ElevenHoursAhead developed out of a sense that important events and policies that impact our lives in Aotearoa/New Zealand were often not being critically engaged with in the mainstream media.

In response, we have created this news blog as a space where we as New Zealanders can discuss and engage with some of these larger issues. In particular, the political, social and economic issues that are impacting our lives and the future of our country. We aim to provide a wide range of different perspectives and voices.

These are the principles that underpin what we do:

1. ElevenHoursAhead critically engages with political, social and economic events and policies impacting New Zealanders.

2. We aim to represent a wide range of political views.

3. We aim to make important issues available and accessible to a wider audience.

4. This is a forum for us as New Zealanders to express our opinion in a way that we feel is often not represented in the mainstream media. The contributors are encouraged to be as creative as they like.

ElevenHoursAhead is committed to critically engaging with events in New Zealand that affect our lives and ourcommunities. This means we would love to hear what you have to say – whether this is by commenting on one of our blog posts or by writing a blog for us about something that you care about.

Interested in writing about an issue? Get in touch! You can contact us on: elevenhoursahead@gmail.com.

Guidelines for submissions and comments

  • No hate speech or discriminatory language;
  • A focus on New Zealand issues. International issues can be included but they need to be related back to something       of relevance to New Zealand or New Zealanders;
  • Maximum word limit is 700 words. If you want to write more you need to split it into two parts;
  • The blog administrators have the final say as to what gets posted.

Who we are

Marianne Bevan

Marianne joined elevenhoursahead so that she would finally have a public space to rant. In her spare time she likes to monitor Family First, the group that monitors the alleged decline of family values in New Zealand. She is interested in gender, foreign affairs, militarism, non-violence, national identity myths and on occasion (given that she grew up on a farm) the dairy industry. She recently decided to move to Togo and writes about her experiences on ‘elevenhoursabroad,’ an offshoot of elevenhoursahead. Despite now being 13 hours behind, she will continue writing for EHA, mostly so that she can pretend to be a foreign correspondent.

Celeste Donovan

Celeste is someone that believes we all need to have an ‘opinion’ on things that matter, if possible, an informed one. She has a background in the Arts; politics, feminist and American studies, along with a smattering of other papers in the liberal arts, which means she has more opinions than many, on most things. But she reckons, overall, if she takes a moment to think before she speaks, or writes, this can be okay. She believes that it’s important to be aware, engaged, informed, open, and upwardly mobile, and likes to use words that begin with vowels.

Hannah Mackintosh

Hannah comes from a human rights and community development background. She has a tendency to get worked up about the lack of public discussion around what she considers to be the ‘real issues’ facing Aotearoa today. She decided to write for elevenhoursahead as a more constructive way of dealing with such things. Her particular interests form a messy combination of topics including culture and identity, indigenous rights in Aotearoa and public consultation and participation in government decision-making.

Laura Barrett

Laura was born in Wellington but has spent time in the South Island and also Japan and Europe. She has long had an interest in how we create a more equitable and just society. This, she believes, requires change in our approach to social policy, but is inspired by what individuals and communities can and do achieve. In contributing to elevenhoursahead she hopes to provide information and stimulate conversation on issues she feels are important for New Zealanders.

Kiri Stevens

Kiri is currently studying towards her Masters degree in Development Studies. Her thesis focuses on the social expectations placed on Maori men, particularly those who enter the New Zealand Defence Forces. Kiri’s interests are wide, but as a student of feminism, politics and history she has a particular interest in the long-term effects of political decision-making and how ideas about gender affect New Zealanders perceptions of issues.  Kiri is optimistic that other people are into politics too and she hopes that through her blogs people become more aware of how to become more politically engaged.


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