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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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Auckland
Jul 27, 2017

Top of the Lake and high in the mountains: NZFF filmmakers pick their highlights

Philippa Campbell introduces the second series of Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake and Hugh Macdonald gets outdoors in a different way. Part six of our Film Festival filmmaker’s choice series. Producer Philippa …

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Auckland
Jul 26, 2017

Bigger than Ben Hur! Introducing Kim Dotcom, the movie

Director Annie Goldson introduces her Dotcom documentary and the one she calls its antithesis; and Julian Boshier talks about working with Wellington band Head Like a Hole for 15 years. Welcome to part five of our Film Festival filmmaker's choice series.

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Auckland
Jul 25, 2017

From sublime to satirical: filmmaker picks in the film festival, part 4

With the Film Festival upon us we asked filmmakers to choose a favourite movie from the lineup and also tell us about their own films in the festival. Here's the fourth instalment of the series, by Catherine Bisley and Shirley Horrocks.

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Auckland
Jul 22, 2017

The Film Festival this weekend: four filmmakers choose their highlights

We asked filmmakers to choose a favourite from the Film Festival lineup and also tell us about their own films. This third instalment of the series features Gaylene Preston, Renae Maihi, Paul Oremland and Jackie van Beek.

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Auckland
Jul 21, 2017

Scary movies, and more: Film Festival filmmakers on their don’t-miss picks

We asked filmmakers to choose a favourite from the Film Festival lineup and also tell us about their own films in the festival. In this second instalment of the series, …

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Auckland
Jul 20, 2017

Spirit encounters: the filmmaker who became a shaman

With the Film Festival now underway we asked we asked a whole bunch of filmmakers to tell us about a film they’re specially keen to see, and about their own …

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Media
Jul 1, 2017

The email Bernadette Courtney sent WCC’s Kevin Lavery

The email Fairfax's central region editor Bernadette Courtney sent to the Wellington City Council's Kevin Lavery yesterday, in response to the WCC's disputing the Dominion Post's coverage of a campervan story.

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Society
Apr 18, 2017

St Patrick’s Silverstream parent: handling of school sexual harassment a ‘spectacular moral failure’

Two women teachers who were sexually harassed by male students have resigned following ‘considerable distress’. Here a parent writes of her dismay at the way the college has dealt with the incident and the message it sends to young men.

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Books
Apr 7, 2017

The Friday Poems, by Jeffrey Paparoa Holman: part 5 of our week-long series on Greymouth writer Peter Hooper

To conclude our week-long series on Greymouth writer Peter Hooper: two poems by his former student Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, from his new collection of verse, Blood Ties.

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Comedy
Mar 29, 2017

Step aside, politicians: Comedians fix the world’s problems in The Green Effect Comedy Show

Brendon Green on attempting to solve the world's problems and showing comedians in another light

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Politics
Mar 29, 2017

An investment adviser on why we need a Universal Basic Income debate

You could be forgiven for thinking support for a Universal Basic Income comes only from Gareth Morgan and the political left. But as financial adviser Michael Warrington points out, the UBI has a lot to recommend it, whatever your political outlook.

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Media
Mar 25, 2017

We don’t need to talk about Mike Hosking

Myles Thompson of the Coalition for Better Broadcasting explains why they teamed up with Action Station to launch the People's Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media.

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Society
Mar 16, 2017

‘I love my child to the end of the world. But if I could go back and change it, I would’

Hundreds of NZ women are told every year that their request for an abortion is ‘not justified’. One woman describes the response she encountered, and why she feels betrayed by a system that continues to view women seeking termination through a lens of criminality

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Television
Dec 27, 2016

Summer reissue: Real Housewives and the real racism New Zealand prefers to pretend doesn’t exist

A Black woman living in New Zealand talks about this year's infamous episode of Real Housewives, and why it’s indicative of a broader racist culture in New Zealand we still refuse to acknowledge.

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Science
Nov 21, 2016

So much for ‘no tsunami’. It climbed to 4.1 metres above mean sea level on Monday, tearing a house from its foundations

Tsunami scientists have returned from Canterbury, where they found at least one spot of severe damage from the tsunami that followed the Kaikoura earthquake, and it’s a powerful reminder that you shouldn’t wait for a formal evacuation, explains Caroline Little of GNS

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Science
Nov 18, 2016

New post-Kaikoura calculations put chance of a 7+ aftershock in next 30 days at 25%

GeoNet have published their latest future scenarios and aftershock forecasts following the M7.8 quake that struck early on Monday morning.

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Science
Nov 17, 2016

When the seafloor surges out of the ocean – coastal uplift explained

The Kaikoura earthquake lifted long strips of coast out of the sea on Monday morning, in parts as high as two metres. Natalie Balfour of GeoNet explains what's going on.

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Society
Nov 15, 2016

Kaikoura aftershocks: the latest probability of another big shake

Geonet has released newly calculated aftershock probabilities that put the chance of one or more M6-6.9 quake in the next day at 37%.

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Society
Nov 14, 2016

‘There are more earthquakes to come’: NZ’s geology experts on what we know and the chances of another big one

A massive magnitude-7.5 quake centred near Hanmer has led to at least two deaths, caused widespread damage and triggered tsunami alerts. GNS explains what we know so far about the science behind the disaster, and what to expect now.

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Music
Nov 2, 2016

The Koi Boys’ Kevin Keepa on how music saved him from himself

Kevin Keepa went from busking for loose change on Wellington's Lambton Quay to winning fans' hearts on The Voice Australia. To mark the release of the Koi Boys' debut album, he tells his story.

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Society
Oct 25, 2016

In the US, our incarceration mania is a catastrophe – why on earth would New Zealand try to copy it?

Three American prison experts were in NZ when Judith Collins announced a $1bn boost in the corrections department and 1,800 more jail beds. An expansion to an approach that even Bill English calls a ‘moral and fiscal failure’ is a huge mistake, they write.

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Television
Sep 23, 2016

Real Housewives and the real racism New Zealand prefers to pretend doesn’t exist

A Black woman living in New Zealand talks about this week’s episode of Real Housewives, and why it’s indicative of a broader racist culture in New Zealand we still refuse to acknowledge.

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Television
Jun 3, 2016

‘I ate so many Froot Loops that I started sweating’ – The Jono and Ben team share their favourite sketches

The 100th episode of Jono and Ben airs tonight on TV3, so we asked the cast and writers to share their favourite sketches from the last 99 shows.

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Television
Jun 1, 2016

Thoughts actual religious people have while watching The Path

The Spinoff wrangled a real-life mystery religious person to dissect the depiction of faith in The Path, a drama following members of a fictional cult.

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Society
May 28, 2016

Disjointed art and unbridled commerce: an insider’s take on the Auckland Art Fair

As the Auckland Art Fair wraps up for another year, our anonymous art world insider looks back at the festival's highs and lows.

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Media
Mar 18, 2016

“The industry’s dirty little secret” – a cynic’s view of advertising’s Axis Awards

Last week the advertising world came together for its annual night of backslapping. But the Axis Awards are more than just an excuse for a booze-up – they can make or break careers.

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