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

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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Covid-19
Mar 1, 2021

‘Post-kindness’ rhetoric targeting South Auckland Covid cases will backfire, warns Efeso Collins

While some are calling for harsher penalties on those who don't comply, an Auckland councillor is warning such talk will only backfire.

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Society
Feb 26, 2021

What’s the answer to South Auckland’s rubbish issues?

Nine new community recycling centres are to be built in Auckland over the next 10 years. So why is South Auckland only getting one more?

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Society
Feb 22, 2021

Meet the South Auckland street artist turned ultramarathoner inspiring change 

Street artist, ornithologist and ultra-distance athlete aren’t terms that normally go together, but Charles Williams doesn't do normal.

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Society
Feb 20, 2021

Anxiety levels high among South Auckland kids amid Covid scare

'I think it’s better for us to be at home for online school, as we know that our house is clean and safe.'

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Society
Feb 19, 2021

The vaccine rollout is starting – but are we ready?

Misinformation is rife in South Auckland, say community leaders, and not enough is being done to combat it.

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Society
Feb 15, 2021

Papatoetoe community ‘devastated’ but stoic as queue for tests grows

South Aucklanders are remaining philosophical in the face of another community outbreak of Covid-19.

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Politics
Feb 12, 2021

Brave promises as controversial South Auckland election campaign wraps up

How bizarre: South Auckland by-election candidates propose 'shower buckets' and cash for vigilantes in final pitch to voters.

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Politics
Feb 10, 2021

Chairman Mark: The South Auckland supremo aiming to fix the region’s inequality crisis

Meet the man aiming to fix South Auckland's inequality crisis – Vui Mark Gosche.

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Politics
Feb 3, 2021

Dirty politics charge inflames South Auckland by-election

Allegations of voter interference and dirty politics have rocked a South Auckland by-election.

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Politics
Feb 2, 2021

Meet the fascinating bunch running to represent a South Auckland community 

What do a globetrotting singer, a record-breaking weightlifter and an ex-fisherwoman have in common?

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Society
Jan 28, 2021

Natives planted by local kids chopped down with council approval

A South Auckland community is outraged after trees planted by local kids have been chopped down by contractors.

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Society
Jan 27, 2021

Is there an end in sight for Ōtara’s gang problem?

Ōtara community leaders are warning that the violent gang turf war that plagued the suburb in 2020 could return, unless radical interventions are made.

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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.

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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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