Kiki Van Newtown

Kiki Van Newtown is the parent of two kids, raising them on a diet of hashbrowns, soysages, and feminist discourse in the upper Lower Hutt. Kiki performs with her partner Jason in their band Giantess.

Feb 4, 2020

The real plague is racism: Why I refuse to give into xenophobia over coronavirus

As the mother of an immunocompromised child, Kiki Van Newton has more excuse than most to worry about the coronavirus outbreak. But racist reactions – and panicked border closures – aren't the answer.

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Mar 14, 2018

Hex on tour, episode 1: The NZ music community of Northern California

In the first of a three-part tour diary on their way to SXSW, Wellington band Hex arrive in California to find a New Zealand community halfway around the globe.

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Aug 8, 2017

What it's like to grow up poor in New Zealand

The recent conversations about parenting while poor have been deeply upsetting to many of those who have lived that experience. Here Kiki Van Newtown, mum of two and musician, shares what it is like growing up on welfare with a mum trying her very best under awful circumstances.

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Nov 30, 2016

How to support a child who needs a blood test, by a parent who knows

There's no getting around it – blood tests suck, especially for confused and scared children (and their upset parents). Paediatric blood test veteran Kiki Van Newtown shares some advice for getting through the procedure with the minimum of tears.

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Oct 3, 2016

Born being brave: My unexpected journey as a parent

Over the next couple of weeks we'll be introducing you to contributors to The Spinoff Parents, our new parenting blog edited by Emily Writes and made possible by Flick Electric Co. Today Kiki Van-Newton explains how her rock 'n roll lifestyle was turned upside down by the birth of her first child.

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