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'Did you do this just to annoy me?' – How Rhys Darby hijacked David Farrier's X-Files dreams

After bonding over their shared love of The X-Files and cryptids, David Farrier speaks to pal Rhys Darby about how he ended up on Farrier's favourite show.

Gilda Kirkpatrick is a natural born reality killer

Real Housewives of Auckland is brilliant and utterly appalling

The timing of a show about the wilful extravagance of the ultra-rich could not be worse. But the show couldn't be better, says Duncan Greive.

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Exclusive: new Spinoff/SSI poll shows Phil Goff with huge lead in Auckland mayoral race

A survey commissioned for the Spinoff's War for Auckland pop-up site puts the Labour MP well in front of his nearest rival, Vic Crone, just weeks out from voting. But many remain undecided.

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Chart of the Week: Auckland grows more populous, and older

To launch the new Figure.NZ feature on the Spinoff, here's how New Zealand's biggest city has increased in population, and how it is projected to increase further.

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Live blog: Don Brash, David Rankin, and a man 'on P' wielding a sword

We have been waiting for a dramatic political event to live blog, and the unraveling events of yesterday's ghastly meeting of local politics and a ceremonial sword fit the bill.

Mines Advisory Group employee Frederic Gras gingerly picks up an unexploded cluster bomb August 26, 2006 in Beit Yahoun, Lebanon. Cluster bombs, officially known as unexploded M42 submunitions, were used widely by the Israeli military in the recent conflict in Lebanon and often leave unexploded remnants that can explode when handled weeks or months later by civilians.  (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Not 'a big enough issue'? Why inaction on KiwiSaver and cluster bombs is a betrayal of NZ values

NZ has been a world leader in eradication of cluster bombs, landmines and nuclear weapons. Where today are the moral principles the National government has shown before, asks Amnesty International's Grant Bayldon.

Mines Advisory Group employee Frederic Gras gingerly picks up an unexploded cluster bomb August 26, 2006 in Beit Yahoun, Lebanon. Cluster bombs, officially known as unexploded M42 submunitions, were used widely by the Israeli military in the recent conflict in Lebanon and often leave unexploded remnants that can explode when handled weeks or months later by civilians.  (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Not 'a big enough issue'? Why inaction on KiwiSaver and cluster bombs is a betrayal of NZ values

NZ has been a world leader in eradication of cluster bombs, landmines and nuclear weapons. Where today are the moral principles the National government has shown before, asks Amnesty International's Grant Bayldon.

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Introducing: the Chart of the Week, from Figure.NZ. And a quiz, too

Today the Spinoff and Figure.NZ launch a new weekly feature, in the form of a chart that tells us something about New Zealand. After extensive thought, we have decided to call it the 'Chart of the Week'. The plan: to bring more data to more people, explains Lillian Grace, Figure.NZ CEO.

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Wow: Binge the best of Pop on the Couch, The Spinoff's own music chat show

Just in case you've been missing the next big thing in music reviews, we've compiled the best Pop on The Couch episodes for your convenience.

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Tank Talk: Getting deep with Billy T winner David Correos

Resident Spinoff float master Don Rowe gets deep with Billy T James award winning comedian David Correos in the first installment of Tank Talk, a partnership with Float Culture. David Correos waved as he …