Oliver Lewis

Oliver Lewis is a freelance journalist with a background in health and employment issues reporting.

Society
Sep 18, 2021

'Either you cave in, or you fight back': The Christchurch family connecting New Zealand with Afghanistan

A Christchurch Muslim couple who fundraised for the victims of March 15 are calling for more government support for young Afghans.

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Society
Aug 16, 2021

They may take our Amazon series, but they'll never take our giant airport Gandalf

After news that the Lord of the Rings series is relocating to the UK, Oli Lewis checked in on Wellington Airport's enormous Middle-earth ephemera. 

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Society
Jul 17, 2021

What the hell happened to Christchurch's Huanui Lane?

Motorists in the southern city have overrun a public laneway with next to no pushback from the council. What would have happened if cyclists or pedestrians did the same?

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Society
Jul 3, 2021

‘I must dig’: Meet Zhang Wang, Christchurch’s persistent gardener

It may take years to restore what she lost, but out of a garden's destruction came something special.

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Society
Apr 26, 2021

Saints in coffee jars: The relics recovered from a Christchurch icon

'He said something that stopped me in my tracks: there were bones somewhere in the building, and they were hundreds of years old.'

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Society
Mar 22, 2021

Changing the future ‘before it’s too late’: the case for rail in Christchurch

The city could wait until the streets are clogged with cars before staging some kind of public transport intervention – or it could act now.

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Society
Feb 11, 2021

The dramatically modern church building that’s dividing historic Arrowtown

Its name and design are meant to evoke peace and reconciliation, but the proposed Olive Leaf building in historic Arrowtown has instead stoked division, backlash and now court action.

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Society
Jan 24, 2021

The mystery of the holy relics buried in a steel box beneath a Christchurch basilica

Buried beneath Christchurch Cathedral is a metal box likely containing a historical treasure trove set to be uncovered after years of obscurity.

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