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Anthea Evans
 May 26, 2019
superbly informative and excellently put together podcast. relevant to where I live in the world but giving a factual and global insight into news topics of the day


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. Produced by Newsroom. Listen on RNZ National at 6.30pm Monday-Thursday.

Episode Date
Why Chinese Language Week is causing angst
The heavy focus on Mandarin over Chinese Language Week is disappointing to many Chinese Kiwis.
Sep 29, 2022
Why your caffeine fix is getting more expensive
The price of your flat white is going up. The Detail tries to find out why.
Sep 28, 2022
The fragile magic of highly productive land
The government has just put new protections on highly productive land, the best of which makes up only one percent of our soil.
Sep 27, 2022
What's going to change under King Charles III?
Now that the dust has settled after the Queen's death, what's next for Aotearoa and the monarchy?
Sep 26, 2022
Local elections: Three races you should know about
Outside our bigger cities, Aotearoa's smaller centres are seeing stacked races and fraught local issues.
Sep 22, 2022
Laura Fergusson closure leaves a gap that's hard to fill
The closure of the Laura Fergusson Trust's Auckland rehabilitation and respite facility came as a shock - what does it tell us about the state of disability support services?
Sep 21, 2022
Putting women's rugby on the world stage
With the Rugby World Cup getting underway next month, The Detail takes a closer look at what it means for the women's game.
Sep 20, 2022
Behind the story: Luck, loss and Lotto
The Detail talks to RNZ's Guyon Espiner about his investigative series on Lotto - have we bought into a dream that's turning into a nightmare?
Sep 19, 2022
The councils pushing back on housing density rules
Christchurch is saying 'no' to the government's new housing density rules. Has the whole thing backfired?
Sep 18, 2022
The anatomy of a pepeha
What makes a pepeha? As The Detail finds out, it's a deeply personal part of tikanga Māori.
Sep 15, 2022
Who is British PM Liz Truss?
New British Prime Minister Liz Truss has a lot on her plate, but who is she and what does she stand for?
Sep 14, 2022
True crime podcasts - a legal minefield
Podcasters can solve cold cases, but if they're not careful, they could face their own day in court.
Sep 13, 2022
The dangers of working in New Zealand
At least two people have died at work every month since last January. Are our workplace whistleblowers up to the task?
Sep 12, 2022
Pakistan flooding: Bearing the brunt of the climate crisis
Catastrophic flooding in Pakistan has displaced millions of people - why is the country so vulnerable to the impact of climate change?
Sep 11, 2022
Mittens, move over: Aotearoa's most iconic animals
Mittens the cat may be cute, but Aotearoa has many animals far more worthy of immortalising in bronze.
Sep 08, 2022
Kawerau Mill strike: The cracks that can't be papered over
Workers have been locked out, threatened with legal action and left without any means of income - and it's not the first time.
Sep 07, 2022
Spontaneous memorialisation: Sharing our grief with the world
When Princess Diana died, millions were compelled to travel to her home and leave flowers. Why?
Sep 06, 2022
War on weeds - could a wasp join the fight?
The Sydney golden wattle is causing havoc in coastal areas around the country. Could a tiny wasp be the answer to getting this invasive weed under control?
Sep 05, 2022
The evolution of museums - returning what was taken
European museums are stacked with cultural treasures taken from their former colonies. New thinking could change that.
Sep 04, 2022
School trustees: What happens when a board fractures?
It's one of the most significant democratic processes in the country, so why don't we know more about school board of trustee elections?
Sep 01, 2022
Climate change and insurance: Weighing up the risk
With climate change-induced disasters becoming more frequent around the world, how do insurers weigh up the financial risks?
Aug 31, 2022
Judging the great immigration reset
We've slowed immigration to a trickle to stave off infrastructure overload, but at what cost?
Aug 30, 2022
The life of a backbench MP
Backbench MPs have been hitting the headlines in the last few weeks, but what do they actually do?
Aug 29, 2022
Lost luggage: The realities of post-pandemic travel
International travel is back, but flyers beware - more and more bags are going missing in transit.
Aug 28, 2022
Basketball star Brittney Griner: A pawn in Putin's war games
How is Vladimir Putin using the case of a jailed American basketball superstar to his advantage, amid the ongoing war in Ukraine?
Aug 25, 2022
Landing an interview with Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky
How do you land an interview with the president of Ukraine? It turns out it takes months of planning, persuasion, good timing - and a healthy dose of luck.
Aug 24, 2022
Local elections: What do we know about council candidates?
It's local election season - but how much do we really know about the candidates standing for council?
Aug 23, 2022
Getting off a drowning island isn't easy
Sea level rise is already destroying people's homes across the Pacific. How do you move a whole island community?
Aug 22, 2022
The Reserve Bank and the war on inflation
Why is the Reserve Bank facing flak from every angle over its economic handling of the pandemic?
Aug 21, 2022
Catching climate change through the courts
Our highest appellate court is being asked to do what Parliament will not - hold companies liable for contributing to climate change.
Aug 18, 2022
Foot-and-mouth: NZ's doomsday disease
Foot-and-mouth disease could topple the livestock industry. Can we keep it out?
Aug 17, 2022
The food bank on the North Shore
Escalating food, fuel and housing prices are driving people everywhere to desperation - even on the North Shore.
Aug 16, 2022
Party presidents: The power behind the politics
Political party presidents tend to stay out of the spotlight - but just how influential is their role?
Aug 15, 2022
Artificial intelligence: Our dystopian future?
Major parts of our daily lives are controlled by artificial intelligence. What if it turns against us?
Aug 14, 2022
Criminal responsibility: How young is too young?
New Zealand's age of criminal responsibility is lower than many other countries around the world - Amnesty wants the government to change that.
Aug 11, 2022
Taiwan and China: How does the superpower showdown end?
Taiwan is a country with a complicated past, a complicated present and, in all likelihood, a complicated future. What happens next as tensions with China escalate?
Aug 10, 2022
Search engine optimisation rules the web
When you search for something on the internet, why do you get the results you get?
Aug 09, 2022
The member's bill aimed at our booze-soaked society
The multitude of ways that alcohol harms society have been well documented - but will Chlöe Swarbrick's new Bill have unpleasant side-effects?
Aug 08, 2022
Firefighters' smouldering anger erupts
A dispute over pay has morphed into much more as our professional firefighters face long hours, stretched staff resources and failing equipment. 
Aug 07, 2022
Why are we suspicious of centralisation?
From our water supply to our polytechnics, we're eschewing regional control for a more centralised approach. Why?
Aug 04, 2022
Nurse practitioners 'part of the solution'
They're not GPs, but they do nearly as much as one. Can nurse practitioners help relieve healthcare stress?
Aug 03, 2022
Are the Commonwealth Games still relevant?
The Games are cringy, insular, and a colonial hangover - but we still celebrate an opportunity to show off our athletes on the world stage.
Aug 02, 2022
Knocking out concussion in youth sport
Thousands of Kiwi kids are concussed playing sport every year, but our rules for treating them aren't up to scratch.
Aug 01, 2022
The Green Party's philosophical tug-of-war
Are the Greens better off as activists and agitators? Or is there strength in softening to the centre?
Jul 31, 2022
The battle to keep theatre alive and relevant
In the digital age and the Covid era, how do you get people out to a play?
Jul 28, 2022
The rest home nursing crisis that will only get worse
A surge of elderly New Zealanders will require rest home care at the same time as a crisis in aged care nursing. 
Jul 27, 2022
Calling time on flat-out frightful student living
Two-thirds of students struggle to afford the very basics. Why aren't we doing anything about it?
Jul 26, 2022
All Blacks find themselves in a media scrum
What happens when the balance between feeding public interest in the All Blacks and protecting the team's image blows up on you?
Jul 25, 2022
Stemming the brain drain
With workers heading overseas to new horizons and greener pastures, what are employers doing to retain their staff?
Jul 24, 2022
Drama behind the scenes at Film Commission
After only one year in the job, the head of the New Zealand Film Commission has been stood down over a conflict of interest involving public funding for his own TV series. What happened?
Jul 21, 2022
Niue's cautious reopening to the world
For the last two-and-a-half years, Niue's been largely untouched by Covid-19. But that all changed when the first quarantine-free flight arrived from New Zealand.
Jul 20, 2022
The boom and bust of our polytechs
On January 1, Te Pūkenga will take over the country's 16 polytechnics and industry training organisations. Can a mega-merger bring the sector financial security?
Jul 19, 2022
How to fix Auckland's ghost CBD
A simple stroll down Queen Street will reveal more than 38 empty shop fronts. What happened to Auckland's main street, and how can we fix it? 
Jul 18, 2022
Shopping for change: Busting the supermarket duopoly
How did New Zealand end up with just two big supermarket players - and can the government's changes really shake things up?
Jul 17, 2022
Superpowers cast big shadow on Pacific forum
It's one of the most high-stakes Pacific Islands Forum in recent memory, but political power plays may be standing in the way of real progress.
Jul 14, 2022
Growing pains: Our outdated adoption laws
Our almost 70-year-old adoption laws are under review and there are calls for changes to make it easier for adopted children to reconnect with their biological family.
Jul 13, 2022
Paving the way to Australian citizenship
The new Australian prime minister is keen, so will Kiwis' rights across the Tasman finally be brought in line with Aussies' rights here?
Jul 12, 2022
What makes a charity a charity?
The Supreme Court has ruled that Family First isn't a charity - so what actually are the rules about what is and isn't a charity? 
Jul 11, 2022
Why are we still using the BMI?
The body mass index has well-known shortcomings, so why is it still being used?
Jul 10, 2022
Getting the EU trade deal across the line
How hard was it to get a free trade deal with the European Union across the line? 
Jul 07, 2022
New Zealand's food wastage problem
We're producing up to 150,000 tonnes of surplus food every year. The New Zealand Food Network steps up and takes it before it reaches what would've been its destination: landfill.
Jul 06, 2022
Covid-19 isn't done with us yet
As winter really sets in, Covid-19 case numbers are back on the rise. Should health authorities be acting with more urgency?
Jul 05, 2022
Competing in elite sport as a transgender woman
Elite sporting bodies worldwide are barring transgender women from competing if they've experienced male puberty, all in the name of fairness – but The Detail finds out that the science isn't that simple.  
Jul 04, 2022
Crisis communications 101: How to deal with a PR disaster
When someone screws up and it hits the headlines, what actually happens when PR experts are called in to help them fix it?
Jul 03, 2022
Taking the temperature on sick leave
We're told to stay home when we're sick – but for many workers, that's an almost impossible ask. Can employers be doing more?
Jun 30, 2022
Why are asylum seekers treated differently to other refugees?
About half of the 400 people who arrive in New Zealand as asylum seekers every year end up being accepted as refugees - but why are they treated differently to people arriving through the quota system?
Jun 29, 2022
Sportswashing and the rebel LIV Golf tournament
Sportswashing presents a myriad of ethical dilemmas for players and fans alike - and the rebel LIV Golf tournament is just the latest example.
Jun 28, 2022
Counting our farming emissions
Twenty years ago, he thought human-induced climate change was a load of rubbish. Now, George Moss' dairy farms are leading the way in counting - and cutting - greenhouse gas emissions.
Jun 27, 2022
Explaining the plasterboard shortage
The Detail takes a closer look at how the shortage of plasterboard - a critical building product - reached crisis point.
Jun 26, 2022
Kriddles Roberts: Empowering the west Auckland community
Kriddles Roberts is doing everything she can to help people in need in west Auckland - The Detail heads along to one of her community events.
Jun 22, 2022
Do we need to fear another recession?
It came as a surprise to economists, but GDP fell 0.2 percent in the March quarter - is New Zealand in for another recession? 
Jun 21, 2022
Rotorua's emergency housing problem
It's one of our top tourist destinations, but Rotorua locals are worried about the proliferation of city motels being used for emergency housing – with no end in sight. 
Jun 20, 2022
The warning you might get before the next big quake
Five seconds warning could be enough to take action to protect yourself in a major shake. Does New Zealand need an earthquake early warning system?
Jun 19, 2022
Mallard's departure and his complicated legacy
Trevor Mallard is calling time on his parliamentary career. What's he achieved as Speaker of the House of Representatives?
Jun 16, 2022
Are big projects doomed to be late and over-budget?
Transmission Gully, the Christchurch stadium, the Waterview Tunnel, the Wellington Town Hall - why do big infrastructure projects take longer and cost more than we expect?
Jun 15, 2022
Are sanctions against Russia working?
It's three months since parliament unanimously passed the Russia Sanctions Act - but are sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine actually having an impact?
Jun 14, 2022
Reading the signs: Why literacy rates are falling
We've got vast amounts of knowledge and information available to us at our fingertips - so why are literacy rates steadily declining?
Jun 13, 2022
Pig problems and the debate over farrowing crates
Big changes to the way pigs are farmed are on the cards - is it possible to strike a balance between the views of farmers, vets and consumers?
Jun 12, 2022
How hard is it to lure nurses to New Zealand?
Amid a global shortage of nurses, how does New Zealand lure health staff from overseas to fill our workforce gaps?
Jun 09, 2022
What's behind Christchurch City Council's popularity slump?
Why has the Christchurch City Council's approval rating sunk to 42 percent? The Detail talks to Newsroom's David Williams.
Jun 08, 2022
HIV and the road to zero new infections
The number of people diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand is at its lowest since the 1990s - but what more need to happen to reach the goal of zero new infections by 2025?
Jun 07, 2022
Done deal: Why has NZ Rugby teamed up with Silver Lake?
What does New Zealand Rugby's deal with Silver Lake actually mean for the game? The Detail finds out.
Jun 06, 2022
The Queen's big platinum jubilee bash
The Queen officially celebrates her platinum jubilee this weekend, but does Britain's longest-reigning monarch maintain her relevance and popularity here in New Zealand?
Jun 02, 2022
Lin Lang: A billionaire horse exporter's change in fortunes
How did billionaire Chinese businessman Lin Lang end up exporting thoroughbred horses from New Zealand to China - and why has the lucrative business come to a halt?
Jun 01, 2022
The fight against mycoplasma bovis
New Zealand's on the brink of eradicating the devastating cattle disease mycoplasma bovis. But has it been worth it?
May 31, 2022
Ardern in the US: Trade, tourism and talk shows
The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's high-profile trip to the United States is coming to an end. The Detail asks, what's in it for New Zealand, what's in it for the US, and where to next for the relationship?
May 30, 2022
Stop the presses? The rising cost of newsprint
Newsprint shortages, supply chain delays and soaring costs are making life even harder for newspaper publishers in New Zealand.
May 29, 2022
Monkeypox: Do we need to be alarmed?
Monkeypox cases are steadily rising around the world, but do we need to be worried? Infectious diseases experts say the outbreak is cause for concern, but not alarm.
May 26, 2022
Matatā: The town that had to retreat
A massive landslide swamped part of the Bay of Plenty town of Matatā in 2005. Seventeen years on, the managed retreat process is finally coming to an end.
May 25, 2022
Can NZ hit its renewable electricity goal?
The government's set an ambitious target of hitting 100 percent of electricity generation from renewable sources by 2030 – but it is achievable? 
May 24, 2022
All aboard? The cruise ship comeback
The maritime border is about to reopen and that means cruise ships will once again be visiting our shores. But will it be a return to the pre-pandemic status quo?
May 23, 2022
The stench invading the homes of Bromley
It's six months since a fire tore through part of Christchurch's main wastewater treatment plant. But residents in neighbouring Bromley are sick of the resulting stench that's invaded their homes.
May 22, 2022
Twenty years on from independence: New Zealand in Timor-Leste
At the turn of the millennium, the Timorese people voted for independence from Indonesia. Twenty years on, The Detail talks to New Zealanders who played a part in building a new democracy.  
May 19, 2022
The complexities of pulling products from Russia
It's not illegal to send food products to Russia under New Zealand's sanctions regime, but many exporters are boycotting the market in response to the invasion of Ukraine. The Detail talks to one apple grower about what that means for business.
May 18, 2022
Forgotten highway: Reviving a domestic coastal shipping service
Could a domestic coastal shipping service ease some of the country’s supply chain woes, get more heavy freight off the roads and help reduce emissions?
May 17, 2022
Australian election: Is Scott Morrison's time up?
Australians go to the polls on Saturday - all the signs are pointing to a Labor victory, but can Scott Morrison defy the odds and keep the Liberal-National Coalition in power?
May 16, 2022
What we know about the Tonga eruption, four months on
It was the biggest eruption the world had seen in decades, but there's still so much scientists are piecing together about what happened when Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai blew.
May 15, 2022
Do we really need to prepare for nuclear war?
Is New Zealand prepared for the impacts of a nuclear war or some other global catastrophe? With Russia's ongoing war in Ukraine, it's not beyond the realm of possibility.
May 12, 2022
The neurodiversity gap in our workplaces
Estimates suggest up to 50 percent of neurodiverse people are unemployed. Could unforgiving work environments be keeping skilled people out of the workforce? 
May 11, 2022
Co-governance: Time to get on with it?
What's the fuss about co-governance? As The Detail finds out, it's not a new concept and voters are being urged to get on board with it.
May 10, 2022
Is it time to reconsider the rules on GMOs?
The Productivity Commission says New Zealand needs to take another look at its strict regulations on genetically modified organisms – or we could risk missing out on important innovations that improve our lives and the environment.
May 09, 2022
The unfolding crisis in Sri Lanka
The Detail talks to Sri Lankan Kiwi and Newshub journalist Kethaki Masilamani about the crisis in Sri Lanka and the protests that seem to have united its long divided population.
May 08, 2022
Trying to walk again
America's Cup sailor Simo de Mari's life changed in the most unimaginable way in March 2019. He tells The Detail about his mission to walk again after a freak accident at Omaha Beach. 
May 05, 2022
Crossing the diplomatic line: When do ambassadors get expelled?
There have been calls for New Zealand to expel Russia's ambassador in response to the war in Ukraine. But is that the right diplomatic step to take?
May 04, 2022
Being in debt to the government
More than half a million low income New Zealanders collectively owe the government $3.5 billion. Why do they owe so much? What's it for? And can they pay it back?
May 03, 2022
What happens if you’ve got long Covid and can’t work?
Research suggests anywhere between 10 and 30 percent of people who get Covid-19 end up developing Long Covid. What happens if that impacts your ability to work?
May 02, 2022
Kyung Yup Kim, China and NZ's extradition laws
A woman was killed in Shanghai in 2009. A New Zealand resident, Kyung Yup Kim, is accused of her murder. China wants him extradited - why is it taking so long?
May 01, 2022
The cameras watching over us
All over the country, ratepayers are forking out millions of dollars for CCTV cameras. But are they actually making us any safer?
Apr 28, 2022
Tokomaru Bay: The town that keeps on flooding
The Detail heads to Tokomaru Bay to find out how locals are faring after three major floods in less than a year - what's next for the East Coast township?
Apr 27, 2022
Behind the story: David Farrier on Arise Church
Journalist David Farrier talks to The Detail about his reporting on serious allegations of emotional and physical abuse at one of the country’s biggest megachurches: Arise. 
Apr 26, 2022
Explaining Putin’s grip on power
Why do the majority of Russians back the actions of their strongman leader Vladimir Putin? As The Detail finds out, the answer goes back centuries.
Apr 25, 2022
Mapping the Irish in Aotearoa
Just how many New Zealanders have connections to Ireland? The Irish Embassy has been trying to find out, in a world-first mapping project.
Apr 21, 2022
Paying for public transport
Public transport fares have been halved until the end of June, but to what extent are our bus and train trips already subsidised by the government and local councils?
Apr 20, 2022
How will the three strikes law be judged?
The three strikes legislation is in the process of being repealed - how will history judge one of the most controversial justice reforms of recent years?
Apr 19, 2022
Border reopening: What next for our immigration settings?
With the borders reopening, will immigration return to pre-pandemic levels, or does New Zealand need to re-think its reliance on migrant labour?
Apr 18, 2022
Hitting the right balance on defence spending
Some countries are increasing their defence budgets as the war in Ukraine rages on. The Detail looks at whether New Zealand needs to follow suit.
Apr 13, 2022
Cracking the final piece of the human genome puzzle
Scientists have finally finished mapping the human genome. The Detail looks at why it's taken so long and what it might mean for indigenous populations both here and around the world.
Apr 12, 2022
Groundswell: Who are they and what do they want?
Groundswell says it advocates for farmers and rural communities - but what does it stand for and is its message getting through?
Apr 11, 2022
Swear words and slurs - what's offensive on TV and radio?
Are New Zealanders' attitudes towards offensive language changing? A recent survey by the Broadcasting Standards Authority seems to suggest they might be.
Apr 10, 2022
So long, Dr Ashley Bloomfield
Ashley Bloomfield's been a regular in our living rooms over the past two years. But how did a public servant become one of the most recognised faces of our Covid-19 response?
Apr 07, 2022
The urgent need for more GPs
New Zealand is facing a serious shortage of GPs - many family doctors will be hitting retirement age over the next decade and we're not training enough to replace them. 
Apr 06, 2022
Where are all the women-run food companies?
Newsroom's Nikki Mandow decided to only eat food made by women or women-run companies for a week. It was a lot harder than she expected.
Apr 05, 2022
Should NZ be worried about the China-Solomons security deal?
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called the security deal between China and Solomon Islands "gravely concerning" - but does New Zealand really need to be worried?
Apr 04, 2022
Democracy denied? Why commissioners replace councillors
Commissioners will stay on at Tauranga City Council until 2024 - are locals being denied their democratic rights or is more time needed to get the city back on track?
Apr 03, 2022
'Best in history': The nail-biting Cricket World Cup
The White Ferns may not have made it into the final four, but the 2022 Cricket World Cup is being hailed as a success for the women's game.
Mar 31, 2022
Behind the story: The secrecy around how we police the police
RNZ investigative journalist Guyon Espiner explains to The Detail the secretive the workings of our police watchdog, the Independent Police Conduct Authority. 
Mar 30, 2022
Why now? Australia's u-turn on NZ refugee resettlement deal
Nine years after it was first put on the table, Australia has finally accepted New Zealand's offer to resettle refugees from its detention centres. The Detail asks - why now?
Mar 29, 2022
Can we flood-proof our homes?
Extreme weather events, like last week's flash flooding in Auckland, are becoming more frequent. The Detail asks if there's anything more we can do to protect ourselves and our homes.
Mar 28, 2022
Drive to Survive: How Formula 1 is winning over new fans
The Netflix series Drive to Survive has been a smash hit for Formula 1, but can motorsport here in New Zealand cash in on some of that success?
Mar 27, 2022
Wellington's fluoride fail
How did Wellington Water fail to fluoridate much of its water supply for months on end - and why didn't it tell anyone?
Mar 24, 2022
The limits on lawyers’ pro bono work
A bill intended to make it easier for employed lawyers to do pro bono work was voted down by Parliament, but are changes actually needed?
Mar 23, 2022
How do we protect our youngest against Covid-19?
Under-fives can't wear masks or get vaccinated against Covid-19 - are we doing enough to protect them from the virus?
Mar 22, 2022
Teaching Aotearoa's history
The final curriculum for teaching Aotearoa's history in schools is out, but what will students actually learn and how will they learn it?
Mar 21, 2022
Reporting from a war zone: the NZers on the ground in Ukraine
Newshub's Europe correspondent Lisette Reymer and cameraman Dan Pannett have witnessed some of the horrors of Russia's invasion of Ukraine first-hand. They talk to The Detail about what it's like reporting from a war zone.
Mar 20, 2022
How Substack is changing the media game
With traditional media on the decline, could new publishing platforms like Substack be the key to keeping talented writers in gainful employment?
Mar 17, 2022
The recipe for a cost of living crisis
The cost of food, petrol and rent is soaring, and inflation is at its highest level in 30 years - how did it come to this?
Mar 16, 2022
How do NZ's sanctions against Russia work?
Parliament has passed historic legislation to impose sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine, but how do they actually work?
Mar 15, 2022
On the Omicron frontline in south Auckland
South Auckland is once again bearing the brunt of a Covid-19 outbreak, but one Pacific health provider is doing everything it can to help whanau isolating at home.
Mar 14, 2022
Pain at the pump: Why is petrol so expensive?
The price of petrol has skyrocketed to more than $3 a litre across most of the motu - is it going to keep going up?
Mar 13, 2022
Who will be Auckland's next mayor?
Auckland will have a new mayor after the local elections later this year. The Detail talks to the three frontrunners for the job.
Mar 10, 2022
'Radical change': The Northland meth rehab programme that works
An innovative meth harm reduction programme is transforming lives in Northland - why hasn't it been rolled out across the country yet?
Mar 09, 2022
Manu Vatuvei's fall from grace
Manu Vatuvei was one of rugby league's biggest stars, but last week he was jailed for importing methamphetamine - what happened?
Mar 08, 2022
Behind the story: The town that backed a child sex abuser
RNZ's Veronica Schmidt talks to The Detail about the wider issues raised by her recent investigation into a volunteer firefighter who sexually abused his young son - and the boy's mother's fight to be believed.
Mar 07, 2022
Sustainable lithium extraction: Taupō's economic future?
Lithium is in hot demand around the world and a New Zealand company has come up a more sustainable way of extracting it. The Detail finds out more about what Geo40 is doing differently.
Mar 06, 2022
How the Parliament protest was brought to an end
After 23 days, the occupation at Parliament was finally brought to a chaotic and violent end. The Detail talks to two reporters who were there as it all unfolded. 
Mar 03, 2022
'What we don't want is World War III' - Clark on Ukraine
Former Prime Minister Helen Clark talks to The Detail about Russia's invasion of Ukraine: the background to the conflict, her impressions of Vladimir Putin and how it might end.
Mar 02, 2022
The locals versus the helipads of the rich and famous
The increasing number of applications for helipads on Aotea Great Barrier Island is causing alarm among locals. But the current rules mean they don't have to be notified or consulted about them. The Detail's Sharon Brettkelly looks at why.
Mar 01, 2022
How RATs change the Covid-19 testing game
The shift away from more sensitive PCR tests to rapid antigen tests marks a significant change in New Zealand's Covid-19 strategy. The Detail takes a closer look at what it means in the midst of the surging Omicron outbreak.
Feb 28, 2022
Auckland City Mission's new home
A decade in the making, the Auckland City Mission's new building - HomeGround - has finally opened its doors. The Detail takes a look behind the scenes to find out what difference it will make for the city's most vulnerable people.
Feb 27, 2022
Politicians and the protest at Parliament
The protest at Parliament has dragged into a third week - two top political journalists join The Detail's Emile Donovan to discuss how the country's political leaders have responded to the unprecedented situation.
Feb 24, 2022
On the ground at the Parliament protest
The Detail's Sharon Brettkelly heads to the capital to see the occupation at Parliament first-hand, speak to protesters and tour their sprawling campsite on Parliament's front lawn.  
Feb 23, 2022
The return of the big OE
With MIQ soon to be a thing of the past, young people who've put off international travel during the pandemic are planning their OEs - but what will that mean for employers?
Feb 22, 2022
Can Raf Manji lead TOP into Parliament?
Does the new leader of The Opportunities Party Raf Manji have what it takes to get the party across the 5 percent threshold to get into Parliament at the 2023 election? 
Feb 21, 2022
Film's digital screen revolution
Virtual production technologies and digital screens are set to change the way movies are made, but is New Zealand's film industry ready?
Feb 20, 2022
Our Olympic snow queen Zoi
She's just 20 years old, but Zoi Sadowski-Synnott already has a full set of Olympic medals. How did she hit the top of her sport in such a short time?
Feb 17, 2022
Covering the protest at Parliament
For more than a week, hundreds of protesters have been occupying the ground of Parliament - presenting challenges for the police, politicians and the journalists covering it.
Feb 16, 2022
Breaking the silence on menopause
For the first time, women are starting to talk about menopause and employers are being warned to ignore it at their peril. 
Feb 15, 2022
Joe Rogan - has Spotify bitten off more than it can chew?
The Joe Rogan Experience is one of the world's biggest podcasts, but does Spotify need to take greater responsibility for its content?
Feb 14, 2022
The ban that wasn't - mining on conservation land
The government's unequivocal promise of a ban on mining on conservation land has not eventuated. What happened? 
Feb 13, 2022
We need to talk about feral cats
Feral cats are killing our native birds, but the conversation about getting rid of them just isn't happening. 
Feb 10, 2022
Why the 'team of $55 million' is in the public interest
The government's helping hand to an industry in trouble - the media - has more than the usual critics, most of them concerned about journalists being too scared to bite the hand that's feeding them. 
Feb 09, 2022
Misplaced confidence - why NZers are drowning
New Zealanders are over-confident in the water, say surf lifesavers - something that's helped us to our appalling drowning statistics.
Feb 08, 2022
An advocacy job too well done
Alarm bells are ringing over new legislation that could strip the power of the independent Children's Commissioner. 
Feb 07, 2022
How realistic are Auckland's light rail plans?
At last a concrete plan for light rail in Auckland - but at an eye watering cost. What are the chances of this really happening? And is it the right option? 
Feb 03, 2022
Ukraine is NZ's 'us too' moment
Diplomatic efforts to cool mounting tensions in Ukraine have come to nothing, and New Zealand's being told this is one we can't afford to sit back and watch. 
Feb 02, 2022
Post-Covid tourism living on a strategy of hope
The battered tourism and hospitality industry is hanging on for better days - but some insiders say we're looking at a reset, not a bounce-back. 
Feb 01, 2022
Getting Tonga on the line
Tonga is one of the world's riskiest places for communications - its undersea internet cable has broken for the second time in three years. What's the solution? 
Jan 31, 2022
Boosting our chances of dodging disease
In the seemingly never-ending parade of covid-enforced changes, we are now queueing for a third vaccination. Here's why it's so vital, now that Omicron has entered the picture. 
Jan 30, 2022
Our wild, weird year in sport
It's been a strange year for sport - again. We look back at the high - and low - lights of 2021. 
Dec 16, 2021
Our second 'year like no other' - how we unravelled
For our American-Kiwi family, the start of 2021 here was better than the alternative in California. We take you through our second covid year, through their eyes. 
Dec 15, 2021
Building blows - how much can the industry take?
How long can the construction industry keep taking the hits? A look at another year of disruption in building. 
Dec 14, 2021
A new direction on domestic violence in NZ
New Zealand has a new domestic violence strategy - but is it more than bureaucratic talk and hot air? 
Dec 13, 2021
A lot of talk, less action on climate change in 2021
It's been a year of developments in Climate Change discussions - but not a year of progress. 
Dec 12, 2021
Muscling up and moving in on the ice
As summer flights head back to Antarctica, we look at the geopolitics of the land that no one owns, but everyone wants a piece of. 
Dec 09, 2021
Global restraints force another look at coastal shipping
Global shipping restraints are putting New Zealand importers and exporters at risk. There's a solution, but it's not cheap, and it won't come as quickly as it's needed.
Dec 08, 2021
Time to pay attention to our oceans
Coastal ecosystems are better than tropical rainforests when it comes to trapping carbon and at this year's big climate change conference they finally got some attention. 
Dec 07, 2021
Unrest and riots in Solomon Islands
New Zealand forces are being sent to the Solomon Islands to help calm growing unrest in what is most definitely not a tropical tourist paradise. But the portents for a lasting peace are not good. 
Dec 06, 2021
Global microchip shortage boosts niche business
A global shortage of microchips may not be good for your Christmas present list, but one New Zealand company is cashing in. 
Dec 05, 2021
Struggle at the ski fields
Ruapehu's ski fields are under pressure - but unusually, this time it's not from natural forces. 
Dec 02, 2021
The MLM scheme making money from money-traders
An international multi-level marketing scheme operating in New Zealand uses social media influencers to entice people to enter a complex financial world they know nothing about. 
Dec 01, 2021
Is Luxon's face the one that will stick?
There's a new face at the head of the National Party - but he's the fifth new face since John Key resigned five years ago. Is his the one that will stick? 
Nov 30, 2021
Tennis star Peng Shuai - caught up in Chinese politics
Is the mysterious disappearance of Peng Shuai – and her unconvincing 'reappearance' - a watershed moment in the Chinese chapter of the MeToo movement? 
Nov 29, 2021
The hiccups in the housing intensification Bill
The new bipartisan bill on housing intensification was welcomed by all - until the detail was revealed. 
Nov 28, 2021
The real price of comfortable retirement
Do we really need to be saving $809,000 per couple to retire comfortably? 
Nov 25, 2021
Swimming in great white shark territory
After a long lockdown winter, swimming, sunshine and surf are here - but in some places, Great White sharks are also coming to a beach near you. 
Nov 24, 2021
The weirdness of going back to normal
Outside the "hermit kingdom" of Aotearoa people are embracing a Covid rules-free world - but are things as back to normal as they seem? 
Nov 23, 2021
Cowboy Bebop lets NZ show its range
Filmed under the twin shadows of both the pandemic and the Lord of the Rings, Cowboy Bebop is an Auckland film success story. 
Nov 22, 2021
The stark reality of producing cheap chicken
Breeding fast-growing chickens for meat means top-heavy birds stumbling around in giant sheds. But New Zealand doesn't have an option to grow them slowly. 
Nov 21, 2021
The life of a foreign seasonal worker
Covid has meant huge disruption for seasonal workers, but they're back now - if they ever left. What is it like for RSE workers who leave their families so they can feed them? 
Nov 18, 2021
Our broken legal aid system
Our legal aid system - the one that is on a promise to fund justice for all, no matter their means - is in crisis. 
Nov 17, 2021
The conflict that puts Kiwi covid woes into perspective
While we've been wrapped up in our Covid worries and woes, across the world in Africa a catastrophe of immense proportions is unfolding - putting our problems into stark perspective. 
Nov 16, 2021
The Black Caps - still the best
So they didn't win the T20 final yesterday - but that's the third world cup final featuring the Black Caps in three years. They're our best side ever and there's not even a debate about it.
Nov 15, 2021
Vaccinating children against Covid-19
Pfizer has developed a Covid-19 vaccine for 5-11 year-olds. Should New Zealand race in, or hold back on getting our children immunised? 
Nov 14, 2021
Head injuries under the microscope
Head injuries in sport are being taken more seriously, especially as more women become professional. 
Nov 11, 2021
The rugby legacy no player wants
No player signs up to play the game they love knowing that brain damage could be the long term result. 
Nov 10, 2021
The covid disruption symptom we need to get on top of - sleep
Covid lockdown disruption is being blamed for crazy sleep patterns, weird dreams and insomnia .... but sleep is vital to build up our immune systems and fight off the virus.
Nov 09, 2021
The new type of giving
The shape of philanthropy is changing away from traditional giving, to a more strategic way of closing the massive gap between rich and poor. 
Nov 08, 2021
Facebook's metaverse - is it real, or a smokescreen?
It's being seen as a distraction from controversy, but the metaverse is definitely on its way.
Nov 07, 2021
Inflation - what it means; should we worry?
An economic indicator that hasn't made a splash in the headlines for quite some time is back - inflation. 
Nov 04, 2021
Ministry for disabled has a big job to do
The invisible section of New Zealand society - disabled people - are finally getting their own ministry. It will have a massive task ahead of it. 
Nov 03, 2021
Copyright laws are a hitch in the UK trade deal
A billion dollars in benefits for New Zealand - and a chance for the UK to show the world it still has friends. But our fresh free trade agreement has some hitches. 
Nov 02, 2021
The Olympics of trade and industry
New Zealand has been at international trade fairs - now Expos - since they began in 1851. But are the multi-millions spent on getting there worth the benefits? 
Nov 01, 2021
A tale of two Māori vaccination rollouts
Here's a tale of two communities when it comes to getting Māori vaccination rollouts right. 
Oct 31, 2021
Why plain language is such an important skill
Nelson MP Rachel Boyack's plain language bill is a major continuation of the on-going fight against bureaucratese.
Oct 28, 2021
Tearfund's naming and shaming misses the mark
Tearfund's annual name-and-shame of unethical fashion chains leaves out some important factors - such as clothing manufactured in New Zealand. 
Oct 27, 2021
Today's politicians - the slings, the arrows, the death threats
A lot of people think being an MP is a cushy job with a great salary. But along with debate comes an increasing number of death threats, some of them very real. 
Oct 26, 2021
Making money from milk - without cows
Dairy farmers under pressure to reduce their herd sizes could look at planting oats - diversifying and helping out a new industry at the same time. 
Oct 25, 2021
Fighting over timber - the shortages hitting construction
Builders and other tradespeople have been struggling with empty shop shelves; weeks, sometimes month-long delays in delivery of essential materials and soaring costs. The issues are far from over. 
Oct 21, 2021
The barriers before you even get to Customs
We are likely to see a total reassessment of international travel, and probably not just in the short term. Think vaccine passports and higher air fares just for starters. 
Oct 20, 2021
Minding the Gap on equal pay
The battle for equal pay started 125 years ago and it's not over yet. A new campaign, Mind The Gap, hopes to address some of the issues. 
Oct 19, 2021
The lowdown on rapid antigen tests
Rapid antigen tests have finally been approved for use in New Zealand. Critics say they're not accurate enough, but as we wave goodbye to an elimination strategy, we're going to need fast results.
Oct 18, 2021
Hopefully, this is NOT how it ends
Bio-diversity is at a crossroads - can we not just stop things getting worse, but actually make them better? 
Oct 17, 2021
Our throwaway society can't last forever
Grab the newest model, buy the latest thing, nothing is built to last. Often if you want something repaired - it can't be. Can we change all that? 
Oct 14, 2021
Getting back on the plane - why it might never be the same
The impact of the pandemic has been apocalyptic on international air travel- but that's starting to change. 
Oct 13, 2021
The older entrepreneur - making life better
Older entrepreneurs often have more altruistic motives, and are more likely to succeed in business - but they could do with some more support.
Oct 12, 2021
25 years of MMP - is it working?
Twenty-five years ago today New Zealand held its first MMP election. How's that working out for us? 
Oct 11, 2021
Our electricity market and your power bills
New Zealand's electricity market system is stacked up against the consumer when it comes to lower power prices. 
Oct 10, 2021
The legacy of James Bond
As the 25th film in the franchise comes out, we look at why a James Bond movie is still a major cinema event after nearly 60 years on the screen. 
Oct 07, 2021
The Pandora Papers reveal how the other half a percent lives
The Pandora Papers is the biggest data leak ever, and a startling insight into the way the other half a percent lives and structures their affairs. 
Oct 06, 2021
Government subsidies more targeted in 2021
The money thrown at businesses during our first lockdown last year has been refined and is now more targeted - but accountants warn the government can't save every struggling company. 
Oct 05, 2021
Family found, mystery continues
Thomas Phillips and his children are back home, safe, in what many saw as a miracle after 19 nights in the bush. But questions remain as to why he disappeared in the first place. 
Oct 04, 2021
The godwits are arriving
The godwits are landing on New Zealand's coastal mudflats again - after incredible journeys from the other side of the world. 
Oct 03, 2021
Buy now, regret later - when you can't pay on time
It's a great new way to get what you want upfront and pay later - but there are traps, and consumer advocates say the schemes need to be regulated. 
Sep 30, 2021
What we don't know about Amazon's NZ plans
Amazon's plans to build giant data centres in New Zealand reveal very little detail. 
Sep 29, 2021
The climate summit that could save our future
What is so vital about the Glasgow climate change summit that minister James Shaw weathered a public uproar? 
Sep 28, 2021
The rules and rights when it comes to vaccinated work places
Employers trying to keep their workplaces safe are caught between four different conflicting laws and rights over compulsory vaccination - and they want some government guidance. 
Sep 27, 2021
The schemes and dreams over reducing cow methane
Genetic manipulation, toilet training for cows, seaweed feed, vaccines ... millions is being spent on research to reduce the methane emissions from New Zealand's agricultural industry. 
Sep 26, 2021
The paths much less travelled
We've used closed borders to explore our own country, but you can love a place to death - there are some places that are not only difficult to get to, but tourism is not encouraged.
Sep 23, 2021
Why it's not awkward to be left out of AUKUS
Being left out of the new Australia, UK and US security pact was a blessing in disguise, according to one international relations expert - because it would have caused a domestic crisis if we'd been asked in. 
Sep 22, 2021
Tracking the Far North's feral dogs of destruction
Packs of feral dogs have been causing heartbreaking stock losses throughout the Far North, and authorities are ill-equipped to deal with them. 
Sep 21, 2021
When Name Suppression Plays Favourites
Name suppression has become a publicity-dodging exercise that just generates publicity. Why does this rule, that favours those who can afford a lawyer, still exist?
Sep 20, 2021
Thirty years of climate change inaction
Our grim climate statistics could have been so much better if we'd veered down a path that was mapped out 30 years ago, instead of resting on our forestry laurels. 
Sep 19, 2021
Muscling in on te reo Māori - the heft of a superstar
Lorde's surprise EP drop in te reo Māori prompted all the feels - from awe, wonderment and joy, to unease and accusations of cultural appropriation. 
Sep 16, 2021
The yo-yoing fortunes of the darling of the stock market
The A2 Milk Company was the darling of the stock exchange, but a series of events have seen its fortunes yo-yo. 
Sep 15, 2021
Keeping it real for kids on misinformation
The people behind the wildly successful porn campaign are back with an edgy series aimed at kids on fake news. 
Sep 14, 2021
Masking out the virus
Mask wearing is here to stay - we explain why that's long overdue.
Sep 13, 2021
Why would you want to own a forest?
The difficulties of forestry ownership are many but the rewards for the persistent are great. 
Sep 12, 2021
The Detail is coming back
The Detail will be back in action from Monday, September 13
Sep 10, 2021
The Detail in lockdown mode
The Detail will be switching to written explainers while our Auckland-based team is locked down in Level 4. Catch us on RNZ and Newsroom's websites. 
Aug 23, 2021
Downplaying the arts at school
Changes planned for the NCEA art curriculum have teachers and the art world worried about the down-grading of the subject. 
Aug 19, 2021
An ideological switch that led to our housing crisis
Data on housing is surreal if you own a home, depressing if you don't. How did we get to this stage? 
Aug 18, 2021
Futility and despair in Afghanistan
In Afghanistan the Taliban is taking control again, even as US military planes leave the tarmac in Kabul. Now the war is being compared to Vietnam in its futility. 
Aug 17, 2021
Immigration - who's in, who's out, who's waiting?
There's a queue for the queue - New Zealand's immigration process is a nightmare made worse by Covid-19 restrictions. We look at who's locked out, and why people we need are leaving the country
Aug 16, 2021
MMA is the combat sport sweeping the world
Why is the world going mad for mixed martial arts? Sharon Brettkelly goes along to an Auckland gym to find out more. 
Aug 15, 2021
How much climate catastrophe can one world absorb?
How much doom, gloom and catastrophising can the world take? We boil down the latest big climate change report. 
Aug 12, 2021
Long Covid short on research
Between 10 and 30 percent of Covid patients go on to develop Long Covid, a crippling illness with up to 114 symptoms.  They're not happy with the level of research being conducted on it, so they're fundraising to do their own. 
Aug 11, 2021
Arming the police - is it a step NZ wants to take?
Gangs with guns; the fatal shooting of an officer in West Auckland; a changing attitude from front line police on firearms. Should we be arming our force? 
Aug 10, 2021
Greenwashing as a marketing tactic
Companies are increasingly claiming to be 'eco' - their products are good for the planet - but how true are these environmental claims? And how much is just greenwashing?
Aug 09, 2021
There is a group guarding NZ's media freedom
Journalists in New Zealand don't tend to get shot or jailed for doing their jobs - but they do face some impediments in collecting information. That's when the Media Freedom Committee is watching. 
Aug 08, 2021
Plans to close NZ's only oil refinery, Marsden Pt
Marsden Pt shareholders will vote today on a proposal to shut down New Zealand's only oil refinery, slashing hundreds of jobs. 
Aug 05, 2021
Banning conversion therapy
Not many people would argue against legislation banning conversion therapy - but there is a lot of devil in the detail. 
Aug 04, 2021
The issues with making Auckland's waterfront wondrous
Hundreds of millions has been poured into developing Auckland's waterfront, and there's more mega-funding to come. Is it being spent in the right place? 
Aug 03, 2021
Why the government's muscling in on the water business
Crumbling pipes, polluted beaches, bugs in drinking water ... something has to be done about the nation's ageing water infrastructure. But is Three Waters the right solution? 
Aug 02, 2021
Why New Zealand is importing coal by the shipload
How can New Zealand be importing massive amounts of coal when we are supposedly on a journey towards 100 percent renewable energy? The answers are complex. 
Aug 01, 2021
The case against Uber - when is a contractor really a worker?
Unions are heading to the Employment Court taking action over Uber's drivers - asking the question when a 'contractor' is really a 'worker', and should be offered worker benefits. 
Jul 29, 2021
An Olympic-sized argument over women's sport uniforms
Too short, too skimpy, badly designed, or just uncomfortable - women have for too long been on the receiving end of uniform rules where one size doesn't fit all. 
Jul 28, 2021
The ethics and costs of saving wild animals
Why do New Zealanders get so invested in saving wild animals that strand themselves? Is it worth spending thousands on getting them back where they belong? 
Jul 27, 2021
Tackling the plague of liquor stores
New Zealanders have very easy access to alcohol, and the choices are growing. But communities worried about the harm it's causing face big hurdles to stop liquor stores proliferating. 
Jul 26, 2021
Looking towards Africa for trade
We've been told New Zealand needs to take some of those trade eggs out of China's basket - and Africa is looking wide open after nations signed a continent-wide pact. But there are difficulties. 
Jul 25, 2021
Drawing a line under Auckland's America's Cup
Financially it was a lemon the moment Covid closed the borders - so how did Auckland do when it came to hosting the America's Cup? Was it worth it? And should we do it again? 
Jul 22, 2021
The MIQ nightmare
Desperate kiwis are paying thousands for clever computer operators to get them a space in MIQ, because booking a spot is proving impossible for ordinary travellers. 
Jul 21, 2021
Political moves pushing the path of Covid-19
Three closely aligned nations, three different political approaches, and three very different results when it comes to the path taken by the pandemic. 
Jul 20, 2021
Taxing the big tech companies
Everyone has to pay their fair share of tax - but worldwide, the big tech multi-nationals have been getting away with paying far less than others. There are plans to change that.  
Jul 19, 2021
The sky high cost of living in New Zealand
Inflation's hit a 10 year high, and although fuel and houses are largely to blame, the food that we grow in abundance is expensive. Why? 
Jul 18, 2021
Wide open targets - the elderly and banking scams
Elderly people are being targeted by scammers in heart-breaking numbers. They rarely get their money back, and often they're too ashamed to admit to having been sucked in. 
Jul 15, 2021
Splitting the difference - our divorce laws
Our divorce laws are 40 years old - and there's a renewed push to change them to reflect the realities of the 21st century. 
Jul 14, 2021
Behind nurses' anger over wages
Nurses have more industrial action planned as frustration with shortages and pay boil over - what's behind the anger? 
Jul 13, 2021
Our faltering hospitality model
The Restaurant Association has a long wish list for the government to help its labour shortage situation - but does it need to look internally at the wages and conditions of hospitality workers? 
Jul 12, 2021
The science of beating the drug testers in sport
Is a sports world without doping an impossible aspiration? David Howman, director-general of the World Anti-Doping Agency, talks drugs and testing. 
Jul 11, 2021
The Covid disaster hammering Fiji
While New Zealand and the Cook Islands are bubbling away, the Covid-19 situation in what used to be our biggest Pacific tourism destination, Fiji, is horrifying - and out of control. 
Jul 08, 2021
The Covid Olympics are nearly here
The Tokyo Olympics might have been delayed a year but somehow it's still snuck up on us - here's the rundown on the New Zealand team. 
Jul 07, 2021
Waste minimisation efforts slow to take hold
The consequences of a wasteful Kiwi lifestyle are getting harder to ignore. Our landfills are filling fast and it's getting more difficult to find new sites. We do have waste minimisation levers, but change is slow. 
Jul 06, 2021
China is the relationship we don't understand
RNZ's Red Line podcast sees two journalists dip their toes into unknown waters - our carefully balanced relationship with China.  
Jul 05, 2021
The booming problem of construction waste
The building boom is in full force - but with it comes an ugly side effect. Construction waste is an increasing problem. 
Jul 04, 2021
The horror of Lake Alice
No one has ever been held to account for the decades of abuse and torture suffered by children at the Lake Alice psychiatric unit. Now, survivors have told their stories. 
Jul 01, 2021
Re-learning history in Aotearoa
History won't be re-written, but it will be re-learned and taught under the new New Zealand history curriculum. 
Jun 30, 2021
Leaving Gloriavale
After 50 years of a closed community on the West Coast, more and more people are leaving Gloriavale. 
Jun 29, 2021
Dome Valley's tipping point
The Dome Valley dump has planning approval as Auckland hunts for its next rubbish disposal option - but the very real need for a new site is coming up against both environmental and intangible objections. 
Jun 28, 2021
Barriers everywhere for disabled people
Unsuitable housing, carless city centres, cars parked on the footpath are issues that draw complaints from able bodied people - but if you're disabled they can have a dramatic impact on your life.
Jun 27, 2021
The Day of the Vaccine
On Wednesday morning, at the same time as news filtered out of a positive Covid-19 case going on a tiki-tour of Wellington, an operation was being executed with military precision at a retirement village in the Auckland suburb of Remuera. The Detail's Emile Donovan went along to see how an operation like this is run; how residents are feeling about it; and talk about how the 70-plus demographic has first-hand experience of the difference a vaccine can make.
Jun 24, 2021
Bringing back Winston
NZ First is the enigma of New Zealand politics. From positions of pivotal power in governments to periods in the political wilderness. The party's chances of a return to its glory days seem to rest, as they always do, with its long-time leader Winston Peters.
Jun 23, 2021
Franz Josef fights for survival
The South Westland town of Franz Josef has survived floods and earthquakes but the lack of international tourists due to border restrictions has forced many of the town's businesses into closure or hibernation.  
Jun 22, 2021
A modular solution to the housing crisis
There's a factory in Christchurch that could help solve the housing crisis by churning out modular homes - but a reluctance to adopt this building method means its future is unclear.  
Jun 21, 2021
New Zealand's soaring space industry
There's so much happening in New Zealand's space industry it's hard to keep up. There's more to it than just Rocket Lab - it's bigger than the wine industry - and it's growing fast. 
Jun 20, 2021
The minefield of portraying real life tragedy on screen
Action to stop a film being made before it's even clear what it will be about is a reflection of increased awareness about race, identity and place across the globe. 
Jun 17, 2021
The secrecy and fuzziness around political donations
Our rules and regulations over political donations are fuzzy  - and most of our politicians are getting tripped up by them. Is it time to make those laws more transparent? 
Jun 16, 2021
Small homes, big ambitions
It's not just the big cities suffering from affordable housing issues - but the more remote areas of the country are getting no help, even if they're willing to help themselves.
Jun 15, 2021
Housing the mentally ill when the roof is caving in
In a time when the country is concentrating on well-being, our mental health facilities are crumbling and overcrowded. 
Jun 14, 2021
SNAs - the green move that cuts farmers deep
Moves to protect New Zealand's biodiversity have West Coast farmers feeling under attack as they're dictated to over what they can do with their land. Are they carrying the can for the rest of us?  
Jun 13, 2021
Speaking Kiwi - how our accents are changing
The New Zealand accent is a potpourri of international diversity, and it continues to evolve. 
Jun 10, 2021
Is this the death of the post-match presser?
Tennis star Naomi Osaka's withdrawal from the French Open on mental health grounds may have cracked open the door for a change in the way we conduct post-match media conferences. 
Jun 09, 2021
Why has the Wuhan lab leak theory re-emerged?
The Covid-19 Wuhan lab leak theory has re-emerged and appears to have sparked the curiosity of the US President. We look at why, and what the likelihood is of that being the case. 
Jun 08, 2021
How vaping can be a smokefree weapon
Vaping has been touted as a game-changing tool to help smokers quit - but it also has its downsides.
Jun 07, 2021
The slow-moving wheels of cycling infrastructure
Our big cities are supposed to be getting more cycling friendly - but progress is slow and there is a wall of road users who would rather bicycles just disappeared. 
Jun 03, 2021
A grand plan for a company town
Sleepyhead manufacturer the Comfort Group has a grand plan to build a company town in a rural Waikato location. But is it really such a good idea?
Jun 02, 2021
The need for Māori housing
There was a lot of money for Māori housing and infrastructure in the Budget - $730 million in total. But what is Māori housing, and how will the money be used? 
Jun 01, 2021
Dissecting the sensation-seeking personality
Kiwi motor racing champion Scott Dixon is a sensation-seeker - but not an adrenaline junkie. Meet the man who looked inside his mind. 
May 31, 2021
The strange (and sexist) language of cryptocurrency
How on earth do you explain cryptocurrency? Not even those with their head in the game really understand it all.  
May 30, 2021
Operating in the dark - Waikato DHB's cyber nightmare
The cyber attack that took down Waikato DHB's health system and plunged it into chaos 
May 27, 2021
Defective or incompetent? The James Hardie case
The massive James Hardie court case on now is the latest in decades of leaky building issues. 
May 26, 2021
The changing room pervert who hid behind suppression rules
Uncovering the secret of how a pervert hid his criminal prosecution and became the boss of a crown entity. 
May 25, 2021
The alpine hero with a dark past
Willi Huber was a champion of Mt Hutt's ski field developments, and a popular local. But it wasn't until he died that the full horror of his past was revealed. 
May 24, 2021
An Olympics like no other - if it goes ahead
It's just nine weeks before the Tokyo Olympics are due to open - but if they go ahead, they'll look and sound very different to games in the past. 
May 23, 2021
The threat hanging over our thriving gaming industry
New Zealand has a thriving gaming industry - it's a genuine career path and we have great talent. But a tax sweetener across the Tasman risks pulling the rug from underneath it all.  
May 20, 2021
Wellington is getting short of good days
You can't beat Wellington on a good day - but Wellington's good days are getting few and far between. 
May 19, 2021
Has the Christchurch Call made any progress?
Has the Christchurch Call made any progress or has the whole thing descended into a talk fest? 
May 18, 2021
Laurel Hubbard - lifting for history
Laurel Hubbard is a reluctant trailblazer, a pioneer for transgender women - but all she wants to do is lift weights.
May 17, 2021
What is He Puapua?
A look at what's in the aspirational He Puapua document, currently being used to stir racial disharmony. 
May 16, 2021
Fair Pay Agreements bring a shift in industrial relations
Details have been released about arguably the biggest shift in industrial relations in 30 years - what are Fair Pay Agreements all about? 
May 13, 2021
Trawling for the truth about fishing
A new Netflix programme - we're not calling it a documentary - is putting people world wide off eating fish. But how much of the message was massaged? 
May 12, 2021
Making a side hustle work
Need an extra bit of cash? Here's a look at whether side hustles are worth it.
May 11, 2021
Beneath the joyful job stats
The unemployment rate has defied the expectations of economists, banks and Treasury. Is it hiding the reality of the job situation, or did the wage subsidy save us? 
May 10, 2021
Pay freezing out your traditional voter base
Labour's announcement of a public service wage freeze took everyone by surprise. Was it a party taking aim at its traditional support base, or a minister losing control of the narrative? 
May 09, 2021
The hills are alive - with rabbits
Once again rabbits are on the verge of causing an ecological disaster in parts of New Zealand that will cost us hundreds of millions.
May 06, 2021
Musing on mediocrity
Celebrate being average. After all, it's not terrible. 
May 05, 2021
Treading a line between hate speech and free speech
 Long awaited reforms on hate speech have gone before Cabinet - and they're stirring up unease and discontent.
May 04, 2021
The Rich List - with added philanthropy
The post-Covid rich list is different to NBR's previous yearly efforts. In 2021, ranking wealthy New Zealanders also means measuring what they give back. 
May 03, 2021
Watching by remote as the 'invisible terrorist' hits India
The Covid-19 crisis in India is so bad it's been called the 'invisible terrorist'. It's also split families in New Zealand and is causing huge heartache. 
May 02, 2021
The secrets of obituary writing
An obituary is about life, not death. Writing them is a special art. 
Apr 29, 2021
Why it costs so much to build a house
Much has been said about New Zealand's construction costs contributing to our housing crisis. But there are reasons for soaring prices - and no easy solutions. 
Apr 28, 2021
Are Amazon's tax funded benefits worth it?
Why do we pay mega-subsidies to international movie giants to come to New Zealand to film? Is it really worth it? 
Apr 27, 2021
The legacy of the Waikeria Prison riots
The Waikeria Prison fires are out, the excitement's died down, the protesters charged. But that's not the end of the repercussions, with three inquiries underway and civil actions launched. 
Apr 26, 2021
Our bold health system shakeup
The government's newly announced health plan heralds a massive change in the system. But commentators say its success depends on what's in the detail.
Apr 22, 2021
Electoral upheaval in Samoa as vote makes history
 Nearly two weeks after voting, Samoans still don't know if their leader of 22 years will be ousted by his former deputy. 
Apr 21, 2021
New moves in the never-ending battle against tobacco
A new skirmish in the war against tobacco aims to stub out a whole new generation of smokers.
Apr 20, 2021
The road bumps in our vaccination rollout
Trans-Tasman quarantine-free flights are back on - as New Zealand's vaccination rollout's been described as shambolic, and Australia's as a failure. 
Apr 19, 2021
The lasting, shameful legacy of the Dawn Raids
The Dawn Raids of the 1970s carry a shameful legacy to this day - and those who haven't forgotten, want an apology. 
Apr 18, 2021
Merging media - a commercial and publicly funded stew
The biggest shift in public broadcasting is being mulled over by a government-appointed group. But is such a unification desirable, or even necessary? 
Apr 15, 2021
How Facebook's algorithm is changing the world
Facebook protests that its new algorithm that curates your newsfeed is just a mirror reflecting yourself back at you. If that's the case, says one digital expert, it's a funhouse mirror. 
Apr 14, 2021
The battleground in paradise over a Waiheke marina
A marina at picturesque Kennedy Point on Waiheke Island is the scene of a massive battle - and work has started in spite of a looming Supreme Court decision. 
Apr 13, 2021
Does a sex offender register really keep children safe?
No one would argue against a Child Protection Act -  but is a register for child sex abusers actually protecting children? 
Apr 12, 2021
Anti-Asian sentiment in NZ - it's real, it's everywhere
The spotlight being shone on anti-Asian attacks in America is spilling over to New Zealand, and has highlighted the fact that such sentiments lurk beneath the surface here too. 
Apr 11, 2021
The back-firing probability of rent controls
There's been much speculation that the recent housing announcement could prompt landlords who feel targeted to put up rents. Now there's counter-talk of rent controls. How would it work? 
Apr 08, 2021
Managing China's theft of NZ's SunGold kiwifruit
Chinese growers are stealing the kiwifruit we stole from them in the first place, along with the varietal secrets New Zealand holds the rights to. Zespri has a novel plan to combat that. 
Apr 07, 2021
Keeping Pasifika rugby talent
Pasifika rugby has been the world's poor cousin for too long. Could a new plan help retain players and see the island game thrive? 
Apr 06, 2021
Productivity, money and wealth - not all the same
New Zealand's "productivity" figures aren't great and are artificially inflated by rampaging house prices. Toss in wellbeing and the picture looks murky. 
Apr 05, 2021
City bees and their rescuers
Sharon Brettkelly takes a trip with bee rescuer Jessie Baker to look at the urban beehives that are buzzing away on city rooftops. 
Mar 31, 2021
The Speaker row - should Trevor Mallard step down?
Trevor Mallard, the arbiter of Parliament's house rules, is ironically not one to follow the rule book.
Mar 30, 2021
Turning the taps on with fluoride
The decision over fluoridation of the country's water supplies has been handed over to the Director-General of Health. Why is this issue so divisive that it's been taken out of the hands of councils? 
Mar 29, 2021
The think tanks that help shape public policy
Under the surface of public discourse lurk a bunch of mysterious organisations who are major players in shaping public policy. 
Mar 28, 2021
Science journalist Alison Ballance hangs up her boots
With more than a thousand conservation stories under her waterproof parka, science journalist Alison Ballance is retiring from RNZ's Our Changing World programme. 
Mar 25, 2021
The next unfathomable currency - NFTs
NFTs - non-fungible tokens -are the latest crypto wonder. It seems unfathomable but people are willing to spend huge amounts acquiring them. 
Mar 24, 2021
Tipping the scales in favour of first home buyers
Has the government managed to remove stumbling blocks for first home owners with its policy announcements yesterday? Or is the basic problem that houses are just too expensive? 
Mar 23, 2021
NZ caught in a tech war between China and the US
The New Zealand technology sector is booming - but there are rocky shoals ahead. Among them, getting caught in a US-China tech war; and unwittingly contributing to human rights abuses. 
Mar 22, 2021
Drinking (milk) to economic recovery
When the Chinese were told to drink milk to stay healthy and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, New Zealand's dairy farmers celebrated. The Global Dairy Trade, explained. 
Mar 21, 2021
Our America's Cup - the next steps
The champagne's been mopped up, the sailors are recovering from their victory celebrations - what's the next step for the America's Cup? 
Mar 18, 2021
Imagining a monarchy-free Aotearoa
After the Markle Debacle and Andrew's murky associations, you couldn't blame Aotearoa for saying goodbye to the Crown. But what would a queen-free country look like constitutionally? 
Mar 17, 2021
The Pharmac compromise
Pharmac's generic drug swap for epilepsy treatment saved $30 million over five years. But for some patients, the consequences were nightmarish.  
Mar 16, 2021
Latin lovers mourn language loss
What's the point in learning a dead language like Latin? It's been struck off the NCEA list, but its loss will be mourned by many who say it lives on in everyday English, and it's vital to some professions. 
Mar 15, 2021
Former MP now peddling dubious 'health' supplements
Fallen politician Jami-Lee Ross has turned his hand to selling "health" supplements with dubious benefits. It's an industry that's thinly regulated and barely policed. 
Mar 14, 2021
Talking to the Prime Minister
Mike Hosking's made the most of Jacinda Ardern's decision to ditch him - spinning it as her running for the hills. But what gave him unfettered access in the first place, and did he abuse the privilege? 
Mar 11, 2021
New Zealand's mills are in trouble
Our wood processing industry is in distress, largely run over by China's demand for raw logs to provide work for its own people and factories. Why isn't there more support for the few sawmills we have left? 
Mar 10, 2021
Society on beyond Dr Seuss
Is the move to stop publishing six Dr Seuss books another example of cancel culture - or an acknowledgement that we've moved on from a more insensitive past? 
Mar 09, 2021
The passion and pain over Māori wards
The subject of Māori wards on local bodies brings out both passionate support and angry opposition. 
Mar 08, 2021
An end at last to the dirty politics saga
No one expected the level of intensity and brazenness used by a blogger, a former politician and a PR man in the saga that became known as "dirty politics". 
Mar 07, 2021
Rules, messages, Covid and confusion
Someone broke the rules to put Auckland in Level 3 and there has been a clamour for punishment. But the situation isn't black and white. Is our covid messaging still appropriate? 
Mar 04, 2021
Lockdown loneliness
Being locked down also means for many people being locked out of meaningful face to face interactions - for them, Level 3 is a tense and frustrating time. 
Mar 03, 2021
When satellites become star pollution
Elon Musk's Starlink satellites are a wondrous sight - and also a slightly disturbing one. How many foreign objects can we fit into the night sky before they start crashing into each other?  
Mar 02, 2021
NZ's declining birth rate is changing our world
New Zealand's plummeting birth rate means we have some serious planning to do. 
Mar 01, 2021
How tasty is the My Food Bag IPO offer?
The My Food Bag IPO this week looks like a mouth watering offer - but the proof of the pudding is in the eating. 
Feb 28, 2021
Jake Millar - an extraordinary life and a disappearing act
The story of young West Coast entrepreneur Jake Millar is an extraordinary one of tragedy, success, money, the high life, and now, a disappearance.
Feb 25, 2021
Pacific unity is threatened in an ugly breakup
The Pacific Islands Forum is facing unprecedented disruption at a time when it's arguably needed the most, to present a united front on issues such as Covid and climate change. 
Feb 24, 2021
Battling a rare disorder - and the health system
For those kiwis with rare disorders, it's a battle against the health system to get treatment.  
Feb 23, 2021
Re-shaping resource management
After 30 years the Resource Management Act - the unwieldy, development-stopping, strangely inadequate environmental legislation - is being reformed. 
Feb 22, 2021
Selling off our national game
Why would a massive international investment firm want a stake in New Zealand's national game? And what could change if a deal with Silver Lake goes ahead? 
Feb 21, 2021
When Australia and New Zealand take opposite sides
Australia and New Zealand are supposedly cultural cousins, but this latest rift - over the return of a woman labelled a terrorist - shows we are drifting further and further apart. 
Feb 18, 2021
Changing the bullying culture in sport
Reviews, resignations, recriminations - New Zealand sport is rife with bullying accusations, particularly against women and girls. What's being done to change the landscape? 
Feb 17, 2021
Pulling the trigger on lockdown
What happens between the time when a lab worker finds a positive Covid-19 test in the community, and the Prime Minister announces another lockdown? 
Feb 16, 2021
Why can't kiwi kids do maths?
New Zealand's school kids are failing at maths - and other subjects too. What are we doing about addressing our educational gaps? 
Feb 15, 2021
Too important to lose? The Infratil story
New Zealand sharemarket darling Infratil is in danger of being lost offshore, to Australia's superfund. But is the company too important to lose? 
Feb 14, 2021
Covid uncertainty over 2021 Polyfest sees top school pull out
Polyfest is the largest Pasifika dance festival in the world. But it takes huge amounts of time and money to prepare for it, and after two years of disruption, parents and schools are thinking twice about entering. 
Feb 11, 2021
Waiting to speak at Waitangi
The debate about women speaking on the marae at Waitangi has lasted for years. There are customary rules, but it appears they are about to change.  
Feb 10, 2021
The yacht race where millions of dollars sink
Taxpayers and ratepayers have sunk millions into helping stage the America's Cup - then Covid hit and no one came to the party. Have we gained anything for our outlay? 
Feb 09, 2021
Uyghurs the casualty in NZ's trading partnership with China
New Zealand walks a trading tightrope with China - but by failing to bring up human rights issues, are we selling our souls for $32 billion a year? 
Feb 08, 2021
Tracking a pandemic
An economist and analyst who plotted the path of the new Covid virus - and gave the government an early head's up - talks about how it unfolded and what's likely to happen next.  
Feb 04, 2021
Google vs Australia - the world is watching
Google and Facebook are in a showdown with Australian lawmakers over payment for using the work of others. The world is keenly watching to see what will happen. 
Feb 03, 2021
The climate and changes - what they mean for you
Are New Zealanders ready to take the bus? Give up their gas hobs? Plant more trees? If we're going to meet our international obligations, we'll have to be. 
Feb 02, 2021
Waiting our turn for the Covid jab
New Zealand must wait its turn for Covid-19 vaccinations - but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Feb 01, 2021
Cleaning Auckland's beaches
When Auckland's Safeswim website lit up red after a downpour, residents were horrified. But are the city's beaches really a no go-zone, or are we being over-informed?
Jan 31, 2021
The Detail's best of 2020
Wrapping up our year, with The Detail. 
Dec 17, 2020
Lines and wine - a twisty turny story
The saga of Marlborough Lines and Yealands Wine involves legal action, a raid, secrets, lies, falsified documents, and millions in community money. This is what happened. 
Dec 16, 2020
NZ Cricket has risen from the ashes
New Zealand cricket is in good shape, sharing the top of the honours board with Australia. But is it deserved? 
Dec 15, 2020
Stress, lockdowns and changed eating habits
Covid lockdown changed our food habits - but possibly not in the way you think. 
Dec 14, 2020
Yes, it's a housing crisis
We ARE in a housing crisis - and there are plenty of reasons for it. It's time for authorities to stop planning for 10 years ago and start looking forward.  
Dec 13, 2020
The question of remains - how we bury our dead
The earth's short of space and that's affecting our customary expectations of how we bury our dead. 
Dec 10, 2020
Tolerating child poverty as part of an economic strategy
We hear a lot about child poverty and lack of action on it - how bad is the situation really? 
Dec 09, 2020
The spy club and international politics
Our Five-Eyes spy network has evolved from a surveillance agency to a political tool - and New Zealand is caught between old allies and new trading partners. 
Dec 08, 2020
Making dangerous tourism safe enough
How do you make an adventure tourism venture safe when the main selling point is danger? 
Dec 07, 2020
A glimpse into what went wrong in Christchurch
The findings of the Royal Commission into the Christchurch mosque shootings will be released tomorrow. But an extensive investigation that formed a submission into that inquiry is already out, and it foreshadows the result. 
Dec 06, 2020
How Stuff's apology has resonated with Māori
Stuff this week issued a public apology for its portrayal of Māori - how significant was the move? 
Dec 03, 2020
Coming soon - a long, hot, and possibly deadly summer
We could be in for a hellish wildfire season. Are New Zealanders prepared? 
Dec 02, 2020
Giving up on Tauranga
Disharmony, an attempted coup, nasty texts, childish comments - what on earth has been going on at the fractured Tauranga City Council? 
Dec 01, 2020
Managing diabetes without weapons
Diabetes is a massive health issue for New Zealand and disproportionately affects Māori and Pasifika. So why are we so far behind when it comes to using new drugs that improve treatment? 
Nov 30, 2020
Sneaky, shady, shifty - supermarkets are under scrutiny
New Zealand's supermarket duopoly is being investigated by the Commerce Commission - but are the big two, too big to bring down? 
Nov 29, 2020
Covid break gives us a chance for a tourism reset
The tourism industry has some big decisions to make, and it's had an enforced break to think about them. But with vaccines on the horizon we'd better hurry on policies that decide what type of visitors we want. 
Nov 26, 2020
The distance from dementia that's holding back help
Support for people with dementia is reaching few of them - yet four in five New Zealanders have some connection to the disease. Dementia sufferers need a champion. 
Nov 25, 2020
Is RCEP a door-opener or just another acronym to learn?
What's the big deal about the new trade deal we've signed up to? And didn't we already have one of those with the same players? 
Nov 24, 2020
The Reserve Bank and the housing crisis
The Reserve Bank has been caught up in a political storm over the housing crisis. Is it really the Bank's fault that the levers it pulls have seen prices spiral out of control?  
Nov 23, 2020
Covid mutations in mink - the repercussions
Denmark is looking at culling all of its 17 million mink after they were found to have a mutated form of coronavirus - how worried should we be about this development? 
Nov 22, 2020
Female athletes urged to think about fertility and maternity - now
LockerRoom's Suzanne McFadden opens up about her ground-breaking series on top female athletes, maternity and fertility. 
Nov 19, 2020
Leaving the beach front - a political and financial nightmare
Dealing with the political and financial repercussions of sea level rises is going to make political decisions over Covid look easy. There are billions of taxpayer dollars at stake in property bailouts. 
Nov 18, 2020
Dementia research funding under threat
As dementia numbers soar and a cure remains elusive, one of the key organisations leading research into prevention and treatment is under threat. 
Nov 17, 2020
Ombudsman's work is more than just about official information
Emile Donovan sits down with the man charged with keeping the country's civil servants in check. 
Nov 16, 2020
The rise - and fall - and rise - of the Māori Party
Māori politics is a story of rapid rises and sudden falls - and this year the Māori Party is back  
Nov 15, 2020
The sport saddled with problems
With Winston Peters gone from the political scene, why do we still need to indulge his pet portfolio of racing? We look at the health of the sector and progress of planned reforms. 
Nov 12, 2020
John Key on Joe Biden and why he's good for us
Sir John Key dealt with Joe Biden when he was US vice-president. He gives The Detail an insight into the man.  
Nov 11, 2020
Ambitious salmon farming plan hits drawbacks
The country's first open ocean fish farm could bring in billions - but the company behind it is running into objections, largely by locals not impressed by its levels of compliance elsewhere. 
Nov 10, 2020
Why is Labour putting the brakes on its own political capital?
With the biggest political mandate in a long time, why is Labour holding itself back from treading a traditional - and bold - left-leaning path? 
Nov 09, 2020
Should NZ copy Taiwan?
While New Zealand has successfully (for the most part) kept the pandemic at bay, Taiwan's done it without a strict lockdown and it's economy has actually grown. Today The Detail looks at how.
Nov 08, 2020
Untapped resources - the arts and tech sectors' plea
As industries hand the new government their wish lists, we look at two sectors - arts and tech - that say they have plenty of untapped potential.
Nov 05, 2020
Who is Nanaia Mahuta?
Many didn't pick her as the new Foreign Affairs Minister and she made headlines for being the first woman in the role on Monday. Today The Detail looks at Nanaia Mahuta's track record and just what she will bring to the job.
Nov 04, 2020
Special votes are more important than you think
On Friday, the outcome of the special votes - nearly 20 percent of the overall vote - will be revealed. Here's what it could swing.
Nov 03, 2020
The fraught and divided US election
Our election may be over but all eyes now turn to the US - who will prevail?
Nov 02, 2020
Time for a Royal Commission into accident compensation
Former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer wants a Royal Commission into ACC, saying the system that was a world-beater is now unjust.  
Nov 01, 2020
The long overdue changing face of zoos
Auckland Zoo has been open for nearly 100 years - and it's come a long, long way in that time. But should we still be looking at captive animals these days? 
Oct 29, 2020
The fall of our flashiest playboy, Eric Watson
New Zealand businessman Eric Watson is currently in a London jail, felled by a man with deeper pockets and a big score to settle. How did it come to this? 
Oct 28, 2020
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? 
Oct 27, 2020
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? 
Oct 26, 2020
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. 
Oct 25, 2020
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. 
Oct 22, 2020
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 21, 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 20, 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 19, 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 18, 2020
Coming home
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 15, 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 14, 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 13, 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 12, 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 11, 2020
Artists, arts grants, and Creative New Zealand