What it's really like being a female tradie in NZ

What it's really like being a female tradie in NZ “I think that the culture is pretty bad. And I hate when people say, ‘it's one or two bad eggs’ because I think of all the times I've been harassed on site, there's been other men around and those other men didn't say anything or they laughed. And that's what hurt most.” As one of only 2% of female electricians in Aotearoa, Brooke Thompson has experienced bullying and harassment throughout her career. But she found support and encouragement fr

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.

You probably didn’t vote in the local elections but it's not your fault

You probably didn’t vote in the local elections but it's not your fault “A lot of the people who are in positions of power can now see that that turnout is so low that it's no longer morally justifiable.” Only 4 out of 10 eligible people voted in the recent local government elections, and young people were even less likely to vote. But experts say the system is broken, creating barriers between young people and engagement with local government and elections.

Kiwi doesn’t represent everyone in Aotearoa

“Kiwi as an identifier is mostly used by non-Māori. From my experience and from the experience of the people I've spoken to, we're starting to see an increasing number of rangatahi Māori more comfortable in the cultural identity to use Māori as an identifier or their own iwi.” Kiwi has been a national identifier in New Zealand since the early 1900s. But in recent decades some Māori have rejected the term, or the need for a national identifier at all.

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.

Here’s how your $10 t-shirt is made: fast fashion explained

Fast fashion is a business model where companies produce as much clothing as possible, for as cheap as possible. Despite decades of discussion about the human rights and environmental implications of the model, recent online trends where people show off their haul of bulk-bought clothing suggest it isn’t going away. Let’s break down what it is and its impact. While a $10 t-shirt may seem like a good deal, it’s worth considering what it costs to make it. It is likely a piece of fast fashion, wh

Periods, poverty and debt: Rangatahi grill politicians

Rangatahi from around the country got the chance to ask youth representatives from some of New Zealand’s political parties their most burning questions on poverty, suicide, education and more. The online session which took place last Thursday evening was organised by different organisations including Save the Children. The youth representatives were Arena Williams (Labour Party), Ricardo Menéndez March (Green Party), Matt Doocey (National Party) and Karen Chhour (ACT). Te Pāti Māori co-leader

Six60 paid our rent for a year

“There's nothing better than running through the house singing a song, and instead of saying ‘Shut up! You’re making noise’, they join in with you.” returned to Dunedin to buy their iconic Castle Street flat. To help give the next generation of Ōtepoti/Dunedin musicians a head start, they also teamed up with the to establish the Six60 Scholarship. The grant offers students with an interest in music and performing arts to live in the iconic Dunedin residence rent free for a year. Re: went and t

Cook Islands 21sts are all about family, but mine can’t come | 2000s Baby

Cook Islands 21sts are all about family, but mine can’t come | 2000s Baby “21sts are really important in Cook Islands culture.” Poe Tiare’s 21st is a big deal for her and her whānau. Before she reaches this milestone, she wants to connect with the Māori side of her Cook Island/Māori whakapapa. Meanwhile, her step father is coming from Raro to Pōneke to bring her key – will he make it in time?

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
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