Max is a journalist who has worked for The Star, Bleacher Report and RNZ News.
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Iranian brothers win seven year refugee fight
They fled to NZ after disavowing Islam and refusing military service. Our Government wanted them deported.
Campaign across 20 campuses aims to start a youthquake
Can students get students to vote?
The 10 best election movies
Reality is often stranger than fiction.
Redemption Ireland: Can the Black Ferns win their fifth Rugby World Cup?
We talk trophy dreams and the future of women’s rugby with NZ captain Fiao'o Fa'amausili.
National’s new party list promises more diversity, but is it enough?
“I suppose when you come from a relatively homogeneous starting point, it’s not going to be difficult to say it’s the most diverse list ever.”
The real Kiwi hero of Dunkirk
At 22, Al Deere became a hero shooting down German planes during the Dunkirk evacuations.
People don’t want media to rip-off their Facebook and Twitter posts - study
“Just because it’s viral, doesn’t mean it should be broadcast as news.”
Emerging artists explore housing, political, celebrity issues
“This is a generation who will graduate in debt, who are faced with a precarious working life and a world threatened by political and environmental crises.”
Meet the GirlBoss getting young women into science and tech
“I’ll know my vision has been reached when we close the gender gap.”
Gareth Morgan wants to give $200 each week to every young NZer, no strings
An economic expert says it isn’t enough to help those who need it most.
50 hot takes from the Game of Thrones season premiere
Stark women rule, Ed Sheeran drools: We react to the biggest television event of the year.
Should prisoners be allowed to have sex?
NZ is one of few western countries to ban conjugal visits. Some say it should be a basic human right.
If NZ politicians were Game of Thrones characters
Winston as Walder, Maggie as Melisandre and Joyce as Brienne: We risked our public funding to bring you this.
Save the awkward convo for the first date
A NZ-made rival to Tinder is about to launch, promising to let singletons “cut to the chase”.
New study identifies the four types of Facebook user
Are you a relationship builder, town crier, selfie or window-shopper?
The best and worst movies of 2017 so far
Get Out, Wonder Woman and Fate of the Furious: We argue among ourselves whether Hollywood is killing it atm.
Why Māori need to be included in the drug law debate
Reformers can’t ignore those especially at-risk from the drug they want to legalise, AUT senior lecturer Khylee Quince says.
Joining the pride: The Lions tour in seven days
The red invasion of Wellington began with a growl but ended in a roar. Max Towle was sceptical but soon became a convert.
‘We’re not the fun police’
Drug testing at festivals would send the wrong message, says R and V director.
Why the White Ferns are worth celebrating
NZ have a great shot at winning the Cricket World Cup. You should be watching.
Gender quotas weed out incompetent men - study
“Quotas are bad news for mediocre male leaders who tend to be forced out.”
Farewell Gchat. Now we have to Hangout.
In a few days, Google's Gchat will be no more. We pay tribute to the home of inane online chat.
Twitter is ridiculing 'racist propaganda' Hobson’s Pledge
Don Brash-led trust is stepping up its campaign to abolish "race-based privilege".
The schlocky and the gory and the cult
A dive into New Zealand’s B movie past. May it never die.
Confessions of a hopeless tourist
Drinking bleach, crashing bikes and getting mugged - why I should never travel.
Young, educated men more likely to harass women in the street
International study explores why men catcall.
Why I am strong: A young refugee’s perilous escape to NZ
Yibeth Morales Ayala will tell the Immigration Minister the current intake quota isn’t enough.
What it’s like when your partner changes gender
After Krystle Chester’s partner transitioned to a woman, she reached out to others with similar experiences for first of its kind research in NZ.
The Lions tour means everything, just ask the only All Blacks to lose a series
In 1971, NZ were beaten 2-1. That team reckons it could happen again.
Twin Peaks is still unlike anything you’ve seen on TV
The cult series is back. Is it any good?
Stop turning movies into TV shows
For every Westworld, there’s a Taken. The Departed and Snowpiercer are next.
Will Steven Adams ever play for the Tall Blacks?
“Maybe he’s not pulling on that black singlet because he doesn't think they really wanted him in the beginning.”
He’s beaten cancer but suffered brain damage during treatment. Three years on, ACC still won't pay
“People don't want to feel like they're under attack and have to fight for pretty basic rights.”
Kane is still kicking ass, Boult is bowling lemons
We rate how the Black Caps have fared in this year's IPL.
The pain and passion of ultramarathons
Imagine running 90km … now imagine doing it uphill.
De-extinction is coming, but don’t expect a real-life Jurassic Park
"The reality of the idea is too sexy to ignore."
Where fighters become champions
Ahead of Joseph Parker's next heavyweight title bout we meet the young boxers coming up at his old gym, Papatoetoe Boxing Club.
Shoot to stop or shoot to kill?
New Zealand police say they don't shoot to kill, but statistics show that officers who pull the trigger are becoming more deadly.
Women in tech: Why the industry needs to fix its gender problem
“If you put five similar people in a room, you're not going to get the same quality of ideas.”
Hundreds of fast-food workers to strike over fair pay
“I think a lot of people are going to struggle to get their lunch tomorrow.”
Are jokes about rape ever okay?
“Comedy can be a great way of breaking the ice and getting a topic talked about.”
Students tell us if they think they’ll ever be able to afford their own home
“As an English and Spanish student… yeah, it’s not looking good”
How Tinder is still killing modern romance
The second part of our look at how the app is continuing to shape people’s dating lives.
Open letter warns free speech is under threat at universities
“But there’s a fine balance with protecting people from discrimination.”
Not everyone is a fan of the latest All Blacks ad
Are the Men in Black superheroes or villains?
Does the TAB get a free ride?
Reporting odds is part of sports coverage in New Zealand, but the Problem Gambling Foundation says it’s marketing masked as news.
Black Caps summer ratings: our verdict on every player
All hail Jeet Raval.
Why Tinder is such a horror show for women
“There's a lot of guesswork involved.”
Devil’s doughnuts, exploding heads and phony science
We pick the best of a glorious month of advertising complaints.
We break down the biggest questions raised by Hit & Run
Investigative journalists Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson say deaths of Afghan civilians were covered-up.
What students have to say about putting interest back on student loans
“It’s enough of a battle worrying about trying to get into the housing market.”
Growing up in Kaikohe, trouble can be tough to avoid
“Kids just run riot.”
Non-voters tell us what it would take to get them to the ballot box
“Most of my friends think I am a monster for not voting.”
New Zealand bars boycott Coopers beer after marriage equality backlash
Video has critics frothing.
Why Ex on the Beach is the greatest TV show since The Wire
Kinda, maybe, sorta not.
Photos: Protest against rape culture at Parliament
Hundreds turn out to call for consent to be taught in schools.
How to tell someone you may have given them an STI
“He just broke down.”
Why Ross Taylor may be NZ’s greatest batsman
Once called a dirty slogger, the stats tell a different story.