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Welcome (back) to

Welcome (back) to

Apr 1, 2019 What's On

 Kia ora!

Hello and welcome to the new Metro website.

Around three years ago, Metro moved in with its more sensible friends North & South and The Listener on Noted was a warm and comfortable place for us to spend a few years, but in the last year or so, we’ve had itchy feet. We’ve felt the need to get back out on our own. Do our own thing, make our own mistakes, and not risk bringing down the reputation of our loved ones in the process.

Around the same time as we got together in Noted, Metro moved from ten issues a year to six. Two months between issues can feel like a long time in a city that’s changing as quickly as Auckland. We love living in a place where there’s more to cover than you can in a hundred-and-something pages every other month, so we’re going to start filling a lot of those gaps here on

Yes, we’ll be publishing parts of the magazine (some a little quicker than we used to) – feature writing by some of New Zealand’s best journalists, stunning photography, rigorous restaurant reviews, and sharp commentary – but we’ll also be working with a renewed emphasis on internet-first (and internet-only) stories. Responding to Auckland as it happens – social commentary, new restaurant openings, cultural criticism. Serious stories, silly stories, fun stories. Auckland stories – the ones Metro has always told. But faster and more frequent. And on our own little slice of the internet.

To help us speed things up, to get more internet-y, we’ve added Tess Nichol to the Metro gang as digital editor. Tess comes to us from a year living her best life around the globe (and also freelancing, including this amazing piece on The Unruly Tourists (remember them?)). Before that she was at the Herald where she wrote serious stories, silly stories, fun stories, and, yes, Auckland stories.

So, again, welcome. We hope you enjoy our little pocket on the internet.

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Metro N°440 is out now!

With progressive councillors starting to score some wins under what was anticipated to be a reactionary major, Hayden Donnell asks: Has Wayne Brown gone woke?
Plus: we go out and investigate Auckland’s nightlife (or in some cases, the lack thereof), with best bars (with thanks to Campari); going-out diaries from Chlöe Swarbrick, BBYFACEKILLA.mp3, Poppa.Jax & more; a look into Auckland’s drugs by Don Roew (who’s holding and how much they paid for it); we go on the campaign trail with Willie Jackson, talk to gallerist Michael Lett, drink martinis and alternative wines, start seeing a therapist, visit Imogen Taylor’s studio, look into Takutai Tarsh Kemp’s wardrobe. And more!

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