Malcolm Turnbull has just survived a Liberal party-room vote, but the country's politics are as riven by backbiting as ever. How did all of this became the norm?

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes on how we seek advice and who we should be following and learning from. On a fairly regular basis I am asked for advice. I don’t …


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The brilliant, barnstorming editor of Metro, Warwick Roger, has died aged 72.

Kraft is introducing a new peanut butter to compete with Bega peanut butter, which due to some business stuff is now producing Kraft's original recipe. Hayden Donnell taste-tested it.

Celine Dion just finished her world tour with three concerts at Auckland's Spark Arena. Huge fan Madeleine Chapman was there to experience the magic.


Councillors are forever going to public meetings to receive bad advice from angry people who mostly don’t know what they’re talking about. Hayden Donnell asks why.

With crimes ranging from blasphemy and bad timelines to 'the homosexual agenda', we present a small selection of the most entertaining complaints dismissed by the ASA this year.

In our video series Kiwis of Snapchat, comedian Tom Sainsbury sources exclusive Snapchat footage of Kiwi citizens and luminaries making the news. Today: “Limos aren't even all that."

National knows it's short of mates as it looks ahead to 2020, but the real appeal for the biggest party of the Opportunities Party's revival is that it could hurt the Greens

Australian Prime Ministers are like a well functioning train system. If you miss one, there's always another one just around the corner.


Ahead of today's milestone summit, the Spinoff talks to the justice minister

A requirement that NZ First MPs cough up almost a third of a million dollars if if they are expelled or resign from caucus but stay in parliament is draconian and chilling

Family Guy has been on our airwaves for almost 20 years, and mostly critically reviled. Sam Brooks stands up for the perennial punching bag.

Skeletons in the Cupboard, a documentary that includes the claim seven foot tall, red-headed Celts built complex astrological stone monuments before Māori arrived in Aotearoa

Ahead of a visit to New Zealand from some of Twin Peaks' most iconic characters, die-hard ‘Peakie’ Angela Cuming meets three of her heroes from the series and asks what it's like to be part of a cultural phenomenon and best piece of television of the past 30 years.


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

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It involved vanilla sponge. Tara Ward power-ranks week six of The Block NZ.

Foam clog pioneer Crocs has announced that it is shutting down its factories. So what does that mean for New Zealand's first and only Crocs store in Auckland?

Crave café has been serving locals in Morningside, Auckland for almost a decade, and is spearheading plans for a major regeneration of the suburb over the coming year.

In this week's Primer we talk to Adrian Wills, the man behind a technology that manages every aspect of the beer’s lifecycle and flow from keg to customer. 


Since 2016, the department has partnered with Kiwibank to develop the conservation dog programme and, by proxy, raise the profile of conservation as a whole. 

Today, the National Business Review, New Zealand's most prestigious and weirdly-run business publication, published its annual Rich List. Here are our biggest takeaways.

Inspired by the screening of Leto at this year's International Film Festival, we present a guide to the first wave of rock from the USSR.

Avantdale Bowling Club's Tom Scott talks fame, infamy and coming home to Avondale.

Aretha Franklin has died. Sam Brooks remembers the Queen.


The first album by Avantdale Bowling Club, the new moniker of rapper Tom Scott, is released tomorrow. Dominic Hoey (aka Tourettes) reviews the latest work by the rapper who over a decade ago was taking his demos to Tourettes shows.

Madonna turns sixty today, so Sam Brooks rounds up the best sixty Madonna songs to celebrate this with her.

Could the Dunning-Kruger effect – when individuals’ ignorance about a particular subject makes them believe they're more expert than they are – be the reason for intractably anti-vax views?

Max Harris travels to Lisbon to discover how drug decriminalisation there is working in practice, and the lessons we can draw in NZ.

Refugees will once again be resettled in Christchurch as the government moves ahead with long delayed plans to double the quota. But will the small number of initial placements make a difference?


It's clear New Zealand's 10.6 million cows aren't going to stand for our shit anymore. So how should we fight back? The Spinoff TV's Hayden Donnell reports.

A new report from Engineering New Zealand focuses on how the country should respond to two key infrastructure challenges: seismic resilience and water supply.

As a toddler, Nida Fiazi escaped Afghanistan with her mother in a quest for survival. Instead they ended up in a detention camp in Nauru. Thalia Kehoe Rowden tells their story.

Rating your Kiwi Childhood is all about looking back on your formative experiences as a little kid in the 1980s and a bigger kid in the 1990s. This week, Adam Mamo tackles the joy of going to the local dairy with $2.

Bevan Marten, the lawyer on a one-man crusade to ensure parents can name their children Justice, is still fighting. Back in January I wrote an article for this website arguing that people …


Poet and spoken word artist Hollie McNish is coming to New Zealand to speak at Word Christchurch in September. Holly Walker caught up with McNish to discuss motherhood and writing.

New kids’ media platform HEIHEI has some great stuff (and also some missable overseas imports). Thalia Kehoe Rowden, with the help of her six-year-old son, gives us the lowdown.

Curator matauranga Māori at Te Papa, Matariki Williams, introduces a woman that watches over the Ngā Tai Whakarongorua exhibition at Te Papa, known only as Maori girl.

The Māori electoral option results are in, but for now we have more questions than answers.

Māui Street editor Morgan Godfery with an exclusive look at the internal rift threatening the Māori Women's Welfare League.


This Sunday, five wāhine Māori are telling stories at Te Papa about the women who have inspired and shaped them. Helen Brown (Ngāi Tahu) remembers Mere Harper (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Huirapa) – midwife, porter, wahine toa.

Introducing our new maramataka column. Each month Ayla Hoeta will share insights into the tohu of the whenua, rangi and moana, as well as key dates to add into your calendar.

Jessica Rose of Women in Urbanism offers a few suggestions on improving Auckland's third places for those who need them most.

Fifty-two people were trapped on an Auckland train last night with no access to toilets, no food and no information

Auckland’s golf courses are huge tracts of heavily subsidised land lying vacant in the middle of a housing crisis. We need to seize them back


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.

This World Refugee Day and always, I hope the portraits and voices of our resettled community in Aotearoa can guide us in our efforts to ensure they feel valued

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

The founders of Multicultural Times explain why they wanted to launch a newspaper, what they hope to achieve, and how they plan to work within the country's existing ethnic media landscape. 

The conveners and judges of this year's Best Design Awards nominations are overwhelmingly male. In the past 20 years, its top award has only been awarded to three women. Why?


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

Including a David Attenborough documentary without David Attenborough and a Nick Hornby adaptation,

Intrepid gaming explorer Adam Goodall is dragged back into the world of battle vehicles with World of Warplanes.

Having won the hearts of everyone in the music department, our heroes uncover a vital clue to aid them in their quest, but tensions within the party threaten to throw them off track.

What is it with white people's love for the colonialist hexagonal fantasy board game Settlers of Catan?


With the announcement that The Walking Dead's Negan is joining Tekken 7, it's clear that absolutely anybody can be a Tekken character.

Spider-Man is one of 2018's most hotly anticipated titles, from the critically acclaimed studio Insomniac. Adam Goodall talks to Insomniac's community director, James Stevenson.

All week this week we present new verse, to celebrate National Poetry Day on Friday. Today's poet: Paula Harris of Palmerston North.

New verse by Scottish poet Robin Robertson, who will appear at the Christchurch WORD literary festival and at LitCrawl in Wellington.

The week's bestselling books at the Unity stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.


Mermaid expert Megan Dunn reviews horny fish-fucking novel, The Pisces, which she celebrates as "funny, profane, nasty, disturbing and taboo-breaking".

Our man in London, Neil Young, meets Kiwi expat author Kirsty Gunn for a drink and a chat about her acclaimed new novel - and then wanders off for more drinks with Max Porter.

The shark The Meg the movie isn't big, it's huge. Prehistoric, millions of years ago huge. But how strong would it's bite be? And how fast could it move? Michael Milford and Peter Stratton break down the science.

Now that single-use plastic bags are on their way out, what are we going to line our rubbish bins with? Compostable bags? Not so fast, warns AUT emeritus professor Thomas Neitzert.

Which carries more bacteria, your toilet seat or your desk? If you guessed the former, you'd be very, very wrong.


There is simply no way to present this material without misrepresenting the science, writes cosmologist Richard Easther

In the south especially, New Zealanders will get the chance to witness a rare celestial event: a selenelion

Dietary Requirements is our new monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Company.

The duo behind the fashion and lifestyle blog Rally discuss working in the fashion industry and life as women of colour in Aotearoa.  There are some numbers that register immediately for …

In the fifth part of the new podcast series Venus Envy, Colleen Smith and Emma Espiner discuss raising feminists. 


This week, Simon is joined by group manager for Māori economy at Callaghan, Aroha Armstrong, to talk Kōkiri, her entrepreneurship journey and fostering great ideas.

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

Teina Teariki Mana, ponders the state of gender balance in the workplace, in an industry that still lags behind.

The duo behind the fashion and lifestyle blog Rally discuss working in the fashion industry and life as women of colour in Aotearoa.  There are some numbers that register immediately for …

Crave café has been serving locals in Morningside, Auckland for almost a decade, and is spearheading plans for a major regeneration of the suburb over the coming year.


Avantdale Bowling Club's Tom Scott talks fame, infamy and coming home to Avondale.

In the second story in a series on the future of work, Alex Braae looks at the vulnerability of our data, and the cyber security industry whose job it is to protect it. 

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