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Towards Compostela is a book that will walk with you

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Chloe Blades reviews a travel memoir about a pilgrimage, and invites us to share in her own. I’ve often considered myself something of a holy person. I was seven when my nose bled in the pews of Notre Dame Cathedral. Mum said God was watching and I knew that, between my five-year-old sister and I, […]

Live updates, May 10: 500 spaces in MIQ to open for workers, students, refugees

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Welcome to The Spinoff’s live updates for May 10, bringing you the latest news updated throughout the day. Get in touch at stewart@thespinoff.co.nz4.00pm: 500 spaces in MIQ to open for workers, students, refugeesPolitical editor Justin Giovannetti reports from parliamentAbout 500 spots will be opened up every fortnight in New Zealand’s managed isolation system for skilled […]

Global momentum is building for a right to a safe environment. Why is NZ missing?

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A campaign is moving the United Nations toward recognising a right to a safe environment. Dozens of countries are on-board. Why isn’t New Zealand part of it, asks Sam Bookman.The world is facing multiple environmental crises. Hundreds of animal and plant species are threatened with extinction; deforestation in many parts of the planet continues at […]

The Bulletin: Scottish independence moves a step closer

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Good morning and welcome to The Bulletin. In today’s edition: Scottish independence moves a step closer, government revives plan for Fair Pay Agreements, and children in Oranga Tamariki care being strip-searched.We’ll start today’s Bulletin with some fascinating world news, because it could lead to a very significant geopolitical development. Amid local elections in England, Scotland and […]

The essential byelection guide to Maungawhau, the ward that saved golf

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The Maungawhau subdivision of Albert-Eden encapsulates everything Aucklanders love to get het up about: trains, golf, birds, and trees. As it prepares for an upcoming byelection, we’re bringing back our race briefings to explain what’s going on in the ward. Where’s Maungawhau, exactly?In the heart of the supercity lies a super ward: Albert-Eden. It’s centred […]

TVNZ is all in online – and planning an ad-free Netflix-style subscription service

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The state broadcaster is not waiting for the merger to imagine its future, reports Duncan Greive after a wide-ranging interview with TVNZ CEO Kevin Kenrick.TVNZ is planning a major reimagining of its TVNZ OnDemand platform that will ultimately lead it into a post-linear TV future, CEO Kevin Kenrick has revealed in a wide-ranging interview on […]

Dr Liz Gordon: I got the liquor licensing blues

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There used to be a dairy on every corner and a post office in every town. Then came the free market and the big beneficiary appears to be off licences, where people can buy all the alcohol they like but not buy a single stamp.  Here in Hornby, Christchurch, our NZ Post Shop recently closed […]

PAWN BROKER ORDERED TO MEET UNION – RICH BOY EXPOSED AS LIAR AND POCKETING WORKERS MONEY

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BOSS FORCED TO EXPLAIN HIS SACKING TWO WOMAN AND TAKING THEIR COVID MONEY

Sunday Essay: The vaccination

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Author and intensive care specialist Alex Kazemi stares out at the world amid and beyond the plague.The Sunday Essay is possible thanks to the support of Creative New ZealandOriginal illustrations by Sarah Wilkins.I didn’t see the needle go in. I just winced slightly. But I wasn’t expecting to feel anything in particular afterwards. I was […]

West Coast spirit: How a little distillery is revitalising Reefton

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The historic gold-mining town of Reefton is returning to its former prosperity, thanks to the efforts of some passionate residents, entrepreneurs and a boutique gin distillery. I like to think the people of the West Coast worship the rain gods. After all, is there anything that defines and dictates life more in that marvellous country than […]

Deprogramme yourself: Author Marilynne Robinson on seeing beauty in everything

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Ahead of her appearance at the Auckland Writers Festival, the much-loved Gilead author talks to Sam Brooks. I came to Marilynne Robinson after the world seemed to, like walking into mass after the homily. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author had a critically acclaimed hit in the 80s with Housekeeping, but it was her 2004 novel Gilead […]

Recipe: Pickled Jerusalem artichokes

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These knobbly tubers appear only in autumn, but here’s a way you can enjoy them year round – preferably with cheese.I ventured out to the back of our garden last weekend and the Jerusalem artichokes have spread noticeably since last year. They stand erect, a dense army of tall slender stalks now turning brown and […]

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