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The health system review ignores what really shapes our wellbeing

Something very big is missing from the proposed overhaul of our health system.

Why ‘being kind’ is not enough: NZ needs to front up to its anti-Asian problem

When she went public with her experiences of racism, Liang Cui was silenced. Here she explains why she's not about to 'calm down and let it go'.

Live updates, June 26-28: Four new cases of Covid-19; royal commission interviews mosque shooter

The latest on the Covid-19 crisis and other major news lines in New Zealand and around the world, updated throughout the day.

Sorry, not sorry: How Muay Thai taught me to stop apologising for everything

The Thai martial art has forced one new follower to reckon with her inner agreeableness and fight the impulse to be nice.

We asked New Zealanders what the world will look like post-Covid-19

New polling shows how we anticipate the nation and the world changing after the pandemic.

The gig economy: Why ‘support local’ means music too

Thanks to technology, the connection between music makers and audiences held strong over lockdown and now, they’re more in sync than ever.

Beyond the hype: Why is no one riding Māngere’s award-winning cycleways?

South Auckland’s multimillion-dollar bike paths set a new gold standard, but getting locals on track has proved an uphill battle.

Why universities can be just as good (and cost just as much) online

Online and blended learning could be the future for universities but that doesn't mean it's cheaper to deliver.

It’s time New Zealand takes post-birth care seriously

A group of mothers, personal trainers, and physiotherapists have joined together to try to address New Zealand's lack of post-birth care. Here's why.

Derailed: How Auckland’s light rail network went off the tracks

Plans for a modern, efficient light rail network have taken an unexpected detour, but there may still be light at the end of the tunnel.

Siouxsie Wiles: Why I’m confident there is no community transmission in NZ

The most critical line of defence remains the isolation and quarantine system.

Locked down in a Rotorua hotel. Exhausted. And now berated by the public

The strain of the experience, writes a returning NZ citizen, is compounded by the opprobrium.

Live updates, June 24: Clark says responsibility lies with Bloomfield on missed tests; one new case of Covid-19

The latest on the Covid-19 crisis and other major news lines in New Zealand and around the world, updated throughout the day.

The Covid-19 pandemic is getting worse

Across the world the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, not slowing.

Divided memories: The myths made by monuments, and what statues tell us now

This is not the time to ask for 'a conversation' about colonial statues, writes historian Giacomo Lichtner, but a rare opportunity for action.

Six minutes of sunshine

It's a grim time of year in Wellington, but not only the bleak weather is to blame, writes Danyl Mclauchlan. 

Quarantine, Aussie style: A Kiwi’s letter from a Queensland hotel

Think people in hotel isolation here have it tough? As Trevor McKewen writes, the Australians take it to a whole other level.

Live updates, June 23: Two new cases; air crew and border workers to be tested

The latest on the Covid-19 crisis and other major news lines in New Zealand and around the world, updated throughout the day.

On the Rag: The murky world of wellness and influencers

Michèle A’Court, Alex Casey and Leonie Hayden are back for a second season of On the Rag, and where better to start than with the mysterious, exhausting world of wellness?

Live updates, June 22: Two new cases from managed isolation; new border measures announced

The latest on the Covid-19 crisis and other major news lines in New Zealand and around the world, updated throughout the day.

University students struggled with more than just study over lockdown

Communication issues and policy changes exacerbated students' uncertainty during the lockdown period.

Live updates, June 19-21: Two new cases; Webb and Wood defend last-minute changes

The latest on the Covid-19 crisis and other major news lines in New Zealand and around the world, updated throughout the day.

On the piste: My lurching, bruising, exhilarating quest to learn to ski

Taking up skiing when you’re nearly 50? It ain’t pretty, but it’s possible.

More than a hashtag: How self care is being reimagined for the Covid era

These days 'self-care' is best known as a social media-spruiked punchline. But now a back-to-basics version is being touted as an aid to building resilience in the face of Covid-19.