Media mentions

NZWRI is regularly mentioned in the media. A selection of articles is listed below:

What if your weekend started this morning?

Newshub Nation, 7 March 2019

In an interview by Newshub Nation, Professor Jarrod Haar explains that New Zealanders "are not productive all the time". If we give people the incentive to focus and produce their normal work within four days, with the reward being a fifth day off, then we can achieve the same productivity but with improved mental health outcomes.


Michelin-star Indian chef and Chinese fine dining, but can Kiwis look beyond butter chicken and fried won tons?

NZ Herald, 3 March 2019

Two new Asian eateries have opened in Auckland with offerings of modern Indian cuisine and cocktails. AUT Director of Diversity, Professor Edwina Pio, said New Zealanders have a "colonial hangover", thinking that fine dining belonged exclusively to Europeans.


Work-life balance: 'An issue that's time has come'

Stuff NZ, 23 February 2019

Due to the success of Perpetual Guardian's four-day working week, a tool kit for implementing the policy has now been released. Professor Jarrod Haar, who analysed the original trial, said having a four-day working week increases trust in management and across teams because people rely upon each other to get work done.


Struggle is real with the holiday juggle

NZ Herald, 20 January 2019

A study by AUT's Jarrod Haar and Candice Harris showed that school holidays clearly create pertinent issues for NZ parents. How can companies help? Potential solutions include enhanced flexibility during the school holiday weeks, provide holiday childcare or program subsidies, or give staff the ability to work remotely and/or part-time during the holiday weeks.


Transport's dirty little secret: The truckers breaking the law just to survive

The Spinoff, 16 January 2019

AUT researcher Dr. Clare Tedestedt George recently completed her PhD thesis on occupational safety, health and well-being of truck drivers in New Zealand. George interviewed 45 industry participants, including 20 drivers, and results painted a grim picture of the 'cutthroat' industry.


Alarm as Kathmandu job hopefuls asked what medications they take

NZ Herald, 25 November 2018

Kathmandu asks job hopefuls to list all prescription drugs or medication that they're on. Professor Jarrod Haar told the NZ Herald that it is understandable for employers to want to know about potential safety and performance issues, but as Shaun Robinson, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said, it is not okay to ask general questions about medical history that aren't directly relevant to the job.


Confessions of a sugar baby: The NZ women who accept gifts for dates

NZ Herald, 11 November 2018

"Lifestyle choices and payment of university fees in an era of heightened competition in tandem with diminishing financial scholarships often catapult students into the outstretched arms of sugared relationships" Professor Edwina Pio told NZ Herald.


Fighting the Same Fight

Radio NZ, 9 November 2018

Barbara Myers, member of our Wellbeing and Performance Research Group, said that after taking time out to have children, women often feel like they are behind and can't meet promotional measures. According to Myers, many women also opt to return to part-time work, and this creates another barrier for women in the workforce.


Barriers to participation: What's in the way of resolving workplace problems?

LawTalk, Access to Justice, November 2018

Barriers to pursuing employment claims were under scrutiny at a recent symposium hosted by AUT NZWRI, held with the support of the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court.


Big Diff: Beautiful Diversity and Ugly Prejudice in Auckland

Polite Rebellion, Stuff.co.nz, November 2018

While Auckland's festivals and cultural events can bring the city together to embrace diversity, Director of Diversity Profesison Edwina Pio said that we've got to do much more than that.


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