Sexual harassment and assault are an issue in all walks of life, but addressing the problem is particularly difficult when the perpetrator holds public office. Today campaigner Carrie Buckmaster launches a parliamentary petition calling for more transparency on the issue.

Dunedin's new mayor Aaron Hawkins is, arguably, the first to represent the city's student population as much as its older residents. We asked him ten questions about his win.


The Best Of

Stephen Colbert has made good on his promise to visit New Zealand, and the prime minister has made good on her promise to drive him around.

Some TVNZ OnDemand viewers have reported feeling alarmed at a series of personalised ads calling them out by their names. So how does it work? Jihee Junn finds out.

Emily Writes watches Netflix's new US-set series Unbelievable and can't help be reminded of events back home.


Documents and correspondence dripping out of NZ First paint a picture of a party in turmoil and invite questions about the mysterious foundation which funds it.

The prime minister conducted her Tuesday morning media interviews in-studio today, including her regular chat with Mike Hosking. Madeleine Chapman watched then wrote this.

A festival of democracy is playing out around the country today, as voting closes in our local elections and preliminary results trickle out.

Sorry about not covering everything that happened these local elections. To make it up to you, we’ve compiled all the stories we missed into an ultimate election-ending list.

Tina Nixon, Masterton mayoral candidate and chainsaw model, is leading one of the tightest campaigns rural NZ has seen. Josie Adams headed to the Wairarapa to meet her.


The design of our cities can help shape our mental health. Lucy McLean puts out a call to vote for the politicians who'll build a city where people feel more connected to community.

At the Horowhenua District Council, the last three years have been a tale of two mates against the world.

If we want to retain the universality of the benefit for an ageing population, one suggested solution is a new tax, writes the retirement commissioner.

It’s surplus season again, and the two main parties are at each other’s throats about management of the national finances. But how unlike one another are they really? Put yourself to the test.

If we want to assure our export markets and tourists that we are actually a clean sustainable country, we actually have to prove it.


Steve O’Connor, CEO of Flick Electric Co., is excited about the Electricity Price Review outcomes for Kiwi households but wants to see action now.

As we approach the end of what Jacinda Ardern called the 'year of delivery', and with the next election a year away, what is the state of play with the critical working groups?

Fritters are a New Zealand tradition, and these ones, packed with fresh spring produce, make a perfect light lunch or dinner.

Symbolising the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil, Diwali – or Deepavali, as it's known in the south of India – will always hold a special place in Renu Sikka's heart.

Is it worth forking out for deluxe snacks for your pooch, or are budget brands the business? Critic reviews eight dog food varieties, rating each on appearance, aroma, mouthfeel, taste and the all-important 'aura'. 


The mind-boggling array of flavours, the suspiciously fat straws, the disconcertingly long queues... for the uninitiated, boarding the bubble tea bandwagon can be a daunting prospect. Fear not: Lucy Zee is here to walk you through it.

What's better than bread and butter pudding? BRIOCHE and butter pudding, naturally.

The argument that there are precious few women in New Zealand's commercial history to recognise is being turned on its head. Business editor Maria Slade discovers it depends where you look.

This week Business is Boring host Simon Pound talks to Kiri Nathan, the co-founder of a Māori-inspired fashion brand that's been gifted to Barack Obama and Meghan Markle.

The FMA’s annual sense check of KiwiSaver shows New Zealanders continue to embrace the scheme but the fees they’re being charged may not be doing them any favours.


How New Zealand startup myReflection is making bespoke, affordable, mass-produced breast prostheses using 3D printing.

A footwear company goes into administration, the latest in a string of troubles. Is the industry hanging by a thread?

Ahead of the release of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Uther Dean writes on how there will never really be another phenomenon like the original Breaking Bad.

Sacha Judd was never into costume parties, but when Mythbusters' Adam Savage invited her to Comic-Con she gave it a shot. She writes on learning to build a costume from scratch.

Another acting challenge bites the drag dust with this take on Downton Abbey. Sam Brooks recaps the second episode of Drag Race.


The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in reality television and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

Following its controversial first season, Insatiable has returned with new episodes on Netflix. Cat Pause writes about why she won't be watching the show – and what she's been watching instead.

I lived in the Canterbury halls where the student was found dead after his absence went unnoticed for many weeks. When I moved elsewhere for months, Sonoda never noticed I was gone.

A small Canadian town has the weirdest answer to its pest problem – a museum of stuffed and costumed animal dioramas that has become a cult tourist attraction.

For our sex positivity episode of On the Rag, comedian Kura Forrester schools us on how to have a safe one night stand. 


Sam Brooks reports on his time at the first weekend of the inaugural Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival, which coincided with the launch of Tuia 250.

In the latest episode of On The Rag, based on the podcast of the same name, watch as Alex Casey, Michèle A’Court and Leonie Hayden embrace the world of sex positivity.

The only published and available best-selling indie book chart in New Zealand is the top 10 sales list recorded every week at Unity Books’ stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.  

A new poem by Dunedin poet Emma Neale.

Wellington writer, illustrator and Katherine Mansfield obsessive Sarah Laing has a new book out tomorrow. Here, she tells its origin story. 


An extract from Benjamin Kingsbury's The Dark Island, about the history of the leprosy patient colony on Quail Island, in Lyttelton Harbour.

In this extract from his book Fentanyl Inc., Ben Westhoff explains what happened after NZ banned that first generation of legal highs – and how legal highs pioneer Matt Bowden reacted.

Adam Currie questions why the public are so keen to hear the Swedish teen's message over the indigenous youth who raised their voices long before Greta.

Architectural designer and housing advocate Jade Kake looks at the current housing climate and what needs to change before Māori can have agency over their housing aspirations.

Mere and Ngaro Pita bought a home after moving to West Auckland as part of the great urban migration of the 70s. A bad lease nearly destroyed it, and they've struggled to maintain it ever since.


Rapper Unchained XL explains what Nigerian-New Zealander Israel Adesanya's UFC win means for his own first generation Afro-Kiwi community.

Gabrielle Baker went along to the Oral Health Equity Symposium to see how the best in New Zealand's dental sector are hoping to tackle inequities in New Zealand's oral healthcare.

It's Auckland Artweek (12-20 October) and we're doing our bit by shining a light on the people behind the city's commercial galleries.

In 2020 the Royal Academy of Arts opens the exhibition Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist. It's the first-ever show of a New Zealand artist in an institution that dates back to the days of Captain Cook.

Tongan New Zealand performance artist Kaisolaite Uhila is current visiting artist in residence at Dunedin Public Art Gallery. His work involves a drumstick and many, many tins of cabin bread.


The Guerrilla Girls are an infamous group of feminist art activists who've been calling out sexism and prejudice in the art world since the 80s. On the eve of her first trip to New Zealand, group member 'Frida Kahlo' talks to Megan Dunn. 

To mark Arts Month, the prime minister shares her thoughts on the future of the arts in Aotearoa.

The organisers of the Rugby World Cup have made the unprecedented decision to cancel two of the final pool games, citing safety concerns as a super typhoon threatens Japan.

There's a lot of confusion around the symptoms and effects of dementia. Now, neuroscientists are partnering with playwrights to give a voice to the research.

James Renwick explains why he's investing prize money from a PM's science award into bringing artists and scientists together, and how you can be part of it. 


The loss of Antarctic ice sheets will likely cause a sea-level rise of 20 metres in coming centuries, a Victoria University-led study says.

An update from DHBs in the Auckland region shows the risk is still very real.

Even bigger than the Rugby World Cup, Spark’s acquisition of six years of local cricket signals the end of a sporting era – and that the telco giant is deadly serious about sports.

Vodafone TV is yet another damn thing to plug into your television – but one you really should take a look at.

The big boys are here and they want to make it clear: they do not like young women yelling at them.


We asked some of Critic Te Arohi's best and brightest to tell us the tales behind their most controversial covers.

Could Spark’s Rugby World Cup streaming failure force a pragmatic alliance with Sky to live within their means and prevent New Zealand Rugby gouging them?

Grim post-apocalyptic settings are a dime a dozen in gaming, but which ones are the most realistic? Sam Brooks talked to climate scientist David Tong to find out.

Fable is best remembered for the disastrous, over-the-top promises made by its designer Peter Molyneux. But maybe, Adam Goodall argues, we’re remembering it all wrong.

Lee Henaghan travelled to Canada for a special Gears 5 preview event at The Coalition studios in Vancouver. Could this be a return to form for the game that gave the world the chainsaw bayonet?


This year marks the 15th anniversary of the karaoke game that introduced an entire generation to the horrors of 'Downtown'. Jordan Hamel ranks all 30 songs from SingStar v1.

After fifteen years, American-targeted satire video game Metal Wolf Chaos XD finally makes it way out of Japan. Sam Brooks looks at how much more prescient the game is now, and why that is.

Lorde has been imprisoned for failing to finish school, prompting uproar across the internet. But we should have known it would come to this

Four festival-goers were admitted to hospital with drug-related issues after Friday's event at Mt Smart Stadium. A fellow partier shares her experience of the night.

Last night's 2019 Silver Scrolls culminated with Aldous Harding taking the big prize for her song 'The Barrel'. Stevie Kaye was there.


A re-recorded Kiwi classic, the best song by pop music's greatest diva, a supergroup of country's finest highwomen – they're just some of the tracks gracing The Spinoff's songs of the month for September 2019.

When a Married at First Sight NZ contestant is a singer/songwriter, we simply have no choice but to listen to their entire back catalogue.

Gemma Bowker Wright pays tribute to the Wellington childcare centre that welcomed her son, and calls on the country to better support the people who care for our children.

On the eve of her child turning seven, Emily Writes shares a personal essay on birthdays and parenthood. 

A harrowing account of what it's like trying to save your child from suicide, and the toll it takes on everyone involved.


A patronising, snide and all-round awful opinion column tried to guilt the celebrity couple for giving birth at home, and Emily Writes is not having it.

Within households grappling with food insecurity, parents will often choose to go without essentials long before their children do, writes Dr Rebekah Graham. 

From declaring a climate emergency to setting a 1.5 degree regional target, Auckland Council has repeatedly emphasised its commitment to doing its bit to tackle climate change. The question is, how exactly does it plan to do that?

On the good days, riding a bike is the best. But in Auckland there aren't nearly enough of those days, and unless decision makers take urgent action, that's not going to change.

A riposte against a ghastly and unfair misrepresentation of a noble campaign.


For Auckland host Timothy Giles talks to longtime Auckland councillor Penny Hulse about her time in council, why she's stepping down and her hopes for the future.

Timothy Giles speaks to Grace Stratton about accessibility in fashion and in life, for the latest episode of For Auckland.

Scratched celebrates New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due – but whose legacies deserve to be in lights. This month, quadruple Commonwealth Games medal winner, Chunli Li. 

Amanda Thompson spends a day with the New Zealand men's roller derby squad as they prepare for next year's world champs in the US.

Ahead of the All Blacks first game Trevor McKewen makes some his fanciful, fraught and some hopefully on-point predictions for the Rugby World Cup.


The first of Team New Zealand's America's Cup boats was officially launched this morning. James Littlewood wandered down to the Viaduct at 6.30 on a cold, wet, Friday morning to see what all the fuss was about.

The latest twist in the Warriors tale might be grim, but it comes as little surprise to sports journalist and former Warriors CEO Trevor McKewen.

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in reality television and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden, Michèle A’Court tackle the past month in women, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop. 

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in reality television and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.


Auckland in 2019 is in the same moment as Los Angeles was in 1945. What we do now will define our future.

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in reality television and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

Russell Brown speaks to Ben Reid, executive director of the AI Forum, about the role of government in embracing and regulating AI.

Prodigal Son is a new crime procedural coming hot and fresh to TVNZ 1 on Mondays at 8.30pm. Jean Sergent has a few reasons why you should be watching it.

Simon Day trials the new Sunbeam Mixmaster Hand Mixer with its unique HeatSoft Technology to make some bespoke butters, and share his recipes. 


Steve O’Connor, CEO of Flick Electric Co., is excited about the Electricity Price Review outcomes for Kiwi households but wants to see action now.

Josie Adams breaks down everything you need to know about Batwoman, the latest caped crusader to take on the batty burden of protecting Gotham. 

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