Maths is hard: Mike Hosking’s brave battle with statistics

After the release of an Auckland Transport survey claiming two thirds of Aucklanders support more cycleways, Mike Hosking stepped into the ring to fight Statistics.



Has there ever been a good pretend Kiwi accent on screen? Like, ever? Madeleine Chapman searches far and wide for one, just one, decent New Zealand accent.

With up to 80% of faulty heaters still on the market, is the recall system in need of a major shake-up? 


The Best Of

We provide live updates as the country anticipates the arrival of the prime minister's baby.

What on earth would possess someone to publish a cacophony of fabrications so unhinged that they make Infowars look tame?

A scrap with Facebook over a copycat Stuff page reveals how fine the line is between combating fake news and straight up censorship.


Mould is one of the biggest health risks associated with New Zealand’s substandard housing stock. But what to do about it? Madeleine Chapman came up with an easy workaround.

Given recent tumult, the prime minister's parental leave is a risk  – but also an opportunity.

We watch Winston Peters address the press as the nearly-acting-prime-minister

Climate change is not a partisan issue, and the need to take big steps to reduce emissions is urgent.

Phil Twyford called meth use a “health issue” this morning, and said his Housing NZ would not make people homeless. Good words and true. So why is his government still locking addicts up?


In just one day the number two in the government has deployed three of the weapons that have sustained him in politics over four decades, writes Guyon Espiner. 

The Spinoff geopolitical-science panel is assessing the progress of the historic talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his American counterpart, President Donald Trump, as it happens

On Lightbox Premium, you can download Lightbox content to your mobile device. We asked our colleagues for their picks to watch on your next commute – no matter the length.

Much of the David Seymour's support on DWTS is said to be coming from young people. But why? We asked a real-life teenager to explain.

It's a wintry theme this week on a Cato-less Dancing with the Stars. Who adjusts to the winter chill and who is left out in the cold? These puns and more in week eight's power rankings.


It's week nine of Survivor NZ, and with only nine castaways left we’re starting to see old alliances fall apart, as new partnerships form.

The 80s were a time for wellness videos from all kinds of celebrities. But the best one? Dame Angela Lansbury's.

Facebook knows everything about you, and by extension, so do a million marketers and corporations. And now so do I

Spend money to make money? Not really. It turns out there's very little in the Commonwealth Games for a host other than cost.

Our criteria for this list was simple: the clothes had to be stylish, ethically made and eco-conscious.


Following a campaign on The Spinoff about dragged out payments to small business, a members' bill has been lodged to name and shame corporate late-payers.

This week on The Primer, we talk to David Bowes, CEO of insights agency Zavy, which helps businesses understand in simple, visual terms what all this social media fuss is about. 

Why some men are paying Princess Chelsea hundreds of dollars for one song.

Yesterday, Beyoncé and Jay-Z's album 'Everything Is Love' was released with no warning. Is it good?

Rapper Lukas and beatmaker LMC have come together to create the perfect downbeat tune for the season, matched by an equally striking music video.


Boycrush's video for '100%' featuring Yumi Zouma, directed by Hayden Eastmond-Mein.

Sydney post-punk band Mere Women about their new album and women’s experiences over generations.

Staff Writers

John Kirwan's love affair with Italian wines comes home

From the moment he arrived in Italy to play rugby Sir John Kirwan fell in love with the food and wine. He spoke to Simon Day about bringing a taste of his corner of the country back to New Zealand. 

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Our Climate, Your Say is the government's invitation for public input on its Zero Carbon Bill. Climate campaigner (and former Green Party co-leader) Jeanette Fizsimons explains what she'll be telling them.

"God damn, that horse is beautiful." Townie Ra Pomare heads to the country's biggest expo of rural life.

Community activists in Tauranga staged a hikoi today to protest a by-law prohibiting beggars and rough sleepers in the CBD.


It is misleading to suggest we've lost touch with the membership, counters YHA head Mark Wells.

The rape and murder of Melbourne woman Eurydice Dixon has reignited the conversation about women's role in protecting themselves from stranger danger.

Since becoming an at-home father, Adam Mamo has been on a desperate search for his masculinity – after all, he keeps being told it's gone missing.

Ash Peters is passing on her love of mountain biking to hundreds of families around the Wellington region. She spoke about how her charity is reaching all sorts of families who haven’t been on the trails before.

Thalia Kehoe Rowden and her six-year-old son are reviewing all 39 shows on HEIHEI, filling out an intimidating spreadsheet of notes, and reporting back to us.


Is it Normal is the Spinoff Parents advice column. Today Alex Ker from InsideOUT gives advice to a mum of a gender curious little one.

Can we change the ECE story in New Zealand?

The government’s inquiry into mental health and addiction, announced in January, travels to Whanganui this week, home of the mental health worker who changed Jason Rene’s life.

Historian Vincent O'Malley conducted his own survey over the weekend on what people did and didn't learn about New Zealand history at school. The results, no matter how unscientific, still paint a clear picture.

Jason Te Kare grew up watching his mum raise and love at-risk youths in their family home. The director of new prison-based play CELLFISH talks about learning how to live a compassionate life.


Māori are in the process of choosing which electoral roll to vote from. Simon Day spoke to Dr Paerau Warbrick about what that decision means. 

The calls happen every year now for Matariki to be turned into a public holiday. Soon they will be too loud to ignore.

According to numerous reports, close to half of the Auckland Council have signed a letter expressing 'no confidence' in Phil Goff. 

Toby Manhire tries the freshly launched burger at vegan fast food outfit Lord of the Flies

The speedway is leaving Western Springs. We explain where it's going and what's going to take its place.


The organiser calls him the 'idiot guy who don't know anything about festival'. But that won't deter our reporter from heading along to see what this mysterious event really amounts to.

The Regional Fuel Tax has just passed council, but concerns about how it will disadvantage Auckland's low-income communities remain.

The Peach Teats billboard is a legitimate cult classic. Toby Morris meets the artist responsible for State Highway 1's favourite cheeky calf.

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

Ever wondered why some random always leaves the same emoji on your photos?


In today's Kiwis of Snapchat, Paula Bennett has a modest proposal for the country.

The Spinoff answers the question other media are too scared to ask – is the First Baby actually a demon?

“In Dungeons and Dragons are dogs, dogs? Or are they like, esteemed members of the community?”

Nintendo had their E3 press conference today – and obviously the most important part was who's being added to the new Super Smash Bros. game. Sam Brooks takes a look at the new characters.

The new trailer for the much-anticipated latest entry in the Final Fantasy/Disney crossover series Kingdom Hearts premiered at E3 today.


The JRPG has been in decline for the past decade, but the Tales series continues to attract a dedicated audience. Sam Brooks investigates how it has survived so long.

What happens to the unused Pokemon who never make it to a game? They get leaked 20 years later and ruthlessly insulted.

Matt Vance reviews an investigation into "the freaks, maniacs and the greed-addled madmen" who obsessively collect, plunder and steal bird specimens.

He viewed Greymouth as "sub-human", rather wished James K Baxter would STFU, and regarded the poetry of "plump and round" Bill Manhire as "promising". A new book shares the 1968 diary of Landfall founder Charles Brasch.

New verse by Eastbourne writer Maggie Rainey-Smith.


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

George Henderson gets to grips with the subject of New Zealand's white, lucrative, environmentally disastrous gold: milk.

Siouxsie Wiles celebrates the announcement that Juliet Gerrard will be the next prime minister's chief science advisor

While the meth testing scheme has been proven to be a rort, the dangers of lead contamination in homes is still very real.

People keep dying in police pursuits. Despite this repeated cycle of calls for change, has anything actually changed?


We have a lot of work to do to achieve carbon neutrality in just over three decades. Attention needs to focus on the likes of cars, trees, batteries and farms, writes energy analyst Briony Bennett.

Michelle Dickinson explains why she leapt to the defence of a fellow nanotechnologist at the centre of a Twitter tirade by Tesla billionaire Elon Musk.

The typical Kiwi farmer is swapping their roll of Number 8 wire for a smartphone and robotics. At Fieldays 2018 Angela Cuming discovered the technology and science solving many of the challenges facing the industry.

This week Simon talks to Tim Lightbourne about how he built a wine company – with the help of Graham Norton.

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


Simon Pound talks to Angie Judge about how she's changing a thousands of years-old industry.

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

One of the best reasons for lighting the Auckland Harbour Bridge is that is makes diversity impossible to ignore.

From the moment he arrived in Italy to play rugby Sir John Kirwan fell in love with the food and wine. He spoke to Simon Day about bringing a taste of his corner of the country back to New Zealand. 

On Lightbox Premium, you can download Lightbox content to your mobile device. We asked our colleagues for their picks to watch on your next commute – no matter the length.


The typical Kiwi farmer is swapping their roll of Number 8 wire for a smartphone and robotics. At Fieldays 2018 Angela Cuming discovered the technology and science solving many of the challenges facing the industry.

Ash Peters is passing on her love of mountain biking to hundreds of families around the Wellington region. She spoke about how her charity is reaching all sorts of families who haven’t been on the trails before.

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