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The House that Serato Built

Mariah Carey sings about it and Eminem raps about it, yet few New Zealanders had heard of Serato, the Auckland-based DJ software empire, until the Commerce Commission began investigating its sale. How did the notoriously private company end up making global headlines? Chris Schultz knocked on Serato’s door to find out.

Uneasy Money: Under the Hammer

In the third of a series on the ways arts are funded in Aotearoa, we look at the secondary market — fine art auctions, the new resale royalty and the commercialisation of taonga.

Pot Luck — Friday 9 February

née Metro Eats.

UPROAR — Awokening

A new, darkly comic take on the Springbok tour protests with an obligatory happy ending.

Ada — Native Hearth

Ada’s new menu is blessed by the shades of nuns and visiting kēhua.

Metro Eats! — Friday 28 July

Jean's dream restaurant and more!

Metro Eats! — Friday 21 July

Festival dining szn + WIN a Dolce and Gabbana Moka Pot!

DATE NIGHT

TESS NICHOL has been on and off dating apps for 10 years. In that time she has been on countless first dates, a vanishingly small number of second dates, and fallen in love twice with men she met somewhere else entirely. This is her guide to the best place for a first date in Auckland.

Metro Eats! — Friday 17 March

Presented with Support from Tuatara!

Campari Icons 2023 — CALLUM, Parasol & Swing

Metro X Campari

Eating, Alone

The magic of solo dining.

Lessons learned growing up among the rich and the poor in Cambodia.

Being Good in a Grim World

STATE OF THE ART

In the second of a series exploring the ways the arts are funded in Aotearoa, we look at government support and ask what duty the state has, in all fairness, to keep art forms and artists alive.

MĀNI DUNLOP

Former Midday Report presenter MĀNI DUNLOP won praise, and attracted vitriol, for integrating te reo Māori into her show. Here she recounts a long journey from full immersion to immersing RNZ listeners.

Uneasy Money

In the first of a series on the ways arts are funded in Aotearoa, we journey into the world of philanthropy and ask: does money still flow from the mansion on the hill?

WHOSE LAND IS IT ANYWAY

Inside the fraught battle for mana whenua recognition in Auckland.

Metro x SkyCity: A look at Huami’s popular lunchtime yum cha

Yum cha is, in many families, a weekend tradition. Tables are heaving, noise levels can be described as “cacophonous”, and trollies are wheeled around piled full of bamboo steamers.

Metro Eats — Friday 23 July

Essential reading for everyone thinking of eating in Auckland this week.

Little Bird Kitchen

Cnr Summer St & Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby

Bar Magda

25B Cross St, Karangahape Rd Precinct

Taisumyun

30 Pearn Pl, Northcote, Northcote

Sue Hsiao Liu Handmade Dim Sum

4 Lorne St, Central City, Central city

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Metro N°442 is Out Now.

In the Autumn 2024 issue of Metro we celebrate the best of Tāmaki Makaurau — 100 great things about life in Auckland, including our favourite florist, furniture store, cocktail, basketball court, tree, make-out spot, influencer, and psychic. The issue also includes the Metro Wine Awards, the battle over music technology company Serato, the end of The Pantograph Punch, the Billy Apple archives, a visit to Armenia, viral indie musician Lontalius, the state of fine dining, and the time we bombed West Auckland to kill a moth. Plus restaurants, movies, politics, astrology, and more.

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