Alice Webb-Liddall

Alice Webb-Liddall (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Pikiao) is a staff writer at The Spinoff. Email her on alice@thespinoff.co.nz

Business is Boring Callaghan
Jun 18, 2020

How lockdown took a group of young entrepreneurs on a crash course in startup life

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

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Ātea Otago
Jun 12, 2020

Covid-19 exposed equity issues for Māori, and now is the perfect time to fix them

Do people of different socio-economic backgrounds have the same ability to respond to pandemics like Covid-19?

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Society
Jun 9, 2020

Schools seek to make distant drop-offs permanent post-Covid

Parents are concerned about proposed new rules that would disallow classroom drop-offs and pick-ups for primary pupils.

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Ātea
Jun 8, 2020

Life after near-death: How Rob Mokaraka uses his painful story to help others heal

With his play Shot Bro: Confessions of a Depressed Bullet, actor Rob Mokaraka has been helping people all over New Zealand to open up about their mental health struggles.

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Wellington ICT
Jun 5, 2020

Tools for the future: Why ICT education matters more than ever after Covid-19

As we transition out of a Covid-focused world and prepare for what comes next, New Zealand's ICT industry is gearing towards growth.

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Ātea
Jun 5, 2020

Shot Bro: One man’s struggle with depression, and the bullet that changed his life

Being shot by police had a profound effect on Rob Mokaraka's life in more ways than you'd expect. A new documentary explores his journey to healing his body and his mind.

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Television
Jun 5, 2020

Race relations commissioner rebukes TVNZ’s decision to air ‘racist’ new show

TVNZ is airing a controversial British reality show, but members of the New Zealand African community want it pulled.

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Ātea
May 28, 2020

An iwi-based futures lab is reimagining outcomes for its rangatahi

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

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Society
May 15, 2020

Teachers outraged as registration fees more than double

Amid the budget hype on Thursday, the Teaching Council announced a massive hike to teacher registration fees.

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Sports
May 15, 2020

In this crisis, NZ Rugby needs to prove it takes the women’s game seriously

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

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YWCA
May 14, 2020

These 25 young New Zealand women are changing the world

The YWCA is recognising the power of 25 young wāhine leaders in the 2020 Y25 list.

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Sports
May 11, 2020

All Black halfback says professional players should be playing club rugby too

Should All Blacks be playing club rugby as well as national and regional-level games?

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Society
May 11, 2020

How the world’s largest refugee camp is dealing with the threat of Covid-19

Hundreds of thousands of refugees are at risk if the virus isn't kept out of international refugee camps. Aid organisations are now in a race against the clock.

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Television
May 3, 2020

Heartbreak Island star under fire over online ‘business accelerator’

Reality TV star Harry Jowsey has been taken to task on YouTube by a British teenager over a $600 online business accelerator scheme.

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The Bulletin
May 1, 2020

How an army of students is helping to feed vulnerable New Zealanders

Students up and down the country have been stepping up through the Student Volunteer Army to help those in need of essentials.

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Food
Apr 28, 2020

What your isolation cooking staple says about you

Which isolation cooking trend screams 'I've never seen Harry Potter and I'm proud of it'?

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Society
Apr 19, 2020

Teachers voice concerns around school reopenings under alert level three

Educators are worried lack of clarity around the reopening of schools in level three could risk student and teacher safety. 

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Business is Boring Callaghan
Apr 16, 2020

The New Zealanders turning waste-busting ideas into eco businesses

Among the endless pile of plastic and food scraps being produced every second, some small businesses are creating a shift in how we treat our waste.

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Society
Apr 8, 2020

The new online community exploring the possibilities of a post-Covid world

BrightSpots wants people to find the unexpected good in what's happening now, and think about how these changes could shape their future.

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Food
Apr 7, 2020

How to support small local food businesses during the lockdown

Small New Zealand food businesses have taken a massive hit from the Covid-19 pandemic. Here are some ways shoppers can help.

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Money
Apr 6, 2020

Beyond Netflix: Where to watch TV and movies without spending a cent

Libraries might be closed right now, but their free streaming portals are open 24/7.

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Money
Apr 1, 2020

The best things you can get for free online while the country’s in lockdown

Some online brands have begun to make their products temporarily free to help with lockdown boredom, stress and... children.

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Society
Mar 28, 2020

Can you go fishing under NZ’s level four lockdown? It’s a hard no from the ocean safety experts

Is surfing allowed under lockdown rules? How about fishing? We asked the experts.

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Covid-19
Mar 26, 2020

What is a bubble and how does it work? The lockdown-buddies rules, explained

You must stay in your bubble for the next four weeks. But what does a bubble look like, and can it be stretched?

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Society
Mar 26, 2020

Guidelines say stay at home. But what about those who don’t have one?

We're being told to stay home and limit social interaction, but for hundreds of New Zealanders sleeping rough that's not possible.

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Society
Mar 19, 2020

Covid-19 and the Pacific: How the island nations hope to fend off the pandemic

The steps our neighbours are taking to fend off a calamitous outbreak.

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