Elle Hunt

Elle Hunt is a London-based commissioning and communities editor at Guardian Cities

Society
May 25, 2019

Last orders for New Zealand's binge-drinking culture

New Zealand's binge drinking culture is notoriously bad, but could change be on the horizon for this little country of boozers?

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Television
May 10, 2019

People keep defacing a London mural of Taika Waititi, thinking he's José Mourinho

'This is a portrait of a kiwi film director Taika Waititi NOT Jose Mourinho YOU MUPPET!!!'

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Society
May 7, 2019

Royal baby arrives. Mum, Dad and live bloggers over the moon

Meghan and Harry have welcomed a new human into the world. And the UK media could hardly be happier, reports Elle Hunt from London.

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Business
Apr 25, 2019

What do I miss most about New Zealand? Trade Me

Elle Hunt composes a love letter to New Zealand's online auction site, with which foreign counterparts cannot compare

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Society
Apr 11, 2019

In London, the air is a public health emergency

Living in a city polluted with dirty air is among many facts of life that Londoners pay for, not just with money but with our health as well.

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Media
Mar 25, 2019

What does Islamophobia look like? Allow UK and Australian media to demonstrate

It's all relative, sure, but New Zealand's media has clearly done a far better job at holding the line against Islamophobia than their UK and Australian counterparts, writes Elle Hunt from London.

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Society
Mar 6, 2019

Just what is ‘the Kiwi way’? An investigation

Is it a bird, is it a plane? Online sleuth Elle Hunt fires up the search engines.

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Society
Feb 21, 2019

In defence of pashing

'Kissing', 'necking', 'snogging', 'making out' – there are a plethora of ways to describe the locking of lips. But Elle Hunt's favourite is one that's deeply unique to the Kiwi vocabulary. 

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Society
Feb 7, 2019

The gruelling journey of having to fly back home

In the latest instalment of her series on life as a NZ expat, Elle Hunt recounts the tedious minutiae of flying halfway across the world. 

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Society
Jan 24, 2019

Brexistential dread: Life in Britain amid the terrible, tedious drama of Brexit

With the March 29 Brexit deadline bearing down on the country at an alarming speed, it's hard not to wonder whether staying in Britain is really worth it.

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Society
Jan 10, 2019

Congratulations on IKEA, New Zealand, and good luck

You might be excited about IKEA's possible (though far from guaranteed) arrival on this country's shores, but just wait until the first time you try to assemble a chest of drawers.

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Television
Jan 3, 2019

Summer reissue: What happened to C4 host Joel Defries?

In the middle of last decade, one man dominated our local music television. Then he disappeared. Elle Hunt tracks down Joel Defries, and talks to him about life as a Kiwi TV star.

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Society
Dec 13, 2018

I moved to London, and now I finally care about Christmas

When she lived in New Zealand, Elle Hunt never really understood the fuss about Christmas. That all changed when she moved to London.

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Society
Nov 28, 2018

My name is Elle, and I’m a city break addict

Flying almost anywhere in Europe for the price of a mid-price restaurant meal? If there was ever a reason to move to the UK, budget airlines are it.

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Society
Nov 9, 2018

It’s just a long way to go: When expats’ fantasies of trips home meet reality

Almost every Kiwi who moves to London tries to soften the blow to family and friends by claiming they'll regularly return. But is it realistic?

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Now 4
Oct 27, 2018

Now That’s What I Call 1999: Have U2 and New Radicals ever been seen in the same room?

In 1999, Elle Hunt's dad convinced her that New Radical's 'You Get What You Give' was actually by U2. Today, she revisits the life-changing moment she realised he was wrong.

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Society
Oct 25, 2018

‘Sorry, I fell asleep’: the never ending struggle of long distance friendships

In her fourth Elleswhere column about life as an expat New Zealander in London, Elle Hunt navigates the lost connections of a 12 hour time difference.

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Society
Oct 11, 2018

The Whittaker’s Run: Feeding your NZ choccy addiction when you live in London

In her third Elleswhere column about life as an expat New Zealander in London, Elle Hunt begs folks back home to spare a thought for a Whittaker's fanatic stuck with no supply.

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Society
Sep 26, 2018

‘You should move here too!’ How to get your NZ friends to join you in London

In her second Elleswhere column about life as an expat New Zealander in London, Elle Hunt writes about seeing the city through the eyes of people who are just passing through.

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Society
Sep 13, 2018

The question that echoes in every NZ expat’s ears: ‘Will you go back?’

London-based Elle Hunt, along with just about every New Zealander living and working overseas, is routinely asked if and when she might return home. 

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Beverage
Jul 5, 2018

Why is coffee in London so, so terrible?

A displaced Wellingtonian yearns for the coffee culture she once derided.

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Television
Jun 25, 2018

What happened to C4 host Joel Defries?

In the middle of last decade, one man dominated our local music television. Then he disappeared. Elle Hunt talks to Joel Defries about life as a Kiwi TV star, and what he's been doing since.

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Television
Mar 12, 2018

‘The middle of nowhere!’ The show that reveals what Britain really thinks of us

A lot of British migrants are making the move to NZ – so why shouldn't there be a TV show documenting the process? Elle Hunt watches the BBC's Wanted Down Under.

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Music
Feb 12, 2018

How Lorde and Jack Antonoff changed pop music

From Lorde's whisper-pop to Jack Antonoff's anti-irony, Elle Hunt dissects how pop music is changing in after nearly 20 years in a Max Martin sugar rush.

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Music
Jan 29, 2018

And the Grammy goes to… Who knows, but here are our predictions

Is Melodrama the best album of the year? We'll know definitively on Monday (*irony warning*), but in the meantime, Elle Hunt predicts the winners of the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

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Television
Nov 27, 2017

A love letter to the astonishing weirdness of Blue Planet ll

Elle Hunt thought she was alone at sea in her love for Blue Planet back in 2001. In 2017, it would seem the whole world has taken the plunge. 

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