Storytelling in Overwatch

Watching the first trailer for Overwatch in 2014, I was instantly enthralled by the story it promised. What was this shooter with a bright, hopeful aesthetic, in which a sentient gorilla fights alongside a quick-witted teleporting Brit? It was hard not to be excited about something so refreshingly new – especially as the trailer hinted Overwatch would have all the narrative depth and detail Blizzard is famous for. I wasn’t the only one fascinated by this story; an eight-year-old approached one

Newsroom among the media heavyweights features prominently in this year's list of finalists for the national media awards. Newsroom, which launched just over a year ago, has been shortlisted for one of the top awards, Website of the Year, as well as the Best News Site and, for investigations editor Melanie Reid, Reporter of the Year. As well, Newsroom journalists are in contention for Voyager Media Awards for: Student Reporter of the Year (Baz MacDonald)

How satellites are boosting NZ

Our approach to age-old New Zealand primary industries like farming and forestry is moving into the space age. In the first of a three-part series, Baz MacDonald looks at how advanced satellite data is developing our economy. It is difficult to imagine how images of crops taken from space might benefit farmers, but agri-technology company LIC is discovering immense potential for gains from their satellite pasture measurement service, aptly named SPACE (Satellite Pasture and Cover Evaluation).
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Wellington's Drag Scene – A Photo Essay

Though the culture and politics of drag is an ever evolving and fascinating subject, ultimately it is the performance, aesthetic and spectacle of drag that have led to its success and significance. As such, we wanted to show off the broad range of incredible styles and approaches NZ drag performers have to offer. This is just a small selection of the drag talent in Wellington, and an even smaller slice of the drag talent throughout New Zealand.
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A chat with Trixie Mattel – RuPaul’s Drag Race star, Billboard charting musician and TV show host

Trixie takes some time out of her busy schedule to chat with Baz Macdonald about life as a Drag Race star. Trixie Mattel is one of the breakout stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race. After competing in Season 7, she has gone on to become a billboard topping folk musician with her album Two Birds and now she has her own show on VICELAND with fellow Drag Race alum Katya Zamolodchikova.
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Fa’afafine, trans and bio queens – gender diversity in the NZ drag scene

'I didn’t realise that there could be so much power in femininity, when I had spent my whole life feeling degraded by it.' Drag culture is a rebellion against the binary concept of gender, so it’s not surprising that performers have come to represent every shade of the gender spectrum - from trans to androgynous. In New Zealand, drag has a particularly celebrated history of gender diversity, due to our privileged place within the Pacific and all of the unique gender expressions within it.
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The trials and triumphs of New Zealand's Drag Kings

'The art of drag kings is just as transformative, artistic and entertaining as drag queens. Absolutely. But often that is not respected or recognised.' In 2010, Jools and Lynda Topp - better known as the Topp Twins - were invited to MC a male-only duck shooting event in rural Southland as their renowned male impersonation characters, Ken and Ken. “There are 600 blokes who go that event, and who do they get to perform for them? “They get the lesbians who dress up as men,” Lynda says

Southland eyes oats instead of dairy

Southland is looking into an alternative to dairy farming that taps into surging Asian demand, but uses less capital and water and produces less nitrates and greenhouse emissions. Baz Macdonald reports. Agriculture represented 4% of NZ’s real GDP in the 2016 financial year, yet an OECD report released last year showed the sector produced half of our countries greenhouse emissions – making NZ the second highest creator of emissions per unit of GDP in the world.
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