Tamsyn Matchett

May 16, 2020

You can teach your children without knowing the answers to their homework

In the fourth part of a new series sharing the stories of families learning from home during lockdown, Tamsyn Matchett discovers a new importance in being kind. 

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Local Elections
Sep 23, 2019

The civics project trying to turn around our godawful youth voting statistics

A civics education programme is giving teenagers a first sweet taste of local democracy before they're legally permitted to vote for real.

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Apr 25, 2019

Review: Billie Eilish successfully kicks off her world tour at Spark Arena

Last night, Billie Eilish kicked off her world tour at Spark Arena. Tamsyn Merchant reviews the show (alongside her nine year old daughter, Ruby).

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Jul 21, 2018

Review: Kendrick Lamar live in Auckland

The performance of Kendrick Lamar's hip hop carries special meaning for New Zealand's minorities, Tamsyn Matchett writes. 

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Nov 29, 2017

When the team is also family: finding belonging with Mate Ma’a Tonga

Growing up disconnected from her father and his side of her family, Tamsyn Matchett never understood her Tongan identity. On Saturday at Mt Smart stadium she sang the Tongan national anthem for the first time surrounded by her Tongan brothers and sisters. 

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Nov 14, 2017

‘You’re my number 1’: A mother and daughter go to Lorde’s show in Auckland

Tamsyn Matchett and her Lorde-obsessed eight-year-old daughter Ruby review Lorde's show at the Bruce Mason Theatre in Takapuna, on 12 November. (Plus: Ruby's letter to Lorde.)

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