Culture

‘We're meant to be here’: trans woman Paipera Hayes on being a lead actress

The 20-year-old speaks about her journey from foster care to the screen.

This film is the most realistic portrayal of sexual violence I’ve seen

Five things I took away from watching How To Have Sex

The fight to preserve the memories of March 15 victims

As New Zealand moves on from March 15, Muslims try to keep the conversation going.

Te Tiriti is bringing Māori together

And the event that’s the next forum for the movement.

How Miles From Nowhere made me feel seen as a Muslim New Zealander

"In the end, it was about telling a story that was authentic and true."

What is koha and how much should I give?

How koha should be used appropriately.

South Auckland’s queer creative scene you may not know about

“Creativity, through any outlet, helped me understand that the way I’d felt, had a home.”

Heritage buildings: precious history or waste of space?

“Heritage buildings are taking up space we don't have to spare.”

Should men pay for dates with women?

34% of our audience says yes, 66% says no.

Love and loss? How relationships can impact people’s benefits

Advocates are calling for an overhaul of relationship rules within the welfare system.

Why Taylor Swift deserves an academic conference about her

Meet the two NZ researchers who helped start the Swiftposium taking place in Melbourne.

Is it appropriate for non-Māori to have a moko?

Ringa moko (Māori tattoo artist) Cody Hollis explains.

What it's like moving back in with your parents after university

A loss of independence for some, a respite for others.

What it's like being a queer Chinese international student in NZ

"My imagination of NZ was just a fantasy."

I spent 18 months surfing porn sites for research, here’s what I learnt

“I found everything from the truly horrific, through to gorgeous, sexy, and fabulous.”

‘Assimilation meant acceptance’: growing up queer and African in NZ

Artist Tommie Love shares his story in his debut book Carry Me Home.

Stopped reading, but feel bad about it? Here's some books to get you back

Book experts share their recommendations for new and newly returning readers.

Rules around pepeha for non-Māori

Te reo Māori educator Hemi Kelly explains pepeha for non-Māori.

Why I kept my ex’s clothes

Breakups suck but sometimes you get a new jumper out of it.

Why I hate the beach

"The beach is a romantic idea in my head and on my phone."

My first car: being a teen in Hawke’s Bay

Three teens growing up in Hawke’s Bay invite us into their worlds – via their first cars.

Being queer in a small town doesn’t have to be shit

“If I hadn't moved to small town New Zealand, my life would be a lot smaller.”

'An opportunity to get rowdy': Why young NZers love a BYO

“I'm going to a BYO to sit around and drink with my mates and the food is a bonus.”

Growing up with an ‘almond mum’

"No, I didn’t particularly enjoy eating spoonfuls of desiccated coconut as a snack."

3 households show us what’s inside their fridge

Looking into your fridge is like looking into your soul.

How to eat like our tīpuna did

Why food security and food sovereignty are so important

How to complain at restaurants without being a dick

Rule #1 of complaining at a restaurant: don’t take your anger out on the waitstaff.

From fritter to feijoa: We search for NZ's most iconic dish

We’re opening the pot lid and looking at NZ’s relationship with food.

What my chosen whānau means to me

"For some people, chosen family is all they have."