Emma Espiner on a coming-out memoir by her friend Lil O’Brien.
Emma Espiner starts her career as a doctor later this year, and she doesn’t want to be reflecting years down the track on a post-Covid health system that still favours some ethnicities over others.
The debut novel by a previously unknown author from Westport has sensationally won the 2020 Ockham New Zealand book award – and $55,000 – for best novel. Emma Espiner responds to Auē by Becky Manawatu.
Emma Espiner makes a slow and deliberate trip to the supermarket, where she finds we are approaching social distancing in a very NZ way.
Women are declining a lifesaving cancer screening test because of shame about their bodies. Emma Espiner looks at the reasons why.
Emma Espiner confronts her prejudices about midwifery after meeting midwives frustrated they are being prevented from providing the care they believe NZ women deserve.
Newsroom columnist and medical student Emma Espiner hopes a rort at the University of Otago over a final-year overseas elective won’t punish all aspiring young doctors.
Politicians like to throw around ‘kaupapa Māori’ as a solution, but how can our existing structures accommodate tikanga when they were designed by strangers?
People with fetal alcohol syndrome are still being punished by the criminal justice system, despite the Teina Pora case, writes Emma Espiner
A moment of vulnerability from Alan Duff at a writers’ festival gets Emma Espiner thinking about her father and a whole generation of Māori men.
Emma Espiner takes a look at a deadly inequity happening in our poorest communities.
Emma Espiner explains how an abortion at 16 was one of the most life-changing decisions she’s ever made - and an entirely positive one.
Emma Espiner was asked at the Auckland Writers Festival to choose and read out a letter by poet James K Baxter and to draft a reply.
The only thing about motherhood Emma Espiner found easy was loving her daughter. Everything else has been an exercise in bewilderment.
Without radical change to our media, the ‘diversity’ we’re gilding our external facades with right now will remain as such.
Emma Espiner struggles to appreciate a system that allows a dangerous highway right outside her ancestral marae.
As NZ faces its latest meningitis outbreak, Emma Espiner looks at how health professionals and communities succeeded in stopping our last one, in South Auckland in the 1990s.
Housing crisis be gone! Emma Espiner looks fondly at a time when she hated Auckland.
Is the trend over mindfulness going too far? Emma Espiner wonders if its possible negatives should be better known.