The Best Of

Tara Ward sets out on a valiant quest to find the best apple in Aotearoa. 

It comes twice a year to pummel your aura into cosmic shards – Mercury’s in retrograde, baby! But what does that mean? 

The Black Caps were a critical part of what is probably the greatest game of cricket ever played, writes Duncan Greive. Is that enough to get over having lost it?


Edmonds, Hubbards, Pams — our shelves are full of people immortalised in baked goods and cereals. Josie Adams sets out to discover who they really were, and if they even existed at all.

Kiwi journalist Anna Fifield on her new book about North Korea, working in China, and reporting from Christchurch after March 15

A 14-year-old makes the case for lowering the voting age. 

A recent issue of Air Force News revealed that a senior NZDF officer served a six-month posting at the Qatar base.

The government's reluctance to front up about support for mentally traumatised mosque shooting survivors has shone a spotlight on the limitations of ACC, writes RNZ's Veronica Schmidt.


Practical steps to take right now if you’re appalled at the news coming out of the United States.

The mind-boggling life and times of the man pondering another run at the Auckland mayoralty.

A children's television presenter, New Zealand's first supermodel, and bloody Cocksy! Jordan Hamel pays tribute to the Kiwi icons that helped get him through his life.

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in reality television and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

Last night on The Block NZ, something incredible happened: James Reid from The Feelers showed up. 


Laura Vincent reviews Golden Boy, an excellent new sitcom from Three that skewers small town New Zealand and the colourful characters who populate it.

A local photographer has posted emails from Warner Brothers NZ requesting they work "unpaid" on Married At First Sight NZ. 

Instead of buying a cuppa in exchange for a place to work, Coffee Supreme is switching things around. 

Darren Ziffer's rollicking account of Australia's Royal Commission into banking is a jaw-dropping laundry list of scandals, heartbreaking stories, and ‘gotcha’ moments.

Landlords are finding themselves without management after property managers began dropping clients who won't insulate, reports Don Rowe.


A vulnerability has hit users everywhere, New Zealand included, and it reveals something very troubling about the way the tech world works.

The Lightbulb asks innovators and entrepreneurs how they turned their ideas into reality. This week we talk to Huski co-founder Simon Huesser about developing vacuum insulated 'coolers' that keep beer …

California five-piece Local Natives are halfway through a world tour. Guitarist and songwriter Ryan Hahn took time out to talk to The Spinoff about their experimental new album.

NZ's next-big-thing on following up the hit 'Soaked', collaboration, and exactly how you go about building a ‘Beneevision’.

The 2019 longlist for the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Awards have just been announced. Here's the full list of 20 finalists, with the songs themselves to listen to.


The Black Keys' new album "Let's Rock" is out now, and to celebrate the release, Taylor Macgregor drinks his way through some selections (aka easiest ones to find on Spotify) from the band's acclaimed discography.

Rei is an internationally successful, award-winning musician who can rap, sing, produce beats, and even tell a couple of jokes. He talked to The Spinoff about Ariana Grande, meditation, and writing music as self-encouragement.

What you need in your life is this palliative conversation about Dunedin’s Baldwin Street losing its crown

Dreamed of traveling long term, but at a loss about how to afford it? Here's how Kristin Hall and her partner managed it (spoiler: involves a lot of brown rice and cabbage).

For their latest ageing episode, Hilary Barry joins the On the Rag team to talk wrinkle creams, menopause and why people still think she is Jeremy Wells’ Mum. 


Cycle to work all you want, it won't help the environment as much as this.

A new 'bath salt' mimicking MDMA has been detected circulating at the University of Otago re-orientation week. 

We keep hearing that Kids These Days are mollycoddled and risk-averse, but is that really true? And guess who gets blamed when kids do take risks and things go wrong?

It's a scary world out there, and there's a lot for you as a parent to be frightened of. But what are the things you should be most freaked out …

New research shows there's been a dramatic increase in the number of New Zealand children getting injured playing sport. It's a timely reminder that kids don't need competition to be active, writes ACC's Isaac Carlson.


It's 'important for mothers and midwives to plan well ahead of their delivery', according to the head of the Southern DHB. Intrigued, Emily Writes decided to find out more.

If you're a man who isn't sure that you're a good partner to the mother of your children, then you're probably not.

Ātea editor Leonie Hayden headed out to the hui for a Māori-led inquiry into Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry for Children, and found a unified Māori force that has decided enough …

Whanaungatanga, whakapapa and whānau – the solutions that have always been with us, but largely ignored.

The Adoption Act had a profound impact on Māori who grew up desperate to reconnect.


Wrap around support services and a new software are helping whānau get out of debt, without taking yet another loan.

An ancient grove of pōhutukawa on Takapuna beach was once used by Māori to prepare the dead for burial. Today it's at the centre of a battle between local iwi and apartment owners.

Timothy Giles speaks to Grace Stratton about accessibility in fashion and in life, for the latest episode of For Auckland.

A Hurricanes true believer on a massive Super Rugby shift.

No, more density doesn't mean more traffic – and other widespread myths about the effects of increased housing, busted by Greater Auckland's Heidi O'Callahan.


Auckland is going through a period of rapid change. Hayden Donnell talks to an urban design advisor about whether it’s possible to transform the city without riling everyone up.

There is an increasing class division in Auckland, defined by access to the democratic system. Where does this leave our young people in the future, asks Shehara Farik?  

The newsreader turned talkback host Peter Williams (not Peter Williams) has a hurting head.

The blessed ScarJo has kept very quiet some of her most impressive performances.

Alex Casey, a bona fide Simba-head, went to premiere of the new Lion King movie last night. She wasn't mad at it.


Emily Writes once more ventures into the treacherous depths of online news, so you don't have to.

They’re the two most important shows for TVNZ 2 and Three. And their ratings are changing radically, writes Duncan Greive.

Māori culture shouldn't be something that's half-heartedly appropriated for some cool video game visuals. So why do developers keep doing it?

Lucy Zee recounts the worst job she ever had: Working in a video game store. 

A new challenger has entered the augmented reality ring. Wizarding wonder Harry Potter is coming for Pokémon GO’s title — but despite the shared basics, they’re very different games.


A few years ago, deep into middle age, Britta Stabenow found solace in the world of gaming. Now she's part of a passionate community: those who love, and collect, video games.

Sam Brooks reviews Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fuelled, an exercise in mining nostalgia for diminishing returns.

Eileen Merriman has whipped out three fine novels for young adults since debuting in 2017. Moonlight Sonata is her first crack at writing for adults.

The only published and available best-selling indie book chart in New Zealand is the top 10 sales list recorded every week at Unity Books’ stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.

A poem by Wellington writer Laura Vincent.


We've scored four ART-TASTIC spreads guaranteed to keep the kids occupied these holidays, just download and print them out!

What’s the best way to get adults reading? Get them reading when they’re children – and there’s no better place to start than the Unity Children’s Bestseller Chart.

Today (NZT) is the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, the first spaceflight to land humans on the Moon. Astronomer Richard Easther looks back.

Imagine if we treated our native birds with as little care as we do our precious fish stocks, writes ecologist Stella McQueen.

The Black Caps' World Cup loss at Lord's this morning has much of the country feeling pretty shit. From massage to mindfulness, here are five ways to feel just a tiny bit better.


A team of Kiwi scientists is using pictures taken by satellites in orbit to enable farmers ti spot pollution on their land.

Scientists say that 5G is safe, but a small, vocal group of people insist it causes cancer.

The Offspin podcast tries to make sense of the greatest cricket game of all time, and not seeing the Black Caps win it.

We dare to believe in a Black Caps World Cup victory.

Alice Webb-Liddall previews the 2019 Netball World Cup competition before the Silver Ferns' first game.


Simon Day and Alex Braae go absolutely berserk over the semi-final win that put the Black Caps into the Cricket World Cup final.

Incredibly, the Black Caps have made the Cricket World Cup final.

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in reality television and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

Simon Pound talks to Angela Lim, co-founder and CEO of a free, online mental health platform called Clearhead.

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in reality television and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.


Welcome back to Papercuts, our monthly books podcast hosted by Louisa Kasza, Jenna Todd and Kiran Dass.

We're joined by hāngī master Rewi Spraggon and his co-owner in The Māori Kitchen, Ganesh Raj, to mark Matariki, the Māori new year. 

"It turns out being low waste is compromising my love life."

Why Simon Day hopes baking a bacon and egg pie will guide the Black Caps to glory tonight.

Ahead of his trip to NZ for the Future of the Future, the man behind Kickstarter shares a few secrets.


We dare to believe in a Black Caps World Cup victory.

Four Mayan academics visited New Zealand to share their experiences of colonisation and spoke to The Spinoff about what indigenous people can learn from their shared experiences. 

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