People have called it for it be pulled from the service, but the escapist fantasy of 365 Days is nothing new, writes Alie Benge.

A drought-savvy Northlander shares the tips and temperament needed to get through the dry times.


The Best Of

Sacked cabinet minister Clare Curran speaks for the first time about the brutal end to her political career – and what she calls the toxicity and bullying that marked her years in parliament.

One million people have now viewed our article about a niche conspiracy theory that most New Zealanders have never even heard of.

Struggling to find the correct apportionment of blame for the failure of light rail in Auckland? Hayden Donnell is here to help.


Unfortunately for NZ First, the evidence suggests the approach isn't working: they’re undermining their own government for no gain.

Headlines about the ‘world’s gayest’ parliament only serve to highlight how far behind National has fallen on queer representation.

Ten points, two plans. Which points are whose? 

The latest on the Covid-19 crisis and other major news lines in New Zealand and around the world, updated throughout the day.

You, too, can reach the highest known level of happiness: baby yak level happiness.


Michelle Boag has been one of the country’s most infamous right-wing political insiders. Here’s a brief rundown of her headlines over the past thirty years.

He slipped through a fence and went missing for a 70 minute jaunt through Auckland.

If you’ve ever wondered what influencers have to offer to the world, look no further than Simone Anderson’s new recipe book So Delish!

Soup season is here! This flavoursome spiced pumpkin number is bulked up with the addition of grains and hearty greens.

Sam Brooks meets the woman who saved him from six weeks of living on wine and toast.


I was appalled that New Zealand was still using the word, and I'm delighted it has seen sense.

From metal-spiked muffin splits and toxic fish to potentially fatal peanut traces, recalls have more than tripled in recent years.

This week on Business is Boring, host Simon Pound talks to Lovina McMurchy of Movac

What does the closure of New Zealand's only aluminium smelter mean for the economy and the environment?

New Zealanders are spending up large, but how long will it go on?


How is one of Christchurch's most successful creative hubs doing post lockdown?

How will a sustainably-minded business with big dreams survive the current tourism nightmare?

Claire from McLeod’s Daughters died in 2003 and Tara Ward is still not over it.

Keagan Carr Fransch reviews I May Destroy You, the acclaimed new show from British writer-director-actress Michaela Coel.

The biggest musical of the past two decades is available to watch on Disney+. Sam Brooks takes stock of this extraordinary move.


Keep your hands away from each other, you socially distanced horn bags.

Netflix's adaptation of The Baby-Sitters Club makes long-time fan Tara Ward fall in love with the series all over again.

They might sound the same, but light metro option is a poor substitute for light rail.

Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris spent a session in the recording studio with The Beths and got an intimate view of the beloved band at work.

As the city returns to lockdown for another six weeks, Melbourne-based New Zealander Joseph Nunweek explains how things got so bad.


Historian Scott Hamilton picks four heroic early New Zealanders of European descent.

As universities around the world slash jobs and courses in response to the pandemic, Victoria University of Wellington is signalling its intention to introduce sweeping austerity measures.

The books that kept you warm through this cruelly cold week.

A new poem by Jordan Hamel.

During its larval stage, the putzi fly likes to snuggle in under your skin and send up a little breathing snorkel.


Lil O’Brien’s memoir Not That I’d Kiss A Girl is valuable, but unclear, story of the author’s struggle with her own acceptance, writes Sam Brooks.

A poem by Michaela Keeble.

While Matariki and Pūanga rose last month in Pipiri, they are most visible this month, in Hōngongoi (July). Our celebration of them continues.

As the settler government did in the late 1800s, it's time to erect monuments to the great people of this country, and maybe take some of the stink ones down.

Almost 170 years ago, Māori political processes were interrupted and displaced by a new, enforced electoral system. No wonder the Māori relationship to party politics is so complicated, writes Jo Waitoa.


A Ngāti Whātua historian on how the sharing of resources between Tāmaki Makaurau and Waikato goes back a very long way. 

In seven short years the number of Māori women on remand has doubled, and you should be furious.

From kete and hiapo to MS Paint and neo-pop crocodiles, Tautai Gallery celebrates Pacific art in all its forms.

The Creatives in Schools programme just received a $4 million boost, but arts educators say the programme falls far short of creating lasting change.

Tulia Thompson talks to Paparoa painter Jack Trolove and considers her new body of work, Mangrove. 


Wrapping everyone in a blanket of love, whakapapa and mauri: the brave, exuberant and generous fabric art of Maungarongo Te Kawa

Artist John Ward Knox introduces his Karitane home and garden, and various projects – bees, pond, a portrait on silk of the prime minister from a live sitting.

Address the fundamental disconnect between humans and nature could help solve New Zealand's worsening public health issues.

Anxiety is totally understandable, and there have been a few own goals. But what we’re seeing is no great surprise, and it’s no time to panic.

New Zealand has been lauded for its response to Covid-19, but the fastest country to act was Taiwan, which has gone 57 days without a new locally-transmitted case. So why has it been overlooked?


Every time Pete Evans talks about his 'wellness' beliefs, scientists and doctors line up to rebut them. That's because Evans' 'common sense' sounds a lot like utter nonsense.

Covid-19 cases considered "recovered" might see long term effects months after being diagnosed.

We're looking for someone to fill an exciting new role based in our Auckland office. 

Won't somebody, please, think of the children?!

A new EP from an unknown Auckland singer ignited a bidding war before she’d released a single. Today her debut single ‘Call You Out’ is released, with eerie parallels to Lorde’s rise.


In quitting the social media giant, Stuff has taken a risk. But the gamble is not as big as it may seem.

The associate editor of The Indian Times on why he believes the media ignores the quarter of our population not born here – and why both parties lose as a result.

Ever wanted to be Iron Man? Sam Brooks prefers Pepper Potts, but he had a great time stepping into the iron suit anyway.

The use of zombies in video games is getting the world's most inventive artform stuck in the mud, ready to have its brains eaten out.

Many call it the greatest game of all time, but where does its legacy sit now?


The greatness of The Last of Us Part II lies not in the gameplay, but for the conversations it will start, writes Sam Brooks. Major spoilers for The Last of Us …

A new first-person photography game set in a dystopian Tauranga under lockdown is the best work of Māori science-fiction this decade, writes Dan Taipua.

As The Beths prepare for their first show in front of a crowd in months, they tell Josie Adams the stories behind Live From 'House'.

Andrew Drever interviews Texas-based trio Khruanngbin upon the release of their third album, Mordechai. 

This episode of Under Cover brings together musicians Sharon Van Etten and Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins) to play each other’s songs and have a yarn.


As New Zealand’s musicians return to the concert hall, Richard Betts checks in with our classical music organisations for reasons to be cheerful.

Ten years, one move to LA and one break-up on from 'Young Blood', The Naked and Famous have a new album out.

A group of mothers, personal trainers, and physiotherapists have joined together to try to address New Zealand's lack of post-birth care. Here's why.

In the podcast Conversations With My Immigrant Parents, immigrant whānau across New Zealand have frank conversations about ancestry, love, expectation, acceptance – and food.

Of the huge funding boost coming for early childhood education, Playcentre has been left with just the crumbs.


'Standing on the hopscotch with the sun shining down, it felt like everything was right. And it hasn’t felt like that for a long time.'

Simon Day shares some lessons from his first three months as a dad.

Plans for a modern, efficient light rail network have taken an unexpected detour, but there may still be light at the end of the tunnel.

Auckland has made painstaking progress toward becoming a functioning modern city. Now its councillors may put that in jeopardy for a proposal that will save ratepayers an average of 47 cents a week.

Why isn't our transport planning keeping up with the ideas now transforming the cities of the world? Not radical ideas, just orthodox planning ideas, writes Simon Wilson. Like: banning cars from the middle of town.


Auckland's dams have seen just 37% of their normal rainfall in 2020. That's a problem.

Who’s the man with master plan?

As South Africa prepares to unleash a confusing new three-team version of cricket, it’s time to settle once and for all: which cricket format is the best?

Consign this misunderstood mass of bodies to history at your peril, says Scotty Stevenson.

The arrival of Dan Carter is far from the first time the ever-struggling Auckland team has hoped to turn around its fortunes with a star signing.


Can the Blues keep up their cautiously promising return to form the pre-Covid Super Rugby season hinted at?

The brains trust at World Rugby have conjured up some rule changes to obviate the risks of coronavirus.

Danyl Mclauchlan talks to Chlöe Swarbrick, the MP seeking to tip the table of politics from inside parliament.

The GBL three on the scramble to resolve the failures exposed in the self-isolation system. 

This week on Business is Boring, host Simon Pound talks to Emma Lewisham, founder of a skincare line of the same name.


The support and guidance for this year’s Callaghan Innovation C-Prize finalists proved invaluable as Covid-19 turned the challenge on its head.

This week on Business is Boring, host Simon Pound talks to Dr Gaetano Dedual and Jacob Kohn, co-founders of Futurity.

Stacey Morrison talks to Chloe Irvine about surviving breast cancer through Covid-19.

In the 90s, the so-called information superhighway was more of a dirt road. Now it's a multi-lane motorway.

A new report measuring New Zealanders’ financial wellbeing highlights how key sectors of our population are feeling stressed over money, and how Covid-19 has made that worse.


We’re Here is the new Neon show which takes drag out of the city and into small town America.

In a time of growing corporate responsibility, the New Zealand living wage movement is making great gains.

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