As winter passes and new life takes hold in New Zealand, indigenous guests from far abroad have arrived to exchange cultural knowledge. 

In part two of his series documenting his attempts to launch Happy Cow Milk 2.0, Herud talks about single-use plastic in the dairy industry and the plan to get farmers to adopt the "Happy Cow way". 


The Best Of

Anthony Byrt reviews a massive new study of Pablo Picasso - the greatest artist there ever was, but who Hannah Gadsby has called out as a disgusting #metoo pig.

The road to health is long and winding but should it be paved with vitamin supplements?

This school holiday Danyl Mclauchlan caught the bus to the Wellington Zoo. It was not fun.


Yesterday, the Pop-Up Globe announced their new season of work, with #metoo and #timesup hashtags flying wild in their marketing.

Danyl Mclauchlan sits down with Danyl Mclauchlan and Danyl Mclauchlan to debate the free speech issue.

In resetting targets for health, the challenge is to identify and articulate the underlying map

Submissions to the Zero Carbon Bill close on Wednesday July 19. Laura Somerset, a Wellington-based convener of Generation Zero, looks back on the early days of the climate action movement.

From tax incentives to cash grants, 'price signals' are the key to increasing the uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand, writes Victoria University's Lisa Marriott.


We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Hayden Donnell reviews all New Zealand roads after driving 2500km in four days.

Many of the attendees at a protest against Auckland Council banning Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux feel they get a raw deal from media. So, here's exactly what they said.

This week on The Block, tempers flared like an over-primed diesel heater and emotions flowed down the broken downpipe of hopes and dreams.

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in New Zealand pop culture and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

We're halfway through the school holidays and you must be running out of things to do. Tara Ward's got you covered with the best things on Lightbox for you and your kids to whisk time away with.


Based on one of the most notorious murder cases in New Zealand history, Mistress, Mercy finds itself hamstrung by the limits of the doco-drama genre.

Only five survivors are left battling it out for the money and glory, and honestly, it's anyone’s game at this point.

On this week's Primer, we talk to sibling entrepreneurs Brittany and Johanna Cosgrove of Nopesisters, the social enterprise championing 'fashion for a cause'.

Almost 30% of organic waste goes straight to landfill, sparking the launch of the first citywide compost collection of its kind in New Zealand. 

In a time of shifting consumer tastes, mounting health trends, environmental issues and the rise of alternative proteins, are we facing a vegan future?


Auckland has long been NZ's economic engine, but these days the rest of the country’s doing pretty well too – and maybe even better, says Kiwibank’s Jarrod Kerr.

On this week's Primer, we talk to Fresh As founder Tommy Roff whose company freeze-dries everything from mandarins and feijoas to liquorice and Red Bull.

We ask Chelsea Jade everything about her (and other people's) music.

Everything you need to know about the very chilled-out, extremely popular tropical house DJ.

Play It Strange CEO Mike Chunn met a young autistic drummer and quickly realised how hard things were for those with ASD, especially the young.


The Toronto duo making noise thanks to one hell of a co-sign from Drake (+ a ticket giveaway!)

Singer-songwriter Theia tells her story of self-harm and taking back the power by writing about it.

Staff Writers

An illustrated guide to New Zealand's loosest BYOs

Nothing goes better with cheap food than cheaper wine drunk quickly. Here are the 10 best BYO spots in New Zealand, as submitted by you. 

Read on.

“Both the board and college leaders have been crystal clear this behaviour cannot continue.”

If our adult mental health system needs to be restructured, our youth mental health system needs to be completely obliterated and rebuilt from the ground up.

Film critic David Larsen pleads you to see another movie called Hunger, without recourse to hammer analogies.


Reports that the organisation holds human skull and crossbones are alarming – just because it's ritual, doesn't make it right

Could 'Ask for Angela' save women from creeps and predators in New Zealand bars?

Neesha Bremner writes of my grandmother's past and her journey to the place she was happiest.

In the first of our series on formative kid experiences of the 1980s and 1990s, Adam Mamo tackles the highs and very low lows of Saturday morning sport.

 We were all horrified to see children ripped from their parents’ arms at the US-Mexico border last month. Sadly, this kind of thing happens in Australia too.


Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes looks back on the change to her family when she had a second child.

Is it Normal? is the Spinoff Parents advice column. We've been inundated with questions but one keeps popping up! We asked new entrants teacher Jessie Moss to answer it.

Whangerei architect Jade Kake has made a career changing behaviour through design, decolonising Māori thought patterns and outcomes through altering the environment in which they take place.

Nadine Anne Hura is one of six writers who have been selected for Te Papa Tupu 2018, a writing programme for Māori voices. We asked her what it means for her as a Māori writer.

'Nothing about us without us' is becoming a popular catch cry of indigenous people the world over. Now the University of Otago are asking for Māori perspectives only on Māori incarceration.


When the n-word slipped out of former National MP Tau Henare's mouth on national television last Sunday, Ātea editor Leonie Hayden realised she'd been harbouring a guilty secret. 

Kayne Peters meets the Albert whānau of Maui’s Hook and discusses the complex healing journey following suicide.

Jessica Rose of Women in Urbanism offers a few suggestions on improving Auckland's third places for those who need them most.

Fifty-two people were trapped on an Auckland train last night with no access to toilets, no food and no information

Auckland’s golf courses are huge tracts of heavily subsidised land lying vacant in the middle of a housing crisis. We need to seize them back


After the release of an Auckland Transport survey claiming two thirds of Aucklanders support more cycleways, Mike Hosking stepped into the ring to fight Statistics.

This World Refugee Day and always, I hope the portraits and voices of our resettled community in Aotearoa can guide us in our efforts to ensure they feel valued

The latest Broadcasting Standards Authority survey on offensive language is out – some strong language to follow.

The future of screen formats is vertical, if Instagram TV has its way. And that may not be a bad thing.

Bringing you the best weekly reading from your friendly local website. 


Spoiler alert: They didn’t find it.

It's been going since 1981– but what was New Zealand's favourite kids' show like in the first decade of this century?

Lots of people can't drive, including Haimona Gray. He talks to a few famous people who are similarly impaired, and gets behind the wheel in the only way he knows how: video games.

In the midst of the bad prequels, after a slew of bad video games, and before the contested sequels, there was Knights of the Old Republic

A fight-filled episode as our heroes try to destroy some book monsters while Forrest attempts to heal the heart of a lonely librarian. Also Alice has a wedding to get to.


A definitive guide to the upcoming games of this year, next and year and beyond... through Grindr Tribes. Kermath writes you the gayest video game guide possible.

Video games are a multibillion-dollar global entertainment industry, and experts say New Zealand is missing out.

The week's bestsellers at the Unity Books stores in Willis St, Wellington and High St, Auckland.

Linda Herrick profiles Claire Murdoch, former publisher of beautiful, brainy art and natural history books for Te Papa Press, and now about to take charge of Penguin New Zealand.

The week's bestselling books at the Unity stores in Willis St, Wellington and High St, Auckland.


New verse by Wellington poet Tayi Tibble.

Spinoff Review of Books editor Steve Braunias revives the revolutionary live email interview with a new star of New Zealand literature - the wildly talented Tayi Tibble.

The editor of Dunedin's student magazine may not like it, but the University of Otago's hunt for Nessie was science communication at its finest, argues Ellen Rykers.

Whether you're mining bitcoin or Googling yourself, you're creating a lot of heat somewhere. A group of New Zealand scientists have found a way to take the heat off data centres.

A new strain of ryegrass developed in NZ promises to reduce water demands and curb emissions. But it's genetically modified, so may not be politically palatable.


Misleading remarks in the media erode public confidence in a pest-control tool we urgently need to save species.

Teens have smoked weed from the side of a can for decades, and probably always will. But doesn't that give you Alzheimer's?

This week Simon talks to Sam Stuchbury, the only Kiwi who made this year's Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list.

The PM calls for more ‘conversations around consent and healthy relationships’ in the wake of the post-Weinstein global outrage

Simon Pound talks to Hadleigh Ford of NZ visitor management system SwipedOn.


This week Simon talks to Shama Lee of Sunfed Foods about how meat-free meats shouldn't just be for vegetarians and vegans.

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in New Zealand pop culture and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

The Spinoff and the Commerce Commission provide some essential advice on how to improve your broadband performance.

In the second part of the new podcast series Venus Envy, Parris Goebel, Karen Walker and Rosanna Raymond discuss beating the boys, the shoulders they stand on, and haircuts.

As winter passes and new life takes hold in New Zealand, indigenous guests from far abroad have arrived to exchange cultural knowledge. 


We ask Chelsea Jade everything about her (and other people's) music.

Whether you're mining bitcoin or Googling yourself, you're creating a lot of heat somewhere. A group of New Zealand scientists have found a way to take the heat off data centres.

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