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Hemma Vara: Five great sustainable, ethical clothing labels – all made in NZ

“WORLD founder and ethical fashion champion Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet claimed it’s almost impossible to manufacture clothes in New Zealand, so we set out to find some labels that are not only creating garments (and jobs), but have taken extra steps to ensure their goods are sustainable and ethically made.

If you judge the ethics of New Zealand’s fashion industry by the 2018 results of the Tearfund and World Baptist Aid’s Ethical Fashion Report alone, we have a long way to go. But it’s not telling the full story, as there are a number of New Zealand brands that deserve our attention. And yes, these brands are not necessarily cheap like chain stores, but they are comparable to other designer brands.

Here’s five ethical clothing labels to consider.”

Alex Casey: Real life read: I dated six of the Heartbreak Island contestants

“They were hottest people I had ever seen in my life, all skin tight dresses and sharp suits, hair coiffed and curled for the gods. Me? I was wearing pants that I had legitimately worn to bed the night before, a pilled grey jumper and my hair was in a mum bun despite not having even a whisker of a child to my name. My socks had pictures of hedgehogs on them and my nose eczema was flaring up big time. I was not Heartbreak Island, I was Fartbreak Island.

Despite all that, for half an hour last week, they were mine.”

Campaigning Dave gazes enviously at Dancing Dave

Toby Manhire: Revealed: David Seymour has won more votes for TV dancing than he did in actual election

“Despite being consistently flayed by the show’s judges after dancing like a cyborg trapped in a vat of jelly, Seymour has found himself salvaged by the audience, whose texted ballots are weighted equally with the judges’ scores. Mediaworks refuses to say how many votes it receives, but given that Seymour finished with more than 16,500 votes in his Auckland electorate in September’s general election, he has on average received in excess of 2,300 votes in each of the seven weeks of the televised contest.”

Samuel Scott: Moore Wilson’s: the home and heart of Wellington food

This month legendary Wellington food emporium Moore Wilson’s turned 100. Samuel Flynn Scott meets Julie Moore, the most important and influential person in Wellington food.

Andrew Geddis: This humiliating apology to Hager shows just how badly the police screwed up

“So, the search of Hager’s house and removal of his property was, the police admit, unlawful. What is more, by a remarkable coincidence the police search took place at a time when Hager was in another city, meaning that it was an hour before Hager was able to assert journalistic privilege over that property. Despite being alerted to that claim of privilege, the police nevertheless used photos they had taken of an email exchange and website login information to try and track Rawshark down.

Let’s just pause and recap at this point.”

Danyl Mclauchlan: Why it’s getting hard to see Ardern’s government lasting past 2020

“It’s a universal truth that the purpose of living in a home is not to make it your own. Instead, it’s to work, with every meal cooked and piece of clothing laundered, towards the illusion that your home – the place that will forever sculpt your lives and the lives of your children – is in fact uninhabited. For a home is but a condensated window into our souls. And what are our souls if not empty?”

On the left, real photo posts from the real Stuff facebook page. And on the right, one of the posts that resulted in NZ Stuffed getting shut down.

Alex Braae: The satirical Facebook page that Stuff got shut down is a fake news faultline

Stuff is home to many outstanding journalists, but it’s often the less serious or important articles that get a lot of clicks. And that’s especially the case on social media, where the nature of community engagement means that a lot of things that go out under the Stuff banner would be more accurately described as content, than journalism.

Unfortunately for Stuff, and pretty much every other newsroom that aspires to be mass-market, that means people will conflate the website’s content with their idea of what journalism should be. That’s where the NZ Stuffed page found a niche – sometimes gently, sometimes savagely satirising Stuff’s output. It got quite big, too – at the time of closure, it was up to around 9,000 likes.”

Branko Marcetic: A brief history of New Zealand’s most absurd three-strikes cases

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