Auckland Archive

Why closing the art libraries at Auckland University is a really big deal

The announcement that Auckland University's arts school is to close its library speaks volumes about the value we place on art in New Zealand, argues Reilly Hodson.

Five Aucklanders hit hard by the big storm

Illustrator and writer Toby Morris checks in with five Auckland residents to get their reactions to last night's storm.

How to cope when the power is out

With 120,00 Auckland homes still without power after last night's monster storm, and many expected to be waiting days for its restoration, here are some tips for carrying on without wattage.

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #59: Driving east down Peach Parade

Peach Parade is a delightful name. But does the street itself live up to the hype? Toby Morris reviews.

The long-lost diorama of Auckland which reveals the city of 1939

A diorama of Auckland dating to the 1930s was lost for decades, and shows in stunning detail the central city with light rail right through it, and before huge chunks of it were demolished.

Does Auckland Council actually give a crap about the arts?

Auckland's long battle with Wellington for the cultural capital crown will be lost once and for all if the council insists on leaving arts and culture out of its 10-year plan, argues the Basement Theatre's Elise Sterback.

Phil and Julie Anne go to MOTAT

Where better to grill the government's transport ministers on their plans for improving Aucklanders' commute than at MOTAT, the inner-suburb museum dedicated to the history and potential future of transport.

Taking high fashion to the streets of downtown Auckland

To mark 4 Days of Fashion in the City, four of downtown Auckland’s fashion personalities are sharing their experiences of the industry. Today, Simon Pound of Ingrid Starnes, writes about putting fashion on the street and the community it takes to make it happen.

The Daisy apartments: why did we do it?

The team behind the Daisy apartment building respond to the fury it unleashed from Mike Hosking.

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?