Angela Cuming

Angela Cuming is a print and radio journalist and a mum to three boys under three. You can read more of her writing at www.angelacuming.wordpress.com

Television
Aug 17, 2018

Laura Palmer herself on Twin Peaks: 'I have no idea what year it is either!'

Ahead of a visit to New Zealand from some of Twin Peaks' most iconic characters, die-hard ‘Peakie’ Angela Cuming meets three of her heroes from the series and asks what it's like to be part of a cultural phenomenon and best piece of television of the past 30 years.

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Parents
Aug 7, 2018

My sons' childcare centre is our other home

Spinoff Parents columnist Angela Cuming writes about what her children's early childhood education centre means to her and her whānau.

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Business is Boring Callaghan
Jun 19, 2018

Robots, drones, and cows: exploring the agritech at Fieldays

The typical Kiwi farmer is swapping their roll of Number 8 wire for a smartphone and robotics. At Fieldays 2018 Angela Cuming discovered the technology and science solving many of the challenges facing the industry.

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Parents
Jun 10, 2018

It’s 2018. Could we please stop sanctifying men for doing basic parenting

No matter how well-intentioned, articles like the Herald's 'One week, three kids, how hard can it be?' do no favours for anyone

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Parents
Jun 8, 2018

‘Our kids deserve the best’: The fight for South Auckland’s playgrounds

Parents living in South Auckland were shocked, but probably not surprised, to learn this week that Auckland Council have been underfunding their playgrounds.

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Society
May 31, 2018

Move over, Wellington, it’s time Hamilton was made the capital of New Zealand

The most underrated city in NZ is ready to step up, not just because it's well situated, sustainable and expandable, but because of its people

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Parents
May 12, 2018

Why #mothersdayfail is the absolute worst

Don't be a dick this Mother's Day.

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Parents
Apr 23, 2018

Why a pensioner is running a marathon for her granddaughter

Patsy Holt's granddaughter may be tiny like a mouse but she has the courage of a lion – and she's the reason why the 73-year-old grandmother is running her first ever marathon. In our series celebrating the amazing things young New Zealanders do every day, brought to you by our friends at Flick, Angela Cuming meets Alanna O'Shaughnessy and her grandma.

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Parents
Apr 13, 2018

The fight for Karori Plunket Creche: a mother speaks

On Friday 20 April the doors to the Karori Plunket Creche will close to the last child, the last family, for the very last time. Angela Cuming spoke to Liz Taylor whose son Allan attends the creche.

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Parents
Apr 8, 2018

The 11-year-old feminist, activist and future PM

There's a photo taken a few years ago of Jacinda Ardern and a young girl called Jessica Tuhua. Remember it well, because one day it will be used to recall the moment one future female prime minister of New Zealand met another, writes Angela Cuming.

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Parents
Mar 24, 2018

The New Zealand insect expert and author, aged 10

Olly Hills couldn't find a field guide to native New Zealand cicadas, so he decided to fill the gap. Angela Cuming caught up with the young biologist to talk about his first book.

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Parents
Mar 9, 2018

Boom! Meet Millie, the girl who builds playgrounds in the world’s poorest countries

In the fourth story in our series celebrating the amazing things young New Zealanders do every day, meet Millie Whetu, a young entrepreneur who believes big business needs big dreams, big vision and a big heart.

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Parents
Feb 16, 2018

The 8-year-old soap making entrepreneur who can’t keep up with demand

In the third story in a series celebrating the amazing things young New Zealanders do every day, a young girl's love of soap – and owls – has become a business success story. Angela Cuming spoke to Ava Heath-Williams about her start up. 

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Parents
Feb 3, 2018

The boy who saved the elephants

In the second story in a series celebrating the amazing things young New Zealanders do every day, meet Jack Lanting, a Kiwi teen whose heart is as big as the Thai elephants he has dedicated his life to protecting.

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Parents
Jan 19, 2018

You’re never too young to protect the planet

In the first story in a series celebrating the amazing things young New Zealanders do every day, James Kehoe Rowden talks to Angela Cumming about his commitment to protecting the environment, and shows little can make a big difference. 

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Science
Jan 2, 2018

Summer Reissue: Is Siggi Henry New Zealand’s most dangerous city councillor?

She's an anti-vaccination, anti-fluoride campaigner who believes measles is a hoax and polio can be cured with vitamin C. Meet Siggi Henry, one of the most powerful people in our fourth largest city. Angela Cuming reports.

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Parents
Dec 4, 2017

UNICEF outraged by Hamilton mayor’s anti-playground budget – UPDATED

So far the Hamilton City Council has ignored the pleas from the region's families to save the city's playground, writes Angela Cuming. But will they listen to the United Nations Children's Fund?

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Parents
Nov 6, 2017

The Wiggles added a ‘girl Wiggle’ – and they’re just as sexist as ever

Yes, Emma Wiggle broke the Wiggly glass ceiling but did she have to be wearing a frilly tutu and bows to do it? Angela Cuming looks at the weird gender politics on The Wiggles.

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Parents
Oct 25, 2017

No, playgrounds are not an ‘obscene’ waste of money

A destination playground saved Angela Cuming's little family from cracking, so just why does her local council reckon the cost of them is 'bordering on obscene'?

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Parents
Aug 25, 2017

Screen time isn’t the enemy – the iPad is just another tool to help us parent

The hysteria over screen time for children is quite out of control. The suggestion seems to be that it's safer to give your child a wasp hive dipped in cyanide than it is to give them an iPad. Angela Cuming is pushing back against the many headlines.

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Politics
Aug 14, 2017

Gay slurs a ‘light-hearted jest’, says Hamilton councillor Garry Mallett

Hamilton City Councillor Garry Mallett is the subject of a formal complaint over allegations he used the words 'fags' and 'homos' while on council business. But he has defended any use of such terms, and warned the Spinoff against getting 'sucked into this politically correct vortex', reports Angela Cuming.

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Parents
Jul 25, 2017

#DearHuggies: Mums clap back at sexist toilet training manual

Huggies NZ just published a 'helpful' guide to toilet training for 'girls' and 'boys' and got a hell of a response to it. Angela Cuming hits back at the silly manual that seems like it's straight out of the 1950s.

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Science
Jul 13, 2017

Is Siggi Henry New Zealand’s most dangerous city councillor?

She's an anti-vaccination, anti-fluoride campaigner who believes measles is a hoax and polio can be cured with vitamin C. Meet Siggi Henry, one of the most powerful people in our fourth largest city. Angela Cumming reports.

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Parents
Jul 5, 2017

I sometimes leave my kids in the car, and I don’t feel bad about it

The 'experts' are quick to tell us to never ever leave our kids alone in the car, even for a second. But is that really the safest option every time? Mother of three Angela Cuming doesn't think so.

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Parents
Jun 26, 2017

Is Cars 3 the most feminist movie of the year?

Is Cars 3 a stealth feminist smash hit? Mum of three Angela Cuming gives her verdict on a franchise that has never been very good in the past.

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Parents
Jun 20, 2017

I know where Jamie Oliver can shove his paleo spiralised wholefood zucchini pasta

Like a lot of mothers, Angela Cuming is frankly sick of Jamie Oliver parenting advice. Get ready for a rant about Oliver and the army of judgers who don't know shit about kids who are picky eaters.

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