The Freeview documentary guide to getting smarter

You've already met the new Freeview On Demand – now it's time to get acquainted with the documentaries on it. Tara Ward has you sorted. Don’t listen to what your parents …

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Like, what is vocal fry?

In a paper published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, a University of Canterbury study has found that vocal fry is voluntary and is becoming common in some young New Zealand women.

NZ’s biggest question for 2019: Who will commentate the rugby world cup?

Who are the runners and riders to call Beaudy’s World Cup winning drop goal in Japan, asks Jamie Wall 

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Who wore it stupider? Comparing Hosking and Hawkesby on cycling

Newstalk ZB listeners were treated to not one but two absurd opinion pieces from the hosts this morning, on a modest new government proposal to get kids cycling.  

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Planet FM: the nicest radio station in Auckland

Leonie Hayden went in search of the people behind community access radio station Planet FM, and their newly minted and very silly Twitter account. She discovered a group of people who love their jobs and the communities they help. 

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‘You’re a racist!’ Radio talkback host explodes at rugby bigot

In a dramatic moment on the radio airwaves, a sports talkback host put the theory of giving nothing to racism into practice. 

Patrick Gower: I refused to let name-calling stop me chasing my dreams

Half of all children in New Zealand say they've experienced bullying, an ominous number in light of our dire mental health statistics. Patrick Gower reveals his own struggles in an emotional appeal to stand strong.

How can the internet help fix the fake news miasma it created?

With social media having sprouted misinformation machines, we need to think harder about the right tools to use to fight back

The TV ad banned as ‘too political’, and what it says about corporate caring

The ad might not be shown on television, but the company behind it has got the publicity it was looking for, writes Cathrine Janssson-Boyd.

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Are work Christmas parties always rubbish now?

As Marcus Lush reveals ‘outrage about the NZME Christmas Party’, we launch our crowd-sourced investigation into the contemporary reality of the festive work do.

Why we should all be worried by Stuff’s proposal to slash community news

Stuff has confirmed that 16 reporter and three news director jobs could be made redundant in community papers. And that's terrible news, former Rodney Times editor Rhonwyn Newson writes for Newshub.

Snooze chasers: test-driving Bose’s ‘noise masking’ earbuds

A new product from the upmarket US audio company promises to lull you to sleep. We take them to bed.