Shocker: Turns out Jimi Jackson’s a misogynist bully too

New Zealand woke up to the presence of a huge new internet celebrity this week thanks to the controversy around Jimi Jackson’s ‘blackface’ imagery. But a gross reply to a woman who commented on the image suggests his attitude to women is disastrous too, says Alex Casey.


Some very real crystal ball predictions for Shortland Street in 2017

Tara Ward stares into Leanne's crystal ball and makes her predictions for the coming year in Ferndale.


Exclusive interview: Thingee tells all about his dramatic makeover

A New Zealand television icon made a shock comeback during the cricket on Sunday. Hayden Donnell spoke to our most famous expat extraterrestrial about whether this could pave the way for a reunion with his old friend Jason Gunn.


Best Songs Ever: New singles reviewed, featuring The Chainsmokers, PNC, The-Dream & More

‘Best Songs Ever’ features various contributors to The Spinoff Music assessing recent songs and singles.


An aggrieved reader writes: In defence of Ed Sheeran's latest single

Last week, The Spinoff's music editor wrote a negative review of Ed Sheeran's new track, 'Shape of You'. Mitchell Houlbrooke read that review, disagreed vehemently, and sent us this response.

A displaced Syrian child in a makeshift refugee camp only miles from the border with Syria in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, November 2013. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

De-risking: the New Zealand banking policy causing more suffering in war torn countries

Having reached safety in New Zealand, refugees desperate to help relatives still trapped at home are being prevented from doing so by overly strict local banking regulations. Not only are the rules morally wrong – they're exacerbating the refugee crisis itself, says Steve Liddle.


Exclusive: Richie and Gemma thrill onlookers in Auckland dairy

Fresh from their nuptial marriage, loved-up newly-weds Richie McCaw and Gemma Flynn have delighted downtown Auckland with a walkabout that left many onlookers lost for words.

Waiting bench outside of doctor's office in hospital

Biological roulette: Coping after birth goes seriously wrong

Birth trauma is a very real issue in New Zealand. Francesca Jones shares the story of her daughter's birth and insists we realise we must approach this issue differently to protect vulnerable mothers.

Girl holding a pregnancy test

Where there's life: Am I still pregnant?

The second post in a special series for The Spinoff Parents in which Alicia Young writes about her journey to motherhood after having IVF.


Summer reissue: Hey Shamubeel #2 - how did we get here?

The second of six short videos featuring superstar economist Shamubeel Eaqub giving it to us straight while sitting comfortably in a classic Kiwi chair. This time he's taking us through New Zealand's tumultuous economic history while sitting on a chilly bin.


Hey Shamubeel #6: Are we going to be OK?

In the finale of our Hey Shamubeel! series, everyone's fave economist answers the biggest question of all.


'I'm very fond of lizards': Wellington ex-mayor Celia Wade-Brown on the gecko-tattoo scandal of 2017

As the scandal around the request for a gecko-tattoo leaving-gift threatens to engulf Wellington, Wade-Brown speaks.

A herd of cows at a river in Otago, 2015. Photo: Jill Ferry / Getty Images

National’s Index of Shame, and the other issues the left needs to focus on this election

What are Labour and the Greens going to throw at National this year? Anger? “You make me very angry with your stupid policies Mr Blinglish" isn't going to work, especially if it’s bitter or righteous or out-of-control anger. Instead, how about shame, suggests Simon Wilson in the final part of his week-long look at Labour in 2017.

Adam King, left, Alan Morrison, and Rowan Bettjeman.

Viva La Dirt League explain how to become famous on YouTube in six easy steps

No-one knows who they are in the 'real world', but the members of Viva La Dirt League are famous in the only place it counts: the Internet. They tell Hayden Donnell how to walk their path to success.


Summer reissue: That time we said Pokémon GO was crap

Right when the Pokémon Go orgy was at its height, Joseph Harper filed this review. It was to become one of our most controversial gaming posts ever as Joseph found …

Tangariro Alpine Crossing, judged the best one day hike in the world. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Go and play outside: an ode to the joys of tramping

Been outside the house this summer? Actually done one of the Great Walks? John Summers reviews a new book which ponders the nature of the hike, the tramp, the trail.

A still from the documentary film 'Gimme Shelter', showing audience members looking on as Hells Angels beat a fan with pool cues at the Altamont Free Concert, Altamont Speedway, California, 6th December 1969. The concert was headlined and organized by The Rolling Stones. The film was directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin. (Photo by Bill Owens/20th Century Fox/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Once upon a time in Altamont: the music festival to end all music festivals

Philip Matthews examines three new books looking back at the day the music died: December 6, 1969, when the Hells Angels murdered a guy at a Rolling Stones concert.


In the face of the mind-boggling peril of climate change, feel the despair, then work harder

It's easy to understand desperation in the face of climate change, but we need to channel all energy into urgent action, writes James Renwick.

The Perito Moreno Glacier in the Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina.

The year in climate: five big moments, developments and decisions that changed everything in 2016

There's one thing we know for sure about climate in 2016: it was the hottest year on record – both globally, and here in New Zealand. But what else was big news in climate change? Carys Goodwin takes stock.


Are rugby's new tackle laws good or bad? A definitive ruling

World Rugby recently introduced new tackle ball laws, and everyone’s arguing about whether they’re good or bad. Hayden Donnell attempts to settle the debate with a binding legal judgement.


Where were you when you discovered the mind-blowing truth about the Canterbury logo? A special Spinoff investigation

What do you see when you look at the Canterbury logo? If you're one of the estimated 50% of New Zealanders who are oblivious to its true meaning, sit down, take a deep breath, and prepare to have your world turned upside down. Hayden Donnell reports.

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Business is Boring #35: Simon Young on the power of social media and its influencers

Simon Pound talks to Simon Young about the power of Chinese social media and what that means for New Zealand brand.


Summer reissue: Business Is Boring #20 – Brooke Howard-Smith on how his million dollar failure led to success

In September Simon Pound spoke with telly star Brooke Howard-Smith about his little known past as a professional roller blade champion. What transpired was a story about how losing everything can be the best thing that ever happens to you.

A homeless person sleeping on a park bench at Victoria Park, Auckland.  (Photo by Dean Purcell/Getty Images)

The young and the homeless: New Zealand’s big human rights fail

A group of AUT students have banded together to make a documentary on our growing homelessness problem – and to argue that by failing to act, New Zealand could be in contravention of its international human rights obligations.

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Business is Boring #35: Simon Young on the power of social media and its influencers

Simon Pound talks to Simon Young about the power of Chinese social media and what that means for New Zealand brand.