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Jane Yee on The Block: I’m too deep in this schist to drop out now

Our resident Blockaholic Jane Yee recaps the highs and lows from week eight of The Block NZ, including the moment that the schist hit the fan.


Thingee finally speaks: The inside story of the eye-pop that shocked a nation

Hayden Donnell talks to Thingee about the on-screen medical nightmare that changed his life forever.


Aaron Smith achieves impossible, convinces ref to change his mind

People said it couldn't be done. That it was impossible for even the most loud-mouthed rugby player to achieve. Last night, Aaron Smith proved the doubters wrong.


A master at work: what it's like to watch Joseph Parker up close

With unprecedented access into the life of a champion boxer, fight sports fanatic Don Rowe followed Joseph Parker during his time in New Zealand as part of a content partnership with Barkers. Here he recounts some of that experience.

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This week I played: Return to Neko Atsume

Pokémon GO is now driving the world economy, but have we forgotten about a simpler time?


The Spinoff guide to shopping for retro games in Japan

Japan's suburbs hide a wonderland of second hand retro video game shops: here's what you need to know

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The weekly Unity Books best-seller list – July 22

A weekly feature at the Spinoff Review of Books: The best-selling books at the Wellington and Auckland stores of Unity Books.


DeLillo Week: A message from the Office of the President (of the Don DeLillo Society, in St Louis, Missouri)

We conclude our special week-long look at the work of fiction master Don DeLillo with a piece written exclusively for the Spinoff by Jesse Kavadlo, Professor of English and Humanities at the Maryville University of St Louis in Missouri, and president of the Don DeLillo Society.

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RENO, NV - FEBRUARY 23:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters following a rally at the Nugget February 23, 2016 in Sparks, Nevada. The Nevada GOP caucus is tonight. (Photo by David Calvert/Getty Images)

Ten serious (mostly) people who think Donald Trump will win the presidency - and why

His supporters at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and in comment threads around the world believe we'll see a President Trump. But who else?

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A US warship is coming here for the first time since 1987. Greenpeace NZ's head explains why he's celebrating

At Greenpeace we’re not so big into war. We like peace, hence the name. But the US government’s decision to send a ship here marks something distinctly positive – a …

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Podcast: On The Rag special – The women behind The Rehearsal

Three powerhouse women, Alison Maclean, Emily Perkins and Kerry Fox talk about doing the biz in the film biz


Rose Matafeo and Alice Snedden share their biggest Boners of the Heart

Boners of the Heart is a new podcast hosted by Alice Snedden and Rose Matafeo, where the pair dissect their weird, often disturbing, celebrity crushes. By way of introduction, we got each …


Podcast: On The Rag special – The women behind The Rehearsal

Three powerhouse women, Alison Maclean, Emily Perkins and Kerry Fox talk about doing the biz in the film biz


Podcast: Business Is Boring #12 – Ian McCrae, Orion Health CEO, on what to do if you've got an old billboard lying around

‘Business is Boring’ is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand, …

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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 …


Dutch Courage: Choreographer Paul Lightfoot on bringing the fearless Nederlands Dans Theater to NZ

As the acclaimed contemporary dance company prepares for arrival in Auckland, artistic director Paul Lightfoot tells Catherine McGregor what audiences should expect.