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The family shoe store that first brought Dr Martens to New Zealand

Iconic shoe store owner Pat Menzies recalls the time when flares and platforms graced the nightclubs of Queen St, and how that history has kept his store relevant in 2018.

Dear young people, Auckland needs you

Think your voice doesn't count? The chair of Henderson-Massey's local board begs to differ, calling on all young people to have their say on Auckland Council's 10-year plan. 

A certain style: moving fashion forward by looking back

Doris de Pont explores the fashion legacy of Bruce Papas for 4 Days of Fashion in the City.

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #56: Lisa Prager’s sledgehammer technique

Madeleine Chapman winces while watching cycleway protester Lisa Prager swing a hammer.

How to make men like shopping

To mark 4 Days of Fashion in the City, four of downtown Auckland’s fashion personalities are sharing their experiences of the industry. Today, Barkers' managing director Jamie Whiting, discusses the changes technology has brought to bricks and mortar retail.  

Memo, Mike Hosking – no one’s forcing you to live in an apartment

A furious Mike Hosking has written a column decrying the construction of 33 new apartments with not a single carpark between them. Duncan Greive responds.

The clamps fall silent: a eulogy for Bashford Antiques

Eighteen months after David Farrier first reported on the strange antics of Bashford Antiques, he returns a final time to bid it farewell.

A play about racism and homelessness: by those who have faced it

The Race is an original piece of theatre about those marginalised by society, created by those who have been marginalised themselves. Simon Day spoke to some of the cast about the role acting has in their lives.  

Auckland Art Gallery is vital to the city’s identity. It desperately needs more money.

The future of Auckland Art Gallery's funding is in the hands of the council as it divides up its 10-year budget. Viv Beck, Heart of the City chief executive, wants them to fix the funding gap for the sake of Auckland’s cultural soul.

Cheat Sheet: How safe is it to swim at Auckland’s beaches?

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, we explain why swimming at some of Auckland's best beaches might just be a terrible idea.

Cheat Sheet: Is Auckland Council sponsoring a fisting festival?

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, Don Rowe spells out whether or not ratepayers are funding a fisting festival. 

Is the Outer Link bus Auckland’s ultimate co-working space?

Desperate to escape the high-summer hell of the Spinoff's non-air conditioned office, Toby Morris spends four hours trying to get some work done onboard the blissfully chilly Outer Link bus.

AT’s dismissal of cycling and public transport is shocking and strange. But we’ll fix it.

On Thursday Auckland Transport released a draft budget that caused an immediate uproar – and then Phil Twyford said it was all a mistake. Auckland councillor Richard Hills explains why the draft budget was so bad, and what he intends to do about it.

Auckland Transport goes rogue

Yesterday Auckland Transport released a draft budget with massive cuts to previously stated public transport priorities including cycling and light rail. Then last night transport minister Phil Twyford said it was all a cock-up. So what happened? Matt Lowrie of Greater Auckland reviews.

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #53: Daily Bread, Pt Chevalier

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, does the celebrated new bakery from the Orphan's Kitchen team live up to the Instagram hype?

Is the Quay St protest really about the trees?

A protest against the relocation of 15 trees from Quay St to nearby parks is preventing work on the cycleway extension. Jolisa Gracewood and Max Robitzsch sigh deeply and explain how we got here.

Witty, stylish and diverse, Paperboy was a weekly burst of energy. So why did it die?

Bauer has announced the closure of Paperboy, its acclaimed ‘freemium’ Auckland magazine. Why did its publisher let it perish?

Summer reissue: Why have Parisians fallen in love with bike sharing?

Simon Wilson came back from a visit to Paris filled with enthusiasm for ways to make Auckland better. Here’s the first: a great big bike share scheme.

Kiwis of Snapchat – Summer Series: how to get on the Auckland property ladder

If you've been looking for way to buy a house in Auckland: this is it.

Summer reissue: The fire inside – eating at Auckland’s most remarkable restaurant

Simon Wilson eats at Pasture, the restaurant that cooks with fire and fermentation and a very singular vision.

All quiet on the West Lynn front?

There are protest signs all over Grey Lynn, but who do they really represent? Jolisa Gracewood and Max Robitzsch present the case for better bike riding and good planning in Auckland's inner west.

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #51: the Christmas lights of West Auckland

Why does everyone still head to the Franklin Road festive display when Auckland has others that are so much better?

Ten ways to make Auckland a glorious city of the night

How can Auckland create a bigger, stronger and more rewarding night-time economy? Simon Wilson sets out a 10-point plan.

The kauri, the Waitakere and the rāhui

What exactly, asks Simon Wilson, has the council decided to do about kauri dieback? Why did the Maori board members contradict themselves and which trails have been closed?