Composting plays a huge role in the fight against climate change, but how do we inspire people to actually do it?

Six designs are being considered for a new memorial to mark the Erebus plane crash.


The Best Of

Until New Zealand Cricket addresses the Scott Kuggeleijn situation, Black Caps superfan Michelle Langstone will no longer be watching her beloved team. Here she explains why. 

Research points towards an unconscious, cognitive basis for racism and other forms of discrimination, suggesting that even the super-woke can be secret and subconscious racists, writes Danyl Mclauchlan

The only plausible explanation for the Radio Sport host’s diatribe against my colleague is an elaborate attempt at performance art – the alternative is heroic incoherence


Just days before today's Pride march, from which police withdrew after insisting on wearing uniform, officers were seemingly happy to be deployed in casual clothes at Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Every year, thousands of New Zealand immigrants in London celebrate Waitangi Day by dressing up, publicly getting drunk, and doing the haka, and it makes Madeleine Chapman shudder.

The government is to introduce a ban smoking in cars with children. Good news? Not according to social scientist Dr Kyro Selket.

Everyone is ripping into the National mansplaining-KiwiBuild-barbecue ad online. But what if that was exactly what they wanted to happen ...

The National MP's self-righteous defence for halting yesterday's meeting ignored the essential role the Opposition plays in upholding the select committee process, writes Andrew Geddis.


As China sends abstract signals about its unhappiness with New Zealand, there are some concrete steps that Jacinda Ardern's government can take

The Gone By Lunchtime peloton roars into 2019.

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the second week on Married at First Sight Australia, with special thanks to Nando’s.

Our reality TV experts at The Real Pod are obsessed with Married at First Sight Australia. Let us count the ways.

It's Valentine's Day, so why not pay homage to the queer New Zealand icon herself, Xena: Warrior Princess. Sam Rutledge writes a love letter to the woman herself.


Emily Writes picks some kids shows you can watch without wanting to poke your eyes out with a blunt stick.

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week on Married at First Sight Australia, with special thanks to Nando’s.

The government has proposed a major shakeup of New Zealand’s polytechnics and ITOs. Associate professor at MAINZ Dr John Bassett weighs in on the controversial move.

Simon Pound talks to Romer founder Emily Heazlewood who's created the 'Tinder for doing things'

From extracting hemp oil to African artificial insemination programmes, a Christchurch-developed super refrigerator is taking the business of freezing to new levels.


Two 20-year-old students have created an app that combines the brevity of Q&A platforms like Yahoo Answers and Quora with the visual nature of websites like YouTube and Instagram.

Mark Thomas discovers that 'reality' in North Korea means theme park-style monuments, hopelessly pot-holed roads, and much bowing to Eternal Leaders.

This week the Auckland radio station 95bFM celebrates its 50th anniversary. Russell Brown looks back at the station's history, the hurdles it's overcome, and why it thrived.

Last night The Spinoff sent a specialist squad of millennials to the 90s nostalgia fest So Pop. This is their story. 

Music festivals are slowly making progress towards being accessible to disabled people – but is it happening fast enough? Alice Mander shares her experience at this year's Laneway and offers some suggestions for improving accessibility.


A popstar reclaims her hype, an indie-darling goes pop, and a trio of locals make good on their early promise. These are the songs of the month – five international, five local.

God may have created all his children in his image, but the same cannot be said for his hymns. Some church songs are good, some are bad, and some are absolute bangers.

Protester and performance artist Jazmine Roze Phillips talks about the assault and police inaction which led to her naked protest on Karangahape Road.

Breeds such as pugs and bulldogs are bred to encourage a facial deformity that can significantly impair a dog's health, welfare and happiness. Vets have a moral obligation not to support such cruelty.

As government and business lag behind, the fledgling community-driven housing sector is pursuing alternatives to bypass an unjust system


Vague and antiquated legal language undermines complainants in cases of sexual assault, writes New Zealand Law Journal editor Brenda Midson.

The ongoing strike action by resident medical officers (also known as junior doctors) is putting patient safety at risk, according to some senior doctors.

Should we have shorter school holidays?

When you have a kid, words like 'hangover' and 'holiday' take on a whole new meaning. Mum Anna Gowan rewrites the dictionary for parents.

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.

Two accounts of a day spent at Waitangi on Waitangi Day 2019 – one from tangata whenua and one from tangata tiriti. 

"Everything we know about urban Māori is probably wrong", writes Morgan Godfery, in his review of a new study by Bradford Haami.

It’s Huitanguru, the ninth month of the Māori year – also known as Pēpuere – when we move from the fifth summer phase to the sixth and seeds pods burst and …


Hinerangi Rhind-Wiri, Haylee Koroi and Lizzie Strickett spoke to friends and whānau about what a living Treaty of Waitangi partnership looks like.

A new petition is calling for changes to address New Zealand students' 'shameful' ignorance of their country's history, writes RNZ's John Gerritsen.

Auckland Transport's plans for the Queens Wharf ferry terminal include a wide bus lane to serve cruise ship passengers on the wharf's eastern side – effectively closing the wharf to the public over summer.

In a new exhibition, photographer Michelle Hyslop explores kauri dieback through the personal stories of the people close to the trees and their fight to save – and protect – the giants of the forest.

Catherine Woulfe spends a day at the Auckland Blade Show, a celebration of knives of all kinds.


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

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, the glitzy premiere of Aladdin at Auckland's Civic Theatre. 

Ever wanted to work for The Spinoff? Now is the hour.

House of Drag winner Hugo Grrrl says his Wellington events company has had over 100 events removed from Facebook with no explanation.

My YouTube Party of Five is a new series in which we invite people to share their five favourite YouTube videos. This week: Tiny Portions sculptor Rose Young.


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

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

The Spinoff’s gaming journalist morbid_angel_69 goes on a not-at-all stressful fishing trip into the hills to hunt for the Legendary Rock Bass.

It’s one of the most controversial entries in the long-running series, but on its 20th anniversary Sam Brooks is standing behind Final Fantasy 8 as the best one of them …

She's hidden it from her friends and her family – but she's ready to come clean. Auckland councillor Cathy Casey is a Scrabble addict


It's been a few months since Spider-Man came out, and its follow-up DLC, The City That Never Sleeps, has ended its run. Sam Brooks looks back at the game, and how well the DLC fares compared to the original.

Crackdown 3 is one of the most notoriously delayed games of all time, but it's finally out next week. Lee Henaghan caught up with the game's top creative talent to find out if it's going to be worth the wait.

An essay by James K Baxter's great-grandson Jack McDonald about his Nana, Baxter's wife, the author and Māori leader Jacqui Sturm.

All week this week the Spinoff Review of Books revisits the great poet James K Baxter. Today: John Newton reviews a new book of Baxter's letters, in which he calmly reveals he raped his wife.

All week this week the Spinoff Review of Books revisits the great poet James K Baxter, on the occasion of a new book of letters. Today: CK Stead remembers Baxter, in this extract taken from his memoir in progress, South-East of Everywhere.


All week this week we revisit the great poet James K Baxter on the occasion of a new book of letters. Today: a selection of the letters written in 1969.

New poetry (untitled) by Wellington writer Gregory Kan.

Harvard professor Dan Nocera's research in the creation of a new type of fertiliser, shared at the MacDiarmid Institute’s AMN9 conference, could have dramatic implications for New Zealand.

Does the way science gets passed down through generations make it harder for girls to get into? And what can help change that? Alex Braae reports from the first day of the 9th International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.

As two trusted groups go into battle on SPF ratings, microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles explains what the numbers mean, and how they’re measured


Misconceptions about the way the pill works fuel the erroneous idea that it’s good to take a break from the pill every couple of years. 

Increasingly sophisticated analysis of samples means perpetrators from historic cases can be identified – and the technology is just as important in proving accused people's innocence

New Zealand goes three for three at UFC Melbourne, culminating in Israel Adesanya's win over Anderson Silva. 

Only in a sport as batshit as cagefighting could the main event fall through just 11 hours before the fight. Don Rowe reports from Melbourne.

New Zealand martial artist Israel Adesanya will cross the threshold into legitimate worldwide superstardom this weekend when he fights the most dominant mixed martial artist in history this Sunday.


From the moment the Black Caps have come up against a top quality opponent this home season, they've lost badly, and lost the same way every time.

Calum Henderson's seven step guide to adding the Beautiful Game to your summer. 

Simon Pound talks to Manu Caddie, founder and CEO of Hikurangi Cannabis.

Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michèle A’Court tackle the past month in women, news and popular culture, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop. 

Welcome back to Papercuts, our monthly books podcast hosted by Louisa Kasza, Jenna Todd and Kiran Dass. It's 2019 and we've been reading like mad over the summer break. In this …


Simon Pound talks to Rebekah and Tamati Norman of local apothecary company Native Rituals.

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

It's Valentine's Day, so why not pay homage to the queer New Zealand icon herself, Xena: Warrior Princess. Sam Rutledge writes a love letter to the woman herself.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day and the launch of DB Export's new campaign, The Spinoff pays tribute to New Zealand’s most famous love stories.

Our online security is increasingly at risk. Ben Creet, policy manager at InternetNZ, explains what's happening and what we can do to protect our security. 


Harvard professor Dan Nocera's research in the creation of a new type of fertiliser, shared at the MacDiarmid Institute’s AMN9 conference, could have dramatic implications for New Zealand.

Auckland Arts Festival is rolling around again and there’s so much to choose from this year. Sam Brooks picks the six shows everyone will be talking about – the ones you’ll kick yourself for missing.

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