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Books
Jan 14, 2019

The genius of Theo Schoon, the complete asshole who was inspired by Māori art

Dutch émigré artist Theo Schoon was an anti-Semite and a shithead in so many ways, but he was also a brilliant artist who recognised the beauty and power of Māori art at a time when few Pākehā gave it a second thought. His biographer Damian Skinner reckons with a ghastly genius.

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Science
Jan 7, 2019

Forget sharks: this is the real injury risk at New Zealand's beaches

While your chances of being attacked by a shark are tiny, the risks of an injury from beach litter and marine debris are surprisingly high – and growing every year.

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Science
Dec 16, 2018

A very serious listicle: The top 10 NZ science stories of 2018

Want to feel smart but also read something snackable? Check out the Science Media Centre's top 10 NZ science stories for the year. 

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Media
Dec 14, 2018

Beached Az is back, baby!

Ten years after that blue whale first waked up on a New Zealand beach, Beached Az is coming back to our screens.

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Books
Dec 3, 2018

A trans sex worker’s story

The Monday Extract: "Stevie", who works in the sex industry as a self-described "trans boy", talks to social historian Caren Wilton.

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Science
Nov 27, 2018

Five experts answer the question: does everyone need eight hours of sleep?

Eight hours a night, every night, has become received wisdom – but how true is it?

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Society
Nov 26, 2018

Anti-uniformed police protest spreads to Wellington Pride Parade

Organisers of the Wellington Pride Parade have said that uniformed police officers will still be welcome at next year's parade. Today, we publish a statement from members of the Wellington LGBTQi community denouncing that decision.

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Science
Nov 17, 2018

Science or Snake Oil: do hangover cures actually work?

If you’re not feeling so crash hot this morning after a few too many, is there anything you can take to help?

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Media
Oct 22, 2018

Mental Health Foundation’s warning to social media users on Jami-Lee Ross

Reports that Botany MP has been sectioned and is in care for mental health issues have sparked a flurry of conjecture over the last couple of days

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Society
Oct 22, 2018

‘A real long path’: stories of lives locked up

First hand experiences of prison are shared in a new exhibition that provides an insight into the collateral consequences of incarceration.

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Books
Oct 15, 2018

The Monday Excerpt: Maurice Gee on the boy who played rapist

Maurice Gee - recently named the author of the best New Zealand book of the past 50 years - writes a memoir of the boy who had a dark, terrifying idea for a game.

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Society
Oct 9, 2018

How your birth date influences how well you do in school – and later in life

It's down to when you start at school - in Australia, at least.

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Science
Sep 11, 2018
Books
Aug 6, 2018

The Monday Excerpt: Tupaia, Banks, and an unnamed Māori trading a crayfish in 1769

The story of Tupaia's famous illustration of an unnamed Māori trading a crayfish with Joseph Banks is told in a beautifully produced book on Cook's three voyages to New Zealand.

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Science
Jul 22, 2018

I got a hoax academic paper about how politicians wipe their bums published

Would a journal publish a pseudo-study about arse-wiping? A psychology lecturer decided to find out

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Books
Jul 1, 2018

The Monday extract: the rehabilitation of a Māori mentally abnormal offender

Forensic psychiatrist Rees Tapsell tells the story of "Tama", who killed his aunt in a psychotic episode, and was referred to a kaupapa Māori rehabilitation unit.

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Books
Jun 18, 2018

The Monday Extract: The secret diary of Charles Brasch

He viewed Greymouth as "sub-human", rather wished James K Baxter would STFU, and regarded the poetry of "plump and round" Bill Manhire as "promising". A new book shares the 1968 diary of Landfall founder Charles Brasch.

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Books
Jun 15, 2018

The Friday Poem: ‘Jogging’ by Maggie Rainey-Smith

New verse by Eastbourne writer Maggie Rainey-Smith.

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Society
May 30, 2018

We’ve had evidence of hoki dumping for years. Why did no-one act?

For decades, New Zealand consumers have bought hoki on the assumption that it is a sustainable and properly managed fishery. But that's far from the truth.

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Society
Apr 25, 2018

How Gallipoli has become part of a key political struggle in Turkey

While Anzac visitor numbers may be dropping, Erdoğan's pious generation' are increasingly heading to a site that has grown in significance since the recent failed coup

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Books
Apr 23, 2018

The Monday Extract: The rise and fall of Bull Allen

Veteran Herald sports reporter Wynne Grey has written a new book about what happens to rugby players when they hang up their boots. In this excerpt, Mark "Bull" Allen – the All Blacks prop who led the Hurricanes in the Super 12 in 1996, and played 110 games for Taranaki – tells his story.

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Business
Apr 19, 2018

Denise L’Estrange-Corbet slams Trelise Cooper for unethical clothing

If Trelise Cooper is "deeply committed to strong ethical standards" she appears to have a funny way of showing it, says fellow fashion designer Denise L'Estrange-Corbet.

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Parents
Apr 19, 2018

How to make a submission to the Law Commission about abortion law reform

Many Spinoff Parents readers have asked how to make a submission on abortion law reform in New Zealand. We asked national president of ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa Terry Bellamak to write a guide for us.

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Society
Apr 17, 2018

We’re calling on fellow Uber drivers and users to log out for a day. Here’s why.

The NZ Rideshare Drivers Network is asking Uber drivers and passengers to join a day of action over pay and conditions

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Science
Apr 12, 2018

‘To become carbon-neutral by 2050, we need a lot more action’ – the experts’ view

The latest inventory of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions shows a 20% increase in emissions from 1990 to 2016. The Science Media Centre has collected commentary from the experts

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Society
Apr 11, 2018

What does heavy weather do to the transport system?

With heavy rain and wind pounding away at New Zealand, what does it mean for the buses, trains and roads? It's a little more complicated than you might think.

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