Justin Latif

Justin Latif is a Māngere resident, former editor of the Manukau Courier and long-suffering New Zealand Warriors fan.

Politics
Oct 19, 2020

The National Party looks to get up again

How can National scrape itself off the canvas after a big defeat? We talk to MPs and members.

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Society
Oct 17, 2020

From friends to foes: How two Māngere College old boys made it as rugby pros

How did two pupils from Māngere College end up playing on different sides in the Bledisloe Cup?

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Society
Oct 17, 2020

In defence of the drop kick

After last weekend's Bledisloe Cup match, Justin Latif asks why we've fallen out of love with drop kicking.

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Society
Oct 15, 2020

Deepest cut: The barber helping men face up to themselves

Barber Peleti Oli-Alainu'uese is using his story of overcoming a background of sexual and physical abuse to inspire others to tackle their own issues.

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Politics
Oct 13, 2020

Finding a remedy for South Auckland’s health issues

How are the main parties planning to address South Auckland's health inequities?

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Politics
Oct 7, 2020

Say a little prayer: What impact will faith have on the 2020 election?

Judith Collins has foregrounded her religious beliefs in debates and at church in the last week. But will it matter when it comes time for Christians to cast their votes?

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Politics
Oct 3, 2020

Election 2020: The housing policies in two minutes

Our very quick guide to what's on offer.

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Society
Oct 1, 2020

Bridging the divide: What will stop gentrification hurting South Auckland?

Thousands of new houses are set to be built in South Auckland over the next 10 years, but will the new developments irreversibly change the region?

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Ātea
Sep 28, 2020

How a South Auckland playground will be a gateway to an iwi’s history

An Auckland iwi whose population and land holdings were decimated during the New Zealand Wars is partnering with Auckland Council to ensure its stories are being heard – and a new playground plays a starring role.

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Society
Sep 24, 2020

Two mums, one foodbank and the unlikeliest of friendships

The Rawiri Community House helps hundreds of families with food and other essential services each week, and it’s kept going thanks to the efforts of two women.

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Auckland
Sep 19, 2020

Locals quiz South Auckland charity over its $1.5 million cash reserve

A South Auckland charity makes close to half a million a year from running a flea market on a publicly owned carpark but distributes less than a third of its income in grants, which has some locals wondering whether the trust could be doing more to support the community, given the pressing needs in the area.

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Society
Sep 17, 2020

While the rest of council faces cuts, TSI keeps attracting cash for South Auckland

While most of council is slashing budgets, one department is continuing to attract funding for its initiatives focused on South and West Aucklanders.

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Ātea
Sep 14, 2020

Take your kawhe with a spoonful of te reo

A new Māori-Sāmoan collaboration combines te reo, coffee and chocolate into a delicious learning experience.

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Books
Sep 13, 2020

Mate ma’a Tonga! Legendary league team to inspire a new generation of readers

A new children's book aims to capture the essence of what it means to be Tongan.

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Politics
Sep 9, 2020

South Auckland’s DHB and the $300m funding hole

Counties Manukau DHB, home to Middlemore Hospital, may have missed out on $300 million in funding over the last decade, according to documents released to The Spinoff. This article has been …

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Society
Sep 1, 2020

How Covid is upending time-honoured traditions for Māori and Pasifika families

The pandemic is forcing Pasifika and Māori to rethink how they grieve.

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Auckland
Aug 28, 2020

South Aucklanders on the incoming economic crisis: ‘We’re on the shore staring at the tsunami’

Businesses and community organisations in South Auckland are already finding themselves stretched thin – and warn the worst is yet to come.  Māngere businesswoman Toni Helleur employs up to nine people …

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Society
Aug 25, 2020

Spot the difference: Why are South Auckland rents so high?

In Randwick Park, where the median income is $22,600, a three-bedroom house can command nearly $600 a week.

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Politics
Aug 21, 2020

‘I will very strongly defend them’ – Jacinda Ardern on South Auckland family

The prime minister focused on Pasifika issues in a special Zoom press conference this afternoon.

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Society
Aug 21, 2020

How South Auckland youth are helping each other through the stress of Covid

Young people in South Auckland aren't the problem, they're the solution.

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Auckland
Aug 19, 2020

Amid racism, rumour and fear mongering, South Auckland stands up for affected family

'This has given an opportunity for some to come out and say their rubbish about South Auckland.'

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Society
Aug 17, 2020

How my daughter’s Māngere primary is bridging the digital divide

Much has been made of digital divide, but as Justin Latif has observed in his role as a board of trustee member of Māngere Central School, schools in the area …

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Society
Aug 16, 2020

South Auckland’s food banks brace for a surge in demand

With the extension of alert level three set to put pressure on already struggling South Auckland families, organisations are gearing up to help feed those in need.

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Society
Aug 12, 2020

Second time around, South Aucklanders feel anxious but much more ready

Justin Latif takes the temperature of his community in South Auckland, ground zero for the latest Covid-19 outbreak.

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Politics
Aug 7, 2020

Abortion became legal in March – but it still divides Labour in South Auckland

One of Labour's most devout MPs has become passionately pro-choice, while another key candidate remains implacably opposed.

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Auckland
Aug 6, 2020

Welcome to Takanini, the sparkling new seat in the 2020 election

There are no incumbents in this south Auckland seat. We meet some of the voters, and the fascinating bunch desperate for their support.  

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