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Opinion: When it comes to heritage, family history trumps museums

Heritage has significance. But heritage — collections, buildings, archaeological sites, cultural traditions and other intangible traces of the past — matters in different ways to different people.


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Opinion: A viral hit? The sequence of coronavirus makes surprisingly lovely music

All my life I’ve been involved in music and molecular biology. At the crossroads between science and art, I see great scope for insight.


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Opinion: Children can’t always read between the lines. Sometimes it’s better to be explicit

When we communicate, there is often just as much meaning in what we don’t say as in what we say overtly.


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Expert’s message to pregnant women: Minimising COVID-19 risk is important, but so is testing for gestational diabetes

Strategies designed to lower the risk of COVID-19 may lead more pregnant women and infants to suffer from the effects of undiagnosed and untreated gestational diabetes.


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Opinion: Year 12 exams in the time of COVID: 5 ways to support your child to stress less and do better

Year 12 exams can be stressful at the best of times; this is particularly true for the Class of 2020. Here are five ways parents and carers of Year 12 students can support them.


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Opinion: Undecided on the cannabis referendum: 10 pros and cons of legalising the drug

The latest poll shows a drop in support by New Zealanders for the recreational use of cannabis ahead of next month’s referendum on the issue.


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Opinion: I regret stopping breastfeeding. How do I start again?

Many women find breastfeeding difficult and stop before they planned. Some women are relieved to stop. But others regret it.


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Opinion: The Olympics strive for political neutrality. So, how will they deal with surging athlete activism?

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has long tried to insulate itself from politics in society, but wider issues have always been a part of sport - including the Olympics.



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