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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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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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Books
Mar 7, 2016

The Monday excerpt – new photography by Fiona Pardington

Three new photographs by the acclaimed artist Fiona Pardington.

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Gaming
Feb 16, 2016

Getting rekt at the 2016 Halo World Championship

While the rest of New Zealand celebrated Waitangi Day, a small group of enthusiastic Kiwi gamers travelled across the Tasman to display a different type of patriotism at the 2016 Word Halo Championship

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Media
Jan 22, 2016

‘Hands down the best New Zealand movie of all time’ – Geoff Murphy’s ‘puha western’ Utu

Paul Stanley Ward and Costa Botes look back on Utu, a landmark piece of New Zealand cinema and one of Quentin Tarantino's personal favourites.

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Media
Dec 2, 2015

What We Lost When We Lost 3D – Paula Penfold’s History of the Teina Pora Investigation

Half a year ago Paula Penfold spoke about her team's extraordinary and important work on the tragic case of Teina Pora. Now, in the aftermath of MediaWorks' axing of 3D, we reproduce that speech in full.

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Sports
Nov 6, 2015

Sports: The Weekly NFL All You Need To Know

Things are heating up as the NFL season rushes past the halfway mark. Our NFL correspondent Tea Manuel looks at ten key match ups for the weekend and the ten …

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Politics
Nov 6, 2015

Politics: “A Tax Switch, From Earning to Owning” – Josie Pagani Writes Andrew Little’s Speech

On Sunday, Andrew Little will deliver his first speech as leader to the Labour Party conference. In the leadup, he'll have been peppered with advice. We want to help, too. Here's Josie Pagani's draft.

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Politics
Nov 6, 2015

Politics: “Build a Country to Work In” – Helen Kelly Writes Andrew Little’s Speech

On Sunday, Andrew Little will deliver his first speech as leader to the Labour Party conference. In the leadup, he'll have been peppered with advice. We want to help, too. Here's Helen Kelly's draft.

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Sports
Oct 8, 2015

Sports: The Ultimate NFL Primer For Week 5

Sports Stats Analyst and, ahem, Bucs fan Tea Manuel offers up all you need to know about our ten top match ups for week five of the Biggest Show in America. 1. Kansas City Chiefs …

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Media
Oct 5, 2015

After That ‘Dope’ Review, Is It Time For Rip it Up to Rest in Peace? An Ex-Editor Weighs In

Leonie Hayden was editor of RipItUp until its sale to Grant Hislop in 2013. She writes about the experience of watching a publication she once loved disappear from view – until it published an already-infamous review of the film Dope.

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