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Jacinda Ardern and the plan

Last night Jacinda Ardern and the Labour Party won a historic victory, changing the shape of NZ politics.

Organics, regenerative agriculture and the political will to grow the movement

What are our political parties' big plans for agriculture?

A yarn with Nan: A comic about voting, and what brings us together

Daniel Vernon aka @yeehawtheboys goes home to Paeroa to talk about the election with his grandmother – and learns a bit about himself in the process.

I’m 80 years old. I’ve never touched cannabis. And I’ve changed my mind on legalisation

In 1967 I changed my mind on another referendum, about six o'clock closing.

How roller skating became the sport of the year

Few hobbies have captured the mainstream imagination in 2020 quite like roller skating. Jihee Junn explores the many reasons why. 

Parenting Place charity cuts ties with counsellor over sexuality conversion therapy

David Riddell says he has been 'thrown under the bus' by the well-known parenting organisation, which listed him as an approved counsellor despite his therapeutic practice with children whom he …

Labour has taken the centre. Is it a trap?

Labour's winning strategy is built on rhetoric that seems to promise real change but never quite delivers. Perhaps soon it can give itself permission to actually do something transformational.

Judith Collins walks into a nightmare on Ponsonby Road

Are the wheels falling off the Judith Collins BMW?

Say a little prayer: What impact will faith have on the 2020 election?

Judith Collins has foregrounded her religious beliefs in debates and at church in the last week. But will it matter when it comes time for Christians to cast their votes?

Remembering and forgetting

Sarah Catherall's mother has suffered from Alzheimer's for 14 years; it's been four years since she last recognised her family. Would she want to keep living this way?

Complaint laid after assisted dying ‘vote no’ flyers found in official EasyVote packs

Promotional material from a group opposing the End of Life Choice Bill included alongside some official voting information packs, according to Northland family.

How Judith Collins and National win the 2020 election

The path might be steep and unsteady, but there is a path to victory that could see Judith Collins sworn in as prime minister after October 17.

The boxer and the towel: a short history of Winston Peters, politician

The life and times of one of the most compelling and extraordinary characters in New Zealand political history.

Volcanoes among us: Exploring ngā maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau

Make this summer the summer you discover Auckland's lesser-known – but still fascinating – volcano sites.

It’s 2020. How does a restaurant with the tagline ‘love u long time’ still exist?

White-owned 'Asian fusion' restaurants have been trading off casual racism for years.

Two mums, one foodbank and the unlikeliest of friendships

The Rawiri Community House helps hundreds of families with food and other essential services each week, and it’s kept going thanks to the efforts of two women.

Māori don’t exist, according to our political leaders so… talofa

Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins showed their true colours in the first leaders' debate, and they were pretty pale.

Stuff the focus groups: The Spinoff meets Judith Collins

The National Party leader tells Duncan Greive what conviction means to her, and why she thinks she gets treated differently to Jacinda Ardern.

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 the conspiracy theorist parties believe, and why it matters

What happened when four parties that believe Covid-19 is being used by the government for nefarious purposes tried to put their differences aside and share a stage.

On cooking shows and cursing

Over the last few months, Linda Burgess has cheered herself up by watching cooking programmes. And saying fuck.

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.

Yes, public health is important. But surely not as important as rugby

A little bit of Covid-19 is a small price to pay for a whole lot of rugby, writes Hayden Donnell

Who is Robett Hollis? Meet the Māori maverick who broke into the business world

At school he was told he should pack boxes. Robett Hollis has never stopped running from that.