Five ideas to fix NZ’s completely pathetic Covid QR scanning record

Hardly anyone is using their Covid Tracer app. Something needs to change.

A meat eater reviews New Zealand’s best and worst vegetarian sausages

Which meat-free snarler should grace your summer barbie?

Ahoy! A sea shanty veteran on why the genre is blowing up on social media

If you’ve been on social media this week, you may well have come across a surge in interest in sea shanties.

Siouxsie Wiles: What the new, more infectious strains of Covid-19 mean for us

If these new variants of the virus get out, they'll spread like wildfire.

The Best Of Archive

Sorry: the first 12 days of 2021 prove the apocalypse is coming

From aggressive squirrels to the return of SATC, the start of the year has presented clear evidence that the end is nigh.

Take me back to the rainbow

Michelle Langstone as she gives in to an overwhelming urge to return to the Auckland amusement park of her youth.

What Lizzo did for me

Last week something really weird and exciting happened to me: one of the hottest singers on the planet talked about how much something I said helped her.

Every meat-free fast food burger in New Zealand, reviewed and ranked

Forget your $18 boutique-black-bean-and-quinoa-mushclump-in-a-brioche-bun numbers – these are the best meatless fast food burgers a few coins can buy.

Please enjoy these savage reviews of New Zealand’s favourite landmarks

Turns out that a lot of people are very mad at a lot of our iconic tourist attractions. 

Motorsport great Hayden Paddon on bouncing back from the toughest years of his life

After the toughest years of his career, Hayden Paddon is taking on the world again. In a garage in Cromwell he’s building the world’s first electric rally car.

The real Tongan boys of ‘Ata were not the real Lord of the Flies

An excerpt in The Guardian in May claimed to have discovered the story of the "real Lord of the Flies". One Tongan writer believed it erased the voices of the boys themselves and the Tongan values and knowledge systems that prepared them for survival.

Esther Ng is 24, wildly successful and couldn’t care less about NZ fashion

Her clothing has been seen on celebrities like Ariana Grande and Kylie Jenner, she has over 150,000 Instagram followers and she's currently working from her bedroom.

Is fancy dog food good enough for humans? We give it a go

We disregard commonsense and 'only for pet consumption' labelling to review dog food fit for a king.

The tale of Ian Swney: The spray-can-wielding wage subsidy avenger

He's a semi-retired kindergarten teacher with a vendetta against big business and a pending charge for wilful damage.

The Side Eye: The tunnel, the lights

Summer reissue: Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris travels to Waitomo to see first hand the impact of Covid-19 on one of New Zealand's oldest tourist destinations.

How to survive a shipwreck: A sea level rise story

There are many lessons climate scientists can learn from mātauranga Māori. Lesson one is: don't panic.