Another major day of climate protests puts pressure on politicians, PMs fall in dramatic political weekend, and calls to stop use of remand for young people.

If you’re gay in the LGBT world, you’re part of the gang. If you’re straight, you’re on the outside. But where do those in between sit?


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David Farrier stumbles on an Instagram account that is perhaps the perfect example of how ridiculous the world of “influencers” has become.

The launch of a party fronted by Destiny Church leaders was a media event to remember.

Enough of those inoffensive, latte-sippin' jams selected purely to appease the baby boomers: the most memorable places to dine use music as just one more way to express themselves.


Stories linking cases of extreme child neglect to plant-based diets are peddling dangerous rhetoric, writes Jai Breitnauer.

Last night at the Voyager Media Awards in Auckland, The Spinoff was named website of the year. Managing editor Duncan Greive is still in shock.

Guyon Espiner reveals how lung cancer patients are buying cut-price drugs from India, as other New Zealanders fundraise, petition and apply for clinical trials to access medications Pharmac won't fund.

Yesterday, Destiny Church rebranded their political arm as The Coalition Party, and Tim Batt bought their domains before anybody else could. He writes on the value of online trolling as political protest.

In this bonus edition of Gone By Lunchtime, the prime minister talks to Toby Manhire at the Auckland Writers Festival


‘Milkshaking’ is on the rise in Brexit-divided Britain. But is throwing milky treats the best form of political protest? Hayden Donnell investigates.

If there's to be culture change, writes former MP Catherine Delahunty, perhaps it should be driven by those with meaningful experience

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

All four seasons of Laura Linney cancer-comedy The Big C drops on Lightbox today. Sam Brooks writes about the series' surprisingly uplifting journey through a woman's nightmare.

LEGO Masters is a new show that will grab you by the heart with its extendable Technic arm and never let go. Tara Ward finds out what it’s all about.


A lion escapes from the zoo and kills a Rotorua poodle. Weird story, but how did it actually happen?

It's week six of Dancing with the Stars, and the cream has risen from beneath the crop! Sam Brooks power-ranks the contestants.

This week we talk to Mathew Jury, founder of award-winning company Taska Prosthetics which makes state-of-the-art prosthetic hands for amputees.

The US banned Huawei and now Google is breaking up with the Chinese smartphone maker. How did all go so wrong?

In this Techweek special, Simon Pound talks to Amber Taylor from Ara Journeys and Callaghan Innovation's Jonathan Miller.


ANZ has been placed on the banking naughty step for potentially lending to New Zealanders without enough capital to protect deposits. How did this happen?

Most labels for bigger people aren't plus-size enough and the larger price tags that go them are "bullshit", a new Wellington business owner says.

Guitarist Trajan Schwencke tells Gareth Shute why they’re just as focused on melody as they are on riffs and why in this case, three guitars is the perfect amount.

Creative professionals struggle to make a living in New Zealand, according to research by Creative New Zealand and NZ On Air. Is it hurting the potential for talent that the country can offer?

To celebrate the release of her third album, Dedicated, here's our guide to becoming a Carly Rae Jepsen fan. A Carly Rae Jepstan, if you will.


Anna Knox reviews the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's Shed Series – Responses and finds that Shed 6 transforms the experience of live classical music entirely.

With the first 101 issues of Rip It Up going online this week at Papers Past – about 3000 pages in all – where to start? Two dedicated readers and contributors volunteered to discuss their 10 favourite moments from the magazine's early years.

Men passing off abortion as too difficult to speak about is part of the problem, writes Zoe Deans. 

This year’s International Comedy Festival was a roaring success, but some comedians have turned the spotlight on audiences. Are they too timid? Do our hecklers suck? Josie Adams sizes things up

New Zealand's binge drinking culture is notoriously bad, but could change be on the horizon for this little country of boozers?


Oppose the gender pay gap? You should be appalled by the wage exemption for disabled workers too, argues Michael Pulman.

If you're put off by the concept of protests, you're not alone. Josh Drummond explains why you should bite the bullet and go along anyway.

Longer hours have some parents up in arms, but Emily Writes argues that kindergartens are only doing what they have to in order to survive.

We asked a mother to share what it's like when your child is severely anxious.

Children with special education needs and disability aren’t even getting the education they’re legally entitled to, let alone the one they deserve, and it’s about time the Minister of Education took ownership, writes Jai Breitnauer.


Nothing short of widespread transformation of the education system will ensure disabled students have the same access to schooling are their non-disabled peers, IHC's Trish Grant says.

The world needs more kindness, clearly. Thalia Kehoe Rowden reviews Kiri and Lou, a new musical comedy show about kindness and feelings, made for children, but a tonic for adults, too. 

Year 13 Mount Albert Grammar School student Takunda Muzondiwa speaks about struggling to stay connected to her home in Zimbabwe, while trying to create a new home in Aotearoa. 

In government departments, Pākehā are the norm and Māori are optional extras. Fixing that requires fundamental change.

The United Nations Secretary General has given a nod to indigenous rangatahi in their fight for climate justice.


In response to a tough decade for the people of Christchurch, Mike Rehu proposes a name change.

Professor Leonie Pihama on the unique values and perspective filmmaker Merata Mita brought to the screen, and how it changed how we see ourselves.

Is this the Harbour Bridge crossing breakthrough Auckland has been waiting for? And what does it mean for SkyPath?

Public transport in Auckland is about to hit an all-time high of 100 million passengers this year. Patrick Reynolds looks back at how we got here and what next to expect for the future of transport.

A legal challenge from a tiny group of pensioners is holding back a 100 apartment development on Dominion Rd that the Council’s own development arm is trying to build.


In what seems like an unlikely source of inspiration, a group of Howick singers have created a folk protest song about Auckland local body planning rules.

A recent Spinoff column argued that Auckland's dog laws are overly restrictive, and only set to get worse under proposed new bylaws. Nonsense, writes James Parsely.

Tonight the nation's journalists gather at Auckland's glamorous Cordis Hotel for the most glittering night in media, the Voyager Media Awards. Read a selection of The Spinoff's rip-roaring 17 nominations here.

Julie Hill fondly recalls one of the Australian media’s great, accidentally truth-packed print cock-ups.

Do critics in the US and Russia even understand what they're talking about?


Based on the podcast of the same name, Alex Casey, Michele A’Court and Leonie Hayden set out to jelly wrestle with every issue under the sun. This month, they're waxing lyrical about body hair. 

Lying in hospital last September I had one of those moments. What do I really want to be doing with my career?

Tof Eklund reviews Lovestruck, a free-to-play treasure trove of romantic queer gaming content.

The new trailer for the much anticipated, oft delayed Final Fantasy 7 remake is here. Optimist and superfan Sam Brooks breaks it down for you.

Apple Arcade looks great on the surface, but what does it mean for the kinds of developers who don't make games based on playtime?


One year ago, God of War was unleashed on the world, selling millions of copies and winning countless awards. Sam Brooks finally catches up with the game.

Alex Casey plays chaotic cooking game Overcooked 2 and learns some very valuable lessons.

The only published and available bestselling 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.

New verse from Sydney-based poet Catherine Vidler.

Last week, Dame Fiona Kidman won the 2019 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize for her eleventh novel. Her first, A Breed of Women, was published 40 years ago, in 1979. Here, you can read the opening chapter. 


Petition for superfreak Scarlett Cayford to judge the Women's Prize for Fiction next year: she read her way through the entire 2019 longlist, for fun. Here are her reckons on the top six. 

The authorised biography of New Zealand's longest-serving female MP was co-written by her former press secretary. Unsurprising, then, that it focuses on her triumphs. 

The privilege many 21st-century parents think they have – to choose what illness will befall their children and how they will recover from it – is a relatively new phenomenon

Is someone, somewhere, is sitting in an office making a clean choice between fossils and profit?

May 20 - 26 is macular degeneration awareness week. The subject is a personal one for Grant Thompson and his daughter Donna, who have both been diagnosed the condition which can lead to blindness.


Wastewater testing provides an objective, standardised way of assessing levels of drug usage, and that has manifold benefits.

Recent sightings of a large and potentially dangerous cat demand a social and political response, so we gathered a panel of experts to do just that. 

After a decade feeling alienated from sport, Hannah Spyksma returned to the netball courts and found it just as good as when she left.

Fresh shadows are descending on Australian rugby – and it goes further than the Israel Folau saga, writes Trevor McKewen.

And more importantly, does New Zealand have a chance?


Cricketer James Faulkner 'came out' on social media this week, except it all turned out to be a joke. Jack Cottrel responds. 

On Thursday, the exhibition Mandela: My Life was officially opened at Eden Park, where in 1981 the All Blacks test against the Springboks was disrupted by flour bombs and flares. …

Welcome back to Papercuts, our monthly books podcast hosted by Louisa Kasza, Jenna Todd and Kiran Dass.

The ignored warnings of Sri Lanka’s terror attacks are echoed here, where warnings of the threat in Christchurch were also disregarded. For Gaurav Sharma, this knowledge is turning grief into anger.

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


Welcome back to Papercuts, our monthly books podcast hosted by Louisa Kasza, Jenna Todd and Kiran Dass.

Simon Pound talks to Rosie Spragg of Callaghan Innovation and Craig Simpson, an entrepreneur many times over, about Scale-Up NZ, a new platform to foster connections in our startup sector.

At over five hundred million streams, Ava Max is proving to be one of the biggest popstars of 2019. Not only that, writes Sam Brooks, she might actually be the most perfect.

Opposition finance spokesperson Amy Adams on the rhetoric behind the first wellbeing budget, coming later this week.

In this Techweek special, Simon Pound talks to Amber Taylor from Ara Journeys and Callaghan Innovation's Jonathan Miller.


All four seasons of Laura Linney cancer-comedy The Big C drops on Lightbox today. Sam Brooks writes about the series' surprisingly uplifting journey through a woman's nightmare.

Now that we know what the Wellbeing Budget is, the question is how we can create the right political and social environment to support it, says Grant Thornton’s Barry Baker.

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