Remembering the white men who tried to sell us stuff on TV

Everyone loves a nostalgia trip, remembering a time when the world wasn't melting so fast. Join Lucy Zee as she looks back at the white guys who were on TV way too much.

A fooking good interview with Preacher's Joseph Gilgun

The Southern gothic comic book fable Preacher is back and exclusive to Lightbox. Dominic Corry sat down with Joseph Gilgun (Cassidy) to talk about acting anxieties, American money, and living the ganja dream.

The long dark road to banning tail docking in New Zealand

The New Zealand Veterinary Association’s companion animal spokesperson Rochelle Ferguson is one of thousands of veterinarians celebrating today’s ban on tail docking. Here she explains why this cause is so close to her heart and the long dark road taken to get here.

The case for marijuana reparations

As the legalisation of cannabis edges closer to reality, some savvy entrepreneurs are getting ready to cash in. But what about the tens of thousands who've suffered mentally, physically and financially under our marijuana laws? Madeleine Holden argues the case for post-legalisation reparations.

'Our people came home': Finding myself at my marae

Nichole Brown returned to her marae to bury her daughter's whenua. She writes of giving back to the land she loves to build the family she has.

When pregnancy is hell: What hyperemesis is really like

Hyperemesis gravidarum is a terrible, debilitating illness that few people understand. It's more than morning sickness and it takes an immense toll on a pregnant mother. Wellington mother Wendy Harper shares her hyperemesis story.

Spirit encounters: the filmmaker who became a shaman

With the Film Festival now underway we asked we asked a whole bunch of filmmakers to tell us about a film they’re specially keen to see, and about their own …

The play's called Cock but nobody wears a chicken suit: an interview with the director

Former Silo Theatre artistic director Shane Bosher is back in Auckland to direct two new Silo shows, Cock (co-presented with Auckland Live) and A Streetcar Named Desire. Sam Brooks talked to him about them both.

Amazing deal: Complete our reader survey and be in to win an ultra-rare Spinoff mug!

Our War for Auckland Veteran's Association memorial mugs - complete with collector's edition spelling mistake – are a covetable momento of last year's War for Auckland campaign, and we have 10 of them up for grabs. Just complete our super-quick reader survey and you're in the draw.

I had an eating disorder, and To The Bone gets it almost completely wrong

The new Netflix movie is a remarkably tone-deaf and insight-free depiction of anorexia nervosa, writes Lucy Kelly.

The first National Party campaign ad for 2017, explained

Already the internet is being bedazzled by political messages ahead of the election. Toby Manhire watches National's debut effort and provides a running commentary.

Winston Peters is plotting to eat Labour's lunch. And it's working

In a followup to his report as an embedded NZ First member at the party's conference, Branko Marcetic looks at how the Winston Peters bus is going through the gears.

'Whoa, I can actually make money on these things!' – how one man cashed in on the board game renaissance

Board games are selling at historical rates and one Waikanae dad is right in the thick of it. Douglas Moore speaks with Shem Phillips, fulltime board game designer and director of Garphill Games.

Top of the Pile #5 - Tour de France 2017 (WATCH)

Finally José and Joseph play a game they might actually like and/or win.

Review: a rare memoir about being fat that doesn't end in weight loss

Charlotte Graham reviews the 'horrifying' new memoir by Roxane Gay.

We cross live to Taumarunui and search for signs of literature

In the second of our occasional series of reports of literary activity in provincial towns, Taumaranui writer Antony Millen - a runner-up in last year's Surrey Hotel writers residency award - describes what goes on in the King Country.

ACES: How one bold project (almost) achieved gender equality in STEM

The achievements and challenges of women in STEM disciplines were the focus of the Celebrating Women in Science conference, which closed in Auckland on Friday. Among the speakers was American chemist and physicist Cather Simpson, now of the University of Auckland, who writes here about her involvement in an intense effort to level the playing field for women at a university in Ohio.

Is Siggi Henry New Zealand's most dangerous city councillor?

She's an anti-vaccination, anti-fluoride campaigner who believes measles is a hoax and polio can be cured with vitamin C. Meet Siggi Henry, one of the most powerful people in our fourth largest city. Angela Cumming reports.

Joan Withers on employing diversity without enforcing quotas

Simon Pound talks to Joan Withers about excelling in all areas of business and how to evolve with an ever-changing business landscape.

A fooking good interview with Preacher's Joseph Gilgun

The Southern gothic comic book fable Preacher is back and exclusive to Lightbox. Dominic Corry sat down with Joseph Gilgun (Cassidy) to talk about acting anxieties, American money, and living the ganja dream.