Elle Hunt

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

Politics
Sep 4, 2019

Please, nobody tell the Home Office: I have failed at being British

Tests on citizenship are very revealing about our ideas of 'national identity', writes NZ-British human mashup Elle Hunt.

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Society
Aug 19, 2019

Everyone says they’re moving to New Zealand – ray of light in a bleak world

NZ has long been the world’s imagined lifeboat – and increasingly for something more than just escape

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Society
Aug 2, 2019

Welcome to Little New Zealand, London, UK

From Shepherds Bush to Acton, Wimbledon to Wandsworth, and now even Hackney, London is sprinkled with New Zealander strongholds

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Society
Jul 22, 2019

The fraught social ritual of getting your round in

One of the many unspoken rules of British life is that when one is drinking at the pub with others, one buys rounds. For the naive New Zealander, it's stressful AF, says Elle Hunt.

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Society
Jul 2, 2019

Renting isn’t about ‘surviving’ or ‘enduring’ – it’s about having a warm, dry home

Warm, dry homes are a standard, not a luxury – Kiwi renters should expect nothing less, writes Elle Hunt.

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Society
Jun 22, 2019

The metric system is simply, undeniably better. Won’t someone tell the US?

The metric system might seem obvious to us, but resisting it has started to become a point of extreme pride for Americans.

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Society
Jun 9, 2019

The world may finally be embracing NZ’s most beloved summer tradition: bare feet

There are few things New Zealanders love more than walking around the city without shoes or socks on. And now, maybe, the Northern Hemisphere is ready to get onboard.

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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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