Zoe Madden-Smith

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.”

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.

Policy breakdown: Health

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

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.

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

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

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 built an off-the-grid life but it took a lot of privilege

“I'm trying to do things now that are going to be helpful for our descendants in like 200 years"

Off The Grid Week: What happens when you ditch the rat race

It sounds freeing. But what would it actually take?

Dogs love us so much they cry happy tears when they see us

"Dogs have become a partner of humans, and we can form bonds."

'Stories you don't see anywhere else': Here's our award-winning stories

Re: News won best specialist publication at this year's NZ media awards.

Extreme anti-mandate groups have a new hobby: transphobia

A new Disinformation Project report shows a surge in trans hate online after the Posie Parker visit.

  • 05 May 23

Here are the strangest things people have left in Ubers around NZ

Chicken, cat flap doors, fish. You know, normal things to have with you on an Uber ride.

Why food is a rip-off in NZ compared to Australia

A report found last year that the supermarket sector is making over $1 million in excess profit.

Why your ears ring after a concert and why you should care

It's almost definitely tinnitus. Here's how you can avoid it.

PM Chris Hipkins answers your questions

“Oh, crikey, that's quite a question.”

It took me 8 years to get an endometriosis diagnosis

“Endometriosis care, as it currently is, is just not acceptable."

People tell us why they showed up to the Posie Parker protest

“It didn’t turn out as a peaceful protest but that usually always happens when two groups collide."

Posie Parker gets sauced and shut down before she can speak

Thousands of counter-protesters showed up and shouted “go home Posie” on Saturday.

People tell us how it feels to be at Pasifika Festival

“It feels like we're home. I feel full.”

Teachers tell us why they are striking

“My salary is about $50,000 and I’ve been a teacher for six years now. It’s not enough.”