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RNZ: The Detail
The news, explained. Join Sharon Brettkelly & Emile Donovan every weekday as they make sense of the big stories with the country’s best journalists and experts. Made possible by RNZ & NZ On Air.
19 hours ago
The rookie ACT MPs who might not be what you expect
ACT scored big on election night but it was a "bittersweet" victory - the party is still on the wrong side of power. So what will its nine new MPs do for the next three years?
1 day ago
NZ and the search for a Covid-19 vaccine
Developing a Covid-19 vaccine is arguably the number one priority of humanity right now. So how does New Zealand fit in?
2 days ago
The unacknowledged heroes of New Zealand's pacific war
The descendants of Pacific Island Coastwatchers just want to be part of the ANZAC story - but there's so little recorded about the men sent to remote areas with no resources, who then got no pensions or medical care.
5 days ago
Squeezing us in - the housing crisis is changing expectations
A growing population, cities straining at the edges, and everyone wants a back yard for the kids. Or do they? We may have reached the stage where a change of mindset is helping to house people.
6 days ago
Navigating Auckland's cone zone
Construction of Auckland's City Rail Link is well underway and don't local retailers know it. It's killing the heart of the city and turned it into a cone zone, the sound of construction replacing the ringing of tills.
Oct 20, 2020
The inquiry and the cover ups over abuse in state care
Journalist Aaron Smale talks about his deep-dive investigation into children abused in state care - and the roadblocks the Crown put up to stop the details getting out.
Oct 19, 2020
How has Sweden really tackled the Covid pandemic?
A lot has been said about Sweden's approach to tackling the Covid pandemic. Not a lot of it is true.
Oct 18, 2020
Goodbye Winston Peters - it was never dull
Winston Peters was the wild card of New Zealand politics for most of his long political career - cutting, brusque, combative, rude, funny - a contradiction. Now he's gone, and we look back.
Oct 15, 2020
New Zealanders are coming home in droves in what's becoming known as the 'brain gain'. Who are they, why are they returning, and how long will they stay for?
Oct 14, 2020
Farmers have form filling issues with sustainability
Are farmers really intractable over freshwater regulations and climate change rules - or are they embracing environmental protections as the Prime Minister suggests?
Oct 13, 2020
Behind the scenes in coalition negotiations
Peter Dunne is the MP who's been involved in more coalition negotiations than any other - he takes us behind the closed doors to shine a spotlight on what happens after an MMP election.
Oct 12, 2020
Billy Te Kahika - the conspiracy theorist with a hidden following
Advance NZ's Billy Te Kahika has some strange ideas that it would be better to keep a lid on. So why has one of the country's top investigative reporters shone a spotlight on him?
Oct 11, 2020
Where is the mental health support in New Zealand?
The alarming levels of New Zealanders with mental health issues is being described as a silent pandemic. What's being done to stem the tide?
Oct 8, 2020
Artists, arts grants, and Creative New Zealand
The Taxpayers' Union has generated a lot of heat but not much light when it comes to its digs at Creative NZ grants. We explore who they go to, and what the money is used for.
Oct 7, 2020
Time for a change of thinking on dyslexia
Dyslexia was recognised officially as a learning condition 13 years ago, but our attitudes towards children - and adults - who think differently have barely moved. Isn't it about time this changed?
Oct 6, 2020
Is renewable energy a victory or a diversion?
New Zealand's not far off achieving 100 percent renewable energy - but is that really our best bet for combating climate change?
Oct 5, 2020
Should we care that public debt is spiralling out of control?
At election campaigning time politicians have a lot to say about public debt and government spending. But how does it really affect ordinary people, and should we care about it?
Oct 4, 2020
Immigration - the political cold potato
The political narrative on immigration has flipped - with closed borders, the numbers have plummeted and the debate has dried up. But we have to talk about it at some stage.
Oct 1, 2020
Fashion struggles in the Year of the Elasticated Pant
Locked up inside and working from home - it was a death knell to the high fashion industry. But one expert says some luxury brands may have closed their doors too quickly.
Sep 30, 2020
Protecting the past while preparing for the future
Wellington is trying to prepare for its projected population growth, but potential housing developments are being held up by debate over how to honour its heritage buildings.
Sep 29, 2020
Fruit picker shortage reaches new levels
It's the annual story - orchardists can't get fruit pickers at harvest time. Now with no immigrant workers the situation is even more dire. But there's a reason unemployed New Zealanders won't take up the jobs.
Sep 28, 2020
When politics and dating don't mix
Can you date, marry, or even just be friends with someone who holds the opposite political views to you? In the US that's generally a hard 'no' - here, it's a bit different.
Sep 27, 2020
Breaking down cannabis
As the cannabis referendum draws nearer, we have a look at the chemical make up of the substance there's been so much debate over.
Sep 24, 2020
Making a mark in Auckland's growing film industry
In warehouses near motorways and on backlots in West Auckland, players who contract to the movie industry are making their mark - in business, and on the world.
Sep 23, 2020
Blurred lines - the police and facial recognition technology
Law enforcement organisations all over the world are tapping into increasingly sophisticated facial recognition tech - but the regulations on how it can be used are vague.
Sep 22, 2020
Why do we still ship livestock overseas?
MPI has slapped a temporary ban on live animal exports after the sinking of the Gulf Livestock 1. There are demands they cease all together but banning them completely is not that simple.
Sep 21, 2020
Repairing Auckland's iconic coathanger
One sudden gust of wind and traffic around New Zealand's biggest city goes into a chaotic meltdown. How long will it take to fix the Auckland Harbour Bridge and why can't it be faster?
Sep 20, 2020
The drama of the TV election debate
A look at the three elements that make up the TV election debate - the broadcaster, the moderator, and the politician.
Sep 17, 2020
A kiwi in California and a drama-filled 2020
Soaring temperatures, lockdown in a pandemic, a summer of riots and protests, a crazy election - and now raging wildfires. A kiwi in California details her drama-filled 2020.
Sep 16, 2020
Finally, a plan for abandoned Waiwera Hot Pools
The Waiwera Hot Pools closed more than two years ago for refurbishment and never reopened. Everyone assumed they were dead, but a new plan is bubbling to the surface.
Sep 15, 2020
Is Hamilton NZ's most beautiful city?
Hamilton is up for the prize of New Zealand's most beautiful city - and far from scoffing, one Auckland architecture expert says the crown would be well-deserved.
Sep 14, 2020
The goodies and baddies of the 1pm covid presser
The 1pm Jacinda and Ashley show has exposed the way journalists operate - and it's not pretty. Should they modify their behaviour now it's televised?
Sep 13, 2020
Avatar's producer on why he's made NZ home for now
Avatar producer Jon Landau talks to Sharon Brettkelly about making block-buster sequels in New Zealand - far away from home, during a pandemic.
Sep 10, 2020
Why do we have preferential entry into med school?
Debate around Otago University’s medical school makeup has raised the hackles of some students – so why do we have affirmative entry policies at our universities?
Sep 9, 2020
How one iwi's treaty settlement is lifting up its people
Where does all that treaty settlement money go? We look at how one iwi is using it to lift the health and welfare of its people.
Sep 8, 2020
Televised school sport - great exposure, or breeding elitism?
The uproar over televising school sport, and the complicated mix of players clashing over who owns it.
Sep 7, 2020
The Covid stock market gamblers investing by app
This pandemic has brought out the amateur share traders and a new app is helping them invest - or is it gamble? - on the stock market.
Sep 6, 2020
The kiwi company keeping Covid patients alive
The New Zealand company making the machines keeping Covid patients alive is cashing in big-time from the pandemic, but says it also feels huge responsibility.
Sep 3, 2020
Earthquake anniversary marks 10 years of disruption
It's 10 years since the first big Christchurch earthquake - and if you'd just started school then you're now ending your decade of education amidst a global pandemic. We meet two teens for whom disruption is normal.
Sep 2, 2020
The unintended medical consequences of lockdown
The medical world is starting to look at some of the unintended consequences of lockdown - some of them positive, some more worrying.
Sep 1, 2020
Could boxes from China solve our housing problems?
Meet a developer who's trying to help solve the housing crisis by importing boxes from China.
Aug 31, 2020
Free food, free money and stimulating the economy
The whole world is facing a pandemic recession - so what are the off-beat measures some governments are taking to stimulate their economies?
Aug 30, 2020
How a digital inclusion policy is widening the inequality gap
New Zealand is powering on towards a digital future, in the face of a new report that reveals unexpectedly high numbers of people who don't have access to internet services.
Aug 27, 2020
Insight, spin and political commentary
Political commentators often light up the comments section, but how much of what they have to say is valuable insight, and how much is clutter and noise?
Aug 26, 2020
Covid-19: Where are the jobs for women?
Just because New Zealand's leader is a woman doesn't mean all is fine for women in the workplace - in fact, in this pandemic, things have got significantly worse.
Aug 25, 2020
The murky depths of water reform
Councils are wary about signing up to the Three Waters programme, aimed at improving drinking water, wastewater and stormwater. We discuss the fishhooks.
Aug 24, 2020
Sixteen - but not sweet enough to vote
You can legally drive, fly a plane, have sex or own a gun at 16 - so why can't you vote? Well, there's a campaign underway aimed at changing that.
Aug 23, 2020
Gloves that protect you at the cost of slavery
As a second Covid wave hits the country we are gearing up - but some of that PPE gear including gloves and masks could have reached New Zealand via slave labour factories in Asia.
Aug 20, 2020
How Singapore carried out its Covid-19 election
Our election date's been delayed for a month - but there's no guarantee we won't still be in lockdown on 17 October. How did Singapore manage to conduct its Covid election?
Aug 19, 2020
Our genome detectives helping to save the world
New Zealand scientists are playing a key role in genome testing being used trace coronavirus cases back to their sources.
Aug 18, 2020
Rumour, regret, and damage that can't be undone
Dylan Reeve tracks down the source of the rumour that sparked vileness on the internet - and finds a young man full of regret and waiting for a call from police.
Aug 17, 2020
What's behind the management exodus at the CDHB?
Christchurch's health services are under siege and the DHB's financial issues have seen vital management team members leave. What is going on?
Aug 16, 2020
The harmful machines that work for public good
A lot of our problem gambling issues stem from pokie machines - but those same machines prop up a myriad of community groups. What's the solution?
Aug 13, 2020
Rubbish responsibility - keeping stuff out of landfill
Reduce, re-use, recycle is taking on a new and more formal meaning with the government's product stewardship scheme.
Aug 12, 2020
The fear of going back
Ambiguity, uncertainty and unpredictability are three key indicators for stress, and Aucklanders in particular are going through all of those right now. A clinical psychiatrist has some sound advice.
Aug 11, 2020
The other diseases NZ needs to crush
There are other diseases the country is battling that could do with big injections of money and effort, but they don't attack humans.
Aug 10, 2020
How drastic are the new changes to tenancy law?
Long awaited changes to tenancy law have been made - are they really the landlord-killers that some make them out to be?
Aug 9, 2020
Kids have cut the binge drinking - and we don't really know why
Binge drinking in teenagers has dropped dramatically in the last 20 years - but it's not really about super-sizing screen time, and researchers don't really know what has happened.
Aug 6, 2020
NZ's moves towards becoming a tech hub
Auckland will host an international conference next year on cyber security, as the country tries to take advantage of its trusted reputation to make waves in the technology space.
Aug 5, 2020
What's lurking behind the four percent job figure?
How does a four percent unemployment figure gel with estimates that soon there will be whole neighbourhoods of people in south Auckland without work?
Aug 4, 2020
China's changing appetites - and why NZ must change
After China's succession of food scares, and post-Covid wariness, consumer demands there are changing. New Zealand can take advantage of that, or be left behind.
Aug 3, 2020
The science of transgender women in sport
The science on transgender women in sport, from the person whose scientific work informed World Rugby's controversial new proposed policy
Aug 2, 2020
What you need to know about election 2020's referendums
New Zealanders are about to vote on two of the most polarising social issues of our time - how much do you know about the cannabis and end of life referendums?
Jul 30, 2020
Pleas for a Pacific travel bubble as tourist cash evaporates
In opting to protect their people from Covid-19 the Pacific islands are cut off from tourism income - and they're suffering badly as a result.
Jul 29, 2020
Polls, rogue polls and statistics
Was it really a 'rogue' poll? How do pollsters go about getting a real taste of what the electorate is thinking? We speak to two experts on the methodology behind the numbers.
Jul 28, 2020
The changing face of Rotary
The astonishing story of a young Māori woman who started life amongst gang culture, went through homelessness, got hooked on helping people and is now the president of the Waitakere Rotary Club.
Jul 27, 2020
Our crushing court backlogs
Covid-19 has complicated our court system, caused more stress for victims of crime, and failed the dictum that everyone has a right to a speedy trial.
Jul 26, 2020
The deep fake threat
Deepfakes, synthetic media - the latest and most advanced techniques to spread disinformation and deception.
Jul 23, 2020
NZ's big sporting controversies
Once again the America's Cup has erupted in scandal - but that's nothing new for the sport. Today we take a trip through some of the country's other big controversies, with rugby writing legend Phil Gifford.
Jul 22, 2020
What went so wrong with the Covid fight in Melbourne?
From today masks are mandatory in public in Melbourne and the adjacent Mitchell Shire as the city grapples with hundreds more Covid-19 cases every day. How did things go so badly wrong there?
Jul 21, 2020
The tightrope of trade with China
Our biggest export market is changing post-Covid - and trading with China has always been a tightrope. What does New Zealand have to watch out for?
Jul 20, 2020
The high risk project pulling a town out of poverty
Sharon Brettkelly heads to the Bay of Plenty where a tiny iwi has managed to galvanise a community behind a high-risk aquaculture project - and is reaping the rewards.
Jul 19, 2020
Inside Oranga Tamariki - is it an organisation unravelling?
Half of them are leaving or they want to leave .... investigative reporter Mel Reid talks about the extraordinary feedback she's received from social workers to her stories on Oranga Tamariki.
Jul 16, 2020
Stoat breakthrough could be the key to eradication
New Zealand scientist Dr Andrew Veale has mapped the stoat genome - a global breakthrough which may hold the key to eradicating the pest.
Jul 15, 2020
The many sides of Judith Collins
She's tough, she's abrasive, and her political history is less than squeaky clean - but can Judith Collins rescue the National Party from a humiliating election defeat?
Jul 14, 2020
The fierce battle over Himalayan Tahr
The rules over the culling and hunting of Himalayan Tahr are causing consternation for both hunters and environmentalists.
Jul 13, 2020
Borrowing to pay wages - St John ambulance needs treatment
St John Ambulance is paying wages on borrowed money - and that can't keep happening. Why don't we have a fully funded emergency service?
Jul 12, 2020
Two cultures, bonded over a shipwreck
This is a story about a Chinese shipwreck, the Māori guardians of the bones, and the documentary maker who's upset two cultures with his efforts to tell the tale.
Jul 9, 2020
The yellow sticker crunch - Wellington's earthquake strengthening problem
Making Wellington earthquake resilient involves billions of dollars, a tonne of anxiety and homeowners who've had it up to here with the yellow sticker nightmare.
Jul 8, 2020
Our gutted music industry
New Zealand's music scene is starting to open up again, but without international acts, it's a limp back to normal.
Jul 7, 2020
Re-thinking society's attitude towards methamphetamine
Methamphetamine - or P - has been demonised as the destructive drug associated with violent crime. But that shameful label could be stopping addicts from seeking help.
Jul 6, 2020
How Covid has changed our spending habits
Our economy's taking a hit, our wallets are thinner - and this pandemic has also changed our direction of travel when it comes to spending.
Jul 5, 2020
Pornography awareness ad reaches millions around the world
A New Zealand-made ad featuring porn stars that encourages parents to talk to their children about what they're seeing on line has gone viral - and sparked a world-wide conversation.
Jul 2, 2020
Is NZ the best place in the world for women to play sport?
Three women's world cups to be played in New Zealand over the next three years - but how well does this country really do when it comes to equity in sport?
Jul 1, 2020
Schools stripped of international cash going back to basics
The Finance Minister says international students aren't coming back to NZ any time soon. How will schools that have come to rely on the money they bring in now going to cut their cloth to fit?
Jun 30, 2020
From lockdown to recovery - tracking a small business during Covid
The Detail tracks a Christchurch small business owner from the shock of lockdown to re-opening and recovery.
Jun 29, 2020
Clearing the streets of rough sleepers
Lockdown temporarily eliminated rough sleeping in New Zealand - but what's the long-term solution?
Jun 28, 2020
What first time voters want to know
Elections are just around the corner - here's what you want to know but have been too embarrassed to ask.
Jun 25, 2020
Our prison remand crisis
Remand prisoners are kept in a waiting room for danger - and they make up more than a third of the prison population. How did this situation turn into a crisis?
Jun 24, 2020
Max Abbott and more - sexual harassment at a top university
Much-lauded mental health expert Dr Max Abbott has resigned after being outed for sexual harassment. But his case is just the tip of what's going on.
Jun 23, 2020
The minor parties - their place in our political arena
What's the point in voting for a party that is never going to take a seat in Parliament? Well, there are plenty of reasons, say our guests today.
Jun 22, 2020
Are Rocket Lab's enterprises in our national interest?
It's one of our most successful companies - but how much do we know about what Rocket Lab is carrying into outer space, and who it's carrying it for?
Jun 21, 2020
Using infrastructure to boost the economy
Infrastructure is such a boring word - but what's happening now to boost our economy through shovel-ready projects will change our quality of life.
Jun 18, 2020
Tackling New Zealand rugby's financial woes
Advertising deals down the drain, ticket sales from international games gone - why New Zealand rugby is in a fraught space financially.
Jun 17, 2020
Re-building our health system
The new Health and Disability Review is said to be the biggest shake up of the health system in a generation - so what was wrong with it in the first place?
Jun 16, 2020
Tearing down statues - and revisiting our histories
The statues are being torn down, and history re-written. Are we destroying the past, or correcting the record?
Jun 15, 2020
Trapped migrant workers - NZ's new underclass
New Zealand is developing a new underclass of desperate people - migrants who no longer have any work and can't get home; and temporary visa holders trapped outside the borders when they snapped shut.
Jun 14, 2020
What happened while you were sleeping in?
The world didn't completely stop while we were in lockdown. Here's a summary of what else happened while we were tuned to the 1pm Ashley and Jacinda show.
Jun 11, 2020
Why is it taking so long to install fishing cameras?
Cameras on fishing boats have been promised for years, and were due to roll out on 1000 vessels on 1 July - now they've been quietly put on ice, again.
Jun 10, 2020
Why Armed Response Teams struck the wrong note in NZ
Armed Response Teams are dead in the water, with the new police commissioner reading the room when it comes to arming Kiwi cops.
Jun 9, 2020
NZ's new internet laws - sensible censorship?
The World Wide Web is an international phenomenon with few rules, and no one stepping up as global sheriff. Can New Zealand's new internet legislation have an impact on its worst excesses without over-censorship?
Jun 8, 2020
The future of film in New Zealand
New Zealand's about ready to go back to the movies. Trouble is, what movies? And is this worldwide pandemic a chance to up our game in the industry?
Jun 7, 2020
Why superannuation is political kryptonite
The Super dilemma - how can New Zealand afford the weight of future pensions without raising the superannuation age?
Jun 4, 2020
An insight into George Floyd's world
An African-American pastor from George Floyd's community gives The Detail a special insight into what's happening there - and gives us hope for the future.
Jun 3, 2020
Why is Transmission Gully such a troubled project?
Why is it so hard to build a coastal bypass road north of Wellington? Transmission Gully has been in the planning stages for over a century - and it's hit more hiccups.
Jun 2, 2020
The big Kiwi company hanging on to pandemic refunds
A company many consider a national icon is refusing to refund hundreds of millions of dollars in customer cash. Why is Air New Zealand holding on to airfares for cancelled trips?
Jun 1, 2020
The health of our coastal waters is in peril
Efforts to protect our coastal waters from further degradation are piecemeal, slow and amount to a drop in an ocean of problems. How do we bring life back to the sea?
May 31, 2020
Battling lockdown fatigue
The Detail catches up with Sharon Brettkelly's sister and her family, still - after three months - in lockdown in California. So much has happened, and nothing has happened.
May 28, 2020
Changing our lives in a post-Covid world
How can New Zealand hang on to the silver linings of lockdown? The quiet, the lack of air pollution, the family bike rides, working from home, the kinder politics. Or will we quickly return to normal?
May 27, 2020
Women on boards - why NZ needs a kick
New Zealand is not as egalitarian as it likes to think it is when it comes to the boardroom. One of our top directors explains why we should introduce quotas for women; and an expert on the issue tells us why we shouldn't.
May 26, 2020
Tip-toeing around China
Aggressively expanding, and sensitive to diplomatic slights, China is making sure a good crisis is not going to waste.
May 25, 2020
Mixed messages and confusion - travel after Covid
With many nations' borders still closed, global tourism is going to be slow to crank up. Who is leading the way and what are countries doing to entice back visitors?
May 24, 2020
What's up with Wellington?
Wellington is dealing with failing infrastructure and pandemic problems at a time when councillors are sniping at each other and the new mayor is losing his political battles.
May 21, 2020
Our contact tracing app - how effective will it be?
The government's finally introduced a contact tracing app, but questions remain over its effectiveness, how transparent the process has been, and inconsistencies involved.
May 20, 2020
Why conspiracy theories thrive in times of crisis
Attacks on 5G cellphone towers around the world are based on rumours and theories that just aren't true. Why has this pandemic spawned so many widely-believed conspiracies?
May 19, 2020
Could a free-money-for-all scheme catch on here?
Pope Francis, Mark Zuckerberg, Bishop Desmond Tutu and Gareth Morgan all want it - a Universal Basic Income. What is it, and how would it work?
May 18, 2020
The race for a Covid-19 vaccine
A couple of months ago people were predicting a vaccine for Covid-19 by April. Clearly that was never going to happen - and here's why.
May 17, 2020
Queenstown - pretty, empty
A look at Queenstown’s economic coronavirus bloodbath - and what it will take to recover.
Mar 26, 2020
Tauranga - the downsides of a population explosion
Tauranga is one of the fastest growing areas of New Zealand but with that is growing gang war and a massive rates hike.
Mar 25, 2020
How a young white supremacist did a radical u-turn
Caleb Cain got lost in an internet world of white supremacism. What happened to get him to make such a radical u-turn that he's now preaching from the other side of the page?
Mar 24, 2020
The future of flying looks grim
Tourism and travel are in free fall. Our biggest export earner is dead. Will the industry ever fully recover?
Mar 23, 2020
Technology and the big shift to working from home
Just about anyone who's still working, is working from home. We look at the social and technical issues behind the big shift to your new "office".
Mar 22, 2020
The weekend warriors hit by heavy-handed doping laws
Is New Zealand's sporting watchdog being too heavy-handed in banning weekend warriors who take substances for vanity reasons?
Mar 19, 2020
China and Covid-19 - rewriting the facts
Have China's draconian powers of government enabled it to kick Covid-19 to the kerb? And can we believe the figures on the virus coming out of the country?
Mar 18, 2020
What happens to a family stuck together in quarantine?
Like millions in the Bay Area of California, Sharon Brettkelly’s sister and her family are in virtual lockdown. We Skype them to discover how they found themselves stuck in the house, and how they’re coping.
Mar 17, 2020
Keeping anxiety in check amidst uncertainty
How do you manage your anxiety in a time of uncertainty like now? And when does concern turn into irrational fear?
Mar 16, 2020
Is COVID-19 the iceberg that will sink the cruise ship industry?
Ships banned, quarantined, and shunned by the bug-phobic - is the coronavirus the iceberg that will sink the cruise industry?
Mar 15, 2020
Curiosity is killing the kea
Hugely intelligent, insatiably curious, kea are more endangered than kiwi - and their bold antics are partly why the alpine parrot's population is shrinking.
Mar 12, 2020
Kyle Jamieson goes into bat for mental health
Kyle Jamieson is the cricketer of the moment - he's in Sydney today for the first of the ODI's against Australia - but he's also been frank about his battles with mental health.
Mar 11, 2020
New Zealand's battle against wildlife smuggling
The country's first case of smuggled bear bile has gone through the courts - but it's far from the only example of trading in endangered wildlife New Zealand authorities are dealing with.
Mar 10, 2020
Did the millions raised for mosque victims actually get to them?
Millions of dollars from around the world were poured into funds for the victims of the March 15 mosque attacks - where has it ended up?
Mar 9, 2020
What is the circular economy?
The concept of the circular economy has been around for many years, but this sustainable way of doing business is getting a boost from a new breed of environmentally aware consumers.
Mar 8, 2020
The gaming feature encouraging kids to gamble
Loot Boxes are the video version of bubble gum cards - you buy them while gaming, without knowing what prize you're going to get. But critics say they're opening a door for children to gamble.
Mar 5, 2020
The murky, confusing world of US political races
The US Democratic primary races are incomprehensible to most of us - so why are they so gripping?
Mar 4, 2020
Coronavirus and "moral panic"
The number of coronavirus deaths rank lowly compared to other big killers - so why did the first case of the illness in New Zealand cause panic? And why is it being called a 'moral panic'.
Mar 3, 2020
Where the big dry really hurts
Aucklanders can still turn on their taps during the drought but outside of the city supply, the north is counting every drop of water.
Mar 2, 2020
Is cancel culture repressing freedom of thought?
Is Peter Singer one of the world's most influential philosophers, or an intellectual pariah?
Mar 1, 2020
How vulnerable is NZ to extreme right populism?
Europe is seeing a rapid rise of extremist parties in government - in countries with similar political systems as ours. Why isn't that happening here? Or is it?
Feb 27, 2020
Should we be expecting more from the SFO?
The Serious Fraud Office is once again investigating a headline-producing case. But is it prosecuting the right crimes - or just the ones it knows it will win?
Feb 26, 2020
Coronavirus - floods of information in a misinfodemic
The global health emergency that is the Coronavirus - or Covid-19 - has become a game changer for scientists around the world in terms of the speed of the response. But at the same time it's been termed a "misinfodemic".
Feb 25, 2020
The Millane murder case and its media storm
The murder case that sparked intense media interest here and around the world was actually not that hard to solve. Why did Grace Millane's death in particular spend so much time in the spotlight?
Feb 24, 2020
Setting aside the Moriori myth
This month's Treaty settlement with Moriori does more than right wrongs - it sets the official record straight.
Feb 23, 2020
The city that soaks up water - can Auckland cope?
Aucklanders are breaking records for water usage - at the same time as the city breaks records for days without rain. How secure is the city's future water supply if these droughts continue?
Feb 20, 2020
When we go to Mars
The prospect of humans landing on the Red Planet is possibly a step closer with the US President's State of the Nation speech in which he promises we will be going there.
Feb 19, 2020
The secret deal that's causing a big stink in Mataura
The 10,000 tonnes of toxic waste causing anger and anxiety in Mataura - and the secret deal that saw it dumped there.
Feb 18, 2020
Inside Immigration New Zealand
Sharon Brettkelly gets a rare look inside Immigration New Zealand as staff deal with increasing cases of fraud, and political clouds on the horizon.
Feb 17, 2020
Kiwi immigrants on picking up their culture, generations on
The most common surname for babies born in New Zealand last year was Singh - evidence of new generations of immigrants. How are those children living a kiwi life without losing their own cultures?
Feb 16, 2020
Our gigantic e-waste problem
New Zealand produces some 80,000 tonnes of electronic waste every year - but we recycle less than two percent of it.
Feb 13, 2020
The problem with the global game of rugby
South Africa's desire to leave the Southern Hemisphere competition reflects the problem with global rugby - the world is too big, and there's too much money in it.
Feb 12, 2020
Adesanya - on a hiding to nothing at the Halbergs?
The most googled person in New Zealand last year is up for a Halberg Award today - what do you know about Israel Adesanya, or his bloody and controversial sport?
Feb 11, 2020
A rapid escalation - NZ First's donations issue
The New Zealand First Party political donations furore has escalated quickly into the hands of the Serious Fraud Office.
Feb 10, 2020
Another generation of unsustainable housing
New Zealand is building a new generation of unsustainable housing - tens of thousands of homes that will put out carbon emissions five times higher than levels set by the Paris agreement.
Feb 9, 2020
Are we seeing a Te Reo Māori revival?
The aim of having one million New Zealanders speak basic te reo by 2040 might not be as impossible as it seems.
Feb 6, 2020
What happened in Wuhan, the coronavirus ground zero?
How did an animal virus find such a deadly home in humans ... and what is life in coronavirus lockdown like?
Feb 5, 2020
Waitangi Museum tells the stories of a nation's birth
The Detail takes a guided tour of the Waitangi Museum, which houses a host of stories about the people who built Aotearoa.
Feb 4, 2020
Brexit and you
Brexit has happened - and will be followed by 11 months of nothing really changing. What's next? And how will it impact on New Zealand?
Feb 3, 2020
Born into riches - the staggering extent of the Royal purse
Harry and Meghan might be Rexiting but there's no chance they'll be struggling to survive - thanks to generous pocket money from dad via the British taxpayer. Just how rich are the Royals?
Feb 2, 2020
Bringing down our horrific road toll
Road safety campaigners hope the drop in road toll deaths last year is the start of a turning point - but say the government needs to spend about twice as much as it's spending now on saving lives.
Dec 19, 2019
Our Top 10 of The Detail this year
For our last podcast of 2019, we've chosen our Top 10 episodes and talk about why they made an impact
Dec 18, 2019
How attempted censorship by Trump troops backfired
Author Rick Reilly has found himself the target of library activists who are hiding his book about how Donald Trump cheats at golf. But their censorship efforts have backfired.
Dec 17, 2019
Where in the world is our defence force?
Our Defence Force may be small but our troops are spread all over the world, sometimes in conflict zones that have left the headlines, and some places that are unexpected.
Dec 16, 2019
The big stars at Auckland's tiny tennis tournament
Auckland's ASB Classic is a minnow of tennis tournaments - so how does director Karl Budge lure some of the biggest names in the business to the end of the earth?
Dec 15, 2019
How to argue with your climate denier relatives this Christmas
Food, festivity ... and arguments with Uncle Trevor the climate change denier. Here's how to argue back this Christmas.
Dec 12, 2019
The beauty and the menace of Whakaari
When news of Monday's explosion on Whakaari/White Island broke on Monday, The Detail's Sharon Brettkelly called home.
Dec 11, 2019
Where do editorial cartoonists draw the line?
Editorial cartoonists are treading a fine line when it comes to social commentary - as the Otago Daily Times discovered recently. Have times changed so much that cartoonists are now shackled?
Dec 10, 2019
Plastic poison - where do we start in cleaning it up?
Laced with toxic additives and finding its way into the food system - cleaning up the plastic problem is bigger than you think, but that doesn't mean we need to get rid of it all.
Dec 9, 2019
Bougainville hoping to swap a troubled past for future peace
The referendum results will be in before Christmas - will the beautiful island of Bougainville, with a violent and destructive past, is heading toward independence.
Dec 8, 2019
When Aotearoa heats up from below
When should we start getting worried when our volcanic fields start heating up - and which parts of Aotearoa are most vulnerable when it comes to an eruption?
Dec 5, 2019
Does our explosion in imported shopping events have an expiry date?
New Zealand's seen an explosion of imported online shopping events - but are we pushing this retail trend too far?
Dec 4, 2019
The movie that takes a big Kiwi victory out of the picture
The Hollywood blockbuster Ford v Ferrari is "based on a true story" about the 1966 Le Mans 24 hour race - which was won by two Kiwis. But our sporting heroes have been scrubbed out of this version.
Dec 3, 2019
Why Samoa is being devastated by measles
Samoa's measles epidemic is exacting an horrific toll. Hospitals are overrun, health staff are exhausted, public gatherings have ceased, and the death toll continues to climb.
Dec 2, 2019
The different fates of Christchurch's Catholic and Anglican cathedrals
Both of Christchurch's big cathedrals were destroyed in the earthquakes. Their fates have been very different, and only one will rise again.
Dec 1, 2019
Christchurch has rebuilt - now it needs people
It's more than eight years since the earthquakes saw Christchurch crumble. Forty billion dollars has been poured into rebuilding - but what's missing now, is people.
Nov 28, 2019
A Coroner's life of death
"The case has been sent to the Coroner ..." but what happens next? The country's Chief Coroner tells us, it's not like on TV.
Nov 27, 2019
What does the new sexual violence law hope to achieve?
Defence lawyers say a new sexual violence law will mean defendants won't get a fair trial. Why is this change being introduced and what does it hope to achieve?
Nov 26, 2019
Erebus and the aftermath - the fallout continues
Two years ago Stuff journalist Michael Wright started thinking about marking the 40th anniversary of the Erebus tragedy. The result is the six-part podcast White Silence, exploring the extraordinary events after the crash.
Nov 25, 2019
The confusing picture of television services in NZ
The TV landscape has changed beyond recognition - but there's a confusing picture over where your screen entertainment will be coming from in the future.
Nov 24, 2019
Shooting the messenger - when journalists raise drugs in sport
When an Irish journalist raised the possibility of a drug culture in South African rugby he was attacked by fans for wrecking a good news story. But reporters who raise this subject are usually right.
Nov 21, 2019
Our leaky buildings saga is a long way from sorted
The leaky buildings crisis was big in the 90s. We barely hear about it anymore, but the problem is actually growing - and leaky homes are still being constructed.
Nov 20, 2019
Will a new suicide plan bring down the numbers?
A former coroner is at the helm of the new Suicide Prevention Office - and she is talking openly about suicide. But is there a better plan in place to get our shocking figures down?
Nov 19, 2019
The battle over Ōwairaka is about more than trees
Protestors in Auckland are in a standoff with the Tūpuna Maunga Authority over the planned chopping of trees on Ōwairaka - but this is a dispute that goes beyond wildlife.
Nov 18, 2019
Why councils are asking for a fireworks ban
Nearly two weeks after fireworks is over we're still hearing them go off in the early hours of the morning. This year fireworks fires caused huge damage including on two Auckland maunga. Is it time to say goodbye to crackers?
Nov 17, 2019
The tragic results of NZDF's failure to clean up after Bamyan
Stuff Circuit reporters Paula Penfold and Eugene Bingham on how they uncovered the deaths of seven children as a result of New Zealand's failure to clear explosive remnants from its former firing range in Afghanistan.
Nov 14, 2019
The anger behind the OK Boomer viral meme
Chloe Swarbrick's 'OK Boomer' aside went viral, but there's a serious message to the older generation from millennials - we are sick of what you're doing to us, and to the planet.
Nov 13, 2019
Police Māori strategy a re-turning of the tide
The timing of the launch of the new Māori policing strategy - which has the same name of one launched seven years ago that achieved nothing - has raised eyebrows.
Nov 12, 2019
How spitting into a tube can change your life
It's getting harder to keep secrets in our society - especially when a bit of saliva in a tube can reveal through DNA that your world is not what you thought it was.
Nov 11, 2019
Three years in, how realistic is our Predator-Free 2050 goal?
All over the country New Zealanders are making efforts towards the country's Predator-Free 2050 goal. We meet a couple bringing back kiwi through their trapping.
Nov 10, 2019
Questions over armed police patrols
Armed patrols in Auckland, Waikato and Canterbury are a fundamental change in policing - but is there any evidence they will help keep anyone safe?
Nov 7, 2019
Abuse inquiry just scratches the surface
The first two weeks of New Zealand's biggest ever inquiry - into abuse in state and faith-based care - finishes today. It's been revealing, shocking, and heartbreaking - and it's just scratched the surface.
Nov 6, 2019
Is Auckland's light rail plan off track?
The machinations over getting Auckland's light rail plan off the grounds are complex and twisting - could the whole plan fall off the tracks?
Nov 5, 2019
Is the Provincial Growth Fund making a difference?
Is the much-maligned Provincial Growth Fund making a difference in the regions?
Nov 4, 2019
Hope is fading for the Kiwi nurse missing in Syria
The Islamic State leader thought to have been holding Louisa Akavi hostage has been killed - but there is no sign of the Kiwi nurse. Hope is fading.
Nov 3, 2019
There's growing understanding of what it means to be autistic, with famous faces talking openly about it and supermarkets like Countdown having a quiet hour.
Oct 31, 2019
The Tiwai Point aluminium smelter bluff
How real is the threat to close the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter, with the loss of 1000 jobs?
Oct 30, 2019
Funding two bodies to produce the same weather forecast
Why do two separate, government-funded bodies spend taxpayer money producing similar weather forecasts?
Oct 29, 2019
NZ in a flutter over Bird of the Year
Rigged voting, furious social media attacks - New Zealand's Bird of the Year competition brings out the claws. But this fun election has a serious message, and is helping to raise awareness about endangered species.
Oct 28, 2019
The festival organisers who now have to plan for disaster
Organisers of New Zealand's big cultural festivals have another item on their list of things to do - after March 15, security has become a major factor.
Oct 27, 2019
Wiring up an orchestra
How do RNZ engineers wire up an orchestra ready for radio play? With a lot of microphones, for a start.
Oct 24, 2019
Salvaging the SkyCity convention centre
It's taken days to put the SkyCity International Convention Centre fire out - but the salvage and repair job will take much, much longer.
Oct 23, 2019
Where is NZ First heading next?
He's sucked up all NZ First's oxygen for decades - but Winston Peters admits he's not immortal. What does the party's future look like?
Oct 22, 2019
NZ's low unemployment rate is hiding huge inequity
New Zealand's low unemployment rate hides the fact that over half the people on a benefit are disabled or have health conditions, or are caring for someone in that situation.
Oct 21, 2019
Andy Foster is not just a Peter Jackson puppet
Wellington's Mayor-elect, whose majority is hanging by a thread, didn't just (probably) get there because he was partly bankrolled by Sir Peter Jackson.
Oct 20, 2019
Construction sector more confident than surveys reveal
Business confidence is trending down, but we're in the middle of a massive building boom. Are the surveys giving us the real picture on life in construction?
Oct 17, 2019
Impeachment moves against a president not above the law
People have been talking about impeaching Donald Trump virtually since he took the Presidential oath. What is different this time?
Oct 16, 2019
Whenuapai developer trumped by ministerial over-ride
The Defence Minister has intervened in a case with a property developer to allow the Whenuapai Air Base to continue engine testing, in spite of it exceeding noise limits. How did it come to this?
Oct 15, 2019
The drug testing dilemma - how we are getting around it
Drug testing volunteers who set up at festivals and events are treading a legal grey area, held up by politicians with morals.
Oct 14, 2019
Believe the hype - Japan has adopted rugby
Should we believe the Rugby World Cup's claims that the sport has taken over Japan?
Oct 13, 2019
Stats NZ mines your cellphone data - should you be worried?
Stats NZ has upped the ante when it comes to data collection - should we be worried?
Oct 10, 2019
Is it time for New Zealand to push through anti-slavery laws?
Is it time for New Zealand to enact laws covering modern day slavery?
Oct 9, 2019
The shocking story of what happens to refugees in Italy
The shocking story of what happens when refugees land in Italy, and the connection with your spaghetti Bolognese.
Oct 8, 2019
When fear dictates policy
A refugee policy that appears to have been based simply on fear has been reversed.
Oct 7, 2019
Excluded from an inclusion conference
The Power of Inclusion conference in Auckland was supposed to be an affirming event for a new generation - instead, young artists told organisers why they felt left out.
Oct 6, 2019
Forestry companies buying vast amounts of New Zealand's land
Journalist, Kate Newton breaks down her investigation into land ownership in Aotearoa.
Oct 3, 2019
How New Zealand is adjusting to its ageing population
Is New Zealand keeping up with its ageing population; as the population grows older, how will we provide for them?
Oct 2, 2019
Australia looking to sting back in battle over mānuka honey
Australian beekeepers are staking their claim over products branded as mānuka honey.
Oct 1, 2019
Is workplace bullying on the rise - or just no longer acceptable?
Is workplace bullying on the rise - or have we finally realised that it's not acceptable?
Sep 30, 2019
The story behind the sex abuser at the sexual abuse inquiry
The story behind the discovery that a sex offender was attending meetings of survivors of sexual abuse.
Sep 29, 2019
The pardoning of Rua Kēnana - pacifist and prophet
Prophet and pacifist Rua Kēnana is to be pardoned - who was he, and how is this related to the government's announcement on teaching New Zealand history in schools?
Sep 26, 2019
Why global trade disruption is worrying our wine industry
Our $1.83 billion wine industry is being caught up in global trade wars that insiders describe as 'fundamentally concerning'.
Sep 25, 2019
Farmers down in the dumps - and dragging down the country
Rural confidence is at its lowest point in three years, with farmers saying they're under siege from all sides.
Sep 24, 2019
E-scooters - should we ban them or embrace them?
E-scooters have hit New Zealand's cities with a bang - often literally. Are they good news or bad news? And are they here to stay?
Sep 23, 2019
Sudden ditching of Te Papa North plan stuns Auckland
Years of planning for an Auckland arm of our national museum that would showcase much of the country's Māori and Pacific taonga have been dashed, in a decision that's stunned those behind it.
Sep 22, 2019
Changing names without changing places
People get fired up when it's suggested the name of their town is changed - so what's involved in re-naming a place?
Sep 19, 2019
New Zealand's rampant meth culture
New Zealand's demand for meth is rampant - and organised crime gangs are stepping up their efforts to get it into the country.
Sep 18, 2019
Sophie Pascoe is the Michael Phelps of paralympians
Paralympic swimmer Sophie Pascoe is so good, the only person she has to beat is herself.
Sep 17, 2019
The gender equity report that shocked a bank
Westpac NZ, a bank proud of its equity record, has revealed shocking figures on its own gender pay gap. It's front-footing the issue but says it can't change things on its own.
Sep 16, 2019
What's behind south Auckland's recent crime spike?
What's going on in south Auckland that once again has its suburbs on the wrong side of news headlines?
Sep 15, 2019
Pacific teams the have-nots of world rugby
They have all the flair in the world, look like they're having fun, and their fans are the most fervent - but in spite of being neighbours to the All Blacks, the Pacific teams are the have-nots of the Rugby World Cup.
Sep 12, 2019
Taika Waititi is the toast of Toronto
Taika Waititi has been the talk of the Toronto International Film Festival for his film Jojo Rabbit - a controversial passion project that's being both lauded and slated.
Sep 11, 2019
Labour's badly bungled sexual assault investigation
A look at the handling - or mis-handling - of sexual assault allegations within the Labour Party.
Sep 10, 2019
Why is Japan still slaughtering whales?
Japan has returned to commercial whaling for the first time in 30 years - but it's sticking to its own territorial waters. Is this why the world's gone quiet over it?
Sep 9, 2019
Eco-flying is far, far away
With 4.5 billion air passengers last year, and that number set to double in less than 20 years, how on earth are airlines going to help save the planet?
Sep 8, 2019
Is post-truth politics creeping into New Zealand?
We've seen 'post-truth' politics flourish in the US and Britain - are New Zealand politicians also starting to adopt the tactic of 'alternative facts'?
Sep 5, 2019
Getting rich from lending to the poor
How the government plans to crack down on people who are getting rich from lending to the poor.
Sep 4, 2019
Fighting over Kashmir
Kashmir is a region of snow capped mountains and idyllic landscapes - as well as barbed wire and army round-ups. Tension has risen again as India moves in on the nation's autonomy.
Sep 3, 2019
The silent health problems that cripple women
Tens of thousands of girls and women have to put up with chronic pain for years - because their issues are played down or deemed non-urgent.
Sep 2, 2019
How exposed is New Zealand politics to foreign influence?
Can rich foreigners buy political influence in New Zealand? And are our rules over donations to political parties too easy to get around?
Sep 1, 2019
Swamp kauri plunder a tale of misadventure
The boom times for the controversial swamp kauri trade appear to be declining - just as a Northland environmental group wins a David and Goliath battle to stop the region being pillaged.
Aug 29, 2019
When tourist spots are so hot the residents get burnt
Imagine a bunch of tourists walking into your house uninvited. It's not unusual for the residents of Dunedin's Baldwin St, one of many overcrowded attractions in New Zealand and around the world.
Aug 28, 2019
Experiments with LSD
An Auckland scientist is planning a world-first study into the effects of micro-dosing a drug that entered notoriety in the 1970s - LSD.
Aug 27, 2019
Local body boredom - why every council election is a fizzer
Local body candidate billboards are everywhere right now, but they don't necessarily translate into awareness. Why do so few people vote in an election that affects everyone?
Aug 26, 2019
Anti-environmental policies blamed for Amazon fires
There has been an 80 percent increase in fires in Brazil's Amazon jungle in the last year and president Jair Bolsonaro is being blamed.
Aug 25, 2019
Is it time to re-visit our GE rules?
Are our genetic engineering rules keeping New Zealand safe - or holding us back?
Aug 22, 2019
We are forgetting the Holocaust
It used to be a prevalent part of history - six million Jewish people were killed in World War II's holocaust. But new polls show we are forgetting the facts.
Aug 21, 2019
Cracking open the secretive petrol retailing industry
High petrol prices in New Zealand is a merry go round of blame - will the Commerce Commission's new report lay open retailers' books and help drive prices down?
Aug 20, 2019
How Big Pharma operates in New Zealand
Heartbreaking stories of cancer sufferers who need expensive and unfunded drugs abound. But some of those stories are helped into the spotlight by the drug companies that will also benefit.
Aug 19, 2019
The unlikely freedom fighters of Hong Kong
Hong Kong residents would prefer to concentrate on their business activities - but they realise they're losing their freedom to a Chinese government that's not remote enough for them, and they're angry about it.
Aug 18, 2019
Banks behaving badly
Why do banks get away with behaving so badly? There's been a run of activity lately that raises questions about whose side your banker is really on.
Aug 15, 2019
Why getting the census count right was so important
Getting the census right is important, not just for electoral boundaries but for a host of government funding decisions. Why has it been such a disaster this time around?
Aug 14, 2019
Gene editing scientist was no lone rogue
The Chinese scientist who shook the world by announcing he'd gene edited twin baby girls appears to have unfairly been labelled a rogue - it turns out he had a 60-strong circle of trust.
Aug 13, 2019
The ABCs of the OCR
Newsroom's Bernard Hickey explains the latest OCR drop, what it means, and predicts its direction a year out.
Aug 12, 2019
The Pacific's plastic catastrophe
Meet the man who is swimming through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in an effort to draw the world's attention to the amount of plastic in the ocean.
Aug 11, 2019
Shoots of discontent in the Green Party
The Green Party, in holding up the coalition government, has tasted real power - but some of the party's grass roots members don't like what's being done with it.
Aug 8, 2019
A golf star in the rough
Lydia Ko, superstar of golf, a few years ago had the world at her feet. Now she's in a slump, and that whole world has seen fit to pile on the criticism.
Aug 7, 2019
Aussies toughen up on deportees
Australia looks likely to toughen up even further on its deportation of New Zealanders who've committed minor crimes. But once they're "home" - the problems get worse.
Aug 6, 2019
Discomfort over Commission secrecy
Questions are being raised over the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch mosque shootings - is it transparent and inclusive enough?
Aug 5, 2019
What's the point in trying to save a dying species?
Some of the species conservationists are trying to save seem determined not to survive. So why are we sinking hundreds of millions into trying to rescue them?
Aug 4, 2019
Where Aotearoa lets its kids down
A new $42 million project is looking to address New Zealand's education inequality - a system where Māori are failing, and are "leaving their culture at the gate."
Aug 1, 2019
Peter Ellis and the Christchurch creche case
Peter Ellis has always vowed he was innocent of the child sex charges he was jailed for in 1993. Now he's dying of cancer - and the Supreme Court has given him leave to appeal his convictions.
Jul 31, 2019
Getting our heads around Facebook money
Facebook's new currency plans were barely more than a press statement before they came under fire from US lawmakers. Why do people hate the idea, and is it likely to fly?
Jul 30, 2019
How to sink $4.4 billion underground
The Detail today takes you underground to have a look at progress on New Zealand's first underground rail system.
Jul 29, 2019
The history of Ihumātao is long, complicated and fraught - and there may not be any way of resolving the issue.
Jul 28, 2019
Planting a billion trees by 2028
How on earth is New Zealand going to get a billion trees planted by 2028? And why are some farmers campaigning against the scheme?
Jul 25, 2019
Absence of Instagram 'likes' is a change for good
A seemingly innocuous move by the social media platform Instagram of removing visible 'likes' could help lessen the pressure of those whose social media use is wrecking their mental health.
Jul 24, 2019
Britain's Trump is now its Prime Minister
Boris Johnson's been described as a mini-Trump and is disliked by his own colleagues - can Britain's new Prime Minister lead the UK out of EU as he promised?
Jul 23, 2019
Re-balancing history - Cook landing commemorations will be different
Fifty years ago a very British-style ceremony marked the bicentennial of Captain Cook's arrival in Aotearoa. This year for the 250th, Māori have found their voices and will tell their version of events.
Jul 22, 2019
The woman behind the women who won the World Cup
She took them from netball duds to darlings in 11 months - a look at Noeline Taurua, the out of the box coach behind the victorious Silver Ferns
Jul 21, 2019
Why we need school leavers to pick up a hammer
The prejudice that encourages kids to go to university at the expense of a career in the trades is harming our economy.
Jul 18, 2019
Coping with the plastic bag ban
There have been 130 complaints of businesses breaking the law, and supermarket customers now pay for their bin liners - how is the country coping with the plastic bag ban three weeks in?
Jul 17, 2019
Fifty years after the moon landing, the space race speeds up
Fifty years after the moon landings - during which the space race slowed to a crawl - exploration is speeding up again.
Jul 16, 2019
The heartbreak behind the immigration backlog
New Zealand wants people coming in to the country to do the work - but we don't want them to stay.
Jul 15, 2019
Māori plant flag over uplifted children
Māori say their anger over uplifted children is greater than the foreshore and seabed issue, and Oranga Tamariki can not continue this way.
Jul 14, 2019
House prices are down but still out of reach
House prices are dropping, but they're still a long way off from being affordable.
Jul 11, 2019
The way we watch sport is changing
Have you worked out how you'll be watching the Rugby World Cup this year? Because the way sport is being delivered to our screens is changing.
Jul 10, 2019
Sean Marks, the influential Kiwi winning at US basketball
Sean Marks is the other New Zealander making big waves in the world's biggest basketball competition, and he's more influential than Steven Adams.
Jul 9, 2019
What's been stalling the drive to electric cars?
There's a new plan to tax gas guzzlers and give discounts on cleaner cars - but changing over to electric vehicles just isn't that easy.
Jul 8, 2019
Is it time to declare Matariki a public holiday?
Celebrations of Matariki seem pale in comparison to those for Chinese New Year and Diwali - why? And do we need to have a look at rearranging our public holiday schedule to mark it?
Jul 7, 2019
How multi-level marketing schemes don't work
MLMs - multi-level marketing schemes - are not illegal, but they often target vulnerable women and very few people make money out of them.
Jul 4, 2019
Why businesses are lining up for the tick
It's a good time to be in the tick certification business in New Zealand - and now there's a new one: the Gender Tick.
Jul 3, 2019
Do you need to be popular to win an election?
Low personal polling for National Party leader Simon Bridges doesn't necessarily mean that replacing him before the election is a sure thing.
Jul 2, 2019
Watershed report on Māori health highlights racism
A watershed Waitangi Tribunal report backs claims the system is racist, finding the Crown has breached the Treaty in failing to give Māori control over a primary health system that works for them.
Jul 1, 2019
Lady in waiting - what's happening to the St James?
There's a piece of New Zealand's most important heritage locked behind hoardings on Auckland's Queen St. The St James Theatre is dying a death of neglect - but those who love the old lady haven't given up.
Jun 30, 2019
Auckland gears up for the America's Cup
It's now two years after the America's Cup was lifted in Bermuda - and two years before the next event is run in Auckland. How ready is the city?
Jun 27, 2019
How NZ media plan to report the news but block the propaganda
How will New Zealand stop white supremacy ideology being broadcast from the dock when the man accused of the Christchurch mosque shooting is put on trial?
Jun 26, 2019
Iran - US tensions rising with no solution in sight
Tensions are escalating between Iran and the United States, and there doesn't appear to be an off-ramp.
Jun 25, 2019
What are the chances of the assisted dying bill passing?
Should desperately ill New Zealanders have the right to choose their own death? And if so, under what circumstances? David Seymour's End of Life Choice bill is back for a second reading today.
Jun 24, 2019
Sudan: The massacre you missed
Rihanna talked about it and Instagram turned blue - Sudan is the massacre where social media drove awareness more than mainstream media.
Jun 23, 2019
Paying for online news
The days when all your news was free on the internet are changing. The NZ Herald is now charging for premium content - and there are plenty of people willing to pay for good journalism.
Jun 20, 2019
Has media-hating Trump killed a 90-year-old tradition?
It's more than 100 days since the last White House press briefing. Is this the end of a 90-year-old institution?
Jun 19, 2019
Who's on clean up duty after the West Coast rubbish washout?
The government has stepped in to clean up the vast West Coast rubbish spill, after local authorities ran out of cash to finish the job. But what's being done to stop it happening elsewhere?
Jun 18, 2019
Hong Kong protestors win their fight - for now
Hong Kong demonstrators have won their fight to stop a new extradition bill that would have allowed citizens to be tried for their crimes in China. But their mainland neighbour looms large and the battle isn't over.
Jun 17, 2019
How will declaring a climate change emergency help us?
Auckland Council has joined five other New Zealand local bodies to declare a climate change emergency - but is this just lip service being paid in election year?
Jun 16, 2019
Swapping ciggies for vaping
Is the government swapping one bad habit for another by encouraging smokers to move to vaping, as a way of curing their addiction?
Jun 13, 2019
The astonishing rise of AOC
New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is sweeping through US politics like a hurricane. Her sharp use of social media means you've probably heard of her - so who is she?
Jun 12, 2019
1080: 'The answer is really clear'
Why does New Zealand use so much of the world's 1080, the controversial poison that environmentalists say we need to use more of, or lose our threatened bird species.
Jun 11, 2019
NZ's own stolen generation
Newsroom's Melanie Reid has been reporting on children and babies being taken by the state for two years. Now, footage taken by the families involved reveals the brutal reality of what really happens.
Jun 10, 2019
Should we believe the 5G hype?
5G is coming - what exactly is that, and will it be the revolution telcos would have you believe?
Jun 9, 2019
The Kim Dotcom saga is finally nearing an end
Kim Dotcom's seven year saga to avoid extradition to the United States for piracy crimes is finally coming to an end.
Jun 6, 2019
Australian whistleblowers under attack through the media
Three police raids on journalists and newsrooms have called into question abuses of Australian law.
Jun 5, 2019
D-Day anniversary marks the beginning of the end
Popular culture tends to portray D-Day as an American event - but around 10,000 New Zealanders played a part in the landings 75 years ago today that changed the course of World War II.
Jun 4, 2019
What's happening with Auckland's port?
A giant car park occupies the most expensive real estate in New Zealand on Auckland's waterfront. Can we move the port - and should we?