Inside You There are Two Catgirls

Gender is a performance, and Alex Stronach shares the duality of femininity - complete with her sweet softness and hissing claws.

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Inside You There are Two Catgirls

Gender is a performance, and Alex Stronach shares the duality of femininity - complete with her sweet softness and hissing claws.


In this economy!!?! Natasha Matila-Smith has a rant about money and being an arts worker.


The sentencing of ‘prominent businessman’ and arts philanthropist Sir James Wallace reveals the greater complicity of the arts industry in dirty money and the abuse of power. Theatre academic James Wenley asks how we can all step up.


A guide to time travel by Ngaumutane Jones (Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Tainui, Tūhoe) & Hana Burgess (Ngāpuhi, Te Roroa, Te Ātihaunui a Pāpārangi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa).


In Which I Try to Avoid the Subject

Vanessa Mei writes on violence and vantage points as an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse.


Tusiata Avia turns into evil-poet-werewolf, and responds to the complaints against her in the New Zealand Media Council ruling, re: The 250th anniversary of James Cook's arrival in New Zealand.


Khadro’s Guide to Surviving Ramadan

Khadro Mohamed shares her tips and reflections for observing the 30 days and 29 nights of Ramadan in Aotearoa.


Everything I Know about Heartbreak

Grace Ko, one of the darlings from Re: News series Dating While Asian, shares her bank of knowledge for getting through breakups.


Home Alone: Year of the Rabbit Edition

Flora Xie on celebrating the Lunar New Year by herself – and her desire to reconnect with culturally important holidays despite Gregorian calendar supremacy.


Living Taonga

Arihia Latham responds to Te Papa Tongarewa’s series Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho and the call to listen to keep stories of whānau, tīpuna and taonga alive.


A Better View

Through the act of temporary voluntary celibacy, Jo Bragg gains some personal clarity on the meaning of love.


Julia Craig suggests ways to engage in the politics of love despite the high-octane world of social media and it's damning irl consequences.


How Deeply Māori Love

Te Aniwaniwa Paterson unpacks what it means to decolonise her emotions and love deeply - just like Ranginui and Papatūānuku.


Alternative Routes to Love

Janaye Kirtikar reflects on the heteropatriarchal blue prints of love handed down to her, and asks, is this enough for me?


Brutal Wits

Beth Clemens writes about her surreal life after a brain injury.


Sinead Overbye talks to Vicki-Anne Heikell and Paul Diamond of the Alexander Turnbull Library about their work with historical collections and the future of storing and accessing our taonga.


Tower Card Energy

Makanaka Tuwe on things falling apart and Saturn making sure they do – changed friendships, new lovers and tower card energy.


Chill Girl Winter

Kōtuku Titihuia Nuttall explores the deep connection to winter within Māori and W̱SÁNEĆ cosmology, and the benefits of the cold for the girls that prefer to layer up instead of sweat off their makeup.


Nalin Samountry speaks on the grief, love and history carried from mother-to-child in the womb, and the barriers present to access adequate cultural care for recent mothers.


Dinithi Nelum Bowatte on navigating orientalism, desire and harm through the power of her brown girl body.


To All the Boys Who F*cked Me Before

A South East Asian woman writes about the choice to escape her country of birth in the arms of a Pākēha lover, and what awaited her on the other side.


The Mysterious Bad Boys of the Moana

Emiko Sheehan on tuna: as kaitiaki, as kai, as haututū bad boys, descended from the heavens.


Guest editor of the 呼吸//Breathe essay series, Helen Yeung 希琳 writes on their own experience of survivorship, and how relocating to Guåhan has allowed them to breathe a little easier.


Recentring the Bush

The mainstream wellness industry is repackaging traditional healing practices. Makanaka Tuwe invites us to reflect on the repackaging and our choices around 'self-care'.



Ana McAllister surveys her Instagram followers to check the vibe on body hair.


Far from Diseased Ground

A kaupapa inspired by Colin McCahon's legacy has resulted in 1000 healthy kauri saplings grown from trees infected with kauri dieback, on the whenua of Te Kawerau ā Maki. Gabi Lardies investigates.


How to Be Brown

It's not easy being a biracial woman in Aotearoa. In this comic, Ronia Ibrahim reclaims her identity and self-worth in the face of racism, white supremacy and colonialism.


Empathy to Rage

A poem by Vira Paky on anti-Blackness and racism against Black people fleeing Ukraine.


Sane / Special

Cadence Chung on being autistic, and the problems with clinicalising human experiences.


Thirty, Flirty and Tired

In 30 essays on being 30, Nathan Joe meditates on love, identity and growing up.


Staring Down the Barrel of the Camera

Power lies in sovereign expression of sexuality. Ana McAllister and the Pantograph Punch team on thirst-trap photography.


Blue Mind, Red Mind

It’s okay to feel angry, lost and helpless right now. Faith Wilson on turning to prayer and water.


Stay Sexy, Always Stay Sexy

Litia Tuiburelevu on the body that betrays itself.


Māori Migrant

Vanessa Ellingham (Te Ātiawa, Taranaki, Ngā Ruahine) on finding her place in the Māori diaspora.


Ashleigh Taupaki on wetlands as wāhi tapu for Māori who rely on them for food, rongoā and freshwater.


Kete o ngā Vax

Ana McAllister uses her social media to educate Māori on the Covid-19 vaccination.


For a Brown Girl

A few thoughts on desirability Litia Tuiburelevu needs to get out of her system.


Tikanga in War

Ana McAllister on the protocols she uses to protect her tinana and wairua in her activism mahi.


Afghanistan, being like a garden

Ilham Akhlaqi asks when her home country will ever get the chance to blossom.


Today Shaneel stands before the justice committee to make an oral submission on the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill. This is their story.


A Broken Heart for Afghanistan: A Reading List

We wanted to do something, anything. So we compiled this list of resources.


Whiro in Their Original Glory

Whiro has an identity crisis. Michelle Rahurahu and essa may ranapiri kōrero on their own understandings of this dark Māori god: evil, chaos, the void, black holes, and ngārara included.


Flirting Telepathically

And other reflections on a life absent of romance by Litia Tuiburelevu.


Sleeping at Your Own Pā

For the first time, Tara McAllister returns to her tūrangawaewae to sleep on her marae.


Projectile Solidarity

What happens when social capital, social media and social justice collide?


Vanished Dreams and Precious Lives

All I want for Eid is international solidarity with Palestine.


Cancel Culture and Kawakawa Tea

Rangatahi Māori creatives and social media influencers discuss the darker aspects of social media, cultural appropriation and cancel culture.


Still an Outsider

Kate Gear on the Chinese poll tax, an oppressive legacy enacted in 1881 to discriminate against Chinese immigrants.


Off the Beaten Track with the Far Queue

Editor Faith Wilson has a talanoa with Kelsy and Maluseu from the Far Queue podcast about making safe spaces for difficult conversations.


Memorial (22 February 2011)

Tusiata Avia writes a poem in remembrance of the Christchurch earthquakes 10 years on.


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