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Metro N°437 — Summer 2023 is here

Our new issue lets you know the Top 50 places to eat at for under $25 (thanks Tuatara!), tracks the rise of Auckland DJ Half Queen, and looks at what's going on with property in the city (thanks Barfoot & Thompson!). Plus so much more. How much more? Read on.

Metro N°437 — Summer 2023 is here

Dec 14, 2022 City Life

Our new issue is out now, in stores and available to purchase in print or pdf at

Summer 2023 is here, both in the physical sense and in regards to our new issue, which is very full of very good summery reads.

You’ll find:

a profile on the rise of Half Queen, an Auckland DJ carving out a space and sound all on her own, written by our Arts Editor Tendai Mutambu;

the Top 50 places to dine in Auckland for under $25, from North to Central to East to South to West… a guide to eating better and more interesting food; designed by Sheahan Huri and with thanks to Tuatara;

Our annual property special (thanks Barfoot & Thompson), which looks at what in the world is happening with our property market, plus a deep-delve inside the fraught battle for mana whenua recognition in Auckland, written by Rachel Trow and te ao Māori editor Morgan Godfery, and why so many shops in the central city are empty, by Hayden Donnell;

Our annual books extravaganza, featuring our best books of 2022, How to Loiter in a Turf War, Greta and Valdin, Artificial Islands: Adventures in the Dominions, Towards a Grammar of Race in Aotearoa New Zealand, HomeGround: The Story of a Building That Changes Lives, and more.

Plus: a Christmas gift guide, Lee Tamahori, Gu Cheng, dips, ice cream, restaurant reviews, theatre + movie reviews, Peach Pit , Tyrone Te Waa, ceramics, the Auckland Arts Festival and, somehow, even more.

Get your issue here.


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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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