Isoa Kavakimotu sees himself like Boba Fett: “A simple man making his way through the galaxy.” Photo: Cameron James McLaren.
The Bigger Picture
We are getting bigger, and bigger. Yo-yo diets, failed fitness programmes: the experts say our approach to managing obesity gets too many things wrong and people are being set up to fail. So what might actually work?
By Mirjam Guesgen
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern flanked by chief of staff Raj Nahna, at Parliament House in Wellington. Photo: Ben Mckay, AAP.
The Man in the Shadows
From Te Kuiti to the Beehive, it’s been a starred journey for Raj Nahna, the prime minister’s chief of staff. He likes to maintain a low profile, is a mystery even to some members of his own family, yet is one of the most powerful players in politcs.
By Pete McKenzie
Datagrid plans to build New Zealand’s largest data centre in a paddock on the outskirts of Makarewa in Southland. Photo: George Driver.
Aotearoa: Land of the digital cloud
In tiny Makarewa, near Invercargill, the cellphone service may be patchy but could that change when data farming comes to town? It’s one of the many locations offshore tech companies are choosing to build their super-sized data centres.
By George Driver
David and Tim Higham before a game in Stratford.
The Quiet Revolution
When Tim was a kid, rugby was the only game in Eltham, heartland Taranaki. Now, the beautiful game with the round ball rules. Is this a bellwether for the future of rugby?
By Tim Higham
St Alban’s church, Appleby Highway, was constructed in 1868 and as such is one of the oldest remaining churches in the Waimea Plain. Photo: Andrew Macdonald
Photo Essay: God on the plains
New Zealand is dotted with historic churches, many of whom have aging congregations and uncertain futures.
By Andrew Macdonald
The stars of Matariki are visible with the naked eye and can be viewed from various places on Earth, which is why they have names in so many different cultures. Photo: Fraser Gunn.
You’ll find Victoria Campbell (Kāi Tahu) gazing skyward on a clear evening, expanding her knowledge and passion for Māori astronomy.
By Petrina Darrah
A (very funny, very rude) Kiwi sex comedy featuring a script entirely in gibberish marks its director as one to watch.
By Tom Augustine
About Town: Bluff
Bluff is the place to be if cage diving with sharks is on your bucket list.
By Sarah Webster
Keeping things in the family with Hawke’s Bay wine makers Hancock & Sons.
By Tobias Buck
Paul Little on Coco Solid’s exuberant new novel, How to Loiter in a Turf War, new poetry from Mohammed Hasan, a look back at Rogernomics, Donovan Bixley’s Leonardo work, and more.
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