Peter McKenzie

Pete McKenzie is a freelance journalist focused on politics, law, foreign affairs and defence. He studies Law and Mandarin at Victoria University of Wellington.

Business
Jul 19, 2021

To the moon: The night sky photographer making real money from the NFT craze

Kaleb Johnston only listed his first NFT six months ago and has already earned $20,000 from the blockchain-based platform.

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Society
Jun 8, 2021

Our juries are as broken as we are

Peter McKenzie examines New Zealand's jury system through an astounding piece of research out of Victoria University of Wellington. His conclusion? The cracks run deep.

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Business
May 22, 2021

We'll miss our cinemas when they're gone

Across the country, movie theatres are fighting to survive in the absence of Hollywood blockbuster fare.

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Politics
Jan 18, 2021

The progressive fault lines facing New Zealand in 2021 and beyond

Despite a popular and unifying leader of the governing party, divisions both in policy and culture will test the progressive movement.

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Society
Dec 21, 2020

Revealed: Suicide attempts and serious self-harm surging in NZ’s prisons

Last year saw the highest incidence of life-threatening self-harm in prison since 2007.

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Society
Dec 7, 2020

Drug law reform’s best hope? My grandma

Assuming the trend of the last decade continues, many thousands more New Zealanders will try cannabis in the coming years.

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Society
Oct 7, 2020

Welcome to Mouldy-wood, Aotearoa

New analysis confirms what residents have long suspected: Wellington is substantially mouldier and damper than other NZ cities.

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Society
May 11, 2020

How do you strike for the climate when everyone’s stuck at home?

With the coronavirus putting a halt to in-person gatherings, climate activists need to get creative to keep up the momentum from last year's hugely successful strikes.

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Society
Apr 27, 2020

Alert level 420: Weed dealers on how they’re operating in lockdown

Surging demand, sky-high prices and hand sanitiser galore.

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Politics
Sep 30, 2019

The climate strike smashed it for scale. But is it all too … polite?

The groundswell of protesters across NZ on Friday is reason for optimism. But if results don’t follow, the calls for more direct action that confronts the status quo will grow.

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Ātea
Aug 1, 2019

How art and technology mobilised an army of support for Ihumātao

One thing that has set the fight for Ihumātao apart is the confidence with which multi-media digital communication has been deployed to spread the message far and wide.

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Politics
Jun 7, 2019

Echoing Chlöe Swarbrick, a ‘youthquake’ rumbles through Wellington’s political scene

The president of the Vic Uni students association is leading a 'youthquake' as five leaders in their 20s try to follow Chlöe Swarbrick into the halls of power, writes Peter McKenzie.

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Society
Nov 25, 2018

I was a coddled university student. And then I joined the Army Reserves.

With NZ Army numbers dwindling, recent recruit Peter McKenzie looks back on his time in basic training.

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