The National Party has underscored the importance of the drug law reform debate by appointing its deputy leader to a new role devoted to the issue

The Hague Convention on child abduction was drafted to deal with fathers abducting their children across borders after losing custody, but it’s applied mainly to mothers fleeing domestic violence.


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Pregnancy and birth-related injuries are all too common, but due to ACC's strict rules around causation many new mothers are forced to live with excruciating, untreated pain.

How two families, in the space of one week, brought out the worst in New Zealand media and public.

When cricketer Scott Kuggeleijn took to the pitch for the Black Caps last Friday there was no mention of his two trials for rape. Asks Jessie Dennis, is silence really the best NZ Cricket can do?


With this detailed guided tour, it's easy to follow in the footsteps of the unruly visitors whose shocking antics have gripped the nation.

Toilet spray product VIPoo has haunted our televisions and pre-roll ads for over a year now. Alex Casey dissects one of the most challenging art pieces of the decade.

We need bold action, not tinkering at the edges. And overhauling the tax system has to be part of the change

With the PM's withdrawal agreement shot down, but Britain still set to leave the EU on March 29, a new course of action is needed – and fast. 

Former MP Keith Locke reveals that has received an official apology from the SIS after an internal document labelled him 'a threat'.


For a very long time the electricity market has been dominated by providers. The Spinoff spoke to a company shifting the balance towards the consumer.

The US federal government shutdown is a case of political and economic vandalism, committed by politicians against the people who elected them, writes Alex Braae from the USA.

Four seasons in, with a fifth along the way, it's time to look back, and then look even further back. Sam Brooks looks at who's who on Westside, and who originally played them on Outrageous Fortune.

It’s the pentultimate episode of Outlander season four, and things couldn’t be worse. Or could they? Tara Ward finds out.

Alex Casey woke up at 6am this morning to flick between the first episode for 2019 of both The AM Show and Breakfast. Here are some of the highlights.


The Real Pod assembles to dissect the last few weeks in New Zealand pop culture and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

Last year, Marvel's Venom came out and was a huge hit, and you can watch it on Lightbox right now. But the real killer? Eminem's rap over the credits.

Simon Pound talks to Rebekah and Tamati Norman of local apothecary company Native Rituals.

New Zealanders have been filling their homes (and hearts) with cool, trendy houseplants in recent years. But why are we all so obsessed? And why are some plants so expensive? 

President Trump has been compared with Shakespeare's autocratic Richard III. New Zealanders watching their diminishing KiwiSaver balances should take note.


Four Spinoff writers share their New Year financial resolutions and some tips on how to actually make them happen this time.

How honest do advertisements really need to be? Madeleine Chapman investigates a newspaper ad promising a price of $14.99 when the real cost is far, far more.

Twenty years on, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's I See a Darkness continues to beguile listeners. Jonny Potts tries to make sense of a timeless classic.

Acclaimed experimental pop musician Julia Holter's latest album Aviary appeared on multiple year-end lists - including Pitchfork and the Guardian, and she's touring New Zealand next week. Her NZ opening act, Ryan McPhun, interviews her ahead of her show.

Meek Mill, rapper and former Drake adversary, had one hell of a 2018, culminating in his long-awaited fourth album. Jogai Bhatt reviews Championships.


Broods on being dropped, getting back up again, and their new album Don't Feed the Pop Monster.

Which was the best, loudest, most alternative volume of the ’90s alt-rock compilation series The Trip? Craig Major listens back to all nine editions and casts his verdict.

A raft of new government-backed measures to get people gambling are set to come into effect in the next few years. But why, asks Joseph Plunket, should we blindly support an industry that preys on addicts?

In the last few years, Twizel's setting in one of the most scenic parts of the South Island has proven an irresistible draw for tourists. And that's bad news for locals, writes Twizel resident Sarah Arnold.

Should you have to take yourself apart and give yourself away, just to find out who you are?


Alex Casey breaks down some of the most popular nicknames for vulvas in New Zealand. 

A proposed 10km/h speed limit on footpaths won't just be slowing e-scooters down.

Our family was there. On ice. Waiting.

I’ve seen more sober sunrises now than I can count, and each one holds more meaning for me than any cocktail hour.

The very best of New Zealand's smartest, funniest parenting writer.


Masculinity must be about how much money a guy earns: the more you make the more masculine you are. That's why Bill Gates was the world’s most masculine man for so many years.

It's the topic that always comes up after a few wines between mums: who's having sex and who's not? We present a no holds barred tell-all about the sexual experiences of mothers.

I had the privilege to stand alongside Mātua Nathan and his daughter Alethea in New York last year. Now is a moment of progressive global outrage. It will pass, but his work will not.

The Waitara Lands Bill passed it's third reading in December – settling one of Aotearoa's longest-running land disputes – despite only one of two hapū giving their support.

In her ceremonial inaugural lecture to mark her appointment as a professor, University of Otago Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett (Ngāti Whātua) examined the concepts of "identity in place".


It's Kohitātea, the eighth month of the Māori year – also known as Rehua, Kai-tātea and Hānuere – when the Rehua star outshines the night sky and fruits ripen for everyone to enjoy.

As a formerly incarcerated person, Awatea Mita knows that denying the right to vote violates respect for human dignity, sending the message that absolute rehabilitation is impossible.

Aladdin the musical is currently playing at Civic Theatre. Madeleine Chapman sat down with the star of the show, Gareth Jacobs.

After the release of an Auckland Transport survey claiming two thirds of Aucklanders support more cycleways, Mike Hosking stepped into the ring to fight Statistics.

Smaller, cheaper, cleaner: e-bikes and e-scooters are already disrupting transport giants like Uber, writes Greater Auckland's Patrick Reynolds. 


The answer to the Lime scooter/pedestrian conflict is right in front of us, says Jessica Rose of the group Women in Urbanism.

The ferry operator is seeking major investment. David Slack just wants to know why his boat to Devonport is always borked. Can they find a common dream? 

Joseph Parker appears to be using the spotlight of TV news as a way to promote his music.

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Bringing you the best weekly reading from your friendly local website.


Ahead of the release of his new film Glass, Alex Casey looked back at the best twists in director M. Night Shyamalan's back catalogue.

A scrap with Facebook over a copycat Stuff page reveals how fine the line is between combating fake news and straight up censorship.

The Rainbow Arcade is an exhibition of LGBTQI* representation is video games currently taking place at the Schwules Museum in Berlin. Joel Thomas attends the exhibition and reflects on it.

People have flocked to the Just Cause series drawn by its OTT action mayhem. But how long can mindless fun keep people engaged?

It's sold over 25 million copies across the world – but damned if anybody can make sense of it. Sam Brooks brings you the exhaustive, definitive guide to the world of Kingdom Hearts.


Red Dead Redemption 2 is still creaming it and José Barbosa is still playing it and loving it. But Rockstar is fast losing its sparkle.  

Following the launch of debut game Dr Grordbort’s Invaders, Weta Workshop’s game division invited Baz Macdonald in to discuss the project's long development and to explore what the future holds for mixed reality gaming.

Welcome back to Papercuts, our monthly books podcast hosted by Louisa Kasza, Jenna Todd and Kiran Dass. It's 2019 and we've been reading like mad over the summer break. In this …

Wendyl Nissen, in an extract from her new book of household tips, advises natural ways to kill the worst thing about summer – flies.

George Henderson reviews a rock memoir by Wayne Kramer, leader of the MC5, a 60s band who advocated "Dope, rock and roll, and fucking in the street."


Dutch émigré artist Theo Schoon was an anti-Semite and a shithead in so many ways, but he was also a brilliant artist who recognised the beauty and power of Māori art at a time when few Pākehā gave it a second thought. His biographer Damian Skinner reckons with a ghastly genius.

Linda Burgess on the biggest-selling, most-loved book of summer: Becoming, the memoir by Michelle Obama.

Scientists predict in almost thirty to forty year that there will be a shortage of one vital element: Phosphorous. Petr Kilian, a senior lecturer in chemistry, explains why.

While your chances of being attacked by a shark are tiny, the risks of an injury from beach litter and marine debris are surprisingly high – and growing every year.

Women have been doing groundbreaking science for centuries. So why don't students learn more about them?


Misleading remarks in the media erode public confidence in a pest-control tool we urgently need to save species.

Professor Juliet Gerrard on diversity in science, the political hot potatoes, and what constitutes science.

Calum Henderson's seven step guide to adding the Beautiful Game to your summer. 

You hate the breaks in play that come with video technology in sport. But what if we got rid of it altogether?


Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. …

New Zealand currently invests in Olympic medals when it should be investing in viable careers for our athletes, argues Madeleine Chapman.

The Real Pod assembles to dissect 2018 in New Zealand pop culture and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in New Zealand pop culture and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

Listen to Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Madeleine Chapman tackle the past YEAR in women, news and popular culture, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop. 


The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in New Zealand pop culture and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

In the now-annual event of the year, five of our podcasts' hosts join forces like a mighty end-of-year podcast rat-king.

Four seasons in, with a fifth along the way, it's time to look back, and then look even further back. Sam Brooks looks at who's who on Westside, and who originally played them on Outrageous Fortune.

Why do we act like the idea of reducing our meat consumption is an assault on the very backbone of the nation?

Calum Henderson's seven step guide to adding the Beautiful Game to your summer. 


How is Austin Powers still relevant in 2019? And why hire the Queen for your birthday party? Alex Casey talks to the movers and shakers of New Zealand's celebrity impersonator scene.

Last year, Marvel's Venom came out and was a huge hit, and you can watch it on Lightbox right now. But the real killer? Eminem's rap over the credits.

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