Don Rowe

Don Rowe (Ngāi Tahu) is a former staff writer at The Spinoff, now a freelance writer and law student.

Ātea
Sep 18, 2021

Protecting the people, East Coast style

When Ngāti Porou and Te Whānau-a-Apanui drew the line at their borders to protect the people within they weren’t just fighting to keep Covid out – they were battling bureaucracy, racism and hunger too.

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Ātea
Sep 18, 2021

Hei tā te Tairāwhiti tiaki tangata

I mua kē a Ngāti Porou me Te Whānau-a-Apanui e ārahi ana i te tīmatanga o te mate urutā i tā rātou aukati i te huarahi whakaroto ki ō rātou rohe hei tiaki i te hunga o roto.

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Ātea
Sep 16, 2021

Rangi McLean: 'Ehara ko au te tangata ka tuku i te Rewharewha kia rērere anō'

Hei tā te heamana o te marae o Manurewa, nā te pānga nui o ngā mate urutā ki ngā hapori Māori o mua tau i mārama ai tōna hiahia nui – kia kaua rawa anō.

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Ātea
Sep 16, 2021

Manurewa marae and Covid-19: ‘We ignored Billy TK and got on with it’

Manurewa marae chairman Rangi McLean says the lessons of past pandemics that devastated Māori communities made his goal clear – ignore the noise and ensure it never happens again. 

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NEON
Sep 13, 2021

Old traditions, new taonga: how Indigenous film helps keep culture alive

Through film and television, Māori storytellers are sharing their tales further than ever.

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Society
Sep 10, 2021

There’s another chain of transmission we have the chance to break

With alert levels eased for most of the country, sexual health experts are calling on New Zealanders to get STI tests before going buck wild outside their bubbles.

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Society
Sep 1, 2021

The uncertain reality of sex work in the Covid-19 era

With the country staying home to contain another Covid-19 outbreak, sex workers in Aotearoa are facing more uncertainty than ever. 

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Society
Aug 24, 2021

An amateur guide to lucid dreaming

Ever wanted to take control of your own dreams? Lucid dream enthusiast Don Rowe can teach you how. 

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Television
Jun 16, 2021

Review: Patrick Gower: On P takes stock of the devastation wrought by meth in NZ

Despite moments of trademark Paddy Gower goofiness, his new documentary does an impressive job at getting to the heart of the P epidemic

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Ātea
Jun 7, 2021

Hinewehi Mohi and the song that changed so much

Once a ‘diva-for-hire’, Hinewehi Mohi will soon be a dame.

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Sports
Mar 18, 2021

‘Take me to the ramp’: The story of skateboarding legend Lee Ralph

More than 30 years after he tore through the global skating world, people still remember the barefoot New Zealander with the wild red beard.

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Society
Mar 12, 2021

Tasman deathtrap: the brutal toll of Australia’s deportation policy

As the number of New Zealand citizens deported from Australia grows, so too does the death toll. Don Rowe reports on the rising human costs of Australia's immigration reforms. 

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Sports
Mar 4, 2021

The legend of Precious McKenzie

From being rejected by his birth country to winning gold for his adopted home, this is the story of a New Zealand sporting icon.

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Food
Nov 8, 2020

Inside the secretive world of weird flavoured chips

What Big Chip doesn't want you to know.

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The Mind Lab
Oct 21, 2020

How indigenous leadership offers a new way of looking at a changed world

Don Rowe meets the post-graduate students putting tikanga and kaupapa Māori at the centre of learning how to lead. 

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Sports
Sep 27, 2020

Fighting in the age of Covid, Israel Adesanya represents a new New Zealand

Israel Adesanya has fought his way to the top of his sport, and into the hearts and minds of New Zealanders – whether they want him there or not. What’s at stake when he fights this weekend in Abu Dhabi?

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Society
Dec 29, 2019

Ambergris, the whale poo worth more than your car

Dragon tears, meteorites, or just plain shit – ambergris is an olfactory miracle of the deep. Sought after for thousands of years, and worth upwards of $10,000/kg today, ambergris washes up on our beaches all year long.

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Society
Sep 27, 2019

General strike for climate: everything you need to know

The School Strike 4 Climate has been widened to a general nationwide strike. Thousands of New Zealanders are expected to skip work and classes tomorrow. What’s going on, and where?

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Food
Sep 26, 2019

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #98: Fergburger

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Don Rowe eats a Fergburger.

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Society
Sep 25, 2019

Corrections apologises after epileptic inmate left in faeces overnight

An investigation has been launched after an epileptic inmate was left in a soiled cell following a seizure over the weekend.

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Local Elections
Sep 23, 2019

Race briefing: Queenstown, jewel of New Zealand Incorporated

In our latest local elections 2019 race briefing (read the rest here), Don Rowe looks at the two horse race to control the tourism capital of New Zealand.

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Local Elections
Sep 20, 2019

Queenstown’s benevolent dictator prepares for battle

Freedom camping, public transport and affordable housing are challenges Queenstown's Mayor Jim Boult says he’s uniquely poised to solve – if only people would do what they’re told. 

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Society
Sep 12, 2019

Cheat Sheet: New Zealand history to be compulsory in schools

Finally, New Zealand history will become a compulsory school subject. So what's so good about that?

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Ātea
Sep 12, 2019

Comedian Jim Gaffigan peddles Moriori myth in US television special

The myth that Māori wiped out the Moriori people is the punchline of a new Jim Gaffigan joke. 

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Television
Sep 10, 2019

What I learned about love and masculinity from Kath and Kim

In these days of alienation, singletons need all the help they can get. But who is doing love right? Only the hottest couple in Fountain Lakes.

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Health Not Handcuffs
Sep 7, 2019

Rebuilding from the rubble of the failed war on drugs

After more than 40 years the war on drugs has had brutal consequences for justice in New Zealand. The movement to end the war is gathering momentum. 

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