Justin Latif

Justin Latif is a long-suffering Warriors fan, former Manukau Courier editor and now the South Auckland editor for The Spinoff, with a local democracy focus. For information about the LDR scheme go to: rnz.co.nz/ldr/about

Society
Sep 24, 2021

Meet the Pacific social services helping keep the team of five million safe

When the lockdown became more than a health crisis for many South Auckland families, it was their local, Pacific-led social services that stepped up to help.

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Society
Sep 22, 2021

‘Hey cuz, come on down’: Manurewa marae’s vaccination bus is already a hit

South Auckland leaders say Covid-19 can be beaten through community-led initiatives like the Shot Cuz vaccine bus.

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Society
Sep 20, 2021

Closing the digital divide requires 'constant attention', say education experts

The issue goes beyond just having a screen and wifi. 

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Society
Sep 15, 2021

The producer nurturing south Auckland’s next hip-hop moguls

'My aim is to work with these kids until they own their own business, so they understand taxes, GST, expenses – and they all understand what the 31st of March means too.”

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Society
Sep 11, 2021

‘I would never wish this on anyone’: Life in quarantine with six kids and the delta variant 

A positive case from the AOG Church cluster on how his family of eight are battling Covid and cabin fever in Māngere hotel room.

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Society
Sep 8, 2021

How Dawn Raid’s Brotha D came to the aid of the AOG Church cluster

He's among those supporting New Zealand’s largest cluster who say health officials need to learn important lessons from the outbreak.

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Food
Sep 7, 2021

The takeaway owner getting through lockdown with Instagram and good vibes 

How one hospo owner is finding support through his popular social media account – and spreading positivity in return.

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Society
Sep 2, 2021
Society
Sep 2, 2021

Lockdown extension has South Auckland food banks bracing for increased demand

While South Auckland's food banks were prepared, many say delta complicates how they deliver their services.

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Society
Aug 30, 2021

‘You’ve got the wrong guy’: What it’s like to be detained at gunpoint outside your own home

A Māngere East taxi driver's day started like any other, but by mid-afternoon he was handcuffed face down on a grass berm, with a cop's gun trained on him.

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Business
Aug 26, 2021

Rise and shine: How an Ōtāhuhu bed factory is getting its workers ready for the digital age

A new council initiative is aiming to help Pacific workers get upskilled for the increased digitisation of workplaces.

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Politics
Aug 25, 2021

Goff grills Watercare for straight answers over its climate change preparedness

Auckland's council-owned water company still hasn't integrated climate change projections into its modelling, and the mayor isn't happy.

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Society
Aug 25, 2021

‘God bless them’: Church at centre of latest outbreak brushes off racist abuse

South Auckland church members are choosing to rise above the racist abuse directed at them, following more Covid cases reported in the region.

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Society
Aug 19, 2021

‘It doesn’t feel as close to home’: South Aucklanders feel prepared but wary

After the two previous lockdowns, South Auckland leaders say not having a community outbreak located in the region is a small relief. 

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Business
Aug 12, 2021

Meet the woman behind South Auckland’s innovative entrepreneurs’ hub

Grid MNK is not your everyday co-working space, and its chief executive Manawawharepu Udy doesn't fit the mould either.

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Society
Aug 11, 2021

How Fili Fepulea’i Tapua’i’s fight for climate action became a battle against racism 

A new film provides a behind the scenes look at the School Strike 4 Climate marches and how the movement was almost derailed due to who wasn't included.

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Society
Aug 5, 2021

Taking back the streets: Meet the South Aucklanders standing up to violence in their communities

Can chess clubs, barbecues and cultural dance save youth from gangs? A bunch of South Aucklanders think so.

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Politics
Aug 2, 2021

‘We accept your apology. However …’ Pacific leaders look to ‘new dawn’

'It’s one of the most racist pieces of legislation on the books.'

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Society
Jul 30, 2021

Demand at South Auckland mass vaccine event takes organisers by surprise

Many people were forced to wait up to an hour for their jab due to higher than anticipated demand.

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Society
Jul 29, 2021

How the Polynesian Panthers are raising a new generation of leaders

'I don’t think our generation knows much about this and it feels weird that there’s this other part of our history we haven’t been told about.'

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Society
Jul 26, 2021

New Zealand’s history of violence against Pacific peoples laid bare

Stories of almost unimaginable brutality are being shared at the public hearings on the experiences of Pacific people in care.

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Politics
Jul 25, 2021

‘God, not my girls’: Auckland councillor receives bomb threat following TV show criticism

Collins says he has been reflecting on his future in politics after a bomb threat was made against him and his family in response to comments about Police Ten 7.

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Politics
Jul 19, 2021

How to get a new playground – the Ōtara way

It all started with a 'meet your neighbours' barbecue. Three years later, the community group were celebrating the opening of a $600,000 playground they'd fought for.

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Society
Jul 9, 2021

Liquor licences approved for Auckland bottle stores that had broken labour laws

'It’s modern day slavery': Council called on to crack down on booze outlets that flout labour laws.

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Society
Jul 7, 2021

It’ll take more than $20 a week to fix the housing crisis for beneficiaries

Room for rent in Ōtāhuhu: $400 p/w. Cockroaches and dirty mattress included. No heaters.

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Society
Jul 6, 2021

Can light rail save Māngere’s ailing town centre?

It could be a 'major socioeconomic game-changer' for the suburb.

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