Dan Taipua

Dan is a freelance contributor who has worked in Auckland film and television his whole career. He was shortlisted to appear on TV One's 'Wheel of Fortune' in 2009, shortly before the programme was cancelled.

Ātea
Feb 23, 2018

WWE Superstars go Māori

Finally, the most electrifying sports entertainment programme on earth has come back to Aotearoa. This Saturday marks the first episode of WWE Raw to screen free-to-air in New Zealand in over a decade.

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Ātea
Dec 25, 2017

Summer reissue: Thor and his magic patu - notes on a very Māori Marvel movie

Dan Taipua explores indigenous ideologies in Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok, New Zealand's highest grossing film of 2017.

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Ātea
Oct 31, 2017

Thor and his magic patu: notes on a very Māori Marvel movie

Dan Taipua explores indigenous ideologies in Thor: Ragnarok, the blockbuster movie from the king of the space Māori, Taika Waititi.

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Television
Sep 5, 2017

Māori Television is the best movie channel in the country, and it’s free

With a line-up boasting everything from Miyazaki to Spike Lee, Dan Taipua suggests you look no further than Māori Television for the best in free-to-air movies. 

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Gaming
Jan 24, 2017

IRL EXP: Real world lessons from video games

Find out how a life spent on the controller can gift you with transferable skills IRL

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Gaming
Dec 7, 2016

Cash Converted: A retro gaming pilgrimage

Dan Taipua visits Auckland's Cash Converters and measures if the chain is still a retro game hunter's mecca

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Gaming
Jul 26, 2016

The beginner’s guide to arcade culture in Japan

Where to play the sweetest arcade games in Japan

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Gaming
Jul 20, 2016

The Spinoff guide to shopping for retro games in Japan

Japan's suburbs hide a wonderland of second hand retro video game shops: here's what you need to know

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Gaming
Mar 29, 2016

The collector’s toolbox: 5 essential elements for any video game collection

The final installment of Save State lays outwhat you need to start video game collecting/hoarding

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Music
Mar 22, 2016

Bongos and game boy Harlem Shake – the bizarre world of music gaming

Video games and music come together in not always glorious fashion

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Television
Mar 17, 2016

Will Māori Television’s Game of Bros be the perfect antidote to The Bachelor NZ?

Maori Television debuts Game of Bros tonight, a reality series about the quest for the perfect man. But what kind of man can we expect to find? The Brown Bachelor or The Nesian Ninja? Dan Taipua investigates.

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Gaming
Mar 15, 2016

Killing time, unobtrusively – a ranking of portable video game machines

Dan Taipua ranks his favourite, must-have historic hand-held gaming machines

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Gaming
Mar 8, 2016

Cartridges on cartridges: exploring the many weird accessories of the Sega Mega Drive

Save State turns its eye to the mighty Sega Mega Drive and the best/worst of the console's many add-ons.

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Gaming
Mar 1, 2016

Save State 001 – essential treasures for your NES collection

Save State #1 focuses on the NES and lists the must-have accessories any serious collector needs in their collection

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Television
Jul 24, 2015

TV Eye: A Brief Visual Voyage Through TradeMe’s Weirdest Television Offerings

"For the past five years I've been trawling through TradeMe and saving photos of televisions to my hard drive" – Dan Taipua shares some exquisite finds from his vault of TradeMe's TV auctions.

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