Society

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #3: Cindy Sherman at the City Gallery Wellington

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time.

Rachel Smalley bodyshamed me and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

Rachel Smalley's recent column on the supposed horrors of plastic surgery was a diabolical piece of bodyshaming. For those who've recently had surgery, it cut particularly deep. But as Casey McPike explains, a friend of hers found a way to make lemonade out of the bitter column.

'The entirety of New Zealand is a national park': the case for implementing a border fee

As visitor arrivals reach unprecedented levels, and our environment and infrastructure buckle beneath the pressure, Don Rowe argues that it's time tourists paid their fair share.

Sweet disorder: Why New Zealand needs a sugar tax now

As obesity and diabetes rates continue their sharp upward rise, calls for a tax on sugary drinks are also on the increase. Today, in the first of a two-part series giving both sides of the debate, the Green Party's Julie Anne Genter explains why she's pushing hard for the tax.