Society Archive

The great BZP experiment: how New Zealand lost its head to party pills

Once upon a time, you could buy uppers in a dairy.

Assiduous but oblivious grandad left with phone full of QR code photos

Filimone Vuna's heartwarming story is a good reminder that older people may not fully understand NZ Covid Tracer app technology.

‘It pisses me off hard out’: Brooke Stanley Pao on poverty and the power of protest

Born into one of New Zealand rugby’s royal families, Brooke Stanley Pao is a daughter of privilege. Now she’s the face of the fight against poverty in Auckland.

Frame: Every day I put things in the right place

VIDEO: Inez is a funny, kind, smart 11-year-old kid. But life for her has been very difficult in a way that will resonate with many families.

‘We call on you to uphold NZ’s reputation’: An open letter to Jacinda Ardern on a People’s Vaccine

An open letter to prime minister Jacinda Ardern, minister of foreign affairs Nanaia Mahuta and trade minister Damien O’Connor on supporting a People’s Vaccine.

New Zealand needs to get on board the People’s Vaccine

The case for replicating the values of NZ's domestic Covid response on a global scale.

It’s time for men – all men – in the music industry to step up

“Men don’t have to deal with this shit. We’re just trying to do our jobs.”

Ranking New Zealand’s most frenzied supermarket promotions

Where were you when an adult woman pushed over a kid to get a Disney domino? 

A whole lot of ruckus: Introducing the 2021 Basement Theatre Summer Season

After Covid devastated their 2020, Basement Theatre comes roaring into 2021 with their Summer Season. Here's the rundown of shows in the season, with comments from Programmer Nisha Madhan where appropriate.

Frame: The life-changing work of Whaea Michelle

VIDEO: 'If we fix families, then the rest of the courts will be redundant. Our mokopuna will be safer, our grandparents will be safer – we will all be safer.'

Natives planted by local kids chopped down with council approval

A South Auckland community is outraged after trees planted by local kids have been chopped down by contractors.

Live updates, January 28: Australia extends travel restrictions at last minute

The latest news from NZ and around the world, updated throughout the day.

​Six questions sparked by the Covid cases leaking out of the Pullman hotel

There are now three returnees who contracted the virus in the Auckland isolation facility then went out into the community while positive.

Unlock your phone, open the app: listen to Scan In, the NZ Covid Tracer song

VIDEO: Having a hard time remembering to scan in on the NZ Covid Tracer app when you're out and about? Get this song stuck in your head and you'll never forget again.

Live updates, January 27: Two new Covid-19 cases linked to Pullman confirmed by Ministry of Health

The latest news from NZ and around the world, updated throughout the day.

The mullet, the moustache, the myth: Joel Rindelaub is NZ’s newest science celeb

He has the perfect moustache, an exceptional mullet, and he uses terms like 'face hole' on national TV.

Frame: Finding a home on the asexual spectrum

VIDEO: Members of New Zealand’s asexual community talk about the challenges and misconceptions of identifying as ace.

‘These people are my heroes’: An industry insider on NZ music’s #MeToo reckoning

The people who have came forward to detail sexual harassment in NZ music are my heroes, writes music industry veteran Charlotte Ryan.

Is there an end in sight for Ōtara’s gang problem?

Ōtara community leaders are warning that the violent gang turf war that plagued the suburb in 2020 could return, unless radical interventions are made.

Live updates, January 26: Covid-19 vaccine could be approved next week; mass rollout by mid-year

The latest news from NZ and around the world, updated throughout the day.

Will Drag Race Down Under truly represent the NZ drag scene?

Our homegrown drag royalty on their hopes – and fears – as RuPaul fever comes to Aotearoa.

The bad sh*t: My search for a solution to irritable bowel syndrome

What’s it like to have your life governed by your gut? It's crap, frankly.

Live updates, January 24: Probable new Northland community case went through MIQ in Auckland

The latest news from NZ and around the world, updated throughout the day.