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The Best Of

From aggressive squirrels to the return of SATC, the start of the year has presented clear evidence that the end is nigh.

Michelle Langstone as she gives in to an overwhelming urge to return to the Auckland amusement park of her youth.

Last week something really weird and exciting happened to me: one of the hottest singers on the planet talked about how much something I said helped her.


Forget your $18 boutique-black-bean-and-quinoa-mushclump-in-a-brioche-bun numbers – these are the best meatless fast food burgers a few coins can buy.

Turns out that a lot of people are very mad at a lot of our iconic tourist attractions. 

Covid-19 minister Chris Hipkins says when we finish vaccinating the country is more important than when we start. Health experts don't agree.

As more virulent Covid-19 strains threaten to breach our borders, the Māori Party co-leader calls on the government to take more drastic measures.

It's been dismissed as 'pointless revenge', but the impeachment is a symbolic statement that sends a message to future presidents.


Some of the NZ-based accounts cheered on the riots at the US Capitol last week. Then Twitter cracked down.

Summer reissue: Merv Manhire, Merv Lee-Mather and Merv Thomas on Auckland Central, the Labour launch, the plight of NZ First, and Merv.

Which meat-free snarler should grace your summer barbie?

Summer reissue: What is sourdough and why did so many people become obsessed with it during lockdown? This month’s Dietary Requirements podcast cracks open the starter to investigate.

What qualities does one look for in a great gluten-free bread?


'I'm partial to a crepe with just lemon, and devour this gleefully on my walk home.'

As the American media giant comes under fire for its treatment of POC contributors, it's time to talk about the whiteness of food media in Aotearoa.

Summer reissue: In this episode, Simon Pound talks with Pony Club Secrets author Stacy Gregg about the business of children's books.

With the summer fruit industry facing a potentially disastrous worker shortage, the wages of fruit pickers are in the spotlight. Is cherry picking really as lucrative as it's marketed to be?

Saia Latu dropped out of school at 14, was in trouble with the cops at 16, and earning six figures by his mid-30s. But his greatest success was still to come.


Summer reissue: This week on Business is Boring, host Simon Pound talks to Scottie Chapman from Spring Sheep Milk Co.

Forget rugby, cricket and netball. This is the sport where New Zealanders truly shine.

In this episode of Bad News, Alice Snedden is forced to confront her own mortality before hosting a very special dinner party to get to grips with the euthanasia debate.

Summer reissue: Alice Snedden goes on a quest to expose some of the many double standards around nudity.

Summer reissue: In the fourth episode of Alice Snedden's Bad News, Alice makes some inquiries upstairs about the charitable status of churches after finding out the makers of Weet-Bix have an exemption from paying tax.


Even as a pandemic rages, love (and reality TV) finds a way.

It’s an emoji, it’s a vegetable, and now it’s a government-funded comedy-drama that aims to educate young people about digital safety.

The lack of Māori language or symbolism on the SuperGold Card isn't just a design issue – it's emblematic of the overwhelming whiteness of Aotearoa's over-65 population.

Many of the tattoos on the chest of a participant in last week's Capitol invasion and riot have been co-opted from Norse mythology to indicate adherence to far-right politics.

NZ conservationist Pete Bethune's daughter Danielle reflects on what she's learnt from her unconventional father.   


It's a common path to employment for young graduates, but being paid in experience doesn't cover the rent.

It's time for New Zealand to face up to the hard truths of how our health system is leaving people behind, and have the courage to make transformative change.

A Time to Build goes a long way to explaining what has happened there, and in New Zealand, too.

Never mind the film: Alie Benge, aka Jo/Meg, on the book that meant the world to her.

Poet essa may ranapiri says this review is one of the hardest things they've written. 


How should we live – and find hope – in the Anthropocene?

A tectonically moving piece of writing about dementia, and what remains.

The conditions at Waikeria were called 'unfit for purpose' long before the protesters burned it down.

Prisoner advocate Sir Kim Workman on how New Zealand's human rights record has taken a battering, and the Māori-led measures that are actually working.

In seven short years the number of Māori women on remand has doubled, and you should be furious.


For two decades, the police have been allowed to turn a blind eye to low-level cannabis use and possession. The problem is they don’t always use the same approach for all cannabis users.

Photographs of tūpuna Māori are fetching top prices at auction houses, with their descendants often forking out to 'bring them home'. 

Art writer and former gallerist Sarah Hopkinson attempts to understand the contradictory values that produced the People of Colour exhibition, and what the tumult means for the future of the industry.

Zina Swanson's paintings are inspired by old, outlandish books about botany.

The controversy over the People of Colour exhibition shows how alt-right ideas can thrive in irony-steeped artistic environments.


Te Papa's natural history collection, photographed by a living legend.

At a nondescript rural intersection in Waikato lies the site of a near-forgotten massacre, the subject of a new show by artist and writer Bob Kerr, who tells the story of Rangiaowhia here.

If these new variants of the virus get out, they'll spread like wildfire.

Boris Johnson has announced that the Pfizer vaccine will be distributed from next week. How did that happen, and are they cutting corners?

Two new vaccine procurements will provide enough to vaccinate all New Zealanders, and will roll out beginning in the second quarter of next year.


All this week we're looking back on some of the best videos published on The Spinoff in 2020. Today, 100 Year Forecast looks at the future of flooding in New Zealand.

But this should not be about blame.

A crowd-sourced effort to identify the perpetrators of the Capitol invasion and riot has swung into action on Twitter – with remarkable success.

Summer reissue: The associate editor of The Indian Times on why he believes the media ignores the quarter of our population not born here – and why both parties lose as a result.

Last night New Zealand witnessed one of the most exhilarating, confronting political stories to air on national television.


As we bid farewell to 2020, here are the 20 posts that got clicked on the most, from 20th to No 1.

Some of our favourite reads from this year that we think warranted more click-love.

It’s the third most streamed game in the world, but what the hell is it?

It was all set to be the biggest game of the year, but Cyberpunk 2077's release has been overshadowed by technical hitches and multiple controversies.

In the mood for some good old fashioned pillaging? Then play this. But if you want to have a good time while doing so, best to look elsewhere.


It’s the third most streamed game in the world, but what the hell is it?

It’s big, it’s powerful, it’s packed with impressive new features – but is it worth shelling out $800 for? The Spinoff takes the XBox Series X out for a test drive.

If you’ve been on social media this week, you may well have come across a surge in interest in sea shanties.

Summer reissue: Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris spends a session in the recording studio with The Beths.

'I was fuming when she said that. I can do whatever I want to do on stage, I can say whatever I want.'


If you've listened to New Zealand music from the last decade-and-a-half, chances are you've heard the influences of Josh Fountain.

Ever wanted to see John Campbell lit on Kava? Look no further than Melodownz' new show, Kava Corner.

'We must never forget out aim: to break the parents.'

'I know you don’t need me any more and I’m happy with that. It’s the way it should be.'

We sat down with a wine and read our books knowing the kids were safe because they were so loud we could hear them from literally every corner of the camp.


It's time to change the way we view caesareans.

If you're a parent looking for spooky activities to entertain your beastly offspring, Emily Writes has got your back.

She's head girl, a viral star, a poet. But none of those credentials can ever capture the force of nature that is Aigagalefili ‘Fili’ Fepulea’i-Tapua’i. 

'Just as this project is taking New Zealand to a better place, Dame Whina did that too.'

A suburban Auckland property home to hundreds of rabbits is causing a stir with neighbours.


For a whole lot of Auckland notables, the hottest ticket in town this week has been a trip to see the unveiling of Waiheke Island's new electric buses.

A small, loud minority who oppose change at Eden Park has been the voice of our neighbourhood for too long.

After last weekend's Bledisloe Cup match, Justin Latif asks why we've fallen out of love with drop kicking.

All this week we're looking back on some of the best videos published on The Spinoff in 2020. Today, when Scratched caught up with Joeli Vidiri.

From high school rugby star to law school dropout to UFC deity.


New broadcasters, a new Boxing Day test venue, and new selection problems for the Black Caps.

Rugby commentator Keith Quinn's call for rugby players to 'harden up' shows how much New Zealand's macho culture has changed since the days he ruled the airwaves.

Summer reissue: Relive the 53-day reign of Todd Muller as National Party leader.

Pour yourself some eggnog and join the hosts of The Spinoff’s podcast network for our annual Superpod.

Are you part of the 25% of people who suffer from seasickness? See-LEVEL might have found the solution – virtual reality.


What happens to all the food a cafe doesn't sell in a day? This app lets users snap it up at a mouthwatering discount.

In this week's episode, host Simon Pound is joined by William Chomley, founder and CEO of IMAGR.

After the toughest years of his career, Hayden Paddon is taking on the world again. In a garage in Cromwell he’s building the world’s first electric rally car.

Like Dua Lipa, Halsey, and Benee before them, these four New Zealand acts are 'ones to watch'.

Why not listen to something different on your summer roadie?


Simon Day spoke to Charlotte Ward, chief people officer at Kiwibank, about what it was like to return to New Zealand in 2020.

Emily Writes lists the essential items you need to pack for your family road trip. 

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