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Jacinda's Story

When we first started talking with Jacinda Ardern’s people about the possibility of sitting down for an interview with the Prime Minister in her local cafe, Crave, it was a toss-up whether it was the PM or Lorde who could lay claim to being Morningside’s most famous patron (not that...

Toni and Liv’s Story

It says everything about Toni Brandso and Liv Patience of design company Material Creative that they’re currently in India attending a client’s wedding.

Nat Cheshire’s Story - Part 3

The new Morningside Precinct development had its beginnings in the global financial collapse and the impact of the tightening of belts around the Auckland city that happened in response.

Nat Cheshire’s Story - Part 2

He has made such an impact on Auckland’s architectural character over recent years, but Nat Cheshire almost didn’t follow the path his renowned father, architect Pip Cheshire, had carved out. It may even be fair to say he’s made such an impact precisely because it was a path he almost...

Nat Cheshire’s Story

In certain circles they speak about Nat Cheshire in hushed tones. The boy genius.

Emma’s Story

Emma McGeorge’s is a face that has been around the hood a lot more of late, and it’s not just because of the new Morningside Precinct.

Tim’s Story

If you’ve ever had a coffee from Tim Shallard, or listened as he opened up the scriptures, you’ll already know the common element to everything he does is his ability to get to the heart of things.

Cathie’s Story

A love story brought Cathie Cottle to Morningside. So it’s fitting that she’s now running a brand new cafe called KIND whose mission is to foster kindness in the area. Being kind to yourself. Being kind to the neighbours. And being kind to the environment.

Andrew Melville’s Story

"I've always liked my name," says Andrew Melville — writer, journalist, facilitator, storyteller, Morningsider, and all-round nice guy — by way of introduction.

Jaquie’s Story

I have to confess a bit of a crush on Jaquie Brown’s voice. Not just her speaking voice, though that is certainly crush-worthy, but also the voice that reflects who she is, both personally and professionally.

Toby’s Story

Cartoonist and illustrator Toby Morris remembers getting a present from a family friend who he thinks may have recognised his love of drawing. It was a stack of Asterix and Tintin books, tatty old editions with missing pages, really banged up. And it was the coolest thing ever.

Barbra’s Story

You don’t become New Zealand’s top power-lifter without being incredibly driven. And Barbra Auva’a is certainly that.

Rachel’s Story

Growing up in Te Atatu South, Rachel Langton was no stranger to families struggling with unemployment, or the fragmenting impact on communities of poverty and mental health issues.

Scotty’s Story

It’s fair to say Scotty Pearson is probably one of the hardest working drummers in NZ rock’n’roll. But there’s a lot less of him now than there used to be.

Susan’s Story

Susan Jordan’s childhood dilemma of pursuing either the arts or religion is sadly all too common. But what she ultimately made of her life is anything but.

Jen’s Story

Jen Martinez remembers the days when kids could bike around what is now Morningside and not even think twice about the traffic.

Valentin’s Story

When Valentin Ozich talks about chucking himself in at the deep end, you believe him. You know from the world-weariness in his eyes and the wisdom in his words that he’s been there, in the deep water—not just once but many times.

Steve’s Story

Back when he was a one man band, it was common to see Steve Crowe in Crave for half a day, plodding through his work. He remembers it as an exhausting time—two young kids, trying to pay the bills and cover the mortgage, while remaining flexible enough with his work...

Angela’s Story

Angela Andrews was due to start a PhD in creative writing when the second Christchurch earthquake hit in February 2011. Her fourth child had been just six weeks old when the September earthquake happened. By the time of the February quake, in which 185 people were killed, Angela and husband...

Maria’s Story

‘In 2017 found myself at 64-and-a-half and no job,’ Maria Humphries says, with not a hint that she’s ready to slow down any time soon.