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Elle Hunt was a founding producer for The Wireless. She is a former Dominion Post reporter and Salient magazine editor.

Elle is a former reporter for The Dominion Post, where her headshot appeared in the paper six days a week and she held a tarantula in the interests of journalism. She also wrote some news stories.

She and Uther Dean co-edited Victoria University's Salient magazine in 2011, which was named Best Publication (“intensely self-involved, in a rather endearingly self-deprecatory way”) at that year's Aotearoa Student Press Association Awards.

Elle’s work as a freelance feature writer has appeared in publications such as Sunday magazine, Metro, The Sunday Star-Times, the New Zealand Drug Foundation's Matters of Substance, and Wellington's regional FishHead magazine. She was named Junior Magazine Feature Writer of the Year at the 2011 Canon Media Awards.

Elle holds a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University. Her interests include marine life, tweeting about pop music, and the Myers-Briggs type indicator (she identifies as an ENTJ). Any Simpsons or Peep Show references you come across are probably her doing.

Content by Elle

On The Dial: A grim year

'Tis the season to look back on the year that was. And this one was pretty bleak!

The year in pop music 2014

How many beats per minute? How many drops? How dope were the drops? Pop correspondent Elle Hunt looks at the year in bangers.

On going down the drain

This time next month, Elle Hunt will be based in Australia. She reflects on what it means to become a statistic of the brain drain.

Bulletin: The Sydney Siege

The Martin Place siege by Man Haron Monis lasted 16 hours and resulted in three deaths. But for Australian authorities, the saga is only just beginning.

Bulletin: New limits on drink driving

A crackdown on blood and breath alcohol limits aims to reduce the road death toll over the holiday period.

Double standards in our animal welfare list of shame

The Animal Welfare Act Amendment Bill aims to protect animals from pain and suffering – but, the SPCA says, it makes an exception when that's in the interests of the economy.

All the news that fits in emoji, Nov 29-Dec 5

The haters going to (thumbs down), we're just going to (waving hand) it off.

A blow to the gentleman's game

Phillip Hughes' death was remarkable not just for the circumstances, but for the change it might make to the sport of cricket.

Covering the cost of domestic abuse

A recent report estimates the cost of domestic violence and child abuse to the economy as $7 billion a year, and growing. But does that distract from the real issue – and its victims?

All the news that fits in emoji

The stories you might've missed this week, including thumbs up to Andrew Little and arms-crossed-emoji to Roger Sutton.

All the news that fits in emoji

If it’s good enough for the Oxford English Dictionary, it’s good enough for us.

Bulletin: What we know and don't know about the TPPA

Opponents say the TPPA is shrouded in secrecy. Negotiators say that's how trade deals are done.

Every way you look at it, you lose: Here's to you, Dr Robinson

Retired scientist Dr John Robinson has spent the past 40 years researching a "perfect storm" that he believes will bring about a social breakdown around 2030.

Uncertain future of work

More ties with the rest of the world means more opportunities for New Zealand, but also more competition.

Last woman standing

Alarmed by reports that 'sitting is the new smoking', Elle Hunt gives a standing desk a go – and discovers core strength of steel in the process. (Not really.)

Adding to the melting pot

In the future New Zealand will be more ethnically diverse, and that presents challenges and opportunities.

A tale of two New Zealands

Is growth predicted in Auckland over the coming decades coming at the cost of the regions – and how much do we want to invest in keeping them alive?

Saving for the silver tsunami

At face value, the increasing cost of superannuation seems to encapsulate the inequality between the old and the young. But is the scheme really unaffordable?

#twvote: Election night live

Sass, animated GIFs and up-to-date results: Elle Hunt and Megan Whelan live blog the election results.

Bridging the gap, one vote at a time

One hundred and twenty-one years on from women's suffrage, there's some way to go in achieving equality of the sexes – but voting is still one of the best levellers we've got.

Talking about the youth vote

The Wireless and Radio New Zealand team up to look at the decline in youth voter participation.

The next wave: The Civilian Party

Ben Uffindell: "I swear to God, half the satire I write is not intentional from the outset."

The next wave: Miriam Pierard and the Internet Party

Miriam Pierard was moved to stand after what she saw as the first non-token efforts to engage with young people this election.

A hard sell to stop mates driving drunk

For the thousands of crashes, injuries and deaths that result every year, there are many more who arrive home unscathed by luck, not judgement.

Recruiting to the fight against rape culture

The more entry points there are into feminism, the faster we'll end rape culture.

Let us go home: The path out of rape culture

Women weigh up potential risks to their safety every day. But in doing so, are we upholding rape culture?

How will we party in 3012?

Don't forget about the world just because we're young tonight: Justin Bieber gets Elle Hunt thinking about the big picture.

The next wave: Jack McDonald of the Greens

At the age of 21, the Greens' candidate for Te Tai Hauauru is halfway through his second election campaign.

Crossing the border, running the risk

New Zealand journalist Emma Beals knows risk; she’s weighed them every day for the past two years she’s been covering the war in Syria.

The next wave: National's Todd Barclay

National candidate and former big tobacco lobbyist Todd Barclay, 24, is considered a "shoo-in" for Bill English's Clutha-Southland seat.

The next wave: Labour's Arena Williams

Being a young person today is not "like it was when John Key was 18", says Arena Williams, Labour's candidate for Hunua.

God works in mysterious ways

As rates of religious affiliation decline amongst young people, what does the rise of Pentecostal churches like Arise mean for Christianity?

No free lunch on Budget Day

Elle Hunt discovers there's no such thing as a free lunch at the Budget 2014 lock-up.

After the boom, comes the pinch

Younger generations are footing the bill for benefits and support for their elders that they themselves are likely to miss out on – and some economists predict a revolution once that sinks in.

Budget Day: The basics

It's that time of year again: what's Bill got in store for 2014? Elle Hunt will be reporting back from the lock-up this afternoon.

Looking up and wishing I hadn't

As scornful as Elle Hunt is of the "spoken word film for an online generation", she has concerns about the extent to which her life is lived online.

Marriage in the Millennial age

With one in three marriages ending in divorce, and de facto relationships on the rise, what's the relevance of the institution?

The girl who played with fire

Elle Hunt downloaded Tinder in the interests of journalism. That's her story, and she's sticking to it.

Tinder: No spark without matches

The mobile dating app Tinder bills itself as being "like real life, but better".

Meat the future

New Zealand punches above its weight in terms of global meat consumption. But if we don't change our habits soon, we risk running out of it altogether.

Eating rare at Cazador

An Auckland couple are hoping to change the popular perception of offal.

Equality, or elitism?

The international rankings of New Zealand universities suggest we must ask ourselves whether we're happy for just one or two to be of global standing.

Slipping down the rankings

Take global rankings at face value, and you can draw two conclusions about New Zealand’s universities – firstly, that Auckland is the best, and secondly, that the others are getting worse every year.

An uneasy intersection with Odd Future

The decision to ban Odd Future from entering New Zealand presents some glaring double standards that there are no easy answers to, writes Elle Hunt.

Splore the merrier

The three-day music festival Splore is in the business of "transformational experiences".

Camp A Low Hum: The last hurrah

This weekend's Camp A Low Hum is to be the last – so if you're heading along, what can you expect?

'It’s certainly changed how I drink'

A lot of the alcohol-related incidents Wellington Free paramedic Jake Carlson, 25, responds to involve his peers.

How police deal with the dregs

"Too much alcohol is going to increase their chances of becoming a victim, or an offender."

A view from behind the bar

Bar owner-operator Mat Lear sees the effects of over-indulging in alcohol most weekends, but says reports of binge-drinking culture are over-rated.

Laneway: The need to know

We ask seasoned festival-goers their tips for Laneway Festival in Auckland on Monday.

Surviving Big Day Out

Whether you're a newbie or a veteran, we've tips and picks you'll want for the Big Day Out.

In the crowd: Music festival survival guide

Top tips for making the most out of your next music festival.

Travel tips to read before take-off

When it comes to international travel, buying the tickets is just the first in a series of very expensive steps.

Resolutions: Holly Walker

"First and foremost, I’m really hoping that we will get a change of government."

Fast times

Elle Hunt tries going on a two-week detox, and finds out healthy eating’s not as easy as it looks on Instagram.

Resolutions: Jacinda Adern

"Being able to feel positive, constructive feelings more often is my goal for 2014 – which, ultimately, does mean winning an election."

On the road again

When your home has wheels, the only limits are the rules of the road.

Not plain sailing, but a "solid adventure"

Tired of spending rent on tiny rooms with nothing to show for it, Luke de Villiers lived on a yacht while he finished off his degree.

Running the Chateau

“This is never going to be a family-friendly house; we just don’t want long-term respiratory illness from living here.”

Want to buy a home? Have a plan

Sam Smith started saving for his first home when he was still at uni.

Crunching the numbers

The 2013 Census paints a picture of a nation that’s not getting any younger.

Our issue – Home ownership

Our focus this week.

First home: Moving back to Taranaki

Duchesne Markham didn't expect to own her own home by the end of the year.

Rent, or buy?

On paper, you might spend less on a mortgage than you do on rent, but there are other factors to consider.

Can you afford a home of your own?

With house prices at an all-time high while incomes stall, just how easy is it to buy your first home?

What Katie did

We ask young home owners how they got their first foot on the property ladder.

Working at Trade Me

Trade Me chief executive Jon MacDonald on what he looks for in a potential employee.

A leg-up in the job market

How do you get work without experience?

Working at Resn

We asked Jonathan Hawke of Resn how to get a job at the creative digital agency.

What's it like to work at Clemenger BBDO?

How one of the country's top ad agencies approaches recruitment.

By the numbers

What can new graduates expect of life after uni?

'A messy area' of the law

An employment law expert weighs in on unpaid internships.

Working at Vend

What does Vaughan Rowsell, chief executive of Vend, look for when faced with a pile of CVs?

Make your opportunities

On the highs and low bank balances of working for free.

Creating a career

Artist Kelly Thompson shares how she’s turned an interest in illustration into a successful business.

Our issue - Free: Labour

Balancing catching a break, and making a buck.

When to work for free

When is it in aspiring artists’ best interests to work for nothing?


Elle Hunt overshares about her experiences with birth control hoping to help others with their own contraceptive choices.

Who do you trust?

Comedian Rose Matafeo, Diane White of JustSpeak, Dr Anna Morrow and actor Cameron Jones talk about trust at our launch event.

Your digital footprint

How much does Facebook know about you?

TICS, Tac, Toe

What do you need to know about the Telecommunications Interception Capability and Security Bill?

You snapped it, you own it

What rights do journalists have to content you post on social media?

Beaten to the punchline

@HuffPoSpoilers founder Alex Mizrahi: "The longer I’ve been doing this, the more I’ve noticed it and the more angry I've gotten."

In the hackers' world

There are black hats and white hats, but a lot about the national hacking conference is grey. Elle Hunt reports from Kiwicon.

Free: Data

On the “eyeball economy”, how it’s shaping our media, and what to expect this week of Free: Data.

Buzz and substance

How a shocking new trend in online advertising is changing our news media.

Roast Busters case: 'I can't believe society hasn't moved on'

Roast Busters, the police and the treatment of sexual violence.

Unravelling Roast Busters

Police say their hands are tied, because without a victim’s testimony, they don’t have enough evidence to proceed.

Getting invested

You've scrimped and saved – or lucked out with an unexpected windfall. What now?

'Not of the world'

Playwright and "quintessential struggling artist" Uther Dean stares down the quarter-life crisis.