I founded Happy Cow Milk to make a difference in dairying. I failed.

He founded an ethical dairying company that would allow calves to stay with their mothers. Last week, Glenn Herud had to admit that his enterprise had failed.



We talk to James MacAvoy, co-founder of Goodnest – like Uber, but for getting your house cleaned.

The week's best-sellers at the Unity Books stores in Willis St, Wellington and High St, Auckland.


The Best Of

Grief is tough to navigate, wherever you come from. An incident involving the public sprinkling of ashes started a conversation this week on cultural belief versus the freedom to mourn however you need to.

Scott Hamilton notices something missing in the long, feverish construction of New Zealand literature - the rest of the Pacific.

The AM Show host has unleashed a merciless broadside over remarks by AM Show host.


With all 12 contestants now announced, Sam Brooks already knows who is going to win based on their promo videos alone. These are his absolutely correct predictions.

All week this week the Spinoff Review of Books celebrates the rich, fascinating history of New Zealand literature. Today: Paula Green remembers Gloria Rawlinson, Auckland's 'famous young poet' of the 1930s. Postscript by Steve Braunias.

Why the government is looking into public private partnerships to build infrastructure – and what the other political parties think.

The prime minister's whistlestop tour of Europe saw her meet the German chancellor in Berlin yesterday. And the local press were gushing

On Tuesday, economist Eric Crampton argued prohibiting foreign buyers will do nothing to alleviate the housing crisis. Today, he lays out all the other reasons why the ban makes no sense.


To outsiders New Zealand foreign policy must look like a riddle wrapped in a mystery, perhaps clear only to the enigmatic deputy prime minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

The prohibition on foreign property buyers is the worst kind of populist, fear-based policy-making, argues economist Eric Crampton.

Alex Casey watches the charming, awkward return of First Dates NZ, including a famous radio host and a Lannister situation for the ages.

In his special guest appearance on The Real Pod, Haydn Daniels from Married at First Sight NZ covered everything from the secret tapes to what happened to his wedding ring.

There's a whole heap of brilliant kids television on Lightbox. But where to start? Anna Gowan runs down the best shows to watch with your kids these school holidays.


With all 12 contestants now announced, Sam Brooks already knows who is going to win based on their promo videos alone. These are his absolutely correct predictions.

Alex Casey talks to Nic Marshall, director of the Jim Henson Retrospectacle, about her decade-long mission to bring The Muppets down under. 

BizDojo was founded as a co-working community for startups. But following the collapse of its Auckland branch, former staff have accused it of bullying and unpaid redundancy. This is how one worker fought back and won.

If Trelise Cooper is "deeply committed to strong ethical standards" she appears to have a funny way of showing it, says fellow fashion designer Denise L'Estrange-Corbet.

Provisional tax has long been contentious among small business owners. A new cloud-based system has been launched, but it could be grounded by the same old problems


Wisdom and experience come with age, but these young people are proving to be wise beyond their years. We've picked out ten Kiwi business moguls aged 30-years or under that are promising good things for the future of New Zealand business.

After ruthlessly exploiting their monopoly power by imposing payment terms of up to 90 days on thousands of small suppliers, dairy giant Fonterra has bowed to morality with a new invoicing policy.

One of the remarkable features of Lorde's Melodrama tour has been the sheer number of cover versions she’s performed. Gareth Shute trawled through them all.

Tonight, the Headless Chickens will be presented with the Independent Music Classic NZ Record award for Stunt Clown at a ceremony for the Taite Music Prize. Hussein Moses digs up the inside story of how the band first made their mark on New Zealand music.

Yesterday, on Facebook and Twitter, Chelsea Nikkel, known to many as Princess Chelsea, accused St Vincent of plagiarising her labelmate Jonathan Bree at Coachella. Today for The Spinoff, she expands on her argument.


Last night, over wifi, Jogai Bhatt witnessed Beyonce turn one of the whitest functions of the year – Coachella – into a glorious ode to Black artistry.

David Farrier talks to one of the most wildly enigmatic frontmen in music, Maynard James Keenan, and his partner in crime, Billy Howerdel about 18 years of friendship, music, and being very, very enigmatic.

Staff Writers

What does Spark winning the RWC mean for Sky, and for rugby fans?

The telecomms company and TVNZ have outbid the satellite giant for the right to broadcast the 2019 men’s Rugby World Cup – and it marks a watershed moment for our media and audiences

Read on.

The minister in charge of Housing New Zealand has given the agency a dressing down after it took an Auckland pensioner to the Tenancy Tribunal twice over a small table that sits on her front porch.

The NZ Rideshare Drivers Network is asking Uber drivers and passengers to join a day of action over pay and conditions

Black Sheep is an RNZ series about the controversial characters of New Zealand history. In this instalment: Kimble Bent, the American soldier who fought – and switched sides – in the Taranaki Land Wars of the 1860s.


New Zealand Veterinary Association companion animal manager Rochelle Ferguson tackles the flawed logic in using breed as the only criteria for judging dogs as dangerous.

Cyrus Haley burned down several of the most famous buildings in 19th century Auckland and tried to kill the family of a prominent businessman. To this day we still don’t know why…

When a supermarket in Marton announced it would offer special shopping sessions for adults and children with autism or sensory processing issues, families around New Zealand rejoiced. Alexandra Saunders shares why it means so much.

Many Spinoff Parents readers have asked how to make a submission on abortion law reform in New Zealand. We asked national president of ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa Terry Bellamak to write a guide for us.

In the second instalment of our new advice column Is it Normal? – a place for parents to ask experts the questions they Google at 2am – a nutritionist advises a parent of a very fussy eater.


Mum of two Emily Holdaway doesn't sleep much, but she says she is thriving. Here's her secret.

Adam Mamo knew that part of being a dad was being able to do dad jokes. This is his inspiring story of how he discovered his inner dad comedian. 

Grief is tough to navigate, wherever you come from. An incident involving the public sprinkling of ashes started a conversation this week on cultural belief versus the freedom to mourn however you need to.

This week a group of young Māori leaders are at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to address the building of a billion dollar prison on confiscated Māori land.

One hundred and fifty Māori medical practitioners converged on Rotorua in March to discuss the Māori health Kaupapa Inquiry. Ātea's rongoā expert Donna Kerridge made this presentation to her peers.


Black Sheep is an RNZ series about the controversial characters of New Zealand history. In this instalment: Kimble Bent, the American soldier who fought – and switched sides – in the Taranaki Land Wars of the 1860s.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, and yet here we are at the end of another week of being asked to prove racism exists.

The announcement that Auckland University's arts school is to close its library speaks volumes about the value we place on art in New Zealand, argues Reilly Hodson.

Illustrator and writer Toby Morris checks in with five Auckland residents to get their reactions to last night's storm.

With 120,00 Auckland homes still without power after last night's monster storm, and many expected to be waiting days for its restoration, here are some tips for carrying on without wattage.


Peach Parade is a delightful name. But does the street itself live up to the hype? Toby Morris reviews.

A diorama of Auckland dating to the 1930s was lost for decades, and shows in stunning detail the central city with light rail right through it, and before huge chunks of it were demolished.

The AM Show host has unleashed a merciless broadside over remarks by AM Show host.

Ads hawking bogus Ray-Ban sunglasses are springing up all over Instagram feeds. But where do they come from and who is to blame?

The telecomms company and TVNZ have outbid the satellite giant for the right to broadcast the 2019 men’s Rugby World Cup – and it marks a watershed moment for our media and audiences


Bringing you the best weekly reading from your friendly local website. 

It's remembered as one of New Zealand's best comic thrillers, but how did it happen? Joel McManus talks to director Robert Sarkies about his 1999 film Scarfies.

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today: what is this Fortnite: Battle Royale thing that your kids keep talking about? Gaming editor Sam Brooks has you covered.

Xbox have announced a re-release slate of old games, including one that is little spoken of now: the mythic Chinese fantasy Jade Empire. Sam Brooks writes about the game's reception 13 years ago, and why it's all but forgotten now.

From April 26, approximately 3% of all original Xbox games will be available in their original form on the Xbox One. That's more than you can play on the Playstation 4 – but still far, far from what we hoped for, writes Adam Goodall.


Rampage hits cinemas this week, and you might be surprised to learn it's based on a popular video game. Gaming novice Alex Casey saw the film without playing the game, gaming expert Sam Brooks played the game and refuses to see the movie.

Despite five numbered entries over eleven years, Suikoden remains a much loved but little known RPG series. Sam Brooks writes about one of his favourite video game series ever, and what makes it so special.

Scott Hamilton notices something missing in the long, feverish construction of New Zealand literature - the rest of the Pacific.

All week this week the Spinoff Review of Books celebrates the rich, fascinating history of New Zealand literature. Today: a photoessay on the graves of famous New Zealand writers.

Jenna, Kiran and Louisa bring you the first ever episode of Papercuts podcast.


All week this week the Spinoff Review of Books celebrates the rich, fascinating history of New Zealand literature. Today: Paula Green remembers Gloria Rawlinson, Auckland's 'famous young poet' of the 1930s. Postscript by Steve Braunias.

We present - for the first time in one place - the entire list of every winner since the national book awards were created 50 years ago.

Six ways to improve water quality in New Zealand's lakes and rivers.

The latest inventory of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions shows a 20% increase in emissions from 1990 to 2016. The Science Media Centre has collected commentary from the experts

China's defunct space station Tiangong-1 is expected to hit Earth in the next few hours. What are we doing, asks astrophysicist Brad E Tuckeer, to deal with the junk already in space and prevent more?


Can your local council stop you getting heart disease and cancer? Our research into the way people get around New Zealand cities suggests it can, writes Caroline Shaw

Within five years, science will likely have answered a controversial question: can the drug commonly called ecstasy treat psychiatric disorders?

This week Simon Pound talks to Matt Weavers from Big Street Bikers about bringing e-bikes to the masses.

In his special guest appearance on The Real Pod, Haydn Daniels from Married at First Sight NZ covered everything from the secret tapes to what happened to his wedding ring.

Jenna, Kiran and Louisa bring you the first ever episode of Papercuts podcast.


Simon Pound talks to Jennifer Rutherford about bringing diversity to tech.

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in New Zealand pop culture and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

All seven seasons of Prime Suspect drop on Lightbox today, and Sam Brooks is here to tell you why its central character Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) is one of television's most significant characters – ever.

Last night, Halsey played an intimate performance to a hundred or so people before her Spark Arena show. The Spinoff was there.

New Zealand's land is in bad shape, medicinal cannabis submitters warned, and a symbolic day for Pike River families. 


In today's edition: Free trade with Britain moves closer, police and government at odds over drug driver testing, and EQC checks may be recalled.

There's a whole heap of brilliant kids television on Lightbox. But where to start? Anna Gowan runs down the best shows to watch with your kids these school holidays.

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