Here at SYSCA, we want to counter the endless amounts of shit chat plaguing the planet and cut to the good shit. To do this, we're picking the inner corners of the brains of some cool people doing cool shit, and there sure are plenty of them. And this our friends, is our interview series, “Shit Chat.”

A Shit Chat with FATTAB

After 3 years of living in Wellington there was still an array of restaurants, cafes and stalls that I had failed to tick off my food bucket list. Although the cafe culture of the world’s funkiest capital is incredible, the vastness of its selection can be somewhat overwhelming. This is where Tabitha Lorck comes in. Her Instagram account FATTAB provides “honest, no bullshit reviews” of Wellington’s food scene, while providing an inside scoop into the city’s daily deals so we don’t break the bank (or in my case, the government’s bank). She does her research so that we don’t have to, allowing Wellingtonians all over the city to save both time and money, all while avoiding a disappointing meal.

You can follow FATTAB on Instagram here, or head straight the her website where she lists her favourite places for anything thing from brunch and takeaways, to the best spots for a morning coffee or a cheeky cocktail. The daily deals section of her website is LIFESAVING whether you’re low on cash or always in the mood for a bargain, as she gives a day-by-day list of money-saving offers around town.

With out further-a-do, here is Tabitha’s Shit Chat!

Photo sourced from @FATTAB

Photo sourced from @FATTAB

SYSCA: What shit do you care about right now?
Tabitha: Abortion rights scare me. Whats happening in Alabama is terrifying. The fact that 25 privileged men got to decide the fate of women’s bodies shows we are living in a backwards society. Pro-choice is not about being pro-abortion, it is about being pro the right for women to have autonomy over their bodies and having the right to make decisions over something that affects THEM. I’m sure making that decision would be extremely difficult, but women should have that choice. It is NEEDED for the wellbeing of both women and unborn children. Having or not having an abortion should not be the decision of someone who would never have to make that choice. The fact these men could not even make exceptions for rape and incest shows the dated way in which they think. The fact that the sentence for having an abortion is longer than the prison time someone would get for rape shows that this is a war on women. The fact that an 11 year old was raped, incidentally became pregnant, and is now being forced to have that child breaks my heart.  

Climate change also scares me. 98% of scientists believe that the devastating effects on our climate are anthropogenic, meaning majority of scientists believe humans are causing the environmental harm we are seeing. We do not have long to make the change needed to turn this around. If we do nothing, then by the end of this century we would have exceeded 4 degrees of warming above the pre-industrial warmings (this is uncharted territory!). To have a good chance (60% chance or more) of limiting warming to 2 degrees, the world can emit no more than a total budget of about 2900 billion tonnes of CO2. We have used about 2/3 of this target. While it’s a collective problem and economics must come into it, those are not excuses to do nothing, especially not in NZ.  The collective argument seems strong (why should NZ do anything when other countries like America and China who emit so much more than us are not taking drastic measures) but a good argument against this is the idea that the Crown has a TREATY duty under Te Tiriti to actively protect the continuing obligations of kaitiaki towards the environment (article two). Climate change currently presents as one the greatest threats to article II rights of Tino Rangatira over exclusive and undisturbed possession of land, resources, and taonga. And yes, economics must come into it now, but the world is projected to heat by 4 degrees within 60 years and there is not an economic plan out there for a 4 degree heated world.  

Photo sourced from @FATTAB

Photo sourced from @FATTAB

SYSCA: The world is a pretty dark place right now, since superheroes don’t exist what do you think is going to save the world?

Tabitha: In regards to the Alabama Abortion law, the one thing motivating me/ the silver lining is seeing how many women and men were not quiet. All over social media there was an uproar. People are no longer sitting back and pretending nothing is wrong. People are making sure their stances are seen even when so many think that pro-choice is controversial. Seeing that strength is inspiring. There is so much hope out there fighting the hate. 

I think the silver lining of the Climate Change discussion, is the presence of the younger generation who are making their voices heard. It is not often there is so much involvement from young people when it comes to politics so seeing people so interested and fighting for something to be done brings hope. If everyone stood back and did nothing then there would be no chance for the world.  

SYSCA: If you could nominate one person from your Instagram feed to replace Trump, who would it be and why?  


  • Kamala Harris or AOC 

  • They’re both incredibly strong woman in American politics and they both advocate for change. While some of their policies are very ambitious, I think it works because you will always get further with ambition than if you were to set your standards lower.   

SYSCA: What’s the point of what you’re doing? What legacy do you want to leave on the world?

  • Tabitha: I started food blogging to help others find the best deals. Finding value for dollar meals means that I can afford to eat out more and others can too. Going out for a meal or enjoying a meal with friends is so social. It brings people together, encourages conversation and builds friendships. There is a lot of happiness to be gained from sharing a good meal, especially when that meal won’t break the bank.   
    SYSCA: Who do you think we should have our next shit chat with, and why?

  • The Twenties Club, if you haven’t already chatted with her YOU MUST.

  • Project Blue, a group of young kiwis doing amazing things to help the environment.  

  • Tamatha Paul- 22 year old standing for WCC!! 


Photo sourced from @FATTAB

Photo sourced from @FATTAB

Give @FATTAB a follow if you’re ever struggling to find the perfect place to get together with your favourite people and have a night (and a meal) to remember! Or her ‘Shit Chat’ may have even given you a few important conversations topics to have over Wellington’s best, and cheapest, cocktails.