Speaking to the times

Speaking to the times

As Covid-19 made its impact, we have valued the diverse voices of expert commentators – speaking through many channels. BWB Texts writers have played a key part – Siouxsie Wiles (below), Sir David Skegg, Shamubeel Eaqub, Shaun Hendy, Max Rashbrooke, Mel Bunce.

Microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles, (Antibiotic Resistance) taught the nation how to wash its hands, flatten the curve and stop the spread, while epidemiologist Sir David Skegg (The Health of the People), has advised politicians on the Epidemic Response Committee.

Economist Shamubeel Eaqub (Generation Rent) warned early of the economic consequences of the pandemic, and Max Rashbrooke (The Inequality Debate, Wealth and New Zealand) has provided insightful economic commentary, focusing particularly on inequality.

Dr Shaun Hendy (Silencing Science, #NoFly) leads Te Pūnaha Matatini, the centre for research excellence, which sent daily modelling reports to the National Crisis Management Centre.

Mel Bunce was writing about the crisis in the New Zealand media before the Covid crisis (The Broken Estate), and has spoken eloquently about the impact of the pandemic in this all-important part of our lives.