New Zealand suffers two coronavirus deaths in just 24 hours including a former Cook Islands prime minister – after going 102 days without a single case of community transmission

SEPTEMBER 4:  New Zealand has its first Covid-19 death in more than three months when a man in his 50s dies of the virus. Former Cook Islands Prime Minister Joe Williams also passed away from COVID-19 at age 85.

Why isn’t New Zealand among the countries offering serious travel incentives?

Subsidising Kiwis’ domestic travel could be an option, particularly while our borders remain closed to the international visitors many tourism businesses relied on. If the Government foots part of the bill for our breaks, we are more likely to go away, stay away longer and spend more at local businesses in the process. We take […]

Matariki: It’s good to see New Zealand finally celebrating what makes it unique

We’re told, constantly, to look overseas for excellence. Kiwis flock to cities like Paris, to nod in earnest at the wistfully uninspiring Mona Lisa. But do they bother to visit the free-to-view artistry, by the likes of Colin McCahon, Goldie and Rita Angus, which sits in every city gallery.

New Zealand builds world-first hub for women’s sport

The ‘Insight Hub’ will be New Zealand’s legacy from holding the International Working Group (IWG) World Conference on Women and Sport, in Auckland in 2022. The conference will be one of the ‘Big Four’ women’s sports events planned to hit New Zealand over the next three years – alongside World Cups in rugby, cricket and […]

Aotearoa in 20: Koko Tao misses some things about Shanghai, but she loves the life her family has made in New Zealand

In a restaurant, people need to feel warm and welcomed, and have food that tastes good and an environment that makes them stay a bit longer. All the elements have to come together. Everyone can share the dishes around – that’s a Chinese tradition.

Escape to the ‘jungle’ right here in New Zealand

The best thing about the pod is that despite being off-grid, it is still luxuriously comfortable. It has hot water, a flush toilet, underfloor glass heating, and if you desire (and pay extra) – a fridge full of ingredients like locally sourced ribeye and salmon.

Postcards from Aotearoa: How I began my lifelong journey around our nation

The family, had four girls who showed me the sights. We walked along Waiotahe Beach, on a typically cold winter’s day with clear blue skies. They pointed out a cloud on the horizon. That’s a volcano they said. “Yeah, nah,” I thought, “an island volcano, the stuff of Puff the Magic Dragon.” But it was […]

Seeing and hearing ourselves is vitally important for Pasifika peoples in Aotearoa

We are not only hearing our languages but also seeing people who look like us, in important roles fronting media, on movies, speaking at important community and national events, political campaign rallies, leading important meetings and even signing for the Prime Minister Jacinda Adern and Dr Ashley Bloomfield for our deaf community on TV.

Common sense goes out of the window with plans to stage Rugby Championship this year

But politics aside; and even allowing for the not inconsiderable issue of union financing, for which a four or five match Bledisloe Cup series might compensate, there is the moral question. It is one rugby union needs to examine seriously, given the game always rushes to proclaim its virtue in refusing to compromise on strict […]

Aotearoa in 20: Breaking down barriers as a single mum

My friends would probably describe me as a loud, bubbly, passionate person. I’m very sarcastic, but I’m also driven and I really care about people. After I had my third child, I started working as a childbirth doula and I absolutely loved it. If I won Lotto tomorrow and had all the money in the […]