Justin Latif

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

Business
Jan 8, 2021

Turning tragedy and trash into business triumph: The Saia Latu story

Saia Latu dropped out of school at 14, was in trouble with the cops at 16, and earning six figures by his mid-30s. But his greatest success was still to come.

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Society
Jan 7, 2021

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
Dec 24, 2020

What I learned in my first six months at The Spinoff

How The Spinoff ended up with a dedicated South Auckland writer.

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Society
Dec 18, 2020

Hustling for a future: How four Māngere year 13s got through 2020

South Auckland students' struggles have been well reported this year, but a group of Māngere pupils say they can see a silver lining to it all.

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Ātea
Dec 18, 2020

The story behind the fight to save Ihumātao

The woman who started it all on how they defied the odds and the doubters. 

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Society
Dec 16, 2020

Former Herald owner, golf club in clash over South Auckland rezoning plans

An exclusive South Auckland-based golf club wants to rezone land that's been designated for houses, but some of its own members aren't happy.

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Society
Dec 9, 2020

Why an answer to Māngere’s empty cycleways may be just around the corner

Getting people cycling in South Auckland is hard, but one community is giving it a real go. So will these latest proposals make a difference?

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Business
Dec 5, 2020

Turning tragedy and trash into business triumph: The Saia Latu story

Saia Latu dropped out of school at 14, was in trouble with the cops at 16, and earning six figures by his mid-30s. But his greatest success was still to come.

Read on.

Auckland
Dec 4, 2020

The meaning behind Dame Whina Cooper, the boring machine breaking ground in Auckland

'Just as this project is taking New Zealand to a better place, Dame Whina did that too.'

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Vodafone
Dec 4, 2020

Humour over rumour: How South Auckland is pushing back against 5G conspiracy theories

A new series of videos uses comedy to debunk misinformation that's proved to be particularly visible in South Auckland.

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Ātea
Dec 3, 2020

No more token tack-ons: Building mana into Auckland design

Is the striking new architecture featuring Māori and Pacific art around our city just tokenistic add-ons, or are Māori and Pasifika architects and designers being given the opportunities they deserve?

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Society
Nov 23, 2020

They wanted to oppose a liquor store at the school gates – but say Council’s process is badly broken

Auckland Council's district licensing committee hearings are being accused of entrenching inequality in the city.

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Society
Nov 18, 2020

The last days of Trump-land: Conversations with Kiwis in America

With Trump disputing the election and Covid sweeping the nation, you could be forgiven for thinking the United States is descending into utter chaos. Justin Latif got in touch with a few mates to see if that's really the case.

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Society
Nov 17, 2020

The struggle for South Auckland renters to keep a roof over their heads

As South Auckland’s property market heats up, those in poorly managed rentals are often caught between a rock and a hard place – complain and face the consequences or stay quiet and keep a roof over their heads.

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Ātea
Oct 30, 2020

‘What are you Christians doing here?’ Matt Renata on faith and protest at Ihumātao

Matt Renata was a constant presence at Ihumātao, assembling what he calls a 'church of the good vibes'. But not everyone was thrilled to see him.

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Food
Oct 30, 2020

All fired up: Māngere gets set for first-ever marae food festival

This weekend’s Te Ahi Kōmau festival will celebrate South Auckland's fiery volcanic past and amazing produce.

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Politics
Oct 28, 2020

Arrival of parliament’s new migrant MPs sparks rejoicing, and backlash

While our newest migrant MPs are inspiring people across the world, their first week in parliament has not passed without controversy here at home.

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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.

Read on.

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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