Wellington

Project Bloom: A photo studio that had Wellington teens in its grip

Project Bloom impeccably captured the zeitgeist of the 2010s.

The anti-mandate protesters stuck in the South Island

They’d like to join the larger protest at Parliament, but they can’t get on a boat.

New Zealanders massively hoarded booze the night before lockdown

Newly released data shows Kiwis bought 195% more alcohol at liquor stores right before the March 2020 lockdown.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, there was a huge spike in alcohol…

How writing about a barcode formed Kii Winston’s identity | The Outliers

Arriving in Kaitaia from Barbados as a child, Kii Winston Small felt isolated and unsure of where he stood in the world. But tracing back his…

The artist making bangers in a te reo Māori renaissance | The Outliers

“I’m a bridge. I don’t have to belong to just one culture, occupy this one space. I can be this in-between.” Rei calls himself “the creator…

The 22-year old Wellington City Councillor who's not trying to change boomers' minds | The Outliers

“All around the country, and all around the world, you’ve got closed boardrooms full of old white men."

22-year-old Tamatha Paul is a Wellington City Councillor who…

Social media can be a new form of justice for survivors of sexual assault

What are the legal ramifications of online justice, both for those who post and the accused?

The six-month Covid rent freeze ends today, but rents are already going up. A lot.

The six-month Covid rent freeze ends today, and some landlords are putting up rent as fast as possible. Others tried to illegally raise rents during the…

A visual history of Wellington’s anarchist house

On the evening of Tuesday August 25, Wellington watched as a local icon burnt down - the anarchist house at 128 Abel Smith Street.

Located right beside…

Livening up Wellington’s outer suburbs

As our population rises, Wellington’s outer suburbs can become hubs where people live, work and play – all while having easy public transport access to the…

More affordable, more walkable and more resilient: plans for Wellington’s CBD

How Wellington's CBD will keep up with its rapid population growth.

Black Lives Matter: The biggest march in Wellington in a decade

“The future is hope. The future is change. The future is us.”

New Zealanders tell us why they marched with the Black Lives Matter movement

On June 1, New Zealanders marched in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Here's why.

Decolonising gender and sexuality in Wellington city

Te Whanganui-a-Tara, political hub of Aotearoa and a city that carries the rep of being home to individuals all free to express themselves. This was the…

What does it mean to be urban Māori?

Today we launch a series on urban Māori identity. It features He Kākano Ahau, a podcast by Kahu Kutia (Ngāi Tūhoe), and Māori and the City,…

Māori and the City: finding a flat in Wellington is the second-worst trauma after colonisation

This was supposed to be the first installment of Māori and the City, a new monthly column by Tayi Tibble. But then coronavirus happened and it…

Māori and the City: a new monthly column by Tayi Tibble

Today we launch the first installment of Māori and the City, a monthly column by Tayi Tibble. Originally, the first piece of writing was gonna be…

In photos: NZ's empty streets at rush hour

At 11:59pm on Wednesday, 25 March, New Zealand went into a nationwide lockdown. Here are some photos taken by Re: journalists of the scenes about town…

Rediscovering Aotearoa: Podcast - Mātauranga | Knowledge

The voyage of Polynesian ancestors to these shores has been called the “greatest migration story in the history of mankind”. But we hear very little about…

Rediscovering Aotearoa: Mātauranga | Knowledge

There are 110 statues or monuments in Wellington, but only 10 of those represent Māori narratives. Two strangers, Safari Hynes and Peter McKenzie, meet to discuss…

Rediscovering Aotearoa: Taiao | Nature

The last bullet of the Land Wars was shot in 1916 at Maungapōhatu in Te Urewera, and the forest was later taken into government control. Atamira…

Victoria Uni students imagine the future of tech

Robot bodies, 3D printing organs and improving the way we use social media... students take a break during their all-nighters at Victoria Uni to ruminate on…

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This Wellington startup has a solution for the takeaway containers we keep throwing away
Every Friday, Sarah Booher would bike around the corner to pick up takeaways…

Sex workers portray themselves the way they want to be seen

Art has been obsessed with sex workers for centuries. From Picasso to Dostoyevsky to Satine the courtesan from Moulin Rouge!, sex workers have long been a…

Sophie’s Angels: the all-female driver service keeping passengers safe

96% of all passenger service drivers are men, but at Sophie's Angels, 0% of the drivers are men. This Wellington-based all-female driver service (open to passengers…

How fireworks are helping decolonise Wellington

This past Sunday, Wellington held its second annual Matariki Sky Show – a fireworks display that is just one event in the dozens organised as part…

Planning for Growth - Resilient

A CBD apartment feels terrifying in an earthquake. But a house in the suburbs could be cut off by a landslide and isolated from vital services.…

Mournmoor Muders - who kidnapped the mayor?

Can these two detectives find the missing mayor of Wellington? We're not convinced...

Catch Alice and Maria in The Mournmoor Murders in this year's NZ International Comedy Festival.