Every dairy lolly in New Zealand, reviewed and ranked

Summer is the time for buying dollar bags at the dairy. It's also the time for Madeleine Chapman to rank every single one of them. In a feeble attempt to pre-empt …

Abominations unto God: Reviewing Nestlé’s new Kiwi onion dip flavours

This summer, Nestlé released two new flavours of Kiwi Onion Dip. Hayden Donnell, our nation’s leading Kiwi onion dip researcher, delivers the company an angry rebuke.

An extraordinary, tender response to Witi Ihimaera’s memoir Native Son

Poet essa may ranapiri says this review is one of the hardest things they've written. 

How Cats made me love the movies again

The film adaptation of the hit stage musical Cats has been described as a true work of depravity. But could it become an ironic cult favourite?

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New Zealand’s new-wave RTDs, reviewed and ranked

Premixed spirit-based drinks have shed their low-brow reputation and are taking over a summer barbecue near you. But are they any good?

Review: Netflix’s Miss Americana shows Taylor Swift’s best face and nothing more

Sam Brooks watches Netflix's Miss Americana, the new Taylor Swift documentary – and finds it light on revelation, heavy on image rehabilitation.

Fearless and perfectly formed: Rose Lu’s All Who Live on Islands, reviewed

Brannavan Gnanalingham reads Rose Lu's groundbreaking essay collection – overlooked by the Ockhams judges – and finds it full of elevating yarns.

Make it so-so: Star Trek: Picard, reviewed

The Frenchest man to helm a starship is back! The first episode of Star Trek: Picard is out, and José Barbosa and Josie Adams have some thoughts.

Swimming in Circles: the new Mac Miller album is a fitting coda

Two years after the release of Mac Miller’s Swimming, his family has released its posthumous companion piece, Circles. We explain what it is, how it came together, and why you need to listen to it.

Space satire Avenue 5 is brilliant, even as it meanders off course

Avenue 5, the new show from The Thick of It and Veep genius Armando Iannucci, veers off-course after an ambitious launch, writes Sam Brooks

Emily Writes and Eddie, 7, review Wellington’s best places for swimming

My name is Eddie and I’m seven and my mum said I have to write about my school holidays and I just want to play Minecraft. I love swimming so these are the best places for swimming by me Eddie.

Review: Netflix’s Sex Education keeps it up for a charming second season

Is there a more empathetic show on television than the British teen comedy-drama Sex Education? Unlikely, writes Sam Brooks.

Review: FOMO 2020 was more than just The Lizzo Show

Sam Brooks went to the FOMO 2020 festival in Auckland, and was relieved to find it was more than just the final time that Lizzo will ever perform at 7:20pm.

Review: A Murder at Malabar Hill is a new kind of crime novel

Chris Cessford welcomes a sumptuous crime story starring a 'rule-breaking badass in a sari'.

Review: Netflix’s You returns for an irresistibly pulpy second season

Sam Brooks reviews the second season of You, the surprise Netflix hit of 2018 that made toxic masculinity fun and watchable, and it finally finds the depth to earn that fun.

Review: Netflix’s The Witcher isn’t the new Game of Thrones – and thank god for that

Sam Brooks reviews Netflix's The Witcher, a wildly fun adaptation of the Polish fantasy novels of the same name.