In 2012, enterprising Dunedin promoters created a hugely successful business out of night clubs for young teens. But should 13-year-olds really be clubbing?

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


The Best Of

The big media companies just want to get married. Duncan Greive makes the case for dozens of divorces instead.

What's happening on the ground in the former capital of New Zealand tourism?

Simon Bridges is no longer National Party leader. So who is this Muller chap it's got in to replace him?


On the release of a new Hunger Games novel, we look back and marvel.

All the illustrations and animations in one place.

Labour and National are each getting more than a million bucks for their ad campaigns.

I owe my career to 'the artist's benefit'.

An even more substantial investment in the creative arts will help drive our post-Covid recovery.


The government has just announced a whole lot of new rules and policies for freshwater. Here's what you need to know.

Let's be realistic about what throwing away a critical relationship with China would mean for New Zealand

We're joined by The Spinoff's resident poutine authority (and politics editor) Justin Giovannetti for our second together-but-apart Zoom pod.

Still unsure about what you need to do in restaurants and bars under level two? You're not alone.

NZ has the chance to become the world's most trusted food innovator – let's not blow it.


The Middle Eastern sesame seed paste tahini adds a subtle flavour and lovely fine texture to these classic choc chunk biscuits.

In throwing the issue of food security into sharp relief, the pandemic has underlined the importance of spaces like Christchurch's Roimata Food Commons.

For some people, living and working in a small town might become a whole lot easier.

This week on Business is Boring, host Simon Pound talks to New Zealand investor and business advisor David Bell.

Human energy is a limited resource, so let’s discuss how we can best spend that precious energy.


And it looks worse than comparable findings in the UK and Norway.

Could a taiao values approach to our economy be the key to bridging the gap between protecting our environment and prospering as people?

The Hobbit Law went too far, but this is a big step towards creating fairer working conditions, writes the actors' union president.

Emily Writes celebrates wholesome shows and the rise of cosy television.

Two years ago, her genre-busting show Nanette broke the internet. Now Hannah Gadsby has released a new stand-up special, and expectations are sky high.


How the country's longest-running soap started filming again in a physically distanced world.

Definitive list maven Sam Brooks tackles 90s classic Sex and the City. It does not go well.

Leaders around the world are uniting to ensure that a Covid-19 vaccine is free to everyone who wants it.

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

As NZ approaches elimination of Covid-19, we look at who else has pulled it off.


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

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

What is it like to never see yourself in your country's books?

A new poem by Wellington writer Joanna Cho.

Top-selling books for the last week of this extraordinary autumn.


The acclaimed Thomas Cromwell trilogy winds up with a blinder.

A new poem by Auckland poet Hayden Hyams.

There aren't many women composing for and playing taonga pūoro. In fact, there aren't many people like Te Kahureremoa Taumata and Khali Phillips-Barbara at all.

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.

A Ngāi Tahu futures lab has been working to give rangatahi Māori the opportunity to decide their own futures post-Covid.


Māori and Pacific early career academics are already severely underrepresented at universities. Now they're in jeopardy of being the first ones to get cut.

Heta Gardiner's questions offer a glimpse of a media world with different incentives, priorities and cultural values.

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.

From a Ronnie Van Hout take on The Breakfast Club to James Oram carving a rendition of his own face out of soap, Christchurch Art Gallery’s show of new video art in response to Covid-19 isolation is worth championing.

New Te Papa CEO Courtney Johnston on her vision for the museum, the impact of the pandemic, the return of taonga and making good on the Treaty. 


What makes Zoom so exhausting? And where to for art? For Auckland artist Cushla Donaldson it’s about work that embraces the social and physical in new ways. Increasingly in Zoom meetings, …

Mark Amery shares words and images with Auckland artist Meg Porteous across bubbles, via screens.

Te Mana o te Wai is being heralded as a game-changer for waterways. But for one freshwater scientist, it's a bitter disappointment.

A New Zealand website is advising people with Covid-19 symptoms to ingest a bleach product made by a cult-like American organisation that calls itself a church.

What we can learn about building resilience, from our recent spate of natural disasters to the challenges posed by Covid-19.


Almost 16% of us would say no to a Covid-19 vaccine. Could that affect our recovery strategy?

Covid-19 loves environments full of shouting and singing, so it's a good idea to avoid them.

For athletes, journalists can seem distrustful and irrelevant. But they also help to build legends.

A bill is currently being read in parliament that could radically shift employee rights in our screen and gaming industries.

NZME asked the commerce commission for urgent approval to buy Stuff for $1. Minutes later, Stuff’s owner said it was no longer in talks with NZME.


A newly established position in our commercial team.

For the past week, we’ve been showcasing our picks from the 48Hours Lockdown. Today, we’ve got the awards special AND the winners to show you.

How did this quaint village-making game become one of the biggest sellers of its generation?

Sam Brooks reviews dating sim legend Sakura Wars, which returns after 15 years with a soft reboot.

Sam Brooks reviews the most anticipated game of the year: the Final Fantasy VII Remake.


Lee Henaghan previews Ori and the Will of The Wisps, the latest game to dismantle 'are video games art?' question.

Sam Brooks reviews Media Molecule's Dreams, the game that allows you to turn your dreams into (virtual) reality.

Sam Brooks reviews Lady GaGa's sixth album, Chromatica, which sees the popstar stepping back into big pop glory, but at what cost?

In the spirit of international cooperation and mutual chair dancing, Sam Brooks and New York City-based culture critic Mark Blankenship are revisiting the top 10 singles from key weeks in …

Under Cover is a new series that brings New Zealand musicians together via video link to bond, chat, and play each other's songs.


TikTok is back in the news, this time at the centre of an almost-scandal concerning Jawsh 685, a 17-year-old Aucklander.

Four years after his debut, Auckland pop singer-songwriter MAALA is finally preparing to release his sophomore album. He spoke to Matthew McAuley about how he's been passing the time.

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

In the fourth part of a new series sharing the stories of families learning from home during lockdown, Tamsyn Matchett discovers a new importance in being kind. 

Mother's Day is just around the corner and this year it will be different – no, not because of the pandemic.


In our new series sharing the stories of families learning from home during lockdown, Jessie Moss observes her daughters learning at each step of their lockdown journey. 

On International Day of the Midwife, New Zealand midwives share what it’s like working through a pandemic.

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

Who’s the man with master plan?

Josie Adams looks back at the short-lived 0800 SMOKEY snitch campaign.


Auckland Council recently announced a citywide food scrap collection scheme that will be kicking off in 2021, so what do we need to know?

Everything you need to know about the suspension of buses in Auckland and the industrial action that it springs from.

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

Listen to all four episodes of the series in which Scotty Stevenson and a panel of rugby insiders discuss the state of the sport in NZ.

In the third part of a full and frank discussion about the state of rugby in New Zealand, Scotty Stevenson and a panel of insiders discuss how best to grow and promote the game.


Melodie Robinson makes the case for greater support for women's rugby, and says mothers are the code's most important fanbase.

Scotty Stevenson and a panel of rugby insiders look to the future of the sport, and ask what can be done to make that future more secure.

The Gone By Lunchtime team offer a bold and, frankly, mind-blowing verdict on what will go down.

This week on Business is Boring, host Simon Pound talks to Emily Miller-Sharma, General Manager at Ruby.

This week on Business is Boring, host Simon Pound talks to Asantha Wijeyerante from PaySauce.


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

This week on Business is Boring, host Simon Pound talks to the editor of Homestyle magazine Alice Lines and MPA chairman Nicholas Burrowes.

Deep tech provides a chance for that recovery to be sustainable and values-led – an approach already bringing success to the Māori economy. 

'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.'

Unpaid labour often isn't counted as productive. Can we change the way we measure work?


Many businesses can no longer operate in the ways they previously knew, and are being forced to adapt quicker than they ever thought possible.

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