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Labiaplasty in Paradise: strange times at the launch of 'Beauty and the Beach'

Last night there was a party to celebrate the launch of Beauty and the Beach, a new local reality TV show following women to the tropics for some plastic surgery. The Spinoff’s Alex Casey and Madeleine Chapman went along, and combine to bring you this special report.

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Shortland Street Power Rankings – Why does Victoria always carry 100 handbags?

Tara Ward brings you her rankings for Shortland Street last week, including Boyd's beautiful MRI scan and Victoria's endless supply of bags.

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‘Welcome to Inverness, population: misery’ – Thoughts from Outlander S02E12

Our resident Outlander fanatic Tara Ward shares her thoughts from the much-anticipated return of time-travel romance series. Contains spoilers. And smoulders.  Shakespeare once wrote “war, huh, what is it good for? Absolutely …

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Nostalgia: The sporting spectacles we must bring back right now

Why does golf still exist, but Cricket Max doesn't? How does Strip Date make the primetime schedule at TV2 when we can't even get a half-hour slot for Clash of the Codes? Sam …

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A legacy of pain: The worst times the Warriors have been mercilessly knifed by their former players

The Warriors (probably) hold the NRL record for getting their hearts broken by their former players, with James Maloney's golden point field goal the most recent incident. Jamie Wall recounts the most traumatic …

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The old man and the sea: New Zealand's most ancient living writer

Graeme Lay meets John Dunmore, the 92-year-old world authority on Pacific exploration - who has also written thrillers on the side, like the one about an assassin sent to New Zealand to kill Prime Minister Rob Muldoon.

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Eleanor Catton's nightmare: CK Stead interviewed by Steve Braunias

God almighty! It's the return of the Spinoff live email interview, and the special guest is CK Stead, on the occasion of his new book of reviews and literary criticism.

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Politics podcast: the Brexit effect, Paula Bennett's bad month and Hone Harawira's return

By Jove, it's only the hotly anticipated return of Gone By Lunchtime, the Spinoff's epoch-defining politics pod with Annabelle Lee, Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire

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How to fix a crisis: An Auckland housing manifesto

Yes, it is a crisis: a profound and persistent crisis, bedevilled by distractions. Economist Eric Crampton takes a deep breath and works his way through the factors

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How to fix a crisis: An Auckland housing manifesto

Yes, it is a crisis: a profound and persistent crisis, bedevilled by distractions. Economist Eric Crampton takes a deep breath and works his way through the factors

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The real life problem with body-shaming a cartoon Polynesian

The MPs and academics who've criticised the depiction of Maui in an upcoming Disney movie are helping perpetuate damaging stereotypes about Polynesian people, argues Leah Damm.

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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.

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Why UnREAL season two is the perfect antidote to The Bachelor NZ

For Bachelor fans, the journey to the end of The Bachelor NZ season two was an excruciating one. But, as Alex Casey finds, there's a light at the end of the tunnel with the latest season of UnREAL. Contains spoilers.