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Pride in a Pandemic

The 49th year of the Auckland Pride March was a little different to its predecessors. One of many Pride events postponed due to the latest lockdown, it reflects the current issues of the world we live in.

Our 2021 Auckland Arts Festival Picks

Auckland Arts Festival 2021 is just around the corner, featuring over 70 events across the city in March. There is a variety of entertaining activities to immerse yourself in, and lots of shows featuring local talent on offer, including world premieres and the special Civic Club experience. We round up a few picks to see during the 2021 festivities.

Rainbow Cookies Represent Pride

The Cookie Project, which gives work opportunities to Kiwis with disabilities, is joining the Pride celebrations this month with their special limited edition Rainbow Heart Cookies.

2021 Summer Event Highlights

As the weather continues to heat up, the event calendar across the country is filled to the brim with plenty of Summer events to get amongst. We’ve rounded up a few highlights including Pride Festival, the female-led Peachy Keen Festival, Netsky’s immersive experience, Armageddon Expo in Christchurch, local talent at the Fringe Festival and L.A.B hosting a homegrown line-up at Mt Smart Stadium.

In Review: Stan Walker’s Impossible: My Story

You may know Stan Walker for his soulful music that has reached far beyond where he currently calls home (Aotearoa) or seen a glimpse of Stan’s story in his 2017 documentary or even as the 18 year old who won Australian Idol in 2009. Stan Walker’s story goes far beyond his music as you will read in his book, Impossible: My Story.

In Review: Rich Enough by Mary Holm

From New Zealand’s most trusted money expert comes a book you won’t be afraid to show off while reading on the bus. Mary Holm’s latest piece is a guide for every Kiwi, be they long time investors, first home buyers or those struggling to see how they’ll financially survive Christmas, Holm does a fantastic job of providing information which is easy to follow and enjoyable to read.

In Review: Benee at Spark Arena

We are just days into Level 1 (well for Auckland anyway) so it definitely felt a bit weird and pretty special at the same time being in a (very large) room with thousands of people in Spark Arena last night for Benee’s final sold out stops of her nationwide 2020 tour.

Youth Wings: NZ First’s Jay McLaren-Harris

There are certainly few teenagers in Aotearoa who can tell a story of skipping school just to hear a politician speak. Likely none of those few would have that politician be the 75-year-old leader of New Zealand First, Winston Peters.

Youth Wings: Labour’s Adam Brand

For Young Labour’s Adam Brand, Labour is “in my blood”. From a working class family, he joined Labour through a union and has stars tattooed on his right forearm. After being serenaded by Kiwi classic Fred Dagg’s ‘We don't know how lucky we are’, Adam’s pick for song of the election, we chatted over Zoom and reflected on lockdown.

Youth Wings: ACT’s Felix Poole

He enjoys video games. He lives in a shoddy student flat. He used to scrape grease out of the fryers at McDonald’s He is also president of the youth wing of the ACT Party, number 50 on ACT’s party list, and a candidate for Auckland Central – going up against the big names of the Greens' Chloë Swarbrick and Labour’s Helen White.
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NZ artist PAIGE is riding her own wave

If there’s a name that you are bound to hear on the radio any time soon, that name is ROONIE – or more specifically, Michaela Pointon.The 19-year-old has recently re-established herself on the NZ music scene as pop artist ROONIE – complete with her debut release My Heart, a vibrant track that matches her bright personality to a tee. I sat down with ROONIE to chat music, inspiration and her goals for the future.

Sandra Saad Brings Ms Marvel to Life

Los Angeles based creative Sandra Saad has lent her voice (and entire body as we learnt when we called her) to the much-anticipated upcoming Marvel Avengers video game. Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel who is also Marvel’s first Muslim female superhero is brought to life by Sandra and it has been years in the making.