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Not If, But When

The South Island shattered. Towns destroyed. Nationwide blackouts. Science tells us the Alpine Fault is overdue to rupture. Are you ready?

By Peta Carey

Photos by Jason Blair



Happiness by the numbers

In May Grant Robertson will deliver his fourth "Wellbeing Budget". But what is wellbeing, where…

You Have Now Entered Carbon Country

New Zealand’s climate policy is creating a dense forest of winners and losers. By George…

The Unhappy Valley

It’s bloody paradise, it’s a nightmare, it’s a bargain — the residents don’t agree on…

The Forever Files

From the age of 18 to his retirement at 65, Wellington GP Dorian Saker was…

A Quiet Place

As human-made noise colonises more and more of the planet, a small group of volunteers…

Click and Collect for Drugs

How the internet is convincing Kiwis that buying drugs is as safe and convenient as…

He Said, She…

Have New Zealand's defamation laws killed our #MeToo movement? By Pete McKenzie

The Most Outspoken Man In Sport

Black Cap Jimmy Neesham on his journey from crisis to comeback. By James Borrowdale

Culture Etc.


Early etching of Akaroa

About Town: Akaroa

The French influenced harbour town alive with memories of love and romance. By Tom Augustine

On The Gravy Train

The entrepreneurs turning Europe onto the classic Kiwi pie. By Gregor Thompson
Ani Tawhiao-Lomas (right) with partner, Giuliano Porta and their baby, Calina Mareikura Porta.

Tiny Palates, Big Ambitions

The owners of this Auckland-based meal delivery company want to decolonise your baby’s tastebuds. By…

About Town: Waimārama

Time passes and people change, but the sun still shines at this North Island beach…

About Town: Millers Flat

The sun-bleached landscapes of a Central Otago summer evoke childhood memories of stonefruit, freedom and…

About Town: Omori

10 weeks of solitude in a holiday town's off season. By Jack Remiel Cottrell

Dog Days

New Zealanders have been acquiring pets in record numbers — companions for the plague year…

Is This Just Fantasy?

Despite its immense popularity, genre writing like fantasy and romance struggles to be taken seriously…

Partner Content


Impact Investing

Harbour Asset Management

The Role of Genes

Unichem and Life Pharmacies

Four Corners


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…

The City That Convicts Built

A tour of Wellington landmarks made by prison labour.

Under Siege

Just another day at the local castle.


The story of the man who built Wellington’s strangest landmark.

Cut to the Chase

The Beehive's barber of choice bids farewell.

The Most Powerful Man in Huntly

Meet the man pulling the strings in a town he says the rest of the…

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.



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…

Men of God?

Destiny Church Brian Tamaki has made headlines during the latest phase of the pandemic.

By Any Other Name

How long has Aotearoa been a name for these islands?

Bad Dreams

Could a mysterious sleeping sickness from the early 20th century give us clues for navigating…

From America With Love

A promising start with the Biden White House is just the latest twist in the…

Archive Highlights


Bert’s Labyrinth

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


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