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Kiwis of Snapchat: Bill English and Jacinda Ardern face the end

The leaders of National and Labour muse on the various costs of their respective campaigns.

Tinkerbell the pretty communist and other things the dairy farmers said

Farmers rallied against Labour and the Greens in Jacinda Ardern's hometown Morrinsville yesterday. Simon Wilson went along to see what they had to say for themselves.

Married At First Sight is pretty damn white

The cast of the first season of Married At First Sight NZ has left us with snow blindness, writes Leonie Hayden.

What in the hell has happened to Jamie Fraser's hair?

Superfan Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from episode two of Outlander season three. Contains spoilers, obviously. 

Pod on the Couch: Spring pop music catch-up!

Henry Oliver talks to Kate Robertson and Matthew McAuley about some recent pop music highlights.

PNC is at the top of his game right now – and there’s little anyone can do to stop him

PNC has stepped his game up once again with his new single ‘Iverson 01’ and not only is it one of the most exciting moments in New Zealand rap’s recent history, it’s also sparked the beginning of an all-out rap feud.

The rise of social enterprise in New Zealand

With the Social Enterprise World Forum in Christchurch from September 27 - 29, The Spinoff is examining the way the sector is changing our economy. Alex Hannant, CEO of the Ākina Foundation, spoke to Simon Day about the development of the socially conscious business in New Zealand.

Social enterprise: trendy movement or real change?

Social enterprise – entrepreneurship that combines business nous with ethical aims – is on the rise. But is it anything more than a placebo effect that makes consumers momentarily feel good? Victoria Crockford finds if you want to remain relevant in 2017, you need to show your social credentials.

The 'AirBnB for cars' that could forever change the way New Zealanders drive

With Yourdrive, a peer-to-peer car rental service, you can put your car to work, renting by the hour or the day to users across New Zealand. Desperate to get to Ruatoki, Don Rowe takes Yourdrive for a spin.

Nazi hoax: the story of Syd Ross

Black Sheep is a new Radio NZ series about the shady, controversial and sometimes downright villainous characters of New Zealand history, presented by William Ray. This week, he looks at the bizarre story of the Nazi assassination plot that wasn't.

Elliot has a brain tumour

Inside the oncology day ward at Wellington Children's Hospital, a little girl has her final round of chemotherapy. Her family allowed The Spinoff Parents to come to the session and share some of their story with readers. Photos by Danny Rood. Words by Emily Writes.

Warm house, cool landlord: Why doing right by tenants pays off

From June 2019, every rental in the country will need to be insulated. Emily Writes talks to Kelson Primary School principal, landlord and mum Judy Pemberton about the changes, and why she chose to do the right thing early on.

That rainbow kind of magic: Ranking the rides at Rainbow's End

It's a New Zealand stalwart, but does anybody have the guts to rank the rides at Rainbow's End? Fully grown man Sam Brooks does.

The legacy of Winston Peters and the future of Auckland's port

If bullshit and bluster could make the trains run, Northland would be full of railroads. Still, when politicians gathered in Whangarei on Monday night, they did have some good things to say, writes Simon Wilson, who was up on the stage alongside them.

John Key's face used to dominate election media. How about Ardern v English in 2017?

In 2011 and 2014, the National Party leader was pictured considerably more frequently and prominently. In 2017, Claire Robinson has repeated the study

The best of The Spinoff this week: Gareth, Jacinda and the murder of Winston's policy

Compiling the best reading from your friendly local website. Chris McDowall: A visual history of the New Zealand parliament "For months I’ve followed news about New Zealand’s upcoming general election. Revelations! Resignations! …

Interview with a new chief censor: how to ban a video game

In part one of our interview with the new chief censor, Eugenia Woo pleads: don't ban my games, bro.

Could Nioh: Defiant Honour cure my gaming ennui?

Like a rugby dad whose kids have quit the code, Don Rowe's passion for video games these days is muted, overweight and plain old sad. Why? And what now?

Election 2017! There’s a book in this (maybe)

Steve Braunias asks: is there a book to be written about the 2017 election campaign?

You can go shopping with values: Max Harris on the politics of love

Max Harris reports on the mood of the country during his nationwide book tour of his best-seller The New Zealand Project - and sees the start of "a new movement".

Polls 101: a statistician on truth and fiction in opinion polling

The only thing more volatile than the polling is the commentary around the volatile polling. Statistician Richard Arnold tackles some of the critical questions.

RIP, Cassini. Thanks for all the memories

The 20-year-old Saturn exploring Cassini spacecraft meets its fiery demise this week. Beyond revealing the universe to us, space exploration exposes our own small place in the big picture, writes Richard Easther