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Vladimir Putin asks government to 'take charge' of rap

"Rap is based on three pillars: sex, drugs and protest."


Bianca Del Rio: The foul-mouthed drag queen healing the world with her jokes

The RuPaul's Drag Race winner is returning to New Zealand.

WATCH: Kevin Hart issues a public apology over  "wrong behaviour" that was allegedly caught on video and used for attempted extortion.

Kevin Hart defends 'offensive' theme for son's birthday party

"This is equivalent to having a KKK and black slaves party."

Watch: A group of private investors believe they've found a way to make Auckland's elusive waterfront stadium a reality.

No need for waterfront stadium, Auckland has star venue already

The country's biggest stadium venue is criminally underrated, writes Mark Thomas.


Campaign calls for tourists to respect Māori culture

Tourism Industry Aotearoa's CEO spoke to The AM Show.


Review: Aladdin musical is shining, shimmering and splendid

This is a show that is genuinely magical, writes Aziz Al-Sa'afin.

Kim Goodwin explains her mansplaining flowchart.

How to tell if you're mansplaining from one simple chart

The simple chart differentiates being helpful from being condescending.

Zac Efron.

Zac Efron accused of cultural appropriation over hair style

The A-lister has new dreadlocks "just for fun".

The korowai is worth $10,780, the gallery's website says.

$10k Korowai stolen from Wellington art gallery

A homeless man was spotted trying to sell it outside a Burger King.


Do the hosts of The Spinoff TV actually know about TV?

We put Leonie Hayden and Alex Casey to the test.

The current English 'Welcome to Rotorua' sign.

NZTA, Rotorua come to agreement on te reo Māori signs

The district's mayor says NZTA's initial decision was a misunderstanding.

It's an 11-centimetre fertility symbol of a nude obese woman.

Facebook apologises for censoring 30,000-year-old naked statue

It's an 11-centimetre fertility symbol of a nude obese woman.

Customs Cafe on Ghuznee Street

Wellington's five best coffee spots

New Zealand's capital city has dozens of amazing cafes - here are the best of the best.

The haka is a much-imitated New Zealand tradition, but not many get it right.

How to do a haka, not a 'pākehāka'

Two experts gave The Project their top 5 tips for performing the traditional Māori ritual.

MP Golriz Ghahraman

Not a Muslim? Then don't make assumptions about Islamic culture

The Iranian regime is disrespectful of women - but refusing to shake Jo Luxton's hand was not, writes Golriz Ghahraman.

The tattoo is for sale online and is described as an "authentic Maori Facial Temporary Tattoo".

US store accused of cultural appropriation over temporary Māori tattoos

A lawyers says it's culturally offensive and action needs to be taken to protect Māori symbols and imagery.


Slice of Kiwi culture hits LA with new exhibition

The Māori culture is being shared not just with tourists, but with local indigenous groups.

UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

US, Israel quit UNESCO over 'anti-Israel bias'

The United States and Israel are withdrawing from the UN's cultural and scientific agency.


Māori businesswoman bringing culture to boardrooms

Benefits include attracting Māori staff and tapping into the Māori economy.


Review: Pleasuredome is the best show of 2017

Auckland is now a portal back to New York at the height of the hedonistic '80s.