Jihee Junn talks to Jason Lovell of Reobot, an IBM Watson-powered chatbot that allows you to practise conversational Māori via Facebook Messenger.

They formed in 1965, had their biggest hit in 1990 and in 2018 they’re coming to New Zealand with Def Leppard! Get ready with a quick guide to the last half-decade of German hard rock veterans Scorpions.


The Best Of

As revealed on The Real Pod this week, cats Brian and Christine Rice-Green are having a second chance at living with New Zealand TV royalty.

Rebecca Wood is a force of nature in a striking new Rebel Sport commercial. But ‘how many lives you live is up to you’? Nah, not for female rugby players.

Claims in Deborah Hill Cone column cast doubt on the prime minister and her squeeze, who stands accused of being cringey and having a name ending with the letter ‘e’. Danyl Mclauchlan digs deeper


Australian and New Zealand volunteers fought together in the Waikato War, yet still its place in the Anzac tradition is unacknowledged by our defence forces or Returned Services Association

He founded an ethical dairying company that would allow calves to stay with their mothers. Last week, Glenn Herud had to admit that his enterprise had failed.

Despite National’s attempts to paint it as a coalition of uneasy bedfellows, the Labour, Greens and NZ First alliance has held up rather well so far, writes Jason Walls for interest.co.nz.

Why the government is looking into public private partnerships to build infrastructure – and what the other political parties think.

The prime minister's whistlestop tour of Europe saw her meet the German chancellor in Berlin yesterday. And the local press were gushing


On Tuesday, economist Eric Crampton argued prohibiting foreign buyers will do nothing to alleviate the housing crisis. Today, he lays out all the other reasons why the ban makes no sense.

To outsiders New Zealand foreign policy must look like a riddle wrapped in a mystery, perhaps clear only to the enigmatic deputy prime minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

As revealed on The Real Pod this week, cats Brian and Christine Rice-Green are having a second chance at living with New Zealand TV royalty.

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

Long-lost siblings? A high-stakes and seemingly pointless quest? A fake death? Sounds like a good time. Sam Brooks celebrates the forgotten Kiwi drama Seekers.


With The Handmaid's Tale season two arriving exclusively to Lightbox on Thursday, Alex Casey assembles a handy list of ways you can bide your time. 

It's the OG, the king, the grandaddy, and it's back – New Zealand-style. Luke Harries recaps the first episode of season two of Survivor NZ.

New Zealanders get charged some of the highest fees for debit and credit card use in the world and most of us don't even realise it, writes Paul Brislen.

Don’t be scared, information is power right? And a new money personality quiz built by our partners at Kiwibank could help you tackle your money issues. The Spinoff took it for a spin – here are our results.

We all agree we need more affordable housing; but how can we achieve it? 2 Degrees Mobile founder Tex Edwards says our market has failed and lays out the case for more Government intervention.


He founded an ethical dairying company that would allow calves to stay with their mothers. Last week, Glenn Herud had to admit that his enterprise had failed.

We talk to James MacAvoy, co-founder of Goodnest, which is a lot like Uber, but for getting your house cleaned.

Bridie Chetwin-Kelly talks to Sarah Thompson of the Melbourne-based band Camp Cope, who have called out festivals for male-dominated line-ups and lead a campaign against sexual misconduct at concerts.

Henry Oliver talks to Kimbra, the Hamilton-raised, New York-based art-pop star, about her new album, Primal Heart.

Last week, Auckland-based producer and musician October released her debut album, Ultra Red. She tells Henry Oliver about how, two months before the album's intended release, she took the recordings back and remade it by herself.


Auckland turned out for a packed out show at Spark Arena for The Killers - the band's first in New Zealand since 2009. Jihee Junn sat down with drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr before the show.

Newly released stats reveal a surprising growth in New Zealand music revenue. What does that mean for the industry, and for you, the humble fan?

Staff Writers

What does Spark winning the RWC mean for Sky, and for rugby fans?

The telecomms company and TVNZ have outbid the satellite giant for the right to broadcast the 2019 men’s Rugby World Cup – and it marks a watershed moment for our media and audiences

Read on.

The Spinoff’s royals correspondent Alex Braae has been camped outside a London hospital for the past three weeks, waiting eagerly for the name of the new royal baby. In the meantime, these are his predictions.

It is easier to create perfect fictions of heroes than acknowledge their failings, vulnerability and the suffering they caused. But maybe if we stop just seeing the dark stuff as personal, we can really start to deal with it, writes Isa Ritchie

Rebecca Wood is a force of nature in a striking new Rebel Sport commercial. But ‘how many lives you live is up to you’? Nah, not for female rugby players.


Grey Lynn arts lovers just don't get it. The debate over plans to close libraries at the Auckland of University lays bare a battle for the middle classes, writes design historian Peter Gilderdale.

Australian and New Zealand volunteers fought together in the Waikato War, yet still its place in the Anzac tradition is unacknowledged by our defence forces or Returned Services Association

With Anzac Day just around the corner, we asked #ArmyWife Greer Berry to share with us the ups and downs of being married to a person in the New Zealand Defence Force.  

Dwayne The Rock Johnson welcomed his third daughter into the world today and celebrated with a near-perfect Instagram post about supporting a woman giving birth. Could he make it a career?

Patsy Holt's granddaughter may be tiny like a mouse but she has the courage of a lion – and she's the reason why the 73-year-old grandmother is running her first ever marathon. In our series celebrating the amazing things young New Zealanders do every day, brought to you by our friends at Flick, Angela Cuming meets Alanna O'Shaughnessy and her grandma.


The thought of their teenage kids watching porn is an uncomfortable one for many parents. But as teenager expert Louisa Woods explains, it's probably not a cause for alarm.

When a supermarket in Marton announced it would offer special shopping sessions for adults and children with autism or sensory processing issues, families around New Zealand rejoiced. Alexandra Saunders shares why it means so much.

The arguments for a national day to commemorate the New Zealand Wars are strong, but each iwi also has its own case for holding it on a separate date, writes RNZ's Shannon Haunui-Thompson.

Australian and New Zealand volunteers fought together in the Waikato War, yet still its place in the Anzac tradition is unacknowledged by our defence forces or Returned Services Association

Taranaki are expected to host next year's national commemoration of the New Zealand Wars and yet the Waitara land-grab that sparked the Taranaki Wars has still yet to be resolved.


The name of a beer from a Waiheke brewing company has come under fire for its links to a prominent Ngāpuhi chief.

Grief is tough to navigate, wherever you come from. An incident involving the public sprinkling of ashes started a conversation this week on cultural belief versus the freedom to mourn however you need to.

The announcement that Auckland University's arts school is to close its library speaks volumes about the value we place on art in New Zealand, argues Reilly Hodson.

Illustrator and writer Toby Morris checks in with five Auckland residents to get their reactions to last night's storm.

With 120,00 Auckland homes still without power after last night's monster storm, and many expected to be waiting days for its restoration, here are some tips for carrying on without wattage.


Peach Parade is a delightful name. But does the street itself live up to the hype? Toby Morris reviews.

A diorama of Auckland dating to the 1930s was lost for decades, and shows in stunning detail the central city with light rail right through it, and before huge chunks of it were demolished.

Breakfast carnage continues on Newshub as Mark Richardson and Duncan Garner tear chunks out of Mark Richardson and Duncan Garner

Claims in Deborah Hill Cone column cast doubt on the prime minister and her squeeze, who stands accused of being cringey and having a name ending with the letter ‘e’. Danyl Mclauchlan digs deeper

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


Yet another blistering AM Show attack as cricketer-turned-broadcaster condemns cricketer-turned-broadcaster

The AM Show host has unleashed a merciless broadside over remarks by AM Show host.

For years, the larger centres in Aotearoa have had a headlock on the competitive gaming scene. But with the Waikato Arena Rampage, that's all about to change. Horiana Henderson reports.

The latest addition to the vast and sprawling Harry Potter canon is out, and it's a mobile game. Alice Webb-Liddall heads to Hogwarts in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.

An epic tale of Scandinavian myths and the father-son duo that fight them, God of War is a defining AAA game that pushes the boundaries graphically and thematically. Don Rowe reviews.


The third annual Play By Play International Games Festival is spilling out across Wellington this week. Adam Goodall played all sixteen contenders for awards at the festival...  for sixteen minutes each.

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today: what is this Fortnite: Battle Royale thing that your kids keep talking about? Gaming editor Sam Brooks has you covered.

Elizabeth Knox - whose novel The Vintner's Luck has been named by Spinoff readers as the best New Zealand book of the past 50 years - reaches into her sunhat and plucks out the name of a lucky winner in our amazing book prize.

Veteran Herald sports reporter Wynne Grey has written a new book about what happens to rugby players when they hang up their boots. In this excerpt, Mark "Bull" Allen – the All Blacks prop who led the Hurricanes in the Super 12 in 1996, and played 110 games for Taranaki – tells his story.

Classic verse by John Cooper Clarke, ahead of his show at the Crystal Palace in Mt Eden on Saturday night.


The week's best-sellers at the Unity Books stores in Willis St, Wellington and High St, Auckland.

Scott Hamilton notices something missing in the long, feverish construction of New Zealand literature - the rest of the Pacific.

The term 'evidence' has a fascinating linguistic and social history – and it’s a good reminder that even today the truth of scientific evidence depends on it being presented in a convincing way, writes James A. T. Lancaster

'Super-gonorrhoea' has been reported in Australia, and experts say we're next. How bad could it get?

If humans ever want to achieve the outlandish, science fiction sounding goal of a colony on Mars, our species will get their in part thanks to virtual reality.


Six ways to improve water quality in New Zealand's lakes and rivers.

The latest inventory of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions shows a 20% increase in emissions from 1990 to 2016. The Science Media Centre has collected commentary from the experts

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

This week Simon Pound talks to Matt Weavers from Big Street Bikers about bringing e-bikes to the masses.

In his special guest appearance on The Real Pod, Haydn Daniels from Married at First Sight NZ covered everything from the secret tapes to what happened to his wedding ring.


Jenna, Kiran and Louisa bring you the first ever episode of Papercuts podcast.

Simon Pound talks to Jennifer Rutherford about bringing diversity to tech.

Alex Casey reviews the return of The Handmaid’s Tale, available exclusively on Lightbox with new episodes every Thursday.

In the new film Isle of Dogs, David Farrier finds director Wes Anderson has produced his most artistic, political and detailed film yet.

They formed in 1965, had their biggest hit in 1990 and in 2018 they’re coming to New Zealand with Def Leppard! Get ready with a quick guide to the last half-decade of German hard rock veterans Scorpions.


Major welfare changes coming, more funding for soldiers with PTSD, and Eric Murray won't have a beer after all.

Food grant stats show poverty in NZ is getting worse, woman's benefit wrongly cut off by WINZ over dates, and the budget responsibility rules are set to be bent.

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