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How friend-building game Sea of Thieves reflects the company that created it

In January, Sam Brooks made a studio visit to Rare Studios outside Birmingham in the UK to play the studio's game Sea of Thieves, currently in open beta. He tells the story of an enchanting and slightly bizarre trip with a group of gregarious goofs.

Incentivising good parenting: how a groundbreaking East Coast app is supporting stronger families

An app that gives parents important information and rewards them for attending appointments is being tested on the East Coast. Rural New Zealand gets the sharp end of a lot …

Auckland City Limits primer: Thundercat! (WATCH)

LA bass-guitar extraordinaire Thundercat is playing Auckland City Limits this weekend. To help prepare you, The Spinoff retraces his career in 112 seconds. 

‘We got love’: Ecstatic dance pop artist Jon Lemmon heads to ACL

Bridie Chetwin-Kelly talks to producer and singer Jon Lemmon about his relentless positivity and how to bring gender inclusiveness to dance music.

Auckland City Limits primer: Disasteradio! (WATCH)

Wellington synthpop genius Disasteradio is playing Auckland City Limits this weekend! To help prepare you, The Spinoff retraces his career in 121 seconds. 

A villain from The Bachelor US dishes the dirt on UnREAL

Ahead of UnREAL season three arriving exclusively to Lightbox tomorrow, Olivia Caridi from The Bachelor US takes us behind the curtain of reality romance.

Is NZ ready for its $80 billion investment windfall?

With over 2.8m members, KiwiSaver is the most successful financial product in New Zealand since the chequing account. Simplicity managing director Sam Stubbs looks at its potential for New Zealand.

Community’s 10 weirdest episodes… ever

It was one of the most critically acclaimed cult shows of the late-00s, and it's coming to Lightbox today. Tara Ward runs down Community's most gloriously wackadoo episodes.

Auckland City Limits primer: Beck’s journey through the genres

In the 25 years since he first appeared, Beck has left few genres untouched. To help prepare you for ACL, The Spinoff retraces his diverse career in two minutes.

Prophets of Rage, an ‘elite task force of revolutionary musicians’, in five videos

Political rap/rock supergroup Prophets of Rage are heading to Melbourne's Download Festival and a sideshow in Auckland (be in to win tickets and flights to that show – and five more Download sideshows – below!).

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.

SWIDT: ‘There’s no rules. It’s the Wild Wild West out here’

Sam Wicks talks to SWIDT rapper Spycc about the Onehunga group's new EP and life after Stoneyhunga.

The greatest NZ TV shows that you can rewatch without hunting down a boxset

From Close to Home to Shortland Street to Westside, New Zealand has a long and storied history of brilliant TV. Sam Brooks takes a look at the best local shows that you can stream on Lightbox right now.

By the numbers: The New Zealand music with the most Spotify streams

Gareth Shute crunches the numbers on who is the most streamed here and abroad – and asks why the two don't always match.

Auckland City Limits primer: The return of the D4 (WATCH)

Rock revivalists The D4 have reformed for a final hurrah at Auckland City Limits and the closing of the Kings Arms. To help prepare you for ACL, The Spinoff retraces their career in 106 seconds.

The 8-year-old soap making entrepreneur who can’t keep up with demand

In the third story in a series celebrating the amazing things young New Zealanders do every day, a young girl's love of soap – and owls – has become a business success story. Angela Cuming spoke to Ava Heath-Williams about her start up. 

What is Mozart in the Jungle? It’s a show… and a book!

Season four of classical music comedy Mozart in the Jungle drops tomorrow on Lightbox. Longtime fan of the show Sam Brooks decided to read the book it's based on and compare the two.

Mindfulness and money: how to stick to your new year resolutions

Many of us start the year with the best of intentions to change the way we live for the better. Simplicity’s Amanda Morrall looks at why so many fail so quickly, and how to stay on track.

From the Empire State Building to Craigh na Dun: TV’s most romantic gestures

Need some ideas for a crazy romantic gesture this Valentine's? Tara Ward's got you covered with some of the best and most outlandish romantic gestures from the streaming screen.

UnREAL finally returns and more coming to Lightbox in February

Alex Casey and Sam Brooks round up the new content coming to Lightbox this month, including UnREAL tackling... The Bachelorette?!

Sharesies makes its data look so good I want to invest

With its bright pineapples and 'kiwifruit brown', Sharesies has changed the visual game for investments. Can the startup teach banks some new tricks?

Why you need an urgent appointment with The Good Doctor

Tara Ward watches The Good Doctor on Lightbox and tells you why you should be tuning in to the new Grey's Anatomy. 

The boy who saved the elephants

In the second story in a series celebrating the amazing things young New Zealanders do every day, meet Jack Lanting, a Kiwi teen whose heart is as big as the Thai elephants he has dedicated his life to protecting.

Our guide to the shiniest stars in Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

Tara Ward stargazes beneath the celeb-studded galaxy of Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams.