With Vice NZ sadly closing its doors last week, here’s a round-up of some of the excellent work produced by the editorial staff over the last few years.
The New Zealand editorial arm of global youth media outlet Vice closed on Friday, with five people losing their jobs.
Vice New Zealand opened under the management of Dave Benge in 2015, gradually expanding to encompass both text and video content. It kicked off in earnest in 2017 with the launch of its Zealandia local content hub and video series, soon after launching the Viceland channel through the Sky platform.
It was a small team, with numbers in flux, but editor Frances Morton recruited talented feature writers like Tess McClure and James Borrowdale, who crafted superb stories examining parts of New Zealand often ignored by mainstream media outlets.
Here is a selection of their best work, as compiled by the Vice NZ team.
James Borrowdale interviews a survivor of the Christchurch mosque attacks, and delves into the history of anti-Muslim sentiment in New Zealand.
Tess McClure goes inside New Zealand voice hearers’ fight to reclaim autonomy in mental health.
Tess McClure investigates how a celebrated hacker, minor celebrity and integral member New Zealand’s goth community was able to prey on women throughout the 2000s.
An in-depth piece on the struggle of synthetics addicts to get help, with accompanying documentary from the Zealandia series.
James Borrowdale profiles the wunderkind politician, the year after she came third in the Auckland mayoralty race and a few months before being elected to parliament as a Green MP.
James Borrowdale interviews Tongans who, after serving prison time in their adopted countries, have been deported to live out their days in a homeland they barely know. Accompanied by a Zealandia documentary.
Ben Stanley on how a philosophy grad went from bouncing at New York’s hip hop clubs to shaping UFC champions.
Pure, wholesome content courtesy of Tess McClure and photographer Todd Henry.
In this piece originally published on Māui Street, Morgan Godfery suggests we look at gangs as an economic problem, rather than a criminal one.
On the eve of the 2017 election, James Borrowdale and Todd Henry spent a night talking to people in one of New Zealand’s most disaffected areas.
In July 2018, Tess McClure asked if Māori, disproportionately targeted by drug policing, would continue to lose out when medicinal cannabis was legalised.
James Borrowdale and Danial Eriksen talked to residents of the notorious boarding house at 454 Great North Road, before Grey Lynn’s last holdout against gentrification was sold.
In the days pre-Jacinda, Richard Meadow ranked all 39 of our leaders.
Photographer Danial Eriksen spends a day with the members of Ngāpuhi Hōiho.
Beatrice Hazlehurst takes acid and rediscovers her own city aboard Auckland’s tourist bus.
Tess McClure visits a remote community in the forests of the Coromandel, where a utopian dream turned sour.
Morgan Godfery on his young life in Kawerau.
James Borrowdale and Todd Henry find out what it’s like to grow up in the Chatham Islands.
Green Party MP Golriz Ghahraman talks to James Borrowdale about trolls, her childhood and the political platform she never asked for.
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James Borrowdale on Northland’s Toa Ngātihine gym and its star fighter Quinita Hati.
Tess McClure reveals how a powerful group of New Zealanders attempted to wipe out ‘mental defectives’ and improve the white race.
Beatrice Hazlehurst finds out how small Aotearoa really is.
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