Russell McVeagh and the limits of the law

Revelations of alleged sexual harassment by a former partner at Russell McVeagh underscore the unique privilege of the legal profession. Danyl Mclauchlan explores the case and what kept it secret.


WWE Superstars go Māori

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Nico Porteous, both 16, won bronze medals at the Winter Olympics this week. Their efforts add to an ever-growing list of impressive achievements by New Zealand teenagers.

A2 Milk Co briefly burst through a landmark this week, reaching a market capitalisation of $10 billion on news of its deal with Fonterra. Here are ten numbers which encapsulate the milk brand's inexorable rise.


The Best Of

Legendary playwright Roger Hall pays tribute to the great satirist John Clarke, whose posthumous book Tinkering has been a runaway best-seller this summer.

The third instalment of Peter Wells’ diary of life with cancer, republished from his private Facebook with permission.

Emily Writes went to a cafe and transcribed an interview between a journalist and a celebrity cook while her children took turns taking dumps in the fryer and coffee machine.


With Tova O'Brien and Jessica Mutch's recent promotions, the leading editors in the press gallery are now all women. Madeleine Chapman asks four of them whether that matters, and about the broader state of play in 2018.

Who is bigger and badder than the banks? Apple. The tech giant is slowly capturing the mobile payments market – but is it good for consumers?

UMR Research survey conducted mostly before the National leadership contest began puts the polarising MP in the lead – but only slightly.

As founder of a multi-million-dollar private military and security company that operated in Iraq, Mark Mitchell needs to tells us where he stands on war-for-profit, argues Daniel Couch. Mark Mitchell’s announcement …

Mark Mitchell and Steven Joyce have added their names to the ballot for the contest to succeed Bill English as party leader. With a week till MPs make their decision, here are five observations on the race


The National MP's leadership bid has put his broad Kiwi accent back in the spotlight. Henderson-Massey local board chair and 'proud Westie' Shane Henderson thinks we should all lay off the jokes.

As the contest unfolds, expect deals, departures and a determination to keep ructions away from public sight, writes former National government adviser Zach Castles.

Our local Bachelor exports have finally made it to the international stage in The Bachelor Winter Games, but at what cost to the nation? 

It was one of the most critically acclaimed cult shows of the late-00s, and it's coming to Lightbox today. Tara Ward runs down Community's most gloriously wackadoo episodes.

Alex Casey recaps the first political speed date on Seven Sharp, wherein Jeremy Wells wooed Judith Collins in the TVNZ foyer.


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

From Close to Home to Shortland Street to Westside, New Zealand has a long and storied history of brilliant TV. Sam Brooks takes a look at the best local shows that you can stream on Lightbox right now.

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Megan May, founder of whole foods company Little Bird Organics which today launches its first-ever equity crowdfunding campaign with fellow Kiwi company EcoStore.

Who is bigger and badder than the banks? Apple. The tech giant is slowly capturing the mobile payments market – but is it good for consumers?

You plug in your phone at night, why not the car as well? Gareth Shute describes the joys (and dramas) of being an EV owner.


What does it mean to be a social enterprise today? Is it about profit, purpose, or both? Steven Moe takes us through the various definitions.

Imagine you didn't get paid for a month or two for your work. Big businesses have been using this tactic to keep cash in the bank – but how long do our corporates take to pay? Rebecca Stevenson investigates.

In the 25 years since he first appeared, Beck has left few genres untouched. To help prepare you for ACL, The Spinoff retraces his diverse career in two minutes.

Last night David Farrier took himself to see one of his non-musical heroes, X-Files star David Duchovny, play music. Here's what happened.

Political rap/rock supergroup Prophets of Rage are heading to Melbourne's Download Festival and a sideshow in Auckland (be in to win tickets and flights to that show – and five more Download sideshows – below!).


Sam Wicks talks to SWIDT rapper Spycc about the Onehunga group's new EP and life after Stoneyhunga.

Gareth Shute crunches the numbers on who is the most streamed here and abroad – and asks why the two don't always match.

As ex-cyclone Gita tore towards the midriff of New Zealand, Sean Gillespie captures the capital's encounter with the storm.

Tens of thousands of New Zealanders have serious food allergies, and hundreds are hospitalised each year, often because hospitality staff have mistakenly served them something they’re allergic to. A new law was supposed to stop that happening – so why has so little changed?

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Alex Casey cracks open a can of horror in Fanta's new Jelly Fizz drink.


Police and council are trying to throttle the life out of Dunedin’s student culture. We sent a reporter down to experience its exhilarating chaos before it gets too boring. This story …

Trans academic Lexie Matheson on she and her community's complex relationship with the police.

Emily Writes went to a cafe and transcribed an interview between a journalist and a celebrity cook while her children took turns taking dumps in the fryer and coffee machine.

Parenting when you’re struggling can be bloody hard – and finding fuel in your own tank to fuel your kids’ can be even harder. Lee-Anne Duncan mets a Lower Hutt mum who’s thankful for Bellyful.

In the third story in a series celebrating the amazing things young New Zealanders do every day, a young girl's love of soap – and owls – has become a business success story. Angela Cuming spoke to Ava Heath-Williams about her start up. 


Puberty: if you're parenting a teen or pre-teen, it's inescapable. Mum-of-three Emmaline Matagi gives the lowdown on how puberty has rocked her household.

Spoiler alert: it’s by not having any kids in Early Childhood Education centres. Jai Breitnauer looks at whether 20 hours free in New Zealand is really free.

The announcement of a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the abuse of children in state care has been met with praise and relief, but survivors may be worse off if the historic claims unit within the MSD is allowed to remain.

Yesterday Auckland Council voted unanimously to endorse the rāhui placed by Te Kawarau ā Maki on the Waitākere Regional Park. Edward Ashby, executive manager of Te Kawarau ā Maki, explains what it's all for.

Some would have you believe that charter schools are the only ones transforming education for Māori and Pasifika children. That's just not true, argues Laures Park.


Literally tens of people lined the streets to watch the opening ceremony of The Bachelor Winter Games, which debuted in the US this week. And then New Zealand appeared.

In the final installment of our series on the future of Māori health, former Ministry of Health advisor and policy analyst Gabrielle Baker sums up the core values needed to make big changes to our health system.

The future of Auckland Art Gallery's funding is in the hands of the council as it divides up its 10-year budget. Viv Beck, Heart of the City chief executive, wants them to fix the funding gap for the sake of Auckland’s cultural soul.

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, we explain why swimming at some of Auckland's best beaches might just be a terrible idea.

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, Don Rowe spells out whether or not ratepayers are funding a fisting festival. 


Desperate to escape the high-summer hell of the Spinoff's non-air conditioned office, Toby Morris spends four hours trying to get some work done onboard the blissfully chilly Outer Link bus.

On Thursday Auckland Transport released a draft budget that caused an immediate uproar – and then Phil Twyford said it was all a mistake. Auckland councillor Richard Hills explains why the draft budget was so bad, and what he intends to do about it.

With Tova O'Brien and Jessica Mutch's recent promotions, the leading editors in the press gallery are now all women. Madeleine Chapman asks four of them whether that matters, and about the broader state of play in 2018.

A new documentary released by VICE today reveals an underreported public help crisis. Don Rowe talks to assistant producer James Borrowdale about Syn City, an in-depth look at New Zealand's synthetic cannabinoid epidemic. 

NZME and Stuff are working together wherever they can, regardless of what the watchdog and high court have to say about it.


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

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

The Darwin Project, the first game from Montreal studio Scavengers, brings a player-generated narrative experience to the saturated battle royale genre, and it has an open beta out this weekend. Uther Dean talks to the people behind it.

The latest addition to the Metal Gear series, the non-canon zombie game Metal Gear Survive, is out tomorrow. The series has been around for an incredible 31 years – and oh boy, the things we've seen.

Samsara is a kicky, inventive platformer from Auckland game studio Marker Games that harkens back to the not-so-long-ago likes of Limbo and Braid. Adam Goodall reviews.


Tacky aesthetics and an overly faithful reproduction of modern mixed martial arts holds back what is easily the best UFC game yet, writes Don Rowe. 

With the advent of trophies – and online gaming – we’ve also seen the decline of cheats. Sam Brooks remembers a time in gaming when cheats were seen as nothing more than a bit of fun, and why that's changed.

Legendary playwright Roger Hall pays tribute to the great satirist John Clarke, whose posthumous book Tinkering has been a runaway best-seller this summer.

The third instalment of Peter Wells’ diary of life with cancer, republished from his private Facebook with permission.

Spinoff literary editor Steve Braunias surveys the current state of payments for book reviewing in New Zealand.


A dramatic excerpt from a new memoir by Dave Greenberg from the Westpac rescue helicopter service. Includes kicker.

New verse by Australian writer Eloise Grills.

Deepfake software is already being used to make pornographic videos using the faces of celebrities like Natalie Portman and Gal Gadot. But in the age of fake news, the deepfake problem could get a lot worse.

Forget bottled water – the new 'health' craze for those who reject tap water is raw, untreated water from rivers and springs. New Zealanders shouldn't need to be told what a terrible idea that is, writes biological scientist Dr Alison Campbell.

The idea that New Zealand's threatened species can somehow safely ‘co-exist’ with the onslaught of introduced predators is irresponsible and untrue, writes the Department of Conservation's Nicola Toki.


From November through to January, a multi-disciplinary team of experts from New Zealand melted a hole through the Ross Ice Shelf to explore the hidden ocean below. Team members Christina Hulbe and Craig Stevens take us through the findings.

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, the geodesic sphere deposited into space from the east coast of the North Island.

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

Host Simon Pound talks to Jess Daniel of Jess' Underground Kitchen.

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


Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire assess the English legacy and the contenders to succeed him as National Party leader in this collectible special edition pod.

Simon talks to Gemma and Steve about creating a composting business from the ground up.

With over 2.8m members, KiwiSaver is the most successful financial product in New Zealand since the chequing account. Simplicity managing director Sam Stubbs looks at its potential for New Zealand.

It was one of the most critically acclaimed cult shows of the late-00s, and it's coming to Lightbox today. Tara Ward runs down Community's most gloriously wackadoo episodes.

In the 25 years since he first appeared, Beck has left few genres untouched. To help prepare you for ACL, The Spinoff retraces his diverse career in two minutes.


Political rap/rock supergroup Prophets of Rage are heading to Melbourne's Download Festival and a sideshow in Auckland (be in to win tickets and flights to that show – and five more Download sideshows – below!).

The future of Auckland Art Gallery's funding is in the hands of the council as it divides up its 10-year budget. Viv Beck, Heart of the City chief executive, wants them to fix the funding gap for the sake of Auckland’s cultural soul.

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