Former MP Keith Locke reveals that has received an official apology from the SIS after an internal document labelled him 'a threat'.

In only a few decades, the depiction of LGBTQ characters on television has gone from chaste ambiguity to frank explorations of queer identities of all kinds. But how far have we come, really?


The Best Of

Every year the NBA holds an All-Star game, showcasing the best players in the league, as voted in by players, league officials, and fans. It's time for New Zealand to make Steven Adams an All-Star. Here's how.

I’ve worked at parliament for three different MPs over five years. For the first time, I'm now working for a woman MP, and the kind of messages sent to her online are shocking.

Banning 1080 would lead to the annihilation of nearly all New Zealand's native land animals and birds, writes Forest & Bird's Kevin Hague. Is this really what our leading animal welfare organisation wants?


Your house might be tidy but now you're surrounded by garbage bags full of all of your KonMarie'd shit. What do you do? Emily Writes looks for answers. My house was …

Environmental limits, changing tastes and a redefined social licence are driving consumers away from animal proteins. In part two of a series on the rise of veganism, Daniel Eb looks …

The US federal government shutdown is a case of political and economic vandalism, committed by politicians against the people who elected them, writes Alex Braae from the USA.

The PM's approach to Waitangi commemorations offered the chance to break from the bad old days under PMs of both parties

Why drug laws need to change to help people find out what is in the substances they plan to consume, and avoid causing themselves enormous harm.


The Jami-Lee Ross saga offered a stark reminder that our politics remain at risk from the poison of dirty politics.

Our experts think outside the proverbial box and serve up one leftfield prediction for the year to come in politics

It's the most popular sitcom on television, and it's full of supposedly loveable, always male, assholes. Catherine Hart explains why she's not watching The Big Bang Theory or its ilk anymore.

It’s a grim week in Outlander as Jamie and Claire go on the camping trip from hell, Brianna reads minds, and Roger pretends to travel through time. Tara Ward recaps episode 11 of season four.

Alex Casey watches the joyous return of TVNZ1’s The Casketeers, a docuseries set in an Auckland funeral home.


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

To many, Drew’s Christmas Holiday was a light-hearted comedy to keep thirsty Shortland Street fans satiated during the summer hiatus. To others, it was a terrifying descent into the soul of a confused and lonely man.

Drivers peeing into a bottle because they can't afford toilet stops and migrant workers sleeping in depots: The trucking industry is in a race to the bottom, a new study says.

How honest do advertisements really need to be? Madeleine Chapman investigates a newspaper ad promising a price of $14.99 when the real cost is far, far more.

A graduate of a women-only startup incubator is using crowdsourcing to gather usable data about patterns of sexual assault.


The number of e-bikes sold in New Zealand continued to rocket in 2018. So how do you buy one, and what do you need to know before you invest? Russell Brown has the lowdown.

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

Meek Mill, rapper and former Drake adversary, had one hell of a 2018, culminating in his long-awaited fourth album. Jogai Bhatt reviews Championships.

Broods on being dropped, getting back up again, and their new album Don't Feed the Pop Monster.

Which was the best, loudest, most alternative volume of the ’90s alt-rock compilation series The Trip? Craig Major listens back to all nine editions and casts his verdict.


For a time in the late 2000s, youth of all backgrounds in this country began to dance. Don Rowe remembers the brief flash when techno became a unifying force in New Zealand.

In 2018, rapper Mac Miller passed away from a drug overdose. James Roque writes about his passing, and the effect Miller's music had on him growing up.

Staff Writers

Please stop being mean to us, boy in the Bunnings Warehouse hat

A group of tourists have been travelling the country (Auckland) leaving litter and unpaid restaurant bills in their wake. Government-appointed negotiator Madeleine Chapman tries to reason with them.

Read on.

The decluttering phenomenon has revealed some dark truths about people's need to fill the void with things.

Tomorrow's strike is about protecting an established deal on working conditions that keeps both patients and doctors safe, writes resident medical officer Dr Sofie Rose.

WATCH: Meet the people who have made drag such a big part of Wellington's popular culture


Animals shouldn’t be dying in the name of 'entertainment', writes Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Gareth Hughes. It's time to ban rodeo in New Zealand.

Hannah Gibson has been living with chronic illness for most of her life. So why does she still struggle to get medical professionals to take her condition seriously?

Our family was there. On ice. Waiting.

I’ve seen more sober sunrises now than I can count, and each one holds more meaning for me than any cocktail hour.

The very best of New Zealand's smartest, funniest parenting writer.


Masculinity must be about how much money a guy earns: the more you make the more masculine you are. That's why Bill Gates was the world’s most masculine man for so many years.

It's the topic that always comes up after a few wines between mums: who's having sex and who's not? We present a no holds barred tell-all about the sexual experiences of mothers.

The Waitara Lands Bill passed it's third reading in December – settling one of Aotearoa's longest-running land disputes – despite only one of two hapū giving their support.

In her ceremonial inaugural lecture to mark her appointment as a professor, University of Otago Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett (Ngāti Whātua) examined the concepts of "identity in place".

It's Kohitātea, the eighth month of the Māori year – also known as Rehua, Kai-tātea and Hānuere – when the Rehua star outshines the night sky and fruits ripen for everyone to enjoy.


As a formerly incarcerated person, Awatea Mita knows that denying the right to vote violates respect for human dignity, sending the message that absolute rehabilitation is impossible.

High Court judge Justice Timothy Brewer asked a lawyer if she was making a "political point" by using te reo Māori. Sociolinguist Vini Olsen-Reeder unpacks the bias underpinning those comments. 

Aladdin the musical is currently playing at Civic Theatre. Madeleine Chapman sat down with the star of the show, Gareth Jacobs.

After the release of an Auckland Transport survey claiming two thirds of Aucklanders support more cycleways, Mike Hosking stepped into the ring to fight Statistics.

Smaller, cheaper, cleaner: e-bikes and e-scooters are already disrupting transport giants like Uber, writes Greater Auckland's Patrick Reynolds. 


The answer to the Lime scooter/pedestrian conflict is right in front of us, says Jessica Rose of the group Women in Urbanism.

The ferry operator is seeking major investment. David Slack just wants to know why his boat to Devonport is always borked. Can they find a common dream? 

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

Ahead of the release of his new film Glass, Alex Casey looked back at the best twists in director M. Night Shyamalan's back catalogue.

A scrap with Facebook over a copycat Stuff page reveals how fine the line is between combating fake news and straight up censorship.


Last year Seven Sharp aired a segment warning against the left-leaning political extremist groups, aka meme pages, on Facebook. Madeleine Chapman expands on the report.

We love to hate the media but it's social media we should be concerned about, writes Danyl Mclauchlan.

Following the launch of debut game Dr Grordbort’s Invaders, Weta Workshop’s game division invited Baz Macdonald in to discuss the project's long development and to explore what the future holds for mixed reality gaming.

Another year, another twelve months full of video games that seem to exist only to drain your bank account - but which of these should you be hanging out for? Sam Brooks rounds up the most anticipated games of 2019.

Through clever manipulation of scale and mythos, the latest iteration of God of War makes the most of Immanuel Kant's theory of the sublime to deliver a truly beautiful game.


Our video journalist @morbid_slag_angel_69 takes up the revolver!

Creative Assembly released another spinoff to the Total War series, this time based around the Three Kingdoms War in China. Sam Brooks investigates why this period is a bizarrely popular one for video games.

George Henderson reviews a rock memoir by Wayne Kramer, leader of the MC5, a 60s band who advocated "Dope, rock and roll, and fucking in the street."

Dutch émigré artist Theo Schoon was an anti-Semite and a shithead in so many ways, but he was also a brilliant artist who recognised the beauty and power of Māori art at a time when few Pākehā gave it a second thought. His biographer Damian Skinner reckons with a ghastly genius.

Linda Burgess on the biggest-selling, most-loved book of summer: Becoming, the memoir by Michelle Obama.


Danyl Mclauchlan investigates the strange philosophy of number one best-selling author and thinker Jordan B Peterson, author of 12 Rules for Life.

Madeleine Chapman co-wrote basketball star Steven Adams' autobiography. She tells how she wrote the book alongside an athlete she's known since they were both teenagers.

Scientists predict in almost thirty to forty year that there will be a shortage of one vital element: Phosphorous. Petr Kilian, a senior lecturer in chemistry, explains why.

While your chances of being attacked by a shark are tiny, the risks of an injury from beach litter and marine debris are surprisingly high – and growing every year.

Women have been doing groundbreaking science for centuries. So why don't students learn more about them?


Misleading remarks in the media erode public confidence in a pest-control tool we urgently need to save species.

Professor Juliet Gerrard on diversity in science, the political hot potatoes, and what constitutes science.

You hate the breaks in play that come with video technology in sport. But what if we got rid of it altogether?

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. …


New Zealand currently invests in Olympic medals when it should be investing in viable careers for our athletes, argues Madeleine Chapman.

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. Today: Simon Day on why cricket is the best sport in the world (and rugby sucks).

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

Listen to Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Madeleine Chapman tackle the past YEAR in women, news and popular culture, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop. 

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


In the now-annual event of the year, five of our podcasts' hosts join forces like a mighty end-of-year podcast rat-king.

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Co.

Last year, Marvel's Venom came out and was a huge hit, and you can watch it on Lightbox right now. But the real killer? Eminem's rap over the credits.

Alex Casey guides you through the M. Night Shyamalan universe, and shares some tips on how you can live in it. 

Henry Oliver reminds himself of eight songs from the Now That’s What I Call Music collection that hit once and never again.


For a very long time the electricity market has been dominated by providers. The Spinoff spoke to a company shifting the balance towards the consumer.

The government is digging deep into the price of electricity in New Zealand with a review of the entire energy sector. What will the review look at, and does it mean you might pay less for power?

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