Ed in Chief. While staggering through his degree at the University of Auckland, you can find James hopping between cafe jobs, or coaching rowing in the wee hours of the morning. You will never see this man without a coffee (or a wine) in hand, and he’ll never pass up a good Negroni regardless of the hour.
Self-proclaimed URL expert who dreams of a world where she can install a personal hotspot under her WiFi tattoo. Jayden firmly believes true love died in ’96 and hopes that when she’s gone, she too will rap in hologram form at Coachella. Catch her lingering DJs, critiquing pop culture and writing about the last thing that either impressed her or pissed her off.
Like any wannabe starlet Abbey is entirely pedantic and prone to hyperbole. With a special talent for knowing precisely which perfume and lipstick colour you’re wearing (as long as it’s MAC), she’s all about the frivolous details. When she isn’t searching for some kind of pretentious grain to suit her excessively complicated gluten, lactose, and most things free diet, you’ll find her attempting to turn every university essay into a performance-worthy monologue about the pitfalls of patriarchy. Pay attention as Abbey lets you in on the who’s who, and what’s what of the Auckland theatre scene.
Rebekah likes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. When not getting confused for her sister, she spends majority of her days glamping under the Basement Theatre bleachers. While balancing yo-yo dieting and being sufficiently dramatic, Rebekah will pretend to have enough spare time to fill you in on the latest with Auckland’s theatre scene.
An obsessive observer of various countercultures, Ryan Lindborg has to first and foremost be a fan. Enjoyer of math-rock and meme-rap.
Brigitte is the nearly-wayward daughter of a jazz musician, born with rhythm in her heart and movement on her mind. She is secretly plotting World Domination through choreography and is Artistic Director of the friday company, a freelance adjudicator and educator, and a Dance Teacher until this plan eventuates. Brigitte knows the difference between a fouette and a pin-drop, and she can teach your Grandma either, on a Sunday between brunch and bowls.
Arriving in Aoeteroa in her early teens, Liv spent her childhood growing up in the Middle East where she rode around on camels and unremittingly proved to others that hobbits do in fact exist. When not planning her next escape overseas, you can find Liv spending hours critiquing the shelves of supermarkets or searching for new and obscure things to add to her bucket list. Wishing she was born latina, Olivia is an aspiring journalist, songwriter, photographer and possibly one of the most pedantic eaters you will ever meet. She will be attempting to keep us up to date with the latest food fads as well as giving us the low down on where the more health conscious of us can go out to dine (despite her contradictory passion for Malibu). She will also be letting us in on her latest rant about anything and everything ranging from bigotry to quinoa. Due to her innate ability to be consistently running late, we will just have to watch this space.
Daniel, Auckland born and bred, is a man of few words who lets his films do the talking. The avid tattoo collector can be found with fresh sneakers on his feet, dressed in local talent with his sidekick Harlem the Frenchie in tow. He’s a music lover, a wiz in the kitchen by day and not too bad with a camera by night. Under his alter-ego BLCK MRKT, he is always searching for that perfect frame, recording that little somethin’ somethin’ in the unseen moments you didn’t even realise happened.
Disillusioned by his studies in engineering, Soum chooses to rather occupy his time with music, film, and football. While keeping things primarily independent, he listens across all genres with no exception; regarding film, he considers screenplay and cinematography paramount, believing narrative a subsidiary of scope.
Alongside meandering through an Art History degree, Magdalene is a major ‘gram nut who is in the habit of spending money she doesn’t have on food she doesn’t need. She squanders her time streaming Studio Ghibli productions and browsing the interwebz eyeing up new threads she can’t afford to cop. This amateur human being can be found lurking in an art gallery near you. Hold your breath as she brings you select features on fashion, whatever that is.
Fresh off the boat from gastronomical heaven of Japan, Tomo grew up believing that food was her one true love. Now in Wellington, she spends her time dawdling through a law degree, a minimum wage hospo job, and wandering through the finest cafes and restaurants on Cuba Street, in search of her daily dose of caffeine and a leisurely amount of local craft beer. When she’s not expanding the size of her puku, she’s kicking someone or something as she battles through her amateur Muay Thai career, or she’s catching up on the latest Walking Dead and UFC fights. You won’t see her without chopsticks, an ice cream, or a pen in her hand.
Ben spent most of his life in India; hailing from a remote hill tribe which speaks a language listed on the official world endangered languages site. Since moving to New Zealand for the change of scenery, he’s settled into Christchurch and has ever since found his niche in graphic design, drawing, writing, and observing culture (technically, consuming films, magazines, and books).
A broke minimalist It girl who enjoys cheap wine, old school hip-hop and thinks she’s deserving of her own tv show. If she could choose to have one thing in life it would, she would be in Joe’s music video for Good Girls. Catch her spilling what’s hot or not in the fashion scene.
Alex loves watching television, reading books, pottering round the house, going to talks about urban design and daydreaming – all excellent activities costing almost nothing. An expert at keeping under budget in most areas of her life – makes pastry, mends t-shirts – when it comes to theatre all bets are off. She has not regretted going into the red for late night comedy, brainy big idea plays, period productions nor immersive run-a-round-a-warehouse sort of theatre. She judges productions on their own merits and most recently she loved BLAM. Thank you, Visa. When she isn’t watching theatre, she makes it; she toured with the Cambridge Footlights before training as an actress in London and is now studying towards a Masters in Drama at the University of Auckland.
Part-time film maker, full time procrastinator, Tom is his own dream that still hasn’t been realised. You are likely to find him bashing out stories on his laptop in an attempt to figure out if he was just too lazy or just not capable to make a dent. Answers coming 2016.
Alex is an Anglo/Welsh-Indian law and science student who tries to balance time between his local surf break and the law library. Aside from trying to balance academia and being a well-dressed surf bum, he takes the odd photo.
Nicole is a ginger like no other. She prides herself on her ability to not do anything for a very long period of time. You would get along just fine if you do this too, though hopefully not too fine, because she’s not looking for any new friends. End speech.
Born in Central Auckland this half Kiwi, half Swedish girl has been raised to appreciate a really good cup of coffee. To fund this addiction she works as an Environmental Engineer by day. By night she tries to stay informed in interesting and important things such as theatre, books, politics, economics, and Game of Thrones.
Macky Fisher is new to Auckland and is actively trying to make friends because he doesn’t have many. Busy with part time events stuff and full time Anthropology study, he somehow manages to spend all of his time at the ramen house next to the Train Station. You could stalk him there, I’m sure he’d shout you a bowl.
When not YouTubing videos of baby elephants or Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge, Stella likes to dabble in a bit of paddle boarding, skiing, singing/acting/prancing around on stage (aka musical theatre). Or making documentaries/dramas/television. She does that doco thing as a job. It’s a blast. Hurraaay for Stella!
Filmmaker, writer, artist, lover, Tom Augustine has been hailed as ‘The single most important voice of his generation’ by his Mum and by his cat. When he is not watching, working on, or writing about films he is probably asleep. Other hobbies include acting, playing the guitar badly, pizza, crying while watching Friday Night Lights, quoting The Simpsons and being a hopeless romantic (who hates The Notebook and you should too). Hopes to one day be reincarnated as the space between Steve Buscemi’s eyes.
Co-Owner of Adorn Clothing, and the second contributor out of Christchurch for WG. Rishi spends his time attempting to complete a degree in marketing, so that he can make his parents proud. He’s also a photographer, blogger and a traveller, however most of his travel fund is spent on coffee and ramen noodles.
Back from a stint in Toronto, George has fresh eyes for all the goodness Auckland has to offer. When he’s not battling his mum on Words With Friends, he’s probably knocking back coffee and looking for his next favourite gig, play, book or album. He has twitter: @george_fenwick_
The youngest of the WG fam, George’s wandering mind has found a passion for music (playing in his own band ‘Openside’), fashion, visuals and coffee, to the point where he would mainline it if he could. Happy and caffeinated, George meanders through life in search for the next best artist, hair product or flat white (no sugar, please).
Just another girl living in a rundown villa on the fringe of Ponsonby. An art school drop out, creative advertising graduate, and DJ & Electronic music production student, so we guess you could call Sav a creative jack of all trades. Her forte actually happens to be drinking champagne she can can neither afford nor pronounce. You can find Sav hunting for the cheapest kale and B grade Thai food at one of the many markets on her agenda each week, or in her workout gear (after not being at the gym) instagramming brunch at whichever new food joint has just opened up. Sav gets her kicks: listening to Marvin Gaye, making lists, drinking gin, hunting for vinyl, going to exhibitions of artists she’s never heard of and gigs of bands with shitty posters plastered along K’Rd.
While searching for a glamorous career to spin off the back of her communications degree, Emma finds her way stumbling from café to café, to restaurant, to bar, in the search of the perfect soy flat white or superfood salad. Claiming eating as her favourite past-time, Emma brings you the best to eat or drink; along with the do’s and don’ts of the fashion world, fitting these hobbies in between obsessing over what her next Instagram caption will be, and maintaining her addiction to wearing gym gear with no intention of going to the gym.
Photographer, clothing designer, artist, and father, Sean brings his homegrown creativity to the What’s Good team in the form of his own streetwise aesthetic.
One of those awful people who argues whilst watching the news, Ruby was brought up on a solid diet of Harry Potter, peanut butter sandwiches and Yum Char. When she’s not defending UNCROC, sleeping in or watching re-runs of Black Books you’ll find her catching up on long forgotten course work whilst eating brunch.
Art student/pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, based in Auckland. Takes emojis seriously. Fond of BK on first dates.
Too poor to afford anything but clothes, shoes, magazines and one bottle of Sauvignon Blanc each weekend, Jamie spends most of her time obsessing over the ripest trends in fashion and re-watching the O.C for the millionth time. A typical day is spent huddled in the corner of a trendy cafe, cramping to get an assignment done or reading an unpaid-for book at a local bookshop. A fan of classic French music, and froth-er of rainy days when she can wear out one of her red, black or beige bérets.
While her cat is more famous than she could hope to be, Harriet lives her life under the influence of pop culture. A music student who perpetually has half an idea of the world around her, you can usually find Harriet sitting in her bed watching animated comedies and avoiding life. However, on the off chance you catch her in the wild expect a hearty and excessive conversation about the intricacies of the global music market, or just a chat about the Kardashians. While she would love to consider herself a creative, she has yet to create her fabled ‘fire’ E.P. and will continue to claim it’s legitimacy until it is brought into fruition.
Netflix addict, tree-hugger and self-professed cliche white girl, Sarah enjoys roaming around Auckland with a soy flat white and her trusty FujiFIlm Camera. When she’s not attempting to teach 5-year-olds how to ‘bust a move’, you’ll find her curing her hangriness at the latest eatery, and ‘gramming it as proof.
Early 20s and still the height she was at 10 years old, Lauren has become adept at tilting her head back while talking loud enough to be heard by normal sized people. In-between being a teacher’s pet and running Stray Theatre Company, she loves spending time chatting with her herbs (parsley and basil) and planning trips to far off places.
Chinese food aficionado, Janie has recently returned to Auckland after a two-and-a-bit year stint in Shanghai. Between studying postgraduate journalism and chowing down at the city’s top unsanitary food locations, you’ll find her watching reruns of Broad City or sifting through charity stores in search of anything high-waisted. Perpetually broke, and in various stages of existential crisis, her Saturday nights are spent at home re-reading Murakami novels with a bottle of cheap red.
Raised on the mean streets of Hong Kong, then further hardened in the melting pot of West Auckland, Ben Tutty is a writer, skateboard coach and international lothario. Currently residing off Parnell Road with his lovely wahine, the illustrious fellow spends most of his time eating out around Auckland, drinking craft beer he can’t afford and complaining about all the bell ends in Parnell (without realising he is slowly becoming one of them). His many hobbies include hand carving wooden canoes, the art of bonsai, twirling his impressive moustache and writing profiles about himself which contain numerous dubious statements.
Sigourney is a haphazardly organised mismatch of coloured hair and tattoos, who exists in a perpetual state of caffienated procrastination. She enjoys scoping out new places to eat (as she is far too lazy to cook), and immersing herself in any theatre piece, art work, or Internet meme to distract her from the crushing oppression of the Auckland housing market.
Opinionated arts student based in the Wellington CBD. Enjoys occasionally documenting things. Very fond of hot chips.
Amanda is a baby media mogul who listens to all the best podcasts. When she’s not writing news at 95bFM or studying screen production at UoA, you can find her running Uptalk Magazine or watching every Angelina Jolie film ever. She’s super into the intersection of politics and pop culture, and can’t stop spending money on art books/house plants/Turkish food. She also writes poems, takes photos, and ‘grams every moment like any decent millennial. Her favourite pastime is retweeting people way cooler than her over at @amandajr1996.