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

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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Parents
Jun 7, 2017

Apparently kissing your kids is weird now so we might as well all just give up

How did we ever reach a point where 'Is it OK to kiss your kids?' was actually asked multiple times around the world in apparently reputable news outlets? Angela Cuming looks at one of this week's most infuriating parenting stories.

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Society
May 27, 2017

How Hamilton fell in love with #LoveTheTron

It's New Zealand's most successful city slogan, by far – and the council had nothing to do with it. Angela Cuming finds out how a grassroots social media movement created an explosion of civic pride.

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Television
May 25, 2017

Throwback Thursday: 10 years old wasn’t too young for Twin Peaks, right?

Angela Cuming remembers watching Twin Peaks as a child, and the power cut that kept Laura Palmer's killer a mystery.

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Parents
May 4, 2017

What’s the deal with that creepy as shit show In the Night Garden?

In The Night Garden is the creepiest kids show on TV. Every parent knows it. Here Angela Cuming digs deep to find out who invented this terrible and annoying show that children all over the world adore.

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Parents
Apr 24, 2017

I gave birth without a midwife, and it was awful

Angela Cuming gave birth to twins in Northern Ireland, under the British National Health Service. She reflects on the difference of care she received there compared to her oldest child's birth in New Zealand.

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Parents
Mar 29, 2017

Yes, my hands are full: What it’s really like to have three under three

Angela Cuming has three children under three - all boys. Here she talks about the joys and challenges of her family life.

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Television
Mar 27, 2017

Why hasn’t The Big Bang Theory been swallowed into a black hole yet?

Following the announcement that The Big Bang Theory is getting its own spinoff series, Angela Cuming goes off like a rocket to Mars.

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Parents
Feb 28, 2017

Same DNA, same brain, same sleep patterns – right? What being a Twin Mum has taught me about child sleep

When it comes to sleep, identical twin babies might just hold the key to understanding what's nature and what's nurture - if twins have the same DNA and a mum who treats them the same, then surely it's obvious: they'll be two non-sleepers or two sleepers. If only it were that simple, says twin mum Angela Cuming.

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