How the NIMBYs of Khandallah took down a bottle store

The Wellington suburb's successful opposition to a proposed Bottle-O shows how the system is biased towards communities with the organisation, capacity and resources to protest effectively.

The unnoticed death at a student hall was horrifying. But I wasn’t surprised

I lived in the Canterbury halls where the student was found dead after his absence went unnoticed for many weeks. When I moved elsewhere for months, Sonoda never noticed I was gone.

First comes love, then comes an all-day orgy, then comes a tiny floofy capybara

Resident capybara reporter Emily Writes checks in on Wellington Zoo's beautiful new addition.

Pest control advice from a tiny Canadian town: Get stuffed

A small Canadian town has the weirdest answer to its pest problem – a museum of stuffed and costumed animal dioramas that has become a cult tourist attraction.

Society Archive

Kura Forrester’s guide to having the perfect one night stand

For our sex positivity episode of On the Rag, comedian Kura Forrester schools us on how to have a safe one night stand. 

Nga mihi mahana: A weekend at the Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival

Sam Brooks reports on his time at the first weekend of the inaugural Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival, which coincided with the launch of Tuia 250.

On the Rag: Why New Zealand needs to loosen up about sex (WATCH)

In the latest episode of On The Rag, based on the podcast of the same name, watch as Alex Casey, Michèle A’Court and Leonie Hayden embrace the world of sex positivity.

Patronising political spectacles are no substitute for real people power

Yesterday's Extinction Rebellion protests may have caught the media's attention, but do such small-scale disruptive events actually do more harm than good?

Meet the teenager kicked out of school for too much climate protesting

He was one of an increasing number of people willing to inconvenience themselves and their own lives, in order to call for action on climate change. 

‘I have listened to our people’: Auckland University vice-chancellor responds to white supremacy on campus concerns

In an email to colleagues, Stuart McCutcheon says he acknowledges the ‘very real hurt and sense of threat’ caused by white supremacist materials and says now is not time for a free speech debate.

Today, for the first time in my life, I’m being a troublemaker. This is why.

This morning, Wellington is being 'disrupted' in a series of protests by global environmental group Extinction Rebellion. Melanie Vautier explains what has brought her to this point.

‘Setting us up to fail’: Kids in state-run care speak out in damning new report

Distressing evidence from children and young people living in 'locked-in care' features in a newly released report from the children's commissioner, who has repeatedly called for the facilities to be shut down.

Pardon the interruption, but the planet is way more important than your morning commute

Tomorrow Wellington will be the first city 'disrupted' in a series of protests by global environmental group Extinction Rebellion. Its spokesperson Dr Sea Rotmann explains why they’re choosing disorder.

The ugly decade

One man set the tone for a nation divided over rugby and apartheid South Africa. HART founder Trevor Richards on Muldoon, politics, sport and culture in 1970s New Zealand.

Admit it: Thin Lizzy is the best makeup you’ve ever used

Lucy Zee celebrates the little blue powder compact tucked away in every New Zealand makeup bag. 

Hundreds of University of Auckland staff sign open letter over white supremacist materials on campus

‘Racism and white supremacy have no place at the University of Auckland’, reads the letter, signed by many of the university’s most senior academics.