Getting Your Shit Together: How two 15 year olds deal with bullying

Getting Your Shit Together is a new monthly column on everyday mental health from Auckland mindfulness educator Kristina Cavit. Ahead of Pink Shirt Day tomorrow, Cavit talks to two teenage friends about their experience of bullying - and the techniques they've developed to fight back.

In defence of Sarah Wilson, whose brave mental health memoir doesn't deserve to be insulted

Yesterday we published a critical review of First, We Make the Beast Beautiful, Australian writer Sarah Wilson's book about her anxiety issues. Today Naomi Arnold, a fan of the book, responds.

Immunisation in New Zealand: the freedom to grow up healthy

The Spinoff Parents' science writer Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw looks at the current state of immunisation in our country – and explains why our poorest children are the ones least likely to experience the freedom of a healthy childhood.

When love aint enough: Are we about to lose another rural maternity centre?

Lumsden Maternity Centre in rural Southland, where Bill English was born, is in imminent danger of closure. Southerner Victoria Crockford explains why it would be a devastating loss for the community.

Suck it up: why critics are good for restaurants

Now more than ever, says Simon Wilson, critics are good for restaurants and good for their customers too. The real problem in media coverage is the exact opposite: it's uncritical feel-goodism and the lack of critics.

Five things Auckland desperately needs to hear today from a newly enlightened Steven Joyce

Does the minister of finance understand the needs of Auckland? He lives here, so of course he does, right? Here are five things, and the speech to accompany them, that Simon Wilson would love to hear Steven Joyce deliver in his first budget speech today.

What does The Billy T Award mean in 2017?

Spinoff Comedy co-editor Sam Brooks takes a look at the recent history of the Billy T Award, what felt different about this year's nominees, and what that means for New Zealand's comedy industry as a whole.

'I don't leave the door open for bullshit to come in': A conversation with Urzila Carlson

Urzila Carlson is straight up the biggest comedian in the country today. Spinoff Comedy co-editor Sam Brooks talks to her about how she got so good at being funny.

The rope-a-dope budget: Ben Thomas reviews Budget 2017

After a year of taking heavy shots from the opposition, National responded with a 1-2 of their own with today's budget announcements, writes Ben Thomas.

'A classic election year budget': Shamubeel Eaqub reviews Budget 2017

Tax cuts, more money for infrastructure, and catch-up spending on a raft of areas where it had previously been frozen. All well and good, says economist Shamubeel Eaqub, but what about housing?

Let's play - Legendary: the Marvel Deck Building Game

Everything's coming up Marvel these days, Liam Maguren and buddy Doug try the latest card game tie in

Magnify VR/AR: Hooked into the machine

Techweek! Demos, prototypes, presentations, discussions, and keynotes, all radiant with the reflected glow of futurist optimism. Tof Eklund got steeped in digital dreams last week, spending Sunday afternoon at the Magnify VR/AR Expo, and the next day at the subsequent Business Summit.

Book of the Week: Kim Hill reviews 'Idaho'

"Horrifying and hopeful at the same time": Kim Hill reviews Idaho, one of the most acclaimed novels of 2017.

Trying to beat anxiety with brute force: A review of a new, very weird, Australian self-help book

"I know it may appear mean-spirited," comments Deborah Hill-Cone, "to write a bad review about anyone who has the courage to speak publicly about their mental illness." And then she proceeds to write the bad review.

Dr Lance O'Sullivan on why he stormed the stage at an anti-vaxx screening

Last night Dr Lance O'Sullivan, 2014 New Zealander of the Year for his work bringing health programmes to disadvantaged rural areas, leapt onto the stage to protest a screening of the controversial anti-vaccination movie Vaxxed. He spoke to Don Rowe about why he did it.

Why is an antibiotic-chasing scientist going cap in hand to the crowd?

Siouxsie Wiles explains why she’s using crowdfunding to bankroll her lab’s effort in response to the global crisis of antimicrobial resistance

Bill Reichert of Garage Ventures calls for the scrappy standout in the entrepreneur crowd

Bill Reichert of Garage Ventures in Silicon Valley talks to Simon Pound about what his Venture Capital firm looks for in an entrepreneur.

The Real Pod: Our raw, LIVE reaction to The Bachelor NZ finale

Jane Yee, Duncan Greive and Alex Casey gather with an audience in The Christchurch Art Gallery to talk about the dramatic season finale of The Bachelor NZ – and so much more.