Anna Rawhiti-Connell

Anna Rawhiti-Connell is a writer and consultant and won best general columnist at the 2021 Voyager Media Awards. She has written for Newsroom, RNZ and North and South.

Society
Oct 13, 2021

When beauty rituals become a thing of the past

With nowhere to go and no one to see, expectation has fallen away.

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Society
Sep 30, 2021

Sorry Sir John, but we're going to need more than vaccine vouchers

The solution to our vaccine problem won't be in a tidy voucher, but in smaller, messier, grassroots action.

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Society
Sep 15, 2021

Why can't we just go back to the 90s?

In week five of another lockdown, Anna Rawhiti-Connell heads back to the safety of her 20s. 

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Society
Jun 29, 2021

The jaw-dropping sight of the jaw-locking ‘DentalSlim Diet Control’

Even as someone who might understand the arguments for this device, I'm appalled by the implied endorsement of debunked ideas about obesity.

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Television
Nov 30, 2020

How Grey’s Anatomy has addressed Covid-19 – and how it hasn’t

Grey's Anatomy isn't the first TV drama to address Covid-19, but it's the most significant.

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Media
Sep 26, 2020

Review: The problem with The Social Dilemma

It positions social media as a kind of eye of Sauron – the single source of misery and all that is wrong with the world.

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Media
Nov 13, 2019

Trial by push notification

The trial of the man accused of Grace Millane’s murder is unlike any other in New Zealand history, recounted in micro-beats, each one tweeted and push-notified.

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Media
Jun 15, 2019

Memo to WINZ: Don’t use Twitter to clap back at your clients

Being a big brand, corporate, or government department means restraining yourself on social media, no matter how grievously you feel you've been wronged, writes Anna Connell.

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Media
Mar 5, 2019

Dear Police et al: Your cutesy social media account is bad and foolish

The flood of fun memes, hot takes and utterly inane dog speak springing from the social media accounts of public organisations and corporates needs to stop

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Media
Oct 1, 2018

Where are the women/Māori/anyone other than white dudes in the CTO debate?

In the ongoing palaver around the non-appointment of a chief technology officer, we're awash in opinions from pakeha blokes

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Politics
Aug 2, 2018

LinkedIn just became a political grenade, and no one knows what they’re on about

If Pauline Kingi has really resigned for poking someone 23 times on professional Facebook, then that’s a real bloody shame

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Society
Mar 27, 2018

Why the red mist over Genter’s ‘old white men’ remarks? She’s dealing in facts

A bunch of people seem to have taken the Green MP's comments about diversity on boards very personally, when the research suggests there's nothing controversial about them at all, writes Anna Connell. 

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