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You Can’t Say That!

Or Can You?

It’s time for a grown-up conversation about tough issues

By Yvonne van Dongen



Voice Control

Discussions about what is and who should have free speech rarely reach consensus. By Yvonne van Dongen

From Both Sides Now

Career public servant Kara Isaac experienced New Zealand’s managed isolation both as a “guest” and on the leadership team of the organisation running the frontline defence against the spread of Covid-19. By Yvonne van Dongen

A Call for Care

Residential care facilities for the treatment of mental health or addiction have fallen out of favour. By Sally Blundell

The Writing’s on the Wall

Being an adult who can’t read is enormously challenging — though as people who’ve been functionally illiterate their entire lives can attest, there’s always time to learn. By Sharon Stephenson

The Goldfields Gravediggers

Otago’s earliest cemeteries are filled with unmarked graves. Now some of the skeletons are telling their tales. By George Driver

The Misery-Go-Round

New Zealand’s child protection agency, Oranga Tamariki, is constantly in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. But is it the institution that is flawed or the society that expects it to fix bigger problems? By Aaron Smale

The Man in the Shadows

The prime minister’s chief of staff is the most powerful non-elected political figure in the country. Current chief of staff Raj Nahna eschews the spotlight but, despite his best efforts, it somehow finds him. By Pete McKenzie

A Quiet Revolution

Once were champions: for well over a century, Eltham’s rugby club packed out grounds and clubrooms and brought home silverware. Now soccer posts dot the town’s playing fields. By Tim Higham

Culture Etc.


About Town: Clyde

After a youth spent itching to be anywhere but Clyde, no one is more surprised than writer GeorgeDriver to find he’s now choosing to raise his own family in the Central Otago town. By George Driver
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About Town: Wellington

Home towns tend to be missed, then scorned — and finally rediscovered. By Tess Nichol

Almost Famous

Though they never ventured south of the equator, four literary giants have unexpected links to Aotearoa — some more celebrated than others. By Thomas McLean

Bienvenue les Kiwi

For an increasing number of talented young rugby players, the lure of adventure and serious cash playing for top tier French clubs is winning out over the potential to be an All Black. By Gregor Thompson


The director of one of Auckland’s most ambitious galleries is reimagining how art and the real world should collide. By Anna Rankin

About Town: Bluff

Cage diving with sharks at the country’s southernmost tip yields unexpected results. By Sarah Webster

Rising Star

One of Aotearoa’s leading Māori astronomers lives her life by the stars, as tātai arorangi (Māori astronomy) undergoes an exciting revival. By Petrina Darrah

Historical Maritime Park and Museum

A home for all things nautical, this Paeroa institution is part Museum, part resting place for resurrected vessels. By Lindsay Wright

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Love of the Hunt

Whether you dream about Crown Lynn patterns in your sleep or love to scour op shops for cheap and cheerful treasures, these places to rummage are, we reckon, a cut above.

Island of SIN

Chooks called BlueBum, ratting tales and Prince Harry are all part of the mix at the Stewart Island News, as Ben Mack discovered.

Publicly Artful

Our country is dotted with significant public art. Some works are heavy and monumental, others carefully detailed, and at least one digitally dynamic, but all are framed by their built and natural surroundings.

Shine Little Glow Worm

Arachnocampa luminosa is indeed luminous and quite lovely. The indigenous glowing critter is the larvae of a species of fungus gnat and a treat to come across. Enjoy our field guide to glow worm hangouts.

Nature Calls

You may recognise Forest & Bird’s new chief executive, a conservationist and unlikely radio star known for her love of creepy crawlies.

Utopia in a yard: Wānaka Wastebusters

The Wānaka Wastebusters recycling centre is utopia in a junk yard.

Read All About It

It’s easy to be well read in Aotearoa. Enjoy our road trip around some stand-out second-hand bookstores. By Taualofa Totua

National Treasures: The Thames School of Mines

The unusual place you'll find a hunk of the pink and white terraces.

Utopia Lab


Too Many People Are Dying On Our Roads

We need better roads, not better people.

Intensive Dairy Farming Is Killing The Environment

New Zealand should halve its number of cows.

The Criminal Justice System Is Broken

How we could reduce crime by locking up less people.

Why We Should Borrow More Money

A case for changing the way we think about national debt.

Bring Back the Glory Days of Rail

Why it's a smart idea to re-invest heavily in our national rail system.



Heaven or a Place on Earth?

What awaits us after death?

The Lost Islands

Historic artefacts washed up by the tides hint at lost lands whose full stories we can only guess at.

Beyond the Badlands

Strange monsters and ominous ghosts can be traced to repressed memories of violent histories, argues one Australian researcher looking at the past through a novel lens.

The Northern Bear

Our relationship with Russia has been characterised by instability — cycling between friend and foe, the nation and its citizens have often become symbols of our own fear and anxieties.

Echoes of History

Most New Zealanders remain unaware of the Surafend massacre by Anzac soldiers in 1918.

Gone Bush

To evade New Zealand’s draft in both world wars, scores of conscientious objectors fled deep into the bush.

Closed Encounters

Covid-19 checkpoints are not the first time some parts of the country have been sealed off from the rest.

As a Matter of Fact

Dismissal by Western scientists of mātauranga Māori and indigenous knowledge as unscientific “myth” often succumbs to its own criticism.

Archive Highlights


Bert’s Labyrinth

Survivors are finally speaking out — but years earlier, a journalist tried to publish the inside story of the notorious Auckland commune. Then she came too close. By Anke Richter


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