Justin Latif

Justin Latif is a Māngere resident, former editor of the Manukau Courier and long-suffering New Zealand Warriors fan.

Business
Jan 8, 2021

Turning tragedy and trash into business triumph: The Saia Latu story

Saia Latu dropped out of school at 14, was in trouble with the cops at 16, and earning six figures by his mid-30s. But his greatest success was still to come.

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Society
Sep 24, 2020

Two mums, one foodbank and the unlikeliest of friendships

The Rawiri Community House helps hundreds of families with food and other essential services each week, and it’s kept going thanks to the efforts of two women.

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Auckland
Sep 19, 2020

Locals quiz South Auckland charity over its $1.5 million cash reserve

A South Auckland charity makes close to half a million a year from running a flea market on a publicly owned carpark but distributes less than a third of its income in grants, which has some locals wondering whether the trust could be doing more to support the community, given the pressing needs in the area.

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Society
Sep 17, 2020

While the rest of council faces cuts, TSI keeps attracting cash for South Auckland

While most of council is slashing budgets, one department is continuing to attract funding for its initiatives focused on South and West Aucklanders.

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Ātea
Sep 14, 2020

Take your kawhe with a spoonful of te reo

A new Māori-Sāmoan collaboration combines te reo, coffee and chocolate into a delicious learning experience.

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Books
Sep 13, 2020

Mate ma’a Tonga! Legendary league team to inspire a new generation of readers

A new children's book aims to capture the essence of what it means to be Tongan.

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Politics
Sep 9, 2020

South Auckland’s DHB and the $300m funding hole

Counties Manukau DHB, home to Middlemore Hospital, may have missed out on $300 million in funding over the last decade, according to documents released to The Spinoff. This article has been …

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Society
Sep 1, 2020

How Covid is upending time-honoured traditions for Māori and Pasifika families

The pandemic is forcing Pasifika and Māori to rethink how they grieve.

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Auckland
Aug 28, 2020

South Aucklanders on the incoming economic crisis: ‘We’re on the shore staring at the tsunami’

Businesses and community organisations in South Auckland are already finding themselves stretched thin – and warn the worst is yet to come.  Māngere businesswoman Toni Helleur employs up to nine people …

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Society
Aug 25, 2020

Spot the difference: Why are South Auckland rents so high?

In Randwick Park, where the median income is $22,600, a three-bedroom house can command nearly $600 a week.

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Politics
Aug 21, 2020

‘I will very strongly defend them’ – Jacinda Ardern on South Auckland family

The prime minister focused on Pasifika issues in a special Zoom press conference this afternoon.

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Society
Aug 21, 2020

How South Auckland youth are helping each other through the stress of Covid

Young people in South Auckland aren't the problem, they're the solution.

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Auckland
Aug 19, 2020

Amid racism, rumour and fear mongering, South Auckland stands up for affected family

'This has given an opportunity for some to come out and say their rubbish about South Auckland.'

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Society
Aug 17, 2020

How my daughter’s Māngere primary is bridging the digital divide

Much has been made of digital divide, but as Justin Latif has observed in his role as a board of trustee member of Māngere Central School, schools in the area …

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Society
Aug 16, 2020

South Auckland’s food banks brace for a surge in demand

With the extension of alert level three set to put pressure on already struggling South Auckland families, organisations are gearing up to help feed those in need.

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Society
Aug 12, 2020

Second time around, South Aucklanders feel anxious but much more ready

Justin Latif takes the temperature of his community in South Auckland, ground zero for the latest Covid-19 outbreak.

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Politics
Aug 7, 2020

Abortion became legal in March – but it still divides Labour in South Auckland

One of Labour's most devout MPs has become passionately pro-choice, while another key candidate remains implacably opposed.

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Auckland
Aug 6, 2020

Welcome to Takanini, the sparkling new seat in the 2020 election

There are no incumbents in this south Auckland seat. We meet some of the voters, and the fascinating bunch desperate for their support.  

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Politics
Jul 31, 2020

How local boards want to transform South Auckland over the next three years

South Auckland's five local boards all face similar challenges when it comes to supporting its local residents with jobs, transport and providing places to have fun. So what are their …

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Ātea
Jul 23, 2020

One year to the day since the Ihumātao eviction, here’s how things stand

Twelve months on, are the parties any closer to a resolution to the long-running dispute?

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Society
Jun 26, 2020

Beyond the hype: Why is no one riding Māngere’s award-winning cycleways?

South Auckland’s multimillion-dollar bike paths set a new gold standard, but getting locals on track has proved an uphill battle.

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