The Best Of

On leaving one home for another, and lamenting a loss.

Who's the man under the mo'? Alex Casey meets Heath Franklin, aka Chopper. 

The director talks to David Farrier about the hit Netflix show, his mid-career pivot into TV, and why he chose to go public with his Parkinson's diagnosis.


Last week Paul Goldsmith got himself in some hot water when he said colonisation had been good for Māori 'on balance'.

The retirement commissioner has called for an urgent review of the NZ retirement village legal framework, which risks becoming 'outdated and unfit for purpose'.

Top stories from New Zealand, updated throughout the day.

The political debate over subsidising electric cars.

Top stories from New Zealand, updated throughout the day.


Top stories from New Zealand, updated throughout the day.

But will he set the record straight?

Liliana Mañetto Quick takes us on a tour of the wonderful world of popping pearls and bubble tea with a comic love letter to Hi Tea.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of olives go to waste in New Zealand's parks, streets and back gardens. The Olive Oil Cooperative is doing something about that.

Cold? Bored? Looking for a reason to wear fat socks and sit in front of a roaring fan heater putting butter on things? Make this.


Bars bad, bites good.

Celebrate and elevate the perpetually underrated brussels sprout with the help of a bit of smoke and spice.

With government continuing to drag its heels on getting to carbon zero, businesses will have to forge ahead on their own to slash emissions – because fudging and prevarication are …

Podcast | Humanitix CEO Georgia Robertson tells Simon Pound about the company’s work at the intersection of tech and social good.

Climate action needs to be given priority and financial commitment irrespective of political party.


Last month, three climate activist investors managed to win seats on Exxon Mobile’s board of directors, sending a strong warning to an industry that is already facing mounting pressure.

With the pandemic pushing blockbuster releases and shutting audiences indoors with their streaming services, movie theatres have had to innovate to survive. 

After a two year break, The Block NZ is back. Tara Ward watches the first episode of the new season.

Was it Sheep, Tuatara or Medusa who was unmasked as the winner of tonight's grand final? .

Nic Sampson has played the beloved character for seven seasons, but it's time to say goodbye.


You need charisma, uniqueness, nerve and... more talent than this.

The New Zealand-shot show about a child journeying through a post-pandemic world hits some familiar plot beats – but its sweetness is all its own.

We ask a hundred people how they gossip, what they hear, and whether gossip is good or evil.

Need a refresher on the who, what and why of local gossip? We're here to help.

Labelling cyclists as ‘rats’ and ‘cockroaches’ is retrograde and dehumanising.


Alex Casey introduces Gossip Week, a week-long series exploring the role of gossip in Aotearoa’s past, present and future. 

While women push back against victim-blaming narratives, NZ Police promote outdated and harmful alcohol messaging. 

A poem from Liz Breslin's new collection, In bed with the feminists.


How teams can rebuild and rebrand – and win.

In this new witchy novella, gluten is the nemesis.

Heeding the call for an apology will go a long way towards healing the relationship between the government and the Pacific peoples of Aotearoa.

Nau mai haere ki ngā whetū o te tau hou, kia Matariki me Pūanga.

How their daughter’s death inspired a South Auckland farming couple to start a charity helping troubled youth.


Ruby Solly has been composing music using the frequencies of the stars, but it's the ways they resonate in the stories of our ancestors that creates the most heavenly music. Since …

Once a ‘diva-for-hire’, Hinewehi Mohi will soon be a dame.

Don't be alarmed. Do be informed.

There's a growing body of overseas evidence that repeated small blows to the head can lead to chronic brain injuries. Is that true in New Zealand too?

The stage is set for New Zealand to allow more research into infertility and better IVF treatments.


Job loses caused by automation may grab the bulk of the headlines, but more of us may be affected by changes to recruitment and worker surveillance.

An 'interspecies currency' is being touted as a way to give nature some financial power.

The tennis star's health and happiness is paramount, and these ultimatums are doing nothing to help her feel comfortable in press conferences.

Duncan Greive explains what Daylight Creative is, the work it does and why it is a natural and necessary evolution of The Spinoff.

Exclusive: The Blood Moon opens up.


This fake Facebook page promoting non-existent concerts is too ridiculous to fool anyone... right?

Toby Manhire writes on what's next for the site.

A new stock exchange designed for SMEs – small and medium-sized enterprises – will open for trading in late June. Here’s how it will work.

Will the social media giant continue to run rings around domestic tax authorities rather than paying their fair share?

Wanting to stop procrastinating and actually (finally) get on top of investing? We're here to help.


KiwiSaver is a great way to save for retirement. But does it serve everyone equally?

How justified are Fonterra's huge executive salaries?

A new Lorde single, heralding a new Lorde album, both called 'Solar Power'. Sand between our toes, we listen to the tune and watch the video.   

Five years since her her last album, Ladyhawke's long-awaited new record is on its way. We caught up with her to find out what’s been going on in the meantime.

Teeks tells us about finding his voice through kapa haka, learning a valuable money lesson, and which Adele album holds a special place in his heart.


They're already on their way to being Popstars. So how are their tunes?

'Being a nice guy, playing good music, getting the beers in and dancing like you don’t give a fuck in a nightclub, should not be underestimated.'

John Tamihere said AT had gone rogue. Hayden Donnell says he was right.

Tomorrow sees the opening of Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland, Auckland Museum’s biggest new exhibition in years.

It was supposed to be the roadmap for Auckland's 21st century transport network, but somewhere along the route ATAP lost its way.


South Auckland public health experts warn vaccine roll-out should be wider that currently planned.

Politicians are constantly promising to make things easier for the drivers currently caught in Auckland’s peak hour traffic jams. Hayden Donnell argues the opposite is true.

The Black Caps play India in the final of the World Test Championship next month. Who will win? Michael Appleton breaks down the stats.

After more than a year stuck playing in Australia, the Wellington Phoenix have finally made it back home.

The moment has come to pay back all those who have been doing it for the love of rugby.


The bitterest battles, from the Silver Ferns vs the Diamonds to the Warriors vs the refs.

Adding another New Zealand-based team to Super Rugby won't be quite as straightforward as it seems.

Podcast | Simon Pound speaks to Pavan Vyas, CEO of Rush, about how they built the contact tracing app we've been using for the last year.

NZ startup Compostic is out help us change our bad cling wrap habit once and for all with a range of home compostable alternatives.

'Everyone stands to gain when we acknowledge the mana of the people we speak to.'


Simon Pound talks to Vanisha Narsey about how a Jerry Seinfeld routine helped inspire her to start Bouqo, a new platform making flower buying more accessible.

Podcast | In this week’s episode, Simon Pound talks to Dr Robert Feldman, CEO of Covid-19 Vaccine Corporation, about the fascinating science behind developing a vaccine.

After a year like no other, NZ Post is preparing to move its brand firmly into the future.

This month we discuss how our oceans are being affected by climate change – and whose voices we should be prioritising in our response.

NZ Post has just announced that its Post, Rural Post, CourierPost and Pace brands will soon be combined under the single NZ Post brand. Here's why.


Emily Writes visits Auckland Zoo to meet some of New Zealand’s rarest species and the people tasked with ensuring they survive.

Madeleine Chapman inspects a pen, and learns about the power of privilege.

Gaming’s favourite furry-and-robot duo roars back into action with the best PS5 game yet, writes Sam Brooks.

It's supposed to be a tearjerking but ultimately uplifting viewing experience. So why does Linda Burgess find it such an uneasy watch?

You might may have only vaguely heard of it, but don't miss out on In Treatment, one of 2021's most rewarding TV experiences.


A giant of New Zealand writing honours a new debut.

Fans got what they want: the original Mass Effect trilogy in one package. But how does the series fare in a modern landscape?

The American-led Artemis Accords, signed this week by NZ, could lead to a more privatised, US-dominated future of space exploitation.

If we're to condemn Australia's approach, we must also demand a change to NZ's treatment of so-called 'returning offenders'.

Chief human rights commissioner Paul Hunt and race relations commissioner Meng Foon on why they welcome the He Puapua report and the issues it raises.


The risk of MPs' institutionalised maladaptation is certainly extreme, but is a 15-year cap on a seat in parliament the answer?

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