NZ’s public health system is failing trans people

Months after being referred for top surgery, non-binary person Stevie received a rejection email saying the public health system had no capacity - an email many gender diverse people are familiar with as the system struggles to meet their needs. Stevie felt uncomfortable in their body ever since they went through puberty and their chest became a physical and emotional burden. “In my lower moments I’ve just looked in the mirror and cried, or been angry, or tried to rip [at my chest]."

I’m getting top surgery to finally feel comfortable in my body

I’m getting top surgery to finally feel comfortable in my body “In my lower moments I’ve just looked in the mirror and cried, or been angry, or tried to rip [at my chest]." We follow Stevie in the days leading up to their top surgery - a gender-affirming procedure to remove breast tissue. As a non-binary person, ever since puberty they have felt uncomfortable in their body and this top surgery will allow them to overcome the largest contributor to that.

Exploring the horny and heartfelt world of VRChat

I enter a cosy apartment and am greeted by someone dressed as Ronald McDonald. They point to themselves and then to me, before gesturing to their butt and starting to vigorously hump the air in front of them. Finally they grab a pen and write “fuck me” in the middle of the space. It might sound like I’m describing a fever dream, but this is just one of many bizarre encounters I had in my dozens of hours exploring VRChat - the world’s biggest virtual reality chat room.

We fell in love in a VR chatroom

We fell in love in a VR chatroom “The beautiful thing is you don't know who you're talking to in VRChat. It doesn't matter where you're from, it doesn't matter what your status is - as far as where you work, or what you look like - everybody's equal here.” Sarah lives in New Zealand and met Chris from New York City in VRChat - the world’s largest virtual reality chat room. There, they fell in love and got engaged without ever meeting in person.

How our dead bodies can be good for the planet

“You'd have to say that the traditional way of doing burials or cremation is not sustainable. I mean, they just plainly are not by their facts.” This story is part of Re:’s Belief Week. From young people who are celibate, to New Zealand’s first Wicca church, we take a look at what belief, religion and spirituality mean today. Check out the rest of the stories here. The way we bury our dead is unsustainable, with cremation creating emissions and burials using too much land. Cremating one person

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

‘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.
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