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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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Politics
Mar 21, 2018

Why the Cambridge Analytica scandal matters

Facebook's shares have taken a nosedive after something to do with data used by Cambridge Analytica. Confused? Here's what it means, and what could come next.

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Books
Mar 19, 2018

The Monday Extract: The incredible story of the desecration of a Whakatane meeting house

In 1879, the Whakatane meeting house Mataatua was taken apart and put on a ship bound for Australia, then England: 'And so began the wanderings of New Zealand’s most-travelled wharenui...'

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Books
Feb 28, 2018

Exclusive: The return of Craig Marriner, the lost genius of New Zealand writing

Craig Marriner was a nobody who won the 2002 book of the year award with his first novel Stonedogs, a raw, rough, street-wise tale of bogan life. His second novel sank without trace - and so did Marriner, who disappeared. He returns after a long absence with an evocation of life and literature in his home town, Rotorua.

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Television
Jan 31, 2018

An open letter from Screaming Reels to our confused Australian neighbours

The Spinoff asked Screaming Reels co-host Leigh Hart to apologise to Australian viewers for the confusion over whether or not his show is a parody. Instead, his "producers" came back with this.

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Society
Jan 29, 2018

Why teacher aides are crucial to classrooms: a principal and an aide write

Many schools are having to cut teacher aide hours due to a budget squeezes: two views from the classroom on why it matters.

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Books
Oct 2, 2017

The Monday Excerpt: The coming of the sparrow

From a new anthology of bird writing in New Zealand, the great naturalist Herbert Guthrie-Smith describes the introduction of a bird known by all: the sparrow. This excerpt is from his classic 1921 book Tutira.

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Politics
Sep 20, 2017

TOP and Sean Plunket on the Mike Joy endorsement saga

A statement from The Opportunities Party, supplied by its communications director Sean Plunket, responding to Mike Joy's assertion that he did not endorse TOP. Mike Joy has since accepted this version …

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Auckland
Aug 4, 2017

The Maungakiekie movie: sometimes it takes a chainsaw to start a conversation

Ready for the last weekend of the Film Festival in Auckland? Chris Davis introduces his movie about Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill) and chooses another film he also wants to see. Part seven of our filmmaker’s choice series.

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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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