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

Food
Jun 22, 2021

Bringing out the real flavours of South Auckland, one food enterprise at a time

“I hate what we’re served up as a community so it has to change”: An innovative business accelerator programme is helping change the way South Aucklanders think about their local cuisine.

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Auckland
Jun 18, 2021

Stealth speed bumps leave South Aucklanders fuming

'I’ve seen a few cars lose bumpers.'

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Politics
Jun 15, 2021

The cycling civil servant who's not afraid to get good and mad on Twitter

‘People threaten to run me down’: How Alec Tang is navigating trolls and SUVs in his fight for a greener Auckland.

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Ātea
Jun 8, 2021

The plant nursery helping young South Aucklanders find direction, and jobs

How their daughter’s death inspired a South Auckland farming couple to start a charity helping troubled youth.

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Books
Jun 3, 2021

Rekindling memories and righting wrongs: writers on Sāmoan Language Week 

How speaking the mother-tongue can also be an act of decolonisation.

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Society
Jun 2, 2021

The free lunch debate: Can schools tackle both hunger and dependency?

A South Auckland principal has rejected the government's school lunch programme, saying it does nothing ‘for people’s mana’.

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Society
May 27, 2021

Civics education experts ‘dumbstruck’ by lack of consultation on new curriculum

The government promised to increase civics education to better prepare school leavers for the real world, but has it delivered?

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Society
May 21, 2021

Budget 2021: Boost to vocational training to help tackle youth unemployment

Young South Aucklanders wanting a career in construction were among the potential winners from yesterday's budget announcements.

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Business
May 19, 2021

Massive Auckland scrap metal pile prompts call to toughen up on compliance

A metal recycling business already under investigation for breaching its resource consent has now been caught illegally dumping.

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Society
May 18, 2021

Despite community need, Māngere’s ‘absolutely wonderful’ birthing unit remains half-full

Less than half of a Māngere birthing unit’s rooms are being used, and both staff and expectant local mums are frustrated.

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Society
May 17, 2021

Shaky vaccine rollout putting community at risk, say South Auckland GPs 

GPs in South Auckland and Porirua say the vaccine rollout is falling seriously short in terms of both delivery and communication.

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Business
May 13, 2021

Frustrated Auckland developers call on council to turn up the consenting tap

Auckland Council is being accused of overheating the housing market with its inefficient consent process.

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Politics
May 11, 2021

Auckland mayor accused of running ‘boys’ club’ council

Some councillors say Phil Goff isn't doing enough to ensure gender equality on council – a claim he vehemently denies.

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Food
May 7, 2021

Let them eat pizza bread: What South Aucklanders think of free school lunches

Are the government's school lunches hitting the mark for kids and their teachers?

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Politics
May 3, 2021

The reality of standing up to the booze industry in a liquor store hearing

Liquor licensing hearings hold huge sway over communities in South Auckland. But just how easy do they make it for the public to make their voice heard?

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Society
Apr 22, 2021

Will scrapping DHBs remedy South Auckland’s medical woes?

Ditching DHBs is being welcomed by many in South Auckland, but others are urging caution.

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Society
Apr 20, 2021

Mind the gap: How Auckland Transport plans to tackle its diversity problem

Can Auckland Transport's new Pasifika strategy help bridge the pay gap between its Pacific staff and the rest?

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Society
Mar 30, 2021

‘Why are we being ignored?’ Advocates cry foul as liquor stores keep getting approved

Frustrated at the spread of liquor stores across South Auckland, local advocacy groups and health officials say an urgent review of licensing laws is needed.

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Politics
Mar 25, 2021

Housing reforms could end up hurting South Auckland families, expert warns

The government's released its latest answer to the housing crisis, but South Auckland housing experts are giving it mixed reviews.

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Sports
Mar 19, 2021

New South Auckland race track could breed the Scott Dixons of the future

A Wiri park is set to be transformed into a 'world class' motorsport facility.

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Books
Mar 16, 2021

Auckland libraries poised to ditch fines entirely in bid to increase patronage

Good news for readers: Auckland Council is planning to forgo up to $1 million a year by abolishing late fees.

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Politics
Mar 16, 2021

Can Auckland’s $150m climate change plan save the city from disaster?

Some are questioning whether the council's investment will protect the city’s most vulnerable residents.

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Society
Mar 11, 2021

South Auckland leaders respond to vaccine roll-out plan

South Auckland public health experts warn vaccine roll-out should be wider that currently planned.

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Media
Mar 5, 2021

Getting the message through: How are South Aucklanders staying informed about Covid? 

'Covid is real, it’s happening, but I’m also a believer that listeners and viewers must make their own mind up.'

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Food
Mar 4, 2021

Meet the South Auckland women behind a healthy food revolution

A pair of inspiring women are ensuring South Aucklanders have better access to healthy and delicious food.

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Society
Mar 1, 2021

South Auckland DHB chief: NZ owes our people a ‘debt of gratitude’

'You watch who’s doing the vaccinating and who’s doing the testing, it’s almost always our Māori and Pacific workforce – we owe a lot to them.'

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