Madeleine Chapman on dropping the perfect (dive bomb) – and why it's worth protecting.

Despite all the evidence of climate change and environmental degradation, and the clear need to take action, we just aren’t taking action, writes James Renwick


The Best Of

Toby Manhire spends a day chasing kingis – and PM-adjacent yarns – with Fish of the Day host Clarke Gayford.

Jacinda Ardern's government has abandoned the idea of a capital gains tax, and it's a victory for self-interest and disingenuous debate

Today's capital gains tax announcement is just the latest in a run of bad news for the government's much-vaunted policy projects, writes Danyl Mclauchlan.


A lot of knowledge has been lost about traditional Māori attitudes to menstruation, but some extraordinary Māori women are making sure it's not lost forever, writes Leonie Hayden Like a bolt …

Wallabies player Israel Folau has been fired for a social media post in which he claimed 'homosexuals' and others would go to hell. For Patrick Thomsen, a gay Pasifika man, it's not necessarily something to celebrate.

And she’s the only elected leader in the top 10.

Emily Writes was disappointed by yesterday's capital gains tax news – but after years of government inaction on housing inequality, she wasn't surprised.

True, Jacinda Ardern has faced a few criticisms for ruling out a new capital gains tax now and for as long as she leads. But a lot of people are very, very happy


Economist Eric Crampton on the primary school maths and abuse of the official information act underpinning Shane Jones' provincial growth fund. 

Madeleine Chapman interrogates Andrew Falloon as to how he managed to go so viral on Twitter.

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

Aquaman is an incredibly complex film that puts a lot of questions into your head, distracting you from the joy of watching Jason Momoa battle foes under the sea.

The arrival of one of New Zealand’s most beloved broadcasters on breakfast TV is very perplexing


Yesterday Starz released a promo photo for Season 5 of Outlander, and the world shifted on its axis. And breaking news: Jamie Fraser’s wig is finally perfect, writes Tara Ward.

When does a social experiment turn into legitimate psychological torture – and lasting damage? Katie Meadows thinks Married at First Sight Australia has gone too far.

Along with no CGT the Labour government is left with other tax headaches like what to do about sugar consumption, the environment, and tax thresholds that haven't changed in a decade.

Social enterprises don’t get tax advantages and can’t get the same kind of funding as businesses. This needs to change, says the co-author of a new report.

British regulators have placed caps on interest rates and the total amount fringe lenders can charge, so why isn't New Zealand making similar moves?


If commentators are reading the tea leaves right the government is gearing up to put its money where its mouth is and help businesses caught in New Zealand's infamous funding gap.

In our new Q&A series, we ask innovators and entrepreneurs to tell us about how they turned their ideas into reality. This week, we talk to Hello Cup's Robyn McLean. 

Last night Tom Scott won the 2019 Taite Music Prize for best album in New Zealand for Avantdale Bowling Club. This is his speech.

Twenty-five years ago, Nathan Haines released Shift Left, New Zealand's biggest selling jazz album of all time. On the eve of its anniversary reissue, Graham Reid takes a look at the album's genesis and impact.

It's two weeks, fourteen days, and three hundred and thirty six hours of school holidays to fill. What better way to fill it than a bunch of great TV? Tara Ward runs down the best shows on Lightbox to watch with your kids these school holidays.


Christchurch-born Theia's second EP Not Your Princess drops today. Sam Brooks chats with the singer about her new music and her video for International Women's Day.

Ten years ago, Mint Chicks shredded the high-gloss sound that saw their sophomore LP go overground. The band tells Sam Wicks how they ripped up the rulebook on Screens.

Despite unequivocal statements from French authorities that they believe the Notre Dame fire was accidental, far-right personalities are claiming it was arson. Marc Daalder explains why.

Indigenous people have always had ecological perspectives on health, which have only recently entered 'mainstream' discourse, and the scope now is planetary health

Flatting comes with a lot of headaches, but none more stressful than a flatmate who owes you rent money. Erin Gourley finds out what your rights are if it happens to you.


The author of the wildly popular Wonky Donkey children's book is facing criticisms over a 2008 song about golliwogs.

Reports broke this morning that a New Zealand Red Cross nurse had been captured by ISIS militants in Syria in 2013, and she had been held in captivity ever since.

Longer hours have some parents up in arms, but Emily Writes argues that kindergartens are only doing what they have to in order to survive.

We asked a mother to share what it's like when your child is severely anxious.

Children with special education needs and disability aren’t even getting the education they’re legally entitled to, let alone the one they deserve, and it’s about time the Minister of Education took ownership, writes Jai Breitnauer.


Nothing short of widespread transformation of the education system will ensure disabled students have the same access to schooling are their non-disabled peers, IHC's Trish Grant says.

The world needs more kindness, clearly. Thalia Kehoe Rowden reviews Kiri and Lou, a new musical comedy show about kindness and feelings, made for children, but a tonic for adults, too. 

One of New Zealand's most successful tennis players has fallen through the cracks of sporting history. Madeleine Chapman tells the story of Ruia Morrison, Wimbledon quarter finalist.

Six days after the terror attack in Christchurch, the University of Otago launched its participation in the Give Nothing to Racism campaign. At the launch, Tuari Potiki spoke of the history of racism he, his whānau and marae have faced.

In which Kaupapa on the Couch decided to get out of the studio and go see a movie.


Documentary The Heart Dances is about the process of a European choreographer recreating The Piano as a ballet, but its real story lies in the exploration of what can happen when Māori culture meets European art.

Introducing Scratched, an original web series that finds and celebrates the lost sporting legends of Aotearoa.

For Auckland is a new Spinoff podcast of civic conversations with people working to create and sustain a better Auckland for all. In episode three host Timothy Giles spoke to Mark Spencer about how to build a construction sector that can build a world-class city.

For Auckland is a new Spinoff podcast of civic conversations with people working to create and sustain a better Auckland for all. In episode two host Timothy Giles spoke to Pauline Winters about migration.

In February, Auckland bus, train and ferry fares went up. Again. We say we want a world-class transport system, writes Auckland Councillor Richard Hills – so why do we keep hitting users in the pocket?


For Auckland is a new Spinoff podcast of civic conversations with people working to create and sustain a better Auckland for all. In episode one host Timothy Giles spoke to Tayyaba Khan about the effect of the tragedy in Christchurch on the Muslim community, grief, identity, and what happens next. 

To make our roads safer, Auckland Transport wants to introduce a new bylaw which would see several city centres become 30km/h zones. Jolisa Gracewood writes about why the change needs to happen now. 

This long Easter weekend, lend your eyeballs to our three new productions: Two Sketches with Toby Morris, Scratched: Aotearoa's Lost Sporting Legends and On the Rag. 

Massey University's Sean Phelan and Leon Salter look at the role media played in of one the biggest controversies of the last election.

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We invite people to share their five favourite YouTube videos – the ones hold closest in their heart, the ones they’ll play at 2am while drunk at a party. This week: Spinoff senior writer Alex Casey.

With the Herald ditching its daily strip, there's a glimmer of hope that our moribund newspaper cartooning scene might be set for some new blood. Toby Morris has 10 suggestions for cartoonists to consider.

Apex Legends is the big new challenger for Fortnite’s crown, and it appeared almost entirely out of thin air. Oskar Howell plays the new battle royale game everyone is talking about.

How time flies – Final Fantasy 6 was released 25 years ago this month. Sam Brooks remembers its brilliant antagonist, an evil clown who actually succeeded in destroying the world.

With every new FromSoftware game comes the same debate – how hard is too hard, and why does it matter? Matthew Codd examines this age-old argument and its bogus foundations.


After a recent replay of the original trilogy, Sam Brooks writes on the unfairly maligned legacy of the Mass Effect trilogy.

Metroidvanias are some of the most notoriously difficult, directionless games in existence. Jesse Dekel writes about how these games were a rock during a rough time at sea.

New in Ripperology: a revolutionary biography remembers – and redeems – five women killed in Whitechapel.

Stephanie Johnson is an acclaimed, multi-award-winning New Zealand author, and also the co-founder of the Auckland Writers Festival. But could she get her latest novel published? Yeah, nah.

Brannavan Gnanalingam reviews the long-awaited and outstanding novel by Marlon James, who won the Man Booker prize two years ago with A Brief History of Seven Killings.


The only published and available best-selling 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.

New poetry by author Erik Kennedy.

You've probably seen the image, but have you been secretly wondering why it's such a big deal? NZ cosmologist and physicist Professor Richard Easther explains.

Most bacteria are completely harmless. But a porous piece of jade, as once promoted by Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness empire Goop, could be harmful and deliver a potentially nasty infection

Sam Brooke is a Ph.D student at Massey, who is working with the Macdiarmid Institute. He talked to Alex Braae about his research, why it matters, and how it became possible to do it in New Zealand.


Climate change is here and now, and young people will bear the costs of continued inaction. But it matters less whether they skip a day of school than what they do when they go back

Science is good, but that doesn't have the same opportunity to penetrate as fear-based storytelling.

The Crusaders rugby franchise are looking into changing their name. Madeleine Chapman and Toby Morris have some ideas.

An update to James Dann's groundbreaking 2016 investigation, now with 25% more shirts.

The pending announcement of the Sunwolves’ exit from Super Rugby suggests that the Nations Championship is the future. However, trickle-down economics may be a hard sell.


In the wake of the terrorist attacks on Friday, people are aruging that the Crusaders name is now problematic, writes Jamie Wall for RNZ. Let's face it, though: it always was.

The Wellington Phoenix managed to get a club record crowd when they last played in Auckland.

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

The Real Pod assembles to dissect Married at First Sight Australia and the Dancing With the Stars NZ cast, with special thanks to Nando’s.

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


Following the terrorist assault on two Christchurch mosques on March 15, the Gone by Lunchtime team discuss what happened, and its political implications.

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

Don Rowe on the unsettling boom in his hometown.

Madeleine Chapman on dropping the perfect (dive bomb) – and why it's worth protecting.

Toby Manhire spends a day chasing kingis – and PM-adjacent yarns – with Fish of the Day host Clarke Gayford.


Russell Brown travels to Rotorua, Whakatane and Gisborne to see what data is doing in the regions.

Beer is a big deal in New Zealand and even as we drink less, its contribution to our economy grows. Simon Day spoke to the Brewers Association's Dylan Firth about the industry's growth.

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