Zoe Madden-Smith

A night out on Great Barrier Island

“Nightlife on Barrier is consistently inconsistent. Fantastic if you’re a morepork.”

Music is my big brother: Poetik and Kumbaya in studio

“Music became my big brother. It raised us up when we didn't have no one there for us.”

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.”

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.”

Surviving on Great Barrier Island means living off the land

”Grandad always said, you gotta be a useless bugger if you go hungry here.”

Five people tell us their STI stories

'Chlamydia is how I found out she cheated on me’

What the coalition deal means for students

Will students be better or worse off? It depends who you ask.

NZ’s ‘discriminatory’ blood donation rules are getting in the way of saving lives

Feeling too broke to donate to a charity? Donate your blood instead.

Why I had an abortion: Young NZers share their stories

Despite abortion being decriminalised, it remains a divisive topic in New Zealand.

Policy breakdown: Health

Get an overview of each New Zealand political parties' policy on health.

People tell us what they are struggling to afford

From June 2022 to June 2023, grocery food prices alone increased 12.8%.

Policy breakdown: Rainbow rights

Here's what political parties say they'll do about rainbow rights if they're elected.

Policy breakdown: Education

Here's what political parties say they'll do about education.

Is the ‘truancy crisis’ really a crisis? We ask students

Only 60% of students went to school regularly in Term 1 of this year.

Which political parties get the most donations?

It’s no secret political parties rely heavily on donations to do what they do.

Election issues: Why are so many students skipping school

School attendance was at 70% in 2015, but then declined to just 40% in 2022.

Should gender be part of sex education?

Currently there are guidelines for teaching relationship and sexuality education (RSE).

People tell us the last time they went to the dentist

“If it was free, fucking oath, I’m there.”

Nearly half of NZers can't afford to go to the dentist

NZ’s dental care system is in crisis, what is the fix?

We quiz people on Māori words

Do you know your tuakana from your teina?

I lost my home in the cyclone, now I panic when it rains

“When it rains heavily I’m always alert."

‘It’s part of our culture’: Being fa’afafine in Hawke’s Bay

“I was scared to come here and be bullied."

Trans hate: Young voters on whether enough is being done

Rangatahi tell us if being done to keep trans and non-binary people safe in Aotearoa.

Toilet politics: Trans people more likely to be victims, not perpetrators

“This fear-mongering is an absolute flipping over of what’s correct and who poses a threat to who.”

My life as a trans wahine sex worker

“Even if society rejected us, it didn’t matter. We had our own society.”

We asked people whether we should remove GST on food

“Yes please… because I’m hungry.”

Say goodbye to disposable vapes

From today, all vaping devices sold in NZ will need to have removeable or replaceable batteries.