Government policies affect us all, so surely children should get a say? Alice Burton reports on how providing children with both information and a listening ear is important for encouraging their participation in politics.

Animal rescue organisations in New Zealand are overworked and overflowing with stray animals in need of a caring home.


The Best Of

The CEO of Air New Zealand Christopher Luxon has resigned, leading to feverish speculation that not only will he get into politics, but that he’ll be the next National PM. Why?

Parent to a fussy toddler? The 'I'm Not Hungry For Fruit Mum Bag' is the only meal kit service you'll ever need!

The government's environmental policy is creating major tensions in farming communities. Alex Braae went to a meeting in Taumarunui to see it play out. 


Responding to reports that packs of cat-sized rats have taken over Titirangi, Don Rowe travelled to West Auckland to find out the truth.

On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, New Zealand Chinese writer Tze Ming Mok writes a beautiful, bitter letter to an old friend in Xinjiang, grappling with matters …

Currently, there is no system in place to regulate lobbying in New Zealand. But in light of recent revelations around lobbyist-turned-chief-of-staff GJ Thompson, the argument for change is stronger than ever.

A prominent ad promoting the National Party and the CEO of Air New Zealand, Christopher Luxon, could be in breach of the law. 

With the release of the Zero Carbon Bill, Flick CEO Steve O’Connor worries that our zero carbon ambitions will be impeded by an electricity market that’s not working as it should.


The ACT leader has unveiled his 'Freedom to Speak Bill'. But the case law makes it clear that the laws he seeks to reform are not the terrifying, freedom crushing beasts he has made them out to be

Correspondence released under the OIA suggests that GJ Thompson, the lobbyist who took a ‘leave of absence’ to work alongside Jacinda Ardern, failed to meet undertakings

Alex Casey breaks down the full line-up for Celebrity Treasure Island 2019, including two weather presenters and a mandatory Lana.

A year after Kiwi Ross Inia rocked the boat on Below Deck, another Kiwi comes down the gangplank. Dominic Corry interviews Aesha Scott about her stint on the spinoff Below Deck Mediterranean.

Serena takes a quick trip to Canada, June discovers the power of a mixtape and Fred has another dumb idea.


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

After 15 seasons, pretty much every doctor on Grey's Anatomy should be fired or in jail.

While bargain hunters get excited that cut price retailer Costco is on the way, across the Tasman opportunity lurks for New Zealand firms targeting the other end of the shopping spectrum.

This week we talk to Honeywrap co-founder Tara McQuinn, makers of organic fabric beeswax wraps.

Not calling it 'Facebucks' might be a lost opportunity but the giant social media platform's new form of money could offer benefits to New Zealanders, writes Aaron McDonald. Facebook’s foray into …


Simon Pound talks to John Henderson, a partner at one of Australasia's leading VC firms, Airtree.

Public service chief executives are now more interested in making their mark than providing government ministers with decent advice – and it's having disastrous consequences.

To celebrate the eighth season of this local institution, Hussein Moses goes behind the scenes of the series putting New Zealand rappers to the test.

On the eve of Soaked Oats' new release, an EP entitled Sludge Pop, lyricist and singer Oscar Mein speaks with one of his songwriting heroes, Kevin Morby.

Ten years after he released one of the most singular New Zealand hip hop albums, PNC sits down with Duncan Greive to talk about its genesis, and why rappers still don’t get their due in this country.


Tom Rodwell interviews the musician and artist Lonnie Holley, who this week brings to New Zealand his unbowed truths from an ethereal and gritty underground.

Sam Brooks talks to internationally-acclaimed opera singer Sandy Piques Eddy about the ins and outs of maintaining her voice, and how having a baby changed her career – in a way you wouldn’t expect.

The metric system might seem obvious to us, but resisting it has started to become a point of extreme pride for Americans.

Thousands are ready to wrench themselves from home for a New Zealand residence visa. But is the better life the ballot promises a reality?

A mortar and pestle, a pair of scissors and a cooking pot are among the objects Cambodian refugees have kept with them since resettling in New Zealand.


We’ve heard a great deal about the Kiwi response to the Christchurch terror attack but less from inside the event. Historian Ann Beaglehole considers how we support victims to ensure the history is written from their perspectives.

It is going to be a long journey to rebuild communities where people feel safe after the Christchurch terror attack. But if we commit to working together, it’s possible, former refugee Dennis Maang writes on World Refugee Day.

New research shows there's been a dramatic increase in the number of New Zealand children getting injured playing sport. It's a timely reminder that kids don't need competition to be active, writes ACC's Isaac Carlson.

If you're a man who isn't sure that you're a good partner to the mother of your children, then you're probably not.

Emily Writes heads over to Harry and Meghan's whare to discuss the impending (or maybe it's happening right now) birth of the next royal child.


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.

Last week the Ministry for Children's practises around uplifting children and putting them in state care were exposed. It's no coincidence Māori are disproportionately targetted, writes Tina Ngata.

Two major studies show that women and minorities in New Zealand are being harassed to the point that they're leaving online spaces in droves.

A new report from the justice advisory group Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora challenges the government to find solutions in te ao Māori that restore relationships and mana instead of continuing to feed Māori into the criminal justice system. 


Matariki is here! It's time to look to the stars to see what the year ahead has in store.

Earlier this morning, reports emerged that the beloved Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Wellington had burnt to the ground.

We're on the record praising the virtues of Mt Albert, but how did it get to where it is today?

Don't fall for the spin that presents this latest revision of a historical hostel building type as some kind of genuinely community-based housing

Mt Albert isn’t exactly known as a cyclist’s paradise, but it has some good rides if you know where to look. Local rider Helen King shares her secrets to cycling in the suburb.


For anyone considering fixing up a bike, sourcing bike parts, or just has an interest in perusing a yard full of years' worth of trash-turned-treasure, now is your time.

Other suburbs have their appeal, but one rises above them all. Hayden Donnell argues Mt Albert is the best place to live in Auckland.

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Being a big brand, corporate, or government department means restraining yourself on social media, no matter how grievously you feel you've been wronged, writes Anna Connell.


Based on the podcast of the same name, watch as Alex Casey, Michele A’Court and Leonie Hayden wrestle with the positives and perils of being a woman online. 

Last week an Auckland cinema hosted a six-hour Shrek marathon. In a show of classic Kiwi stoicism, Josie Adams found that what didn't kill her made her stronger.

E3 is the biggest week of gaming news of the year – which means it's easy to lose track of everything that's been announced. Sam Brooks rounds up them all up in one convenient place for you.

Following the multi-billion dollar success of Pokémon Go, Nintendo is intent on turning a profit from the most mysterious human experience of all: sleep. 

Marc Daalder goes inside Wellycon, New Zealand's largest board game convention to find out why the genre is having a renaissance.


Sam Brooks reviews Total War: Three Kingdoms and finally finds the definitive Romance of the Three Kingdoms game.

Mum was right: heavy exposure to pocket monsters fundamentally rewires your brain. But researchers from Stanford say it’s an exciting opportunity to study how we learn to see.

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.

New poetry by Lisbon-based writer Hana Pera Aoake.

City of Girls is not a cautionary tale, but rather a celebration of what happens when women cease to be cautious.


Today, longtime Time photographer Callie Shell releases a book of intimate images taken over more than a decade she spent photographing the Obamas.

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.

If you want to do something to reduce your carbon footprint, you'll probably consider both an electric vehicle and installing rooftop solar panels. But which is more effective?

Concern about nitrates in Canterbury municipal water supplies emphasises the need for new ways to solve the nitrate problem, and Dr Anna Garden might be the scientist to do it.

Climate change and a warming ocean are putting immense stress on coral reefs in the Pacific. But some locals are refusing to passively accept the death of such vital ecosystems.


An innovative new roading system is being trialled in New Plymouth that could reduce the amount of plastic sent to landfill.

Cheer up, at least it'll all soon be over.

How good is cricket? Not very good if you're on the wrong side of it.

In episode eight of The Offspin, we pour one out for the shattered dreams of the Rainbow Nation.

In episode seven of The Offspin, with more bad weather in England and not a lot of cricket being played, we took the opportunity to reminisce on our personal journeys in the sport.


White Ferns superstar Suzie Bates joins The Offspin to discuss the growth of the women's game, pay inequality, and provide her expert tips for the Black Caps on English playing conditions.

One of the best T20 bowlers in the world is currently entirely without a cricketing gig to look forward to.

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

We're joined by hāngī master Rewi Spraggon and his co-owner in The Māori Kitchen, Ganesh Raj, to mark Matariki, the Māori new year. 

In the first episode of The Spinoff’s new monthly podcast, Actually Interesting, Russell Brown explores the world of A.I. and the way it’s already affecting our lives.


Simon Pound talks to Kate Gwilliam, CEO of feedstock solution, Zeddy.

Toby, Annabelle and Ben present a special, transformational collectors' edition in Gone By Lunchtime #50.

In this bonus episode of The Offspin podcast, Labour's Kieran McAnulty and National's Chris Bishop join the show to talk about the Parliamentary World Cup, and attempt to prove their cricket fanatic credentials. 

Mt Albert is on the verge of a transformation. Josie Adams gives a roadmap for how to change Auckland’s second-oldest suburb without ruining it in the process.

How good is cricket? Not very good if you're on the wrong side of it.


We're on the record praising the virtues of Mt Albert, but how did it get to where it is today?

Onehunga is throwing a nine-day celebration of the creativity that defines the suburb. Josie Adams reports on what you need to visit on every single day of the Onehunga Arts Festival.

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