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Sunday Essay: The winter wonder land

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Every year it returns, and every year we struggle to cope, writes John Summers.The Sunday Essay is possible thanks to the support of Creative New ZealandOriginal illustrations by Toby Morris.We kid ourselves in this place. Spring turns to summer, and suddenly every road leads to the beach. The country wants you to buy an ice […]

Drag Race Down Under power rankings: All white is not all right

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The third episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under sends home the only remaining queen of colour, and it’s not OK.Let’s start with some truth: Drag Race has had a race issue since the very start.Queens of colour have a harder time on the show, they are disproportionately bullied by fans on social media, and […]

How New Zealand’s employment laws changed forever, 30 years ago today

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May 15 1991 marked the dawn of a new system of employment that utterly transformed the world of work. The Employment Contracts Act dramatically deregulated the labour market, struck a huge blow against the union movement, and reshaped the economy. Alex Braae looks back. When Faith Harrison began working at the supermarket, she didn’t do […]

‘What most women really want is someone to be kind’: Anna Saunders, midwife

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The veteran midwife talks to Michelle Langstone about the increasing challenges of her profession – and the priceless moments that remind her why it matters.Portraits by Edith Amituanai.When Anna Saunders gave birth to her baby boy in a cottage on family land at Wainamu, Bethells Beach, her husband’s family drove all their 4WDs onto the […]

Siouxsie Wiles: There’s a lot of vaccine BS around. Here’s why I won’t be debunking it

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Siouxsie Wiles wants to talk about all the ‘fake news’ about vaccines that’s floating around and popping into people’s letterboxes. But don’t expect her to debunk it. She explains her thinking. Right now, a number of groups and individuals are waging what looks like a coordinated campaign here in New Zealand. Their aim is to disrupt […]

Land-grabbing colonial Occupation

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This year, Israel ha been imposing increasing violations of both Christian and Muslim worshippers’ rights of access to their holy sites in Jerusalem. On 1 May, in the alley approaching the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Occupation forces assaulted almost everyone, including monks, upon their arrival for Saturday prayer. Something of the ideological conviction that […]

Bulletin World Weekly: The historic tragedy of Jerusalem

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The Bulletin World Weekly is a Spinoff newsletter covering and analyising the most important stories from around the globe. This week’s edition looks at the historic roots of the current violence sweeping through Israel, Jerusalem and Gaza. To get the Bulletin World Weekly in your inbox every week, sign up to The Spinoff Members.The historic tragedy […]

The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending May 14

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The only published and available best-selling indie book chart in New Zealand is the top 10 sales list recorded every week at Unity Books’ stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.AUCKLAND1  Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (Faber & Faber, $37)On Saturday night you can watch Ishiguro on livestream at the Auckland […]

The Friday Poem: what the fuck is an Ockham, by Dominic Hoey

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A new poem from poet and novelist Dominic Hoey.what the fuck is an Ockhamlanding in Christchurch no ones wearing masks my friend messages me “wanna get dinner?” I’m at a writers festival “bullshit, you can’t even spell”sharing a hotel room with Mohamed he prays in the corner while I sext this married woman who thinks […]

Snakes! Snakes on a beach!

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New Zealand beaches have been visited by three yellow-bellied sea snakes in two weeks. Is this snakegeddon?Our bird-based nation has been shaken to its core by the sightings of not one, not two, but three yellow-bellied sea snakes on our pristine beaches in the space of only two weeks. Two were found in Northland, but […]

VF48Hours 2021: Body-swapping techno vikings from space

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Wellington animation team Truba talk us through their VF48Hours superhero movie, Infinite Origin.Truba might be the most international team in this year’s Vista Foundation 48 Hours. An actual animation studio outside of the competition (they’ve produced animations for [adult swim] and made music videos for Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Childish Gambino), its members were spread […]

Did RuPaul actually come to New Zealand? A Spinoff investigation

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Social media is alight with a bizarre rumour that RuPaul Charles never came to New Zealand to film the local version of his reality show, Drag Race Down Under. Nothing has excited New Zealand social media this year as much as the news that RuPaul had landed in the country to film the first season of […]

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