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Max is a journalist who has worked for The Star, Bleacher Report and RNZ News.



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What’s a university without a bookshop?

Union says underfunding is the reason for Lincoln University’s decision.

What the end of net neutrality in the US means for NZ

“Those decisions and ideas will start to bleed here.”

What if sport wasn’t divided by gender?

A Lincoln researcher says sport must move away from its focus on gender.

Why is our prison population booming and how can we fix things?

We ask an ex-prisoner, a politician, an academic, an NGO worker and a lawyer.

A Dunedinite is launching a dating website for disabled people

Josh Perry, who has cerebral palsy, wants to break down barriers.

'We should never ignore bad dreams'

Why do we dream? What does it all mean?

Free fees for first-time students, but who exactly is eligible?

More details from the Government’s tertiary plan.

A town that hopes Shane Jones can deliver the jobs he’s promising

“I want to help out the youth around here ... hard out, that would be awesome.”

Cricket commentary will no longer be a job reserved for the boys

“Cricket is just as much a female sport as a male sport.”

An NZ video game company is pressing restart on the industry

We chat with Zoe Hobson, who runs the Dunedin-based company Runaway.

Creepy new technology could put rainbow communities at risk

“If people had access to something like this, they could out others against their will.”

Wait, so who actually won the election?

Nelson bulwark Nick Smith reckons National. We investigate.

Does our 'university or bust' culture need to change?

Industry training organisations are worried free tertiary fees will push young people away from apprenticeships.

Why Tongan passion is the best thing about the Rugby League World Cup

Win or lose, there will be a party.

Meet a researcher who’s breaking down misconceptions about anorexia

The eating disorder doesn’t just affect teenage girls.

Dream to dare: Inside the NZ School of Dance

We meet the school’s aspiring dancers on the eve of its 50th graduation season.

Could Winston Peters hold the key to persuading North Korea to dump its nukes?

We look at what the deputy PM and the supreme leader have in common.

A hilarious complaint about the 'If it’s not gay, it’s not gay' video has been shot down

“I feel it’s saying unless I’m a lesbian I’m not me.”

An Aussie university is just hiring women for jobs in its Maths department

Should NZ universities do the same?

More students are seeking help from university mental health services

Extra support is being funded, but some students are still missing out.

Too much Facebook doesn’t harm your mental health - study

“Vaguebooking” might, however.

‘We are begging you and pleading you to help us’

What you need to know about the refugee crisis on Manus Island.

Breaking down the Government’s plan for tertiary education

We suss out the new Education Minister.

Are high schools safe places for LGBTQI youth?

The national charity InsideOUT celebrates its fifth birthday this week. We interviewed its founder, Tabby Besley.

Researchers are testing sewage to understand NZ’s drug problem

Diving for hard data.

Who’s next for National?

We dive into National’s list to see who could eventually lead the party.

Predicting 5 future Mike Hosking opinion columns

What is our national treasure going to rant about next?

What can young people expect from a Labour-NZ First coalition?

We dive back into campaign promises made by both parties and the Greens.

From Syria to Porirua

Meet the refugee rapper who rhymes to remember.

Erotica from a woman’s perspective

Naomi Werrett used to be so self-conscious she refused to be photographed, now she does nude photo shoots to encourage body confidence.

Why did no one speak out about Harvey Weinstein?

“This is able to flourish for decades because those who have seen it haven’t said anything.”

Ad calling out casual homophobia is going super-viral

We talk to Rainbow Youth about its first ever national ad campaign.

'This is the House of Representatives and should have voices from all walks of life'

We speak to the youngest new MPs, Labour’s Kiri Allan, the Nats’ Simeon Brown and the Greens’ Chlöe Swarbrick.

Are robots going to kill us all?

How worried should we be about Terminator-like robots? We take a deep dive into artificial intelligence.

Young members of NZ political parties give us their election hot takes

Young Nats, Labour, Green, Māori and NZ First look ahead to the next three years.

An election night odyssey through Wellington

Our reporter wanders between election parties in the capital as the results come in.

The best and worst moments of the 2017 election

Featuring mysterious car boots, adorable kittens and terrified children.

Why I was an idiot for not voting last election

“I’ve regretted it more and more over the past three years.”

Suffrage Day is now about equal pay for many women

The fight goes on.

Narcissistic men are more likely to troll on Facebook - study

“Aggression, manipulativeness, low agreeableness.” Sound familiar?

Why there should be nowhere ‘Beyond the Beehive’

We spoke to hundreds of rangatahi ahead of the election and found many care deeply about issues in their community, but switch off at the mention of “politics”.

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.

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