Off course: the pricey private education which left its students indebted and fuming

Unlicensed course materials and substandard teaching at a private tertiary institution connected to New Zealand’s education royalty have left students indebted and fuming. Don Rowe investigates.

Meet the guys in LA obsessed with The Real Housewives of Auckland

Dom Corry meets Ben Mandelker and Ronnie Karam, two brave podcast hosts who make a living talking about Bravo, and asks them why they can't get enough of Gilda, Angela, Julia and the gang.

Turns out the sequel to Married at First Sight is grim as hell

Alex Casey watches The Seven Year Switch on TVNZ2, a familiar-sounding social experiment that matches up married people with complete strangers. 

Dominic ‘Tourettes’ Hoey’s Tour Diary Vol. 2: 'Arson is the new graffiti'

Dominic Hoey (aka Tourettes) reports from his 17-town tour of New Zealand with singer-songwriter Skyscraper Stan and side-kick Josh Jugum. 

Glitoris and Geordie Shore: A day at Beats and Eats, MTV's festival of unashamed indulgence

MTV Beats and Eats is an Australian festival which indulges in all the guilty pleasures we never admit and Kate Robertson is here for it.

A week living under the watchful eye of Nest

Google sister company and darling of the smart home industry Nest has finally arrived in New Zealand. Jihee Junn tries out its range of safety and security products, concluding that while Nest might not be for everyone, stalking people on camera sure is a hell of a lot of fun.

Xero is leaving, but don't count out the NZX

Xero’s announcement that it will list solely on the ASX has ruffled some feathers. But if publicly listed companies are looking for better access to funds for growth, there’s no reason to write the New Zealand Stock Exchange off just yet, Mark Hattersley says.

How not to be a dick at a nice restaurant

With Christmas party season almost upon us, an anonymous waiter at an acclaimed Auckland restaurant explains how to avoid pissing off your serving staff, and shares some tips for getting the most out of any dining experience.

Show me the fees: A new tool to help you keep tabs on your KiwiSaver fund

Investors are increasingly taking more power over how and what their KiwiSaver funds are doing. Today, the Financial Markets Authority’s Paul Gregory introduces their KiwiSaver Tracker, which gives investors a clearer picture of what providers are really offering.

How to listen to your favourite music from your teens with your kids

Want to introduce your small child to the favourite bands of your youth without scaring them with Little Earthquakes or Hounds of Love? Sam Brooks has you covered.

A child reacts to Australia's marriage equality vote

Last month, eight-year-old Nicholas wrote about his mums Katherine and Roanne, and the national referendum asking Australians to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on the rights of rainbow families. We asked him to write again about the result of the vote, and what's next for his family.

Why is Grant Dalton so unpatriotic? And other vital questions about the America’s Cup

Auckland Council meets today to debate where to site the America’s Cup syndicates. Simon Wilson has some questions.

A tale of property, rates and bullshit

Auckland Council has released the city’s new property valuations and some people who should know better have taken the chance to say all sorts of stupid things. Simon Wilson sets them straight.

Good: Tony Veitch is no longer appearing on Sky's new 'hard-hitting' panel show

The broadcaster has bowed to a wave of public anger by quitting the sports pilot – though Sky sources suggest he would have been ousted regardless.

Why is Sky bringing Tony Veitch back to our TVs?

Convicted domestic abuser Tony Veitch is returning to television, he has announced. Madeleine Holden wonders why abusers like Veitch continue to be given prominent public platforms.

What’s next for Minecraft: the Update Aquatic and beyond

The next steps for Minecraft announced this weekend, along with the possibility of PS4-Xbox crossplay.

There's a new drone in town, and it can make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs

Propel has released their new high-performance drone, and it's a goddamned Star Wars one. Sam Brooks went to the lavish launch event, somehow flew it, and reports back.

'It turns our tipuna into cardboard caricatures': Buddy Mikaere reviews Anne Salmond

Buddy Mikaere finds bias and misrepresentation in Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds, an otherwise acclaimed history of early New Zealand by Anne Salmond.

'University English courses look like an exercise in whiteness': ways to decolonise your reading

Brannavan Gnanalingam writes about the overwhelming whiteness of English literature as taught in New Zealand – and throws down a challenge to the gatekeepers, including the Spinoff.

Just how freaked out should we be by predictions of more big earthquakes in 2018?

According to media reports, a slowing of the Earth's rotation is likely to bring an increase in the number of severe quakes. What do NZ scientists say?

Our rating of NZ's climate target? Not good enough. The heat is now on James Shaw

The Climate Action Tracker reveals the NZ ambition is not ‘fine’ as claimed, writes Bill Hare, a physicist and climate scientist and a former lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

A 22 year old entrepreneur on why he disrupted his successful business

Simon Pound talks to Jake Millar, CEO of entrepreneurship-focused video company Unfiltered.

Show me the fees: A new tool to help you keep tabs on your KiwiSaver fund

Investors are increasingly taking more power over how and what their KiwiSaver funds are doing. Today, the Financial Markets Authority’s Paul Gregory introduces their KiwiSaver Tracker, which gives investors a clearer picture of what providers are really offering.