From House of Cards' sinister trumpets to The Fresh Prince's iconic rap, TV theme tunes are powerful signifiers and also, just occasionally, standalone hits superior even to the show they prelude. Elizabeth Beattie examines five of New Zealand's television theme songs to sift the cultural gold from the mud.
‘Don’t listen to anyone who tells you what you do isn’t important’: One year into the job, rookie news reporters tell all
With newsrooms in a state of flux and old-fashioned news values losing out to Facebook algorithms and snackable content, it's no wonder young journalists enter the industry with some trepidation. But how much of that worry is justified? Elizabeth Beattie talks to a group of newbie reporters to find out.
Whether it's Making a Murderer or Serial, Mark Lundy or David Bain, everyone loves to speculate about the latest murder mystery. Elizabeth Beattie talks to New Zealand legal experts about the influence of social media on our most high profile trials.
Once Were Warriors, released in 1994, shocked the world with brutal scenes of domestic violence, suicide and rape. Elizabeth Beattie looks back at the New Zealand it depicted and asks, how much has really changed?