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The best cult TV classics to stream on Lightbox right now

Inarguably the best sports drama of all time, Friday Night Lights, dropped in its entirety on Lightbox last week. Sam Brooks on why you should watch it – and the other cult classics you might not know are on the service.

From eco village to sugarcane plastic: 25 years of ecostore

A long time before being green was cool, and sustainability was a buzzword, ecostore was committed to looking after the planet. Henry Oliver talks to the founder, and the new CEO, about how to run a successful business at the same time as protecting the planet. 

Delaney Davidson, musician/travelling salesman: ‘It’s my job and I take it seriously’

Delaney Davidson, whose album release tour starts today, talks to Henry Oliver about storytelling, collaborating and his new album Shining Day.

What is Scandi-drama and how do I get into it?

You've heard of them. All your cool friends and your coolest aunt watches them – but what the hell are these blonde dramas with subtitles? Sam Brooks is here to school you on Scandi-noir.

A brief history of The Wombats

How the Wombats, one of the most long-lasting bands from the mid-2000s British guitar rock revival, outlived their contemporaries.

A tale of survival: I watched 42 episodes of Outlander in a week

They said he couldn't do it, but what else are you going to do in seven days? Sam Brooks watched 42 episodes of Outlander in a single week to catch up before the fourth season premiere tonight on Lightbox.

Outlander: Is Jamie and Claire’s relationship worth all the drama?

Time travel, a bleak dalliance with the French King, and some dubious flatmates – is Jamie and Claire's relationship actually worth it? The Spinoff's senior fictional relationship expert Madeleine Chapman passes judgement.

A brief history of (New Zealand Standard) time

One hundred and fifty years ago today New Zealand became the first country to introduce standard time. Kerri Jackson looks back at time.

Love and money: two freelancers discuss managing money and relationships

In the second instalment of our Money Talks series, Alice Webb-Liddall and Henry Oliver face up to their finances.

Face to face with my food: a day on a pig farm

Alarmed by the disconnection between his food and its source, Simon Day visits the home of his bacon.

The case for buying one of New Zealand’s most expensive whiskies

Hayden Donnell surveys one of the more rare whiskies to ever go on sale in New Zealand, and asks whether it’s worth its gigantic purchasing price.

There’s no renewable energy future without lithium

If the future is going to be powered by renewable energy, the world needs to get a lot better at dealing with one very precious element, the Materialise conference on sustainability in Wellington has heard.

Now That’s What I Call 1999: Have U2 and New Radicals ever been seen in the same room?

In 1999, Elle Hunt's dad convinced her that New Radical's 'You Get What You Give' was actually by U2. Today, she revisits the life-changing moment she realised he was wrong.

How to do your 2018 TV Halloween costumes right, according to an actual costume designer

Halloween is coming up, and you're panicking. We know, and we're here to help. Costume designer Christopher Stratton has your solutions, both easy and not!

An honest conversation between two freelancers about money

In the first instalment in the Money Talks series, Alice Webb-Liddall and Henry Oliver face up to their finances.

Computers have grown into energy gluttons, and it can’t go on like this

It's natural to assume that the IT revolution will continue forward at a cracking pace, but that could be about to end.

Is New Zealand actually, really ‘clean and green’ when it comes to energy?

World Energy Day has put a spotlight on New Zealand’s sluggish progress towards becoming net zero carbon by 2050.

Change is brewing: Meet the women blazing trails in the beer industry

Five women talk about challenging stereotypes in New Zealand’s ever-evolving beer scene.

Feeding the world, blissfully

From hand rolling bliss balls, to exporting to South Korea, Maria Slade spoke one half of Tom & Luke about taking their healthy bars and balls global.

Connecting cities to their land through design

In the second episode of The Good Citizen, Jeremy Hansen talks to Henry Crothers about having the bravery to transform our urban landscapes.

Jess Glynne: The story so far (WATCH!)

Today, British singer-songwriter Jess Glynne released her second album. If you don't think you've heard of her, you probably have. Let us re-introduce you.

The course that’s building a more diverse police service, and why it’s so important

For 15 years Unitec has been working with the New Zealand Police to help diversify its intake of students. Jihee Junn looks at how Unitec's 'pre-police' course is changing the demographics and culture of the police service.

Weaving a life: Lakiloko and the functional beauty of Tuvalu art

Madeleine Chapman explores the beauty and purpose of Tuvalu art, and meets one of its foremost creators, Lakiloko Keakea.

The community that finds peace (and a feed) holding their breath beneath the sea

Simon Day sat down for fish tacos, beers and yarns with spearo Ant Broadhead.