It's that time of year; the Auckland Writers Festival is on now until the end of the week so you've still got time to head along to one of the many great events on the calendar. Tonight you can catch the True Stories Told Live festival gala night and a conversation with Kiwi folk singer Nadia Reid hosted by fellow artist Tama Waipara. There's also Hemi Kelly's daily te reo Māori lessons, a conversation with poet Selina Tusitala Marsh and, of course, a conversation with essayist Durga Chew-Bose, hosted by pop star Lorde. Check out writersfestival.co.nz to see what else is on and where and when to head along.


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This weekend also marks the end of the New Zealand Comedy Festival and your final chance to see some of this year's comics in action. My wish list includes award-winning musical comedy duo The Fan Brigade's sold out show Feminazi Bitches; Melanie Bracewell's not-at-all-Lorde-related Melodrama; Ray Shipley taking on relationship advice from a 1950s book for teens, and Kolopa and Jes'mine's Memoirs of a Statistic - a "#woke show from two angry brown feminazis" at which "you'll laugh so hard you won't even notice they're angry". The festival wraps up Sunday so head to comedyfestival.co.nz to get amongst it before it's too late.



Dear White People has returned to Netflix with a new second season and boy is it binge-worthy. With all the world-building now out of the way after season one, this season takes us deeper into the black experience, while also exploring sexuality - including getting awkwardly real about queer sex - friendship, family, politics and, in particular, social media and cyberbullying. And on top of all that, there's a mystery to unravel prompting the line, "this is some black Harry Potter shit!" and just a heads-up - episode eight makes for incredibly uncomfortable, but super important and hard-hitting viewing.


YouTube Red has revamped one of the biggest 80s classics ever: The Karate Kid. Now, I know what you're thinking, and don't worry, Jaden Smith isn't in this one. It does, however, star the original Karate Kid Ralph Macchio reprising his role as Daniel LaRusso, and William Zabka returns as his arch enemy Johnny Lawrence. The story catches up with the pair 34 years later as they navigate their grown-up lives, parenthood and rediscovery of karate. There are throwbacks aplenty and an interesting flip of the script as we finally hear the other side of the classic story - well worth a watch for any Karate Kid fan.