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You’ve probably crossed paths with this weed recently, but did you know how delicious it is?

Traffic lights, pink panthers and Cobb crunchies... go on, those red saloon doors are beckoning you.

In a world of curated social media feeds, Sharon Lam revisits the chaos of her notes app.


A Christchurch Muslim couple who fundraised for the victims of March 15 are calling for more government support for young Afghans.

I know from personal experience the anxiety, the nausea, the uncertainty that can surround decisions at such sensitive times. But the science is clear.

Bringing you the latest on the Covid-19 delta crisis – and more.

Communications specialist Samson Samasoni explains why Stuart Nash won't be winning any bets.

Bringing you the latest on the Covid-19 delta crisis – and more.


Bringing you the latest on the Covid-19 delta crisis – and more.

Bringing you the latest on the Covid-19 delta crisis – and more.

Meet three kitchen maestros whose online profiles have soared in the stay-at-home era.

Which is the best value? Which has the lowest waste? And which is telling the biggest lie about cooking times?

Stuck in level four, Aucklanders are smashing deep-fried dough balls into their faces like never before.


If you're after an orange giving birth, some blue Pepsi or perhaps a two-day-old KFC burger, head straight to this curious corner of the world wide web.

Because sometimes all you want is a large tray of crispy, crunchy, heavy-on-the-butter roast spuds, dammit. 

What are the rules in alert level three? All the key questions, answered.

An interactive map of locations of interest in the current delta outbreak.

Many of the world's top business figures claim they've had an ethical epiphany – but one that won't prevent them continuing to make huge profits.


Simon Pound talks to Vignesh Kumar, a partner in venture capital fund Global from Day 1, about helping local companies scale for global success. 

Women are best placed to get involved with medicinal cannabis. So why are there not enough of them in New Zealand's fledgling industry?

How has Auckland's long lockdown affected The AM Show? Tara Ward tuned in this morning to find out.

The Apprentice Aotearoa winner tells Alex Casey about her Covid-19 experience, and why she is using her Instagram to share the realities of life in quarantine. 

TVNZ’s Breakfast team has embraced viral dances in lockdown, and people are loving it.


It’s week two of Celebrity Treasure Island, and the games are just beginning. 

Jesse Mulligan farewells his comedy hero Norm MacDonald, who died this morning after a secret battle with cancer. 

With an increased demand for wastewater testing in order to monitor the spread of Covid-19, ESR scientists are feeling the pressure.

The issue goes beyond just having a screen and wifi. 

The more we dehumanise others, see them as anonymous or two-dimensional caricatures, the more they become targets of our own unexamined frustrations.


As Victoria marks almost two months in its latest lockdown the public mood is becoming increasingly dark.

Beaten for speaking the language; shame around speaking it; suppressed and ridiculed by the British. Sound familiar?

When I read something that fully engages me, I experience a feeling of completion, as if reading has achieved, for a potent instant, what I am meant to be.

You can still get doughnuts and sex toys delivered. Why not books?

Rooney was held up in transit – here's how fans filled the void.


A new poem from Tāmaki Makaurau poet Jessie Puru.

She's one of our finest poets – and her essays are breathtaking.

When Ngāti Porou and Te Whānau-a-Apanui drew the line at their borders to protect the people within they weren’t just fighting to keep Covid out – they were battling bureaucracy, racism and hunger too.

I mua kē a Ngāti Porou me Te Whānau-a-Apanui e ārahi ana i te tīmatanga o te mate urutā i tā rātou aukati i te huarahi whakaroto ki ō rātou rohe hei tiaki i te hunga o roto.

Lorde's te reo Māori mini-album has has prompted passionate conversation in Māori communities and exposed complex feelings among those without their language.


Hei tā te heamana o te marae o Manurewa, nā te pānga nui o ngā mate urutā ki ngā hapori Māori o mua tau i mārama ai tōna hiahia nui – kia kaua rawa anō.

Manurewa marae chairman Rangi McLean says the lessons of past pandemics that devastated Māori communities made his goal clear – ignore the noise and ensure it never happens again. 

Better ventilation in classrooms has all kinds of benefits for kids – but the responsibility shouldn't fall on already overburdened teachers.

Training cows to urinate in a certain spot could make a big difference to the fight against climate change and the amount of nitrogen in our waterways.

The big challenge: finding the 'breathprint'.


New Zealand is ready to think outside the trap-box when it comes to getting rid of pests.

Was the sheer intensity of torrential rainfall that flooded parts of Auckland last week just too difficult to predict?

Thanks to some existing law, New Zealand media organisations remain generally safe from liability for comments posted under their content on Facebook.

What this week's shock high court ruling means for media on both sides of the Tasman

We've overcome the long odds that greeted us when we first flicked the switch, and become a small but singular part of the media in Aotearoa.


Next week we launch a new investigative project on The Spinoff, untangling the knotty intersection between real life and the internet. 

Peter Williams had departed suddenly. His morning radio audience was mad as hell.

Many of us are acutely aware of the things we’re missing out on during lockdown. Here's how they add up over a two week period.

Bringing you the latest on the Covid-19 delta crisis – and more.

They're seen as a chance to lock in a price before the property market rises even further, but many first-home buyers are being stung by unforeseen costs.


Pākehā men still pay off their student loans fastest, but the gap is closing.

So many items, and all of them essential! We whittle down the top 10 buys to ride out this lockdown.

No one can go to a big gig right now, but a 2020 concert by The Beths has become the lockdown movie experience the country needs. How'd that happen?

Producer Haz Beats tells us about his first gig, taking a goat to the Aotearoa Music Awards and more on this week’s episode of FIRST.

Earth Tongue tell us about axolotl experiences, the horror of Matilda, a cigarette-smoking ghost and more in this week’s episode of FIRST.


Acclaimed New Zealand hip-hop artist Louie Knuxx died of a heart attack in Melbourne on August 13.

In a world full of pop facsimiles, Lorde has emerged older, wiser, more confident and entirely carefree.

Auckland’s usually busy streets are again all but empty after the country returned to level four lockdown – here's what that looked like.

Collins says he has been reflecting on his future in politics after a bomb threat was made against him and his family in response to comments about Police Ten 7.

It all started with a 'meet your neighbours' barbecue. Three years later, the community group were celebrating the opening of a $600,000 playground they'd fought for.


'I’ve seen a few cars lose bumpers.'

Labelling cyclists as ‘rats’ and ‘cockroaches’ is retrograde and dehumanising.

New Zealand's next swimming star speaks to Madeleine Chapman.

Inside the most tumultuous week in trans-Tasman rugby history.

Catch up on Scratched, the Spinoff's video series celebrating New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due.


One of New Zealand's greatest Olympic moments is also its most shameful.

She's our greatest Olympian and greatest athlete.

Podcast | Simon Pound talks to Dr Shalini Divya, co-founder of TasmanIon, about working on a new generation of more recyclable, sustainable and equitable batteries.

Maggie Marilyn designer and founder Maggie Hewitt tells Simon Pound about her mission to create a climate-friendly and accessible clothing brand. 

Podcast | Simon Pound talks to Samantha Gadd about how HR is changing, and why she's starting the Employee Experience Design School.


Podcast | The New Zealand business leader tells Simon Pound why she's funding the Theresa Gattung Chair of Women in Entrepreneurship and why we need to start taking burnout in business more seriously.

Podcast | Jodie Imam and Lance Hodges of Tractor Ventures join Simon Pound to talk about the growing startup industry and how they’re helping fund it.

I Ōrākei Marae, e whakaako ana ngā kaiako o Te Kaa i ētahi rōpū nō ētahi kamupene huri noa i Aotearoa me pēhea e whai māramatanga ai, e whai hononga anō ai ki te ahurea Māori i runga hoki i te ngākau pai.

At Ōrākei Marae, Māori cultural competency kaiako from Te Kaa are teaching rōpū from companies across Aotearoa how to positively identify with Māori culture.

Through film and television, Māori storytellers are sharing their tales further than ever.


Music 101 host Charlotte Ryan on where she goes to find peace and how to create the perfect radio show. 

International students bring their knowledge, culture and diversity with them to New Zealand, and then out into the world when they return home.

The documentary about the mosque shootings served as a reminder of the incredible strength of those left behind.

The latest entry in the Kidman-Kelley-Moriarty canon is their weakest one yet.

The plot and performances are compelling, but the TVNZ mystery series never quite matches up to its spectacular setting.


Holding out hope that tomorrow's Skegg report will give a clear roadmap for the reopening of our borders? You may want to brace for disappointment

The homegrown rugby drama explores the pressures exerted on our most talented high school players – and on young men in general.

The legislation cannot and should not be used to plug a gap in criminal law.

A smile and a little small talk can go a long way in the doctor's office, writes David Hill.

As confusion surrounds the requirements for ECE centres, it's important to remember the risks inherent in these environments.


After 20 wasted years in Afghanistan, New Zealand needs to understand its failure so it can endeavour never to make the same mistake again.

There's confusion and then there's racism.

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