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New Zealand rape survivors, in their own words (WATCH)

What do rape survivors think about the New Zealand justice system? How do they think we should address victim blaming and Kiwi rape culture? In a video collaboration between Frame News, Wrestler and The Spinoff, launched today to mark Rape Awareness Week, seven rape survivors talk candidly about their experiences. Here Frame News' Kim Vinnell introduces the project.

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #35: Cooked Taro in Wellington

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. This time, Pani Chapman (staff writer Madeleine Chapman's mum) reviews the best cooked taro in Wellington.

Why can't New Zealand quit supermarket plastic bags?

Nearly half our mayors have signed a letter calling for a compulsory charge on plastic bags, and surveys show strong public support for the idea. Still the government remains staunchly opposed. If other countries can do it, why can't we, wonders Kristin Hall.

The Pill: Women, contraception and the myth of sexual freedom in 1960s New Zealand

In 1961, the ‘Pill’ became available in New Zealand and women’s lives were changed forever. Being able to control your fertility was now a matter of choice. But not everyone was judged worthy of making that choice.

There’s a problem with that landmark pay equity deal

The announcement that the female-dominated aged care work force would have its pay equalised with similar male-dominated industries seemed like a huge cause for celebration. But the government is underfunding the deal while trying to force employers to make up the difference.