Saving Palmerston North’s Art Gallery...From What Exactly?
Finding Feminism with Fabio: How Romance Novels are Unlikely Testaments to Female Power
Leave Behind the Desire to Ask, “But Is This Poetry?”

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Art

Does Palmy’s art gallery really need saving? India Essuah speaks to the people behind a petition to save the art gallery, and those who reckon the petition opposes the gallery's core values of diversity and inclusivity.

A call to ‘Save the Art Gallery in Palmerston North’ has garnered traction online, gaining close to 5000 signatures. Beneath the petition’s vague wording to ‘save’ Palmerston North’s art gallery...

Literature

Romance novels are more than cringey sex and Fabio in a kilt. Alie Benge discovers the power of the female as she becomes the genre's latest convert.

My MA classmates and I met in a Newtown barn, our first post-hand-in reunion. I was about to start the third full rewrite of my book-length thesis after reconceptualising it again. I needed money, and a job that wasn’t creatively draining. The kind of work...

Literature

How can a book ever capture the live spirit of spoken word? Veteran of Auckland’s spoken word scene Tim Heath reviews the recent Trans-Tasman anthology Solid Air: Australian and New Zealand Spoken Word. Edited by David Stavanger and Anne-Marie Te Whiu, it includes work by Taika Waititi, Tayi Tibble, Hera Lindsay Bird, Behrouz Boochani, Selina Tusitala Marsh and many others.

Several years ago, I spent 10...

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Art
Saving Palmerston North’s Art Gallery...From What Exactly?
Literature
Finding Feminism with Fabio: How Romance Novels are Unlikely Testaments to Female Power
Literature
Leave Behind the Desire to Ask, “But Is This Poetry?”
Relax, Don't Do It: A Review of Pleasuredome
Read Time: 11 mins
The big-budget 80s spectacle currently playing in...
Theatre
Relax, Don't Do It: A Review of Pleasuredome
By Kate Prior
Poor people are ugly
Read Time: 5 mins
It was about halfway through Aussie horror The Babadook...
Internet Histories
Poor people are ugly
By Matt Harnett
The Housing War Is A Class War
Read Time: 10 mins
Why the war for Auckland is rooted in historical violence...
Society
The Housing War Is A Class War
By Ella Grace McPherson-Newton and Vanessa Cole
Believing in 'New Zealand': The South Island Myth revisited
Read Time: 31 mins
Michael Grimshaw on three Southern writers in the...
Literature
Believing in 'New Zealand': The South Island Myth revisited
By Michael Grimshaw
A Second Chance: Of Hearts and Hospitals
Read Time: 28 mins
Max Harris was 26 and enjoying a dream job working...
Society
A Second Chance: Of Hearts and Hospitals
By Max Harris
Plastic Fantastic: The Endurance of the Tupperware Party
Read Time: 11 mins
They're seen as the stuff of 1950s housewife kitsch...
Society
Plastic Fantastic: The Endurance of the Tupperware Party
By Jessica McAllen
This Could Be It
Read Time: 18 mins
Max Harris thought his spidery limbs, flat feet and...
Society
This Could Be It
By Max Harris
I’m Sick of Words Like ‘Diversity’, ‘Inclusion’ and ‘Representation’
Read Time: 10 mins
Julie Zhu challenges empty rhetoric in her speech...
Screen
I’m Sick of Words Like ‘Diversity’, ‘Inclusion’ and ‘Representation’
By Julie Zhu