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

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


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

With all 12 contestants now announced, Sam Brooks already knows who is going to win based on their promo videos alone. These are his absolutely correct predictions.

All week this week the Spinoff Review of Books celebrates the rich, fascinating history of New Zealand literature. Today: Paula Green remembers Gloria Rawlinson, Auckland's 'famous young poet' of the 1930s. Postscript by Steve Braunias.


Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, and yet here we are at the end of another week of being asked to prove racism exists.

Today, Ladi6 announced her first tour since she lost her voice a year ago, an event that led to the cancellation of two tours and which required two surgeries and weeks of silence to recover. Here, for the first time, she tells her story.

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.

The prohibition on foreign property buyers is the worst kind of populist, fear-based policy-making, argues economist Eric Crampton.


Stay tuned for updates as top Kiwi broadcaster lashes back at Donald Trump.

NZ needs to join those countries that have called for an international prohibition on autonomous weapons and to work with them to make it happen, writes Thomas Nash.

There's a whole heap of brilliant kids television on Lightbox. But where to start? Anna Gowan runs down the best shows to watch with your kids these school holidays.

With all 12 contestants now announced, Sam Brooks already knows who is going to win based on their promo videos alone. These are his absolutely correct predictions.

Alex Casey talks to Nic Marshall, director of the Jim Henson Retrospectacle, about her decade-long mission to bring The Muppets down under. 


It only took a week for the Anika-era of Seven Sharp to get its first fiery moment, writes Alex Casey. 

Buck House was an edgy sitcom from the 70s that manages to still be edgy and different now, though not for the right reasons. Sam Brooks muses upon the distinct pleasures of Buck House.

Wisdom and experience come with age, but these young people are proving to be wise beyond their years. We've picked out ten Kiwi business moguls aged 30-years or under that are promising good things for the future of New Zealand business.

After ruthlessly exploiting their monopoly power by imposing payment terms of up to 90 days on thousands of small suppliers, dairy giant Fonterra has bowed to morality with a new invoicing policy.

A new Victoria University survey of Wellington employers reveals the importance of work experience – of any kind – when choosing from similarly qualified job candidates.


A handful of employers in the retail, hospitality, food manufacturing and events industry have gone above and beyond by paying all their staff at least $20.55 per hour. Here, they explain the reasons why – and how they manage to do it.

Last year Kiwis paid about $340 million in KiwiSaver fees. David Boyle from The Commission For Financial Capability says changes to our annual statements should make it easier to understand what we are paying for.

Tonight, the Headless Chickens will be presented with the Independent Music Classic NZ Record award for Stunt Clown at a ceremony for the Taite Music Prize. Hussein Moses digs up the inside story of how the band first made their mark on New Zealand music.

Yesterday, on Facebook and Twitter, Chelsea Nikkel, known to many as Princess Chelsea, accused St Vincent of plagiarising her labelmate Jonathan Bree at Coachella. Today for The Spinoff, she expands on her argument.

Last night, over wifi, Jogai Bhatt witnessed Beyonce turn one of the whitest functions of the year – Coachella – into a glorious ode to Black artistry.


David Farrier talks to one of the most wildly enigmatic frontmen in music, Maynard James Keenan, and his partner in crime, Billy Howerdel about 18 years of friendship, music, and being very, very enigmatic.

Kate Robertson talks to Alison Wonderland, the Australian EDM producer who's playing Coachella this weekend.

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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 NZ Rideshare Drivers Network is asking Uber drivers and passengers to join a day of action over pay and conditions

Black Sheep is an RNZ series about the controversial characters of New Zealand history. In this instalment: Kimble Bent, the American soldier who fought – and switched sides – in the Taranaki Land Wars of the 1860s.

New Zealand Veterinary Association companion animal manager Rochelle Ferguson tackles the flawed logic in using breed as the only criteria for judging dogs as dangerous.


Cyrus Haley burned down several of the most famous buildings in 19th century Auckland and tried to kill the family of a prominent businessman. To this day we still don’t know why…

No one likes the tax man. Not even his mum. But Dany Miller-Kareko is the modern friendly face of the IRD, who is out to convince Kiwis she’s here to help. James Borrowdale followed her around Auckland while she tried.

Mum of two Emily Holdaway doesn't sleep much, but she says she is thriving. Here's her secret.

Adam Mamo knew that part of being a dad was being able to do dad jokes. This is his inspiring story of how he discovered his inner dad comedian. 

On Friday 20 April the doors to the Karori Plunket Creche will close to the last child, the last family, for the very last time. Angela Cuming spoke to Liz Taylor whose son Allan attends the creche.


'Every child in New Zealand deserves the support they need so that they can succeed in education,' said Labour during the election campaign. Now it's time to back up those words with real funding for children with autism and other special needs, writes Erika Harvey.

Our resident teen and tween expert Louisa Woods on why The Talk isn’t just a talk – and why you need to start early.

One hundred and fifty Māori medical practitioners converged on Rotorua in March to discuss the Māori health Kaupapa Inquiry. Ātea's rongoā expert Donna Kerridge made this presentation to her peers.

Black Sheep is an RNZ series about the controversial characters of New Zealand history. In this instalment: Kimble Bent, the American soldier who fought – and switched sides – in the Taranaki Land Wars of the 1860s.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, and yet here we are at the end of another week of being asked to prove racism exists.


Last weekend the New Zealand Māori Council with the National Hauora Coalition hosted a hui to discuss Wai 2575, the Waitangi Tribunal’s inquiry into Health Services and Outcomes. Gabrielle Baker was there.

South Taranaki iwi Ngāti Ruanui have commended the government on its decision to stop block offers for offshore oil and gas exploration, despite holding more oil and mineral exploration permits than any other iwi.

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.

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

Ads hawking bogus Ray-Ban sunglasses are springing up all over Instagram feeds. But where do they come from and who is to blame?

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


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It's remembered as one of New Zealand's best comic thrillers, but how did it happen? Joel McManus talks to director Robert Sarkies about his 1999 film Scarfies.

Xbox have announced a re-release slate of old games, including one that is little spoken of now: the mythic Chinese fantasy Jade Empire. Sam Brooks writes about the game's reception 13 years ago, and why it's all but forgotten now.

From April 26, approximately 3% of all original Xbox games will be available in their original form on the Xbox One. That's more than you can play on the Playstation 4 – but still far, far from what we hoped for, writes Adam Goodall.

Rampage hits cinemas this week, and you might be surprised to learn it's based on a popular video game. Gaming novice Alex Casey saw the film without playing the game, gaming expert Sam Brooks played the game and refuses to see the movie.


Despite five numbered entries over eleven years, Suikoden remains a much loved but little known RPG series. Sam Brooks writes about one of his favourite video game series ever, and what makes it so special.

With the latest entry in the Far Cry series, Ubisoft has shown they can master open world gameplay – but when are they going to actually master how to tell a story? Sam Brooks reviews.

All week this week the Spinoff Review of Books celebrates the rich, fascinating history of New Zealand literature. Today: a photoessay on the graves of famous New Zealand writers.

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

All week this week the Spinoff Review of Books celebrates the rich, fascinating history of New Zealand literature. Today: Paula Green remembers Gloria Rawlinson, Auckland's 'famous young poet' of the 1930s. Postscript by Steve Braunias.


We present - for the first time in one place - the entire list of every winner since the national book awards were created 50 years ago.

New verse by West Auckland writer Michael Steven.

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

China's defunct space station Tiangong-1 is expected to hit Earth in the next few hours. What are we doing, asks astrophysicist Brad E Tuckeer, to deal with the junk already in space and prevent more?

Can your local council stop you getting heart disease and cancer? Our research into the way people get around New Zealand cities suggests it can, writes Caroline Shaw


Within five years, science will likely have answered a controversial question: can the drug commonly called ecstasy treat psychiatric disorders?

Helen Taylor explains why she devotes her research to bird semen, and how an avian sperm race can help save one of New Zealand’s forgotten taonga, the hihi.

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

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

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


Simon Pound talks to Sophie Gilmour, co-founder of free-range chicken eatery Bird on a Wire, about taking the business from idea to exit.

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

In today's edition: Free trade with Britain moves closer, police and government at odds over drug driver testing, and EQC checks may be recalled.

There's a whole heap of brilliant kids television on Lightbox. But where to start? Anna Gowan runs down the best shows to watch with your kids these school holidays.

Spies in the spotlight, support from freight CEO for government's rail strategy, and Housing NZ lose same tenancy tribunal case twice.


Vector’s Karl Check says parts of Australia are making good progress at shifting from coal and gas fired power plants and onto renewal energy sources. And New Zealand could learn a thing or two about how they are doing it.

In today's edition: A new poll is out, the government is considering public-private partnerships, and rents are rising rapidly.

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