How convoy protestors are setting up for the long haul in Wellington

The convoy protest outside Parliament has been going for 10 days. Protestors have put out a statement saying they won’t leave until the entire Covid-19 protection framework, including the traffic light system and all mandates, is gone. Now knowing they're in for the long haul, Re: met up with a protestor who showed us around. How does someone think ass eating is hot? | Horny on Main We ask the anti-mandate convoy why they're protesting

Aroha in the moana: Meet NZ’s cutest freediving couple

Reremoana (Te Ātihaunui a Pāpārangi, Te Aitanga a Hauiti) and Dion (Ngāti Porou) have built their love along the seabed of Tairāwhiti/Gisborne. The pair’s relationship flourished out of a mutual love of freediving, the practise of diving using only your breath - either for exploration, or kohinga kai (collecting kaimoana). Their connection with the moana has only deepened alongside their growing whānau. Take a dive with them as they explore their relationship with themselves and the moana. Th

‘I’m using petrol until it runs out’: The problem with car culture in NZ

The Government wants to make electric vehicles cheaper and more accessible. Its Clean Vehicles bill, currently before parliament, would also make high-emitting vehicles more expensive if passed. But is it enough? Re: Journalist Baz Macdonald explores New Zealand’s car culture and whether it’ll stop us meeting climate goals. “You need to move, or I’ll run you over,” a middle-aged man screams out his car window. 14-year-old Oliver* yells back: “If you run me over, that's not gonna end well for y

New Zealand has 100,000 empty homes, and 100,000 homeless people

New Zealand has 100,000 empty houses, while also having 100,000 homeless. We explore how that is, and the effect it is having on New Zealanders struggling with housing. “When I think of homes standing empty, I think of the people I know that are suffering. I think of the people I know that are sleeping on the street tonight. I think of the over twenty people who got referred here in the last few weeks, and that I had to look at their names, read their story and recognise that I had to reject all of them - because we don’t have anywhere for them to go.”

Milk and Money | Episode 1 | How Aotearoa built its dairy empire on billions of dollars of debt

“Since European colonisation of New Zealand, the first thing we did was cash in our seals, then we cashed in our whales, and then our gold. And if you look at what we’re doing now, we’re cashing in our water,” says economist Peter Fraser. Milk and Money: The True Cost of Dairy in Aotearoa is a six-part series exploring the dairy industry’s impact on the community, economy and environment of Aotearoa, and considering what a sustainable future for the industry could look like. In Episode 1: Money, we explore how and why Aotearoa’s dairy boom occurred, and the important role the industry has played in our economy and rural communities. But the industry has gathered bills that are yet to be paid - both in financial debt and environmental cost. Re: Journalist Baz Macdonald speaks to Southland dairy farmers Scott and Ewen Mathieson, economist Peter Fraser and Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell. Watch the whole series here.

Why I am a children’s storyteller

Baz Macdonald has been a children’s storyteller at Vic Books in Wellington for the past three years. He shares some of the reasons why he loves the job, as well as some tips and tricks he has picked up along the way. I started the Vic Books Story Time in Wellington almost three years ago and every Saturday since have spent an hour reading to kids from around the city. In that time, I have read thousands of stories, meet hundreds of kids and their families and shared countless wonderful experiences.
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