Why Arenít We There Yet? Understanding Barriers to Getting Aotearoa Vaccinated

The government is putting on the pressure for New Zealanders to get vaccinated. But many people are not vaccinated yet. The reason why is a mix of policy, inequality, and misinformation from friends, family and far-right conspiracy theorists. Up until recently, we’ve enjoyed relative freedom from both lockdown restrictions and the macabre numbers of cases, hospitalisations, and deaths that come with a widespread outbreak of Covid-19. On...

Slice of Heaven? Your summer guide to the shit towns of Otago and South Canterbury

Shit towns are the pride of our nation. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept of a “shit town”, it’s a town where literally everything is shit. But visiting a shit town is a cultural experience to find out how the other half live, so it’s a must do.  With summer around the corner, you and your mates are going to be taking a road trip or two. If you’re lost as to where to go, never fear....

Scamming the Spammers: The Friends, Money, and Contracts I Made While Replying to Spam Emails

For months, Mr Manuel Franco has been emailing me from different accounts, telling me I’ve won three million USD in the email address lottery. I get one email a day from him from various different email accounts. It always goes straight to my spam folder. I started replying to my spam emails for a week to see if the scammers would accept me as their friend. Manuel did not. I wrote to him multiple times, saying: “I was over the moon...