University Murders Thousands; Critic Runs Inflammatory Headline

Over 70,000 animals have died in research at the  university over the past five years. Figures released to Critic under the Official Information Act show that between 2012 and 2016 the University used 89,680 live animals for research purposes. 71,496 of those (80 per cent) were euthanised after the research was complete. Mice accounted for 43 per cent of all animals used, followed by fish (21 per cent) and rats (20 per cent)....

Critic Interviews New Zealand’s Funniest Comedian: Rhys Darby

Touching on his time in the NZ Army, his belief in reincarnation, his comedy heroes and more, Rhys Darby had a chat to Critic as he returns to New Zealand and Australia for his new Mystic Time Bird tour.  Joe Higham: How's the tour going so far? Rhys Darby: Great, yeah, fantastic. Only done four centres so far, so still a long way to go though! Going back a few years, what was the reason you joined the NZ Army? Well, growing up I...

Critic Booze Reviews

It’s hard to review Speight’s. It has so much meaning to so many people. It was the first beer my father ever gave me. It’s the beer that has fuelled Scarfies for generations. Would I say it’s the tastiest beer in the world? No. But it’s the beer that makes me think of home, that calms my fears, that I know will always be there for me. Speight’s is a stock standard beer with no particular distinguishing...

Lucky in Love

Each week, we lure two singletons to The Bog Irish Bar, give them food and drink, then wait for their reports to arrive in our inbox. If this sounds like you, email: critic@critic.co.nz   Pac Man I arrived at the Bog (such a masculine bar for two gay guys to meet!) respectfully late and got shown to our table. The last Lion’s test was on the big screen, so I spent about 15 minutes fantasising about which Barrett brother...

Is $200/week Enough To Buy The Under 23 Vote In The Election?

The Opportunities Party (TOP) last week extended its Universal Basic Income (UBI) policy to all New Zealanders aged between...

How Healthy Is Our Democracy? Otago Academics Make Their Arguments

We are entering an age of radical politics, where extremism on the left and right will become mainstream and authenticity of...

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