Define firearms ban carefully to defeat gun lobby, expert warns

The government's language so far is imprecise and it must word its ban carefully to stand up against a ferocious lobby from pro-gun groups.



Questions raised about how white supremacist was missed, Christchurch businesses pitch in to repair mosque, and funerals for victims begin.

I want to forgive, but right now all I feel is anger, writes Lamia Imam.


The Best Of

In New Zealand we're waiting to see if the all-powerful Facebook boss means what he says about 'moral responsibility'

In the first address to parliament since Friday’s terrorist attack on Christchurch, Jacinda Ardern paid tribute to the Muslim community and pledged to deny the perpetrator the notoriety he craves

How New Zealand and international organisations are dealing with their islamophobic past and present – and which are leaving it all live.


The words of the Christchurch gunman were vile, vicious and unhinged. What they were not was shocking

Terrorist attacks tore through the Muslim community in Christchurch, and exposed ugly truths about New Zealand

In 10 years of public documents from both the SIS and the GCSB, there are zero mentions of right wing extremism, writes Jane Patterson for RNZ.

As New Zealand grapples with the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shooting anger is growing over the 'gaps, omissions and errors' in our gun laws.

The Police have referred their investigation into $100,000 in donations to the National Party to the Serious Fraud Office. It's plainly a very bad look but can we deduce much else?


This man is full of himself, makes vulgar jokes and often blunders over the line of acceptable professional decorum. For all his awfulness, however, Finch never seems to get in trouble

As the United Kingdom wakes in yet another pool of fevered Brexit sweat, here are the essential things to know – and a glossary for bluffing your way through a conversation about it all

Changing Rooms was the '90s DIY show like no other. After this year’s Australian Changing Rooms reboot crashed due to low ratings, Tara Ward relives the glory days of the UK original.

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the sixth week on Married at First Sight Australia, with special thanks to Nando’s.

Before The Joe Rogan Experience, before even Fear Factor, Joe Rogan was an actor on a much-loved show called NewsRadio. 


Alex Casey rips open the velcro on Married at First Sight Australia's biggest scandal yet. 

Last night, the first part of the Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland aired on TVNZ. Katie Meadows looks at what it means for the popstar's legacy.

A coalition of major New Zealand advertisers is building a coalition to demand change from the tech giants.

Imposing a digital services tax will concentrate the tech giants' minds on their woeful response to the Christchurch massacre, writes Terry Baucher.

A report commissioned by Uber says Auckland wins Australasia's traffic congestion grand prix and needs to embrace point-to-point transport.


This week Simon Pound talks to Imche Fouri, general manager of innovation for Level Two, and Dr Will Barker, CEO of Mint Innovation.

Researching ancestry is a spiritual matter for Maori and platforms like ancestry.com don't cut it. A startup believes the mysterious technology of blockchain holds the answer.

For three days every March, New Plymouth’s Brooklands Park is transformed into a village of colour, energy and inclusion. Michelle Cruickshanks celebrates the WOMAD spirit.

CubaDupa festival hosts nearly 200 artists across two days in the heart of Wellington to mark the end of summer. 

There's no doubt that The Spice Girls are one of the biggest bands of all time - but how have they fared in the twenty-odd years since?


The Newtown Festival, one of the capital's biggest festivals, celebrated its 22nd birthday over the weekend. Ben Lynch was there.

Milk and Honey is a nationwide music festival happening on International Women's Day this Friday. Anny Ma talked to its organisers, Lani Purkis and Teresa Patterson, about why it's so necessary.

Staff Writers

Can You Pet The Dog? is the most wholesome thing in gaming

The internet is a place where the darkest seeds of the world take root – but there's light there too. Sam Brooks talks to the person behind one of those lights, the Can You Pet the Dog twitter account.

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No sooner had Police arrested the Christchurch shooter than the conspiracy theories were proliferating like pond scum. Those narratives are not just wrong, but dangerous and self-perpetuating. 

As Christchurch tries to come to terms with the atrocity perpetrated at the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques, the people who call the city home have found novel ways to help those affected.

The terrorist is clearly an extremist, but it is an unfair leap to assume we can blame mental illness for his actions, writes Shaun Robinson of the Mental Health Foundation


The NZ prime minister in her own words.

An open letter from the CEOs of Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees to the global CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google

The days ahead will be full of difficult feelings and even more difficult conversations. An expert writes about how to start and have these conversations with your children.

YouTube has been in the news a lot in the last few weeks and parents around the world are considering whether they should allow their kids to watch. Emily Writes decided it was time to give it up.

Emily Writes unpacks the biggest news story of the year for the toddler set.


Should we have shorter school holidays?

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.

Dr Asim Qureshi writes about his time in New Zealand and the importance of remembering colonial violence in the narrative around the terrorist attacks in Christchurch.

The killer was an Australian. But New Zealand has a long history of white supremacist ideology, writes Scott Hamilton.

Pussy Riot’s Masha Alyokhina has been travelling from Auckland to Wellington overnight to join SOUL (Save Our Unique Landscape) in presenting a petition to MP Marama Davidson on the steps of parliament this morning. 


Catherine Delahunty takes a stroll on the whenua to remind us why Ihumātao's supporters can't give up yet.

The People's Harassment Report, a study undertaken by ActionStation and UMR, found one in three Māori online faced racial abuse in 2018.

Twenty-one years after Steph Martin’s mother was killed in a road crash, she reflects on what's been happening on New Zealand’s roads.

Teuila Fuatai is introduced to one of the most dangerous stretches of road in New Zealand.

Plans for two massive concrete mooring structures jutting out from Queen's Wharf are another assault on our harbour. writes Michael Goldwater of Stop Stealing Our Harbour 


Urban designer Ben van Bruggen spoke to Jeremy Hansen about why we should stop listening to the vocal minority attempting to block change, and be inspired about Auckland's development.

The Monday Extract: John Walsh and photographer Patrick Reynolds join forces to present a handsome new book about some structures in Auckland.

The man accused of killing 50 worshippers at mosques in Christchurch will be going on trial this year.

Australian media helped feed the anti-Muslim prejudice that led to the Christchurch attacks, writes Australian journalism lecturer Dr Nasya Bahfen, a practising Muslim of Indonesian heritage.

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The theories other media outlets are too afraid to touch.

Facebook: out. Instagram: out. Whatsapp: Notsapp. And yesterday it was Google. What the hell is happening to our internet?

Hitman 2 has plundered from our shores before, but now has it taken the story and likeness of our most notorious South Auckland MP, Judith 'Crusher' Collins? Adam Goodall goes down the rabbit hole.

Left Alive has been released this past week to harsh reviews and studio backpedalling - yet another failure in the rare people-in-robots genre of game.

This morning, Nintendo announced the eighth generation of Pokémon: Sword and Shield, and along with it came three starters. Sam Brooks ranks these starters - and all of the rest …


Less than a week out from release, Sam Brooks dips back into the breast physics controversy that has enveloped Dead or Alive 6.

BioWare's new online multiplayer Anthem has stumbled out of the starting block, with decidedly mixed reviews. So is this it for BioWare?

Poems by Louise Wallace, James Brown, Tofig Dankalay, Gregory Kan, Tusiata Avia, Qalina, Airini Beautrais, Selina Tusitala Marsh

A series of haiku by Twitter bard Uther Dean. 

The only published and available best-selling book chart in New Zealand is the top 10 sales list recorded every week at Unity Books’ stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.


An interview with the author of probably the most important book of 2019

The country's biggest literary festival has just launched its programme, and it's another very impressive lineup.

Climate change is here and now, and young people will bear the costs of continued inaction. But it matters less whether they skip a day of school than what they do when they go back

Science is good, but that doesn't have the same opportunity to penetrate as fear-based storytelling.

New Zealand researchers develop novel batteries from a very commonplace material - beyond lithium, skipping the solar cell and downsizing monster redox-flows. Laurie Winkless writes.


The 'perfect' office temperature? It's a myth

If any more evidence was needed for the unavoidable impacts of climate change, the Tasman District fires were it, says Dr Judy Lawrence of Victoria University of Wellington.

In the wake of the terrorist attacks on Friday, people are aruging that the Crusaders name is now problematic, writes Jamie Wall for RNZ. Let's face it, though: it always was.

The Wellington Phoenix managed to get a club record crowd when they last played in Auckland.

For once, the Wellington Phoenix are actually cool.


New Zealand goes three for three at UFC Melbourne, culminating in Israel Adesanya's win over Anderson Silva. 

Only in a sport as batshit as cagefighting could the main event fall through just 11 hours before the fight. Don Rowe reports from Melbourne.

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms.

Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michèle A’Court tackle the past month in women, news and popular culture, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop. 

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the third week on Married at First Sight Australia, with special thanks to Nando’s.


Simon Pound talks to Angus Brown, founder of nootropics drink Arepa.

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms.

The pending announcement of the Sunwolves’ exit from Super Rugby suggests that the Nations Championship is the future. However, trickle-down economics may be a hard sell.

CubaDupa festival hosts nearly 200 artists across two days in the heart of Wellington to mark the end of summer. 

Twenty-one years after Steph Martin’s mother was killed in a road crash, she reflects on what's been happening on New Zealand’s roads.


Auckland Zoo director Kevin Buley explains why he believes the animals here live better lives than they would in the wild.

Refilleries such as GoodFor and Be Free Grocer say their time has come, with consumers from Ponsonby to Palmerston North seeking a zero-waste option.

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