Joel MacManus

Joel MacManus is the Chief Reporter for the Otago University Students Association magazine Critic - Te Arohi and not quite a qualified lawyer

Media
Jul 15, 2018

Otago University’s hunt for the Loch Ness Monster was an embarrassment

Spoiler alert: They didn’t find it.

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Media
Jun 16, 2018

Meet the men behind New Zealand’s most deranged conspiracy website

What on earth would possess someone to publish a cacophony of fabrications so unhinged that they make Infowars look tame?

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Media
May 29, 2018

Bloody hell, what a week: Critic's editor on the Menstruation Issue furore

In this editorial from the current issue of Critic, Joel MacManus looks back on week in which his small student magazine became a global news story.

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Media
May 23, 2018

Critic editor: why we made the Menstruation Issue

Yesterday the University of Otago seized thousands of copies of its students' magazine. Editor Joel MacManus explains what happened.

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Media
Apr 15, 2018

How a cult Dunedin film gave Taika Waititi his big break

It's remembered as one of New Zealand's best comic thrillers, but how did it happen? Joel McManus talks to director Robert Sarkies about his 1999 film Scarfies.

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Media
Dec 2, 2017

How a student journalist brought out the Trump in Winston

As a journalist at a student magazine, Joel MacManus wrote a straightforward report on a speech given by Winston Peters. In return, Peters called him a moron and questioned whether he deserved to be in university.

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Parents
Oct 17, 2017

Meet the couple who tried to get sperm on Reddit

Eighteeen months ago, an anonymous couple posted on Reddit's New Zealand forum with an unusual request: they wanted sperm, any sperm. Joel McManus tracked them down to ask them why.

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Politics
Sep 13, 2017

‘I’m incredibly unpopular’: meet the wrestlers fighting as ‘The Young Nats’

In a strange collision of wrestling and electioneering, Joel MacManus talks to 'Mr. Burns', the pro wrestler behind the parody billboards taking the internet by storm.  

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Society
Apr 8, 2017

Party hard: 12 hours of drunken excess at Dunedin’s Hyde Street Party

For at least 22 years, the Hyde Street Party has been a highlight of Dunedin's scarfie social calendar, a dawn to dusk marathon of drinking, dancing and general debauchery. This year's party took place on Saturday April 1 and Joel MacManus was there for the whole thing.

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