Cheating athletes product of cash-driven society

While there has been a backlash around the world at the International Olympic Committee's decision not to impose a blanket ban on Russia for the Rio Games, would such a ban really have been fair? It certainly didn't happen in the 1970s and 1980s to the East Germans, or to Chinese swimmers in the 1990s.
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Olympic environment a new challenge for sailor

She has sailed many oceans in her life, but the waters of Rio de Janiero’s harbour are a whole new challenge for world champion sailor and Massey University environmental studies student Molly Meech.
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Rowers to make history in Rio

A Massey University graduate is set to be part of the first-ever New Zealand women’s rowing eight to compete at an Olympics Games. 
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Luuka Jones gets down to business

Olympic paddler Luuka Jones showed a keen interest in whitewater from an early age; there were also signs that the world of business might one day beckon as well. When, at the age of ten, Jones moved next door to the Waimarino Adventure Park on the banks of the Wairoa River, it wasn’t long before she put her negotiation skills to work, offering to do odd jobs in return for kakaking lessons.
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Opinion: Secret of our running resurgence

The selection of three of our athletes in the 1500m men's running race for Rio is a reminder of New Zealand's rich history in middle distance running. In the past century, for a minuscule country like ours to have won the event 15 per cent of the time is truly remarkable, especially because that doesn't even count those who appeared a step or two down the dais.
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Blog: Arrival in Rio

After the 48hr delay in leaving for Rio, things progressed as planned. During the waiting period when checking in with Air New Zealand to confirm flights, I found that I had two ‘recognition upgrades’ waiting for use in their system.
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Flying hooves and pirouettes for dressage Olympian

Gracefully controlled flying changes, canter pirouettes and piaffes of Olympic-standard dressage embody the ultimate in inter-species communication. They are among moves Manawatū equestrian champion Julie Brougham and her mount Vom Feinsten have been perfecting for the Rio Olympics.
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