Kristin Hall

Kristin Hall is a former TVNZ reporter who's currently doing her cliche Big OE and occasionally writing about it.

Sep 16, 2018

How the Irish have embraced compulsory language learning

The debate continues on whether compulsory schooling could be effective as a te reo Māori revitalisation tool. Kristin Hall reports on the view from Ireland. 

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Sep 10, 2018

Why is Coca-Cola still selling a racist drink called Kia-Ora?

The offensive ads may have been confined to the annals of history, but the 100-plus-year-old cordial is still around, and still wrong on many levels.

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Jan 16, 2018

RIP Stage Challenge, where the non-sporty kids got to shine

News came today that Stage Challenge, the national dance competition for schools, is to close after 25 years. Kristin Hall pays tribute to the touchingly earnest extra-curricular.

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Jan 8, 2018

When will New Zealand finally grow up about boobs?

The groping of a topless woman at the Rhythm & Vines festival highlights just how retrograde our attitudes to public nudity remain. But, writes Kristin Hall, there is a better way – just look at any European beach.

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Dec 15, 2017

‘Tis the season for the weight gain guilt trip

It's time for the annual slew of scare stories about the risk of gaining a few kilos over the festive season. Let's make a pact to ignore them all, suggests Kristin Hall.

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Jun 26, 2017

Why can’t New Zealand quit supermarket plastic bags?

Nearly half our mayors have signed a letter calling for a compulsory charge on plastic bags, and surveys show strong public support for the idea. Still the government remains staunchly opposed. If other countries can do it, why can't we, wonders Kristin Hall.

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Apr 20, 2017

After covering the price of tampons for Seven Sharp, the Pharmac decision has me seeing red

Former Seven Sharp reporter Kristin Hall responds to this week's decision by Pharmac not to fund sanitary products and explains why NZ women need cheaper tampons, period.

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Apr 7, 2017

Remembering Big Fresh, New Zealand’s greatest supermarket of all time

Looking back on 1990s supermarket chain Big Fresh, it seems scarcely believable. A food shopping Disneyland with live country music, a TV room for the kids and giant animatronic vegetables swaying in the rafters? Did that actually happen? But for 15 glorious years the Big Fresh supermarket chain really did exist, and Kristin Hall met the man who created it.

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