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Breaking Homes Breaking Hearts

Is the latest Oranga Tamariki “fix” just another failure?

By Aaron Smale



A Call for Care

Residential care facilities for the treatment of mental health or addiction have fallen out of…

The Writing’s on the Wall

Being an adult who can’t read is enormously challenging — though as people who’ve been…

The Goldfields Gravediggers

Otago’s earliest cemeteries are filled with unmarked graves. Now some of the skeletons are telling…

The Misery-Go-Round

New Zealand’s child protection agency, Oranga Tamariki, is constantly in the headlines for all the…

The Man in the Shadows

The prime minister’s chief of staff is the most powerful non-elected political figure in the…

A Quiet Revolution

Once were champions: for well over a century, Eltham’s rugby club packed out grounds and…

The Fate Of Our National Estate

A new report calls for partnership with tangata whenua to be at the heart of…

The Bigger Picture

Despite decades of alarm about rising rates of obesity, as a nation we’re getting fatter…

Culture Etc.



The director of one of Auckland’s most ambitious galleries is reimagining how art and the…

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…

Historical Maritime Park and Museum

A home for all things nautical, this Paeroa institution is part Museum, part resting place…

Owaka Museum

This museum in the wild and windy Catlins will enrich a visit to the region…

Paradise Camp

In a groundbreaking exhibition at this year’s Venice Biennale, art, history and gender lines are…

The Cold Beneath the House

Do people in other countries talk as much as we do about insulation? By John…

About Town: Reefton

A North Island townie with time on his hands spends seven weeks in Reefton, a…

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Island of SIN

Chooks called BlueBum, ratting tales and Prince Harry are all part of the mix at…

Publicly Artful

Our country is dotted with significant public art. Some works are heavy and monumental, others…

Shine Little Glow Worm

Arachnocampa luminosa is indeed luminous and quite lovely. The indigenous glowing critter is the larvae…

Nature Calls

You may recognise Forest & Bird’s new chief executive, a conservationist and unlikely radio star…

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…

National Treasures: The Thames School of Mines

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

Flagging Concerns

Why the use of two instantly recognisable Māori flags at the Parliament protest was so…

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…

Beyond the Badlands

Strange monsters and ominous ghosts can be traced to repressed memories of violent histories, argues…

The Northern Bear

Our relationship with Russia has been characterised by instability — cycling between friend and foe,…

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…

Closed Encounters

Covid-19 checkpoints are not the first time some parts of the country have been sealed…

As a Matter of Fact

Dismissal by Western scientists of mātauranga Māori and indigenous knowledge as unscientific “myth” often succumbs…

Archive Highlights


Bert’s Labyrinth

Survivors are finally speaking out — but years earlier, a journalist tried to publish the…


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