James Borrowdale

James Borrowdale is a freelance journalist.

The Sunday Essay
Apr 18, 2021

The Sunday Essay: Cricket with child

A magic summer shared by a cricket-mad father and his oblivious baby daughter.

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Kiwi Property
Dec 18, 2020

After a too-big 2020, a little bit of joy

A man visits Sylvia Park, meets Santa Claus, and decides that Christmas might not be so bad.

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NZ Geo Photographer of the Year
Oct 30, 2020

A year in Aotearoa: The photos that captured New Zealand

James Borrowdale learns the stories behind the images nominated for the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year.

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Jul 15, 2020

What it’s like to be raided by armed police for cannabis

An extract from the new book Weed: A New Zealand Story, by James Borrowdale. 

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Jun 9, 2020

Conversation came back: How Covid-19 changed the way we communicate

On March 23 prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced that in 48 hours the country would go into lockdown. New Zealanders had a primal reaction: they called their loved ones. 

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Nov 21, 2019

In praise of Neil Wagner, the Black Cap who forges beauty out of brutality

Mark Reason says this merchant of intimidation is boring. Here is why he's wrong.

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Mar 25, 2019

How to harness a dog’s super power (and start a new career)

Two years ago Augusta Grayson was working in advertising, now she's running her own dog training business. James Borrowdale met Grayson (and Frank the Dachshund) to learn about Unitec's Certificate in Animal Management.

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Tax Heroes
Apr 14, 2018

The young Māori woman on a mission to give ‘the man’ a makeover

No one likes the tax man. Not even his mum. But Dany Miller-Kareko is the modern friendly face of the IRD, who is out to convince Kiwis she’s here to help. James Borrowdale followed her around Auckland while she tried.

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