As Auckland examines how to make its roads safer and more functional, one city has already shown us how it’s done. Teuila Fuatai looks at how slowing down changes the way a city works.

After living and working for years in London alongside his band, The Veils, Finn Andrews returned to Auckland last year. Gareth Shute talks to him about his heartbreak-inflected new album, One Piece At A Time.


The Best Of

Eighteen months into her first term as prime minister, Jacinda Ardern faced a formidable task: communicate what happened on March 15, embrace a ruptured community, and force through real reform.

How dare our national airline continue to brand itself with Indigenous symbols while rejecting employees who wear those same symbols on their bodies, writes Leonie Pihama.

The killer was an Australian. But New Zealand has a long history of white supremacist ideology, writes Scott Hamilton.


In New Zealand we're waiting to see if the all-powerful Facebook boss means what he says about 'moral responsibility'

In the first address to parliament since Friday’s terrorist attack on Christchurch, Jacinda Ardern paid tribute to the Muslim community and pledged to deny the perpetrator the notoriety he craves

The former NZ PM says the global policy boss for the online behemoth has contacted her saying he wants to visit NZ following the livestream of a mass terrorist murder at a Christchurch mosque

The government's language so far is imprecise and it must word its ban carefully to stand up against a ferocious lobby from pro-gun groups.

To mark the launch of the Helen Clark Foundation's first report, its founding executive director Katherine Errington writes about New Zealand's potential to become a 'green' hydrogen exporter.


In 10 years of public documents from both the SIS and the GCSB, there are zero mentions of right wing extremism, writes Jane Patterson for RNZ.

As New Zealand grapples with the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shooting anger is growing over the 'gaps, omissions and errors' in our gun laws.

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. 

At the end of a long week of anger and sorrow, you may need something soothing from your TV screen. If that's the case, we can help.

Changing Rooms was the '90s DIY show like no other. After this year’s Australian Changing Rooms reboot crashed due to low ratings, Tara Ward relives the glory days of the UK original.


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

Before The Joe Rogan Experience, before even Fear Factor, Joe Rogan was an actor on a much-loved show called NewsRadio. 

Host Simon Pound talks to John Macaskill-Smith, CEO of virtual health company Ventures.

A coalition of major New Zealand advertisers is building a coalition to demand change from the tech giants.

Imposing a digital services tax will concentrate the tech giants' minds on their woeful response to the Christchurch massacre, writes Terry Baucher.


A report commissioned by Uber says Auckland wins Australasia's traffic congestion grand prix and needs to embrace point-to-point transport.

This week Simon Pound talks to Imche Fouri, general manager of innovation for Level Two, and Dr Will Barker, CEO of Mint Innovation.

The prolific and acclaimed country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark performs in Auckland tomorrow. Sam Brooks talked to her ahead of her performance.

With 30 years’ hindsight, the failed Neon Picnic festival of January 1988 can be seen as the Fyre festival of its day. Chris Bourke writes.

Last week international acts Beach House, Rhye and Four Tet played at the Auckland Arts Festival. Lauren Spring was at all three live shows.


For three days every March, New Plymouth’s Brooklands Park is transformed into a village of colour, energy and inclusion. Michelle Cruickshanks celebrates the WOMAD spirit.

CubaDupa festival hosts nearly 200 artists across two days in the heart of Wellington to mark the end of summer. 

Staff Writers

When sharing food means so much more

Proceeds from the sales of a new cookbook that shares recipes and stories from people from refugee and migrant backgrounds will go towards funding a new scholarship.

Read on.

I implore New Zealanders to centre the victims, to examine our past, to understand that for many of us, this attack was more of a 'when' and not an 'if'

The upcoming trial of a man accused of carrying out the Christchurch mosque shootings will be unprecedented in New Zealand law.

I have been encouraged by those who have started to reflect. I hope we can take that love, and can learn to listen, writes Marama Davidson


Ross Webb calls on his fellow South Africans to stop helping those who perpetuate the myth and who use South Africa to support their deluded fantasies. 

Neighbours Day Aotearoa, the annual celebration of neighbourhoods and the power of human connection, starts this weekend. It's a timely reminder of the big rewards that can come from small gestures, writes Sarah Lang.

The days ahead will be full of difficult feelings and even more difficult conversations. An expert writes about how to start and have these conversations with your children.

YouTube has been in the news a lot in the last few weeks and parents around the world are considering whether they should allow their kids to watch. Emily Writes decided it was time to give it up.

Emily Writes unpacks the biggest news story of the year for the toddler set.


Should we have shorter school holidays?

Pregnancy and birth-related injuries are all too common, but due to ACC's strict rules around causation many new mothers are forced to live with excruciating, untreated pain.

In the latest in the Frame documentary series produced for The Spinoff by Wrestler and funded by NZ on Air, we meet the wāhine behind Hikurangi Enterprises, a cannabis co-op looking to revitalise Ruatoria.

While we're learning to listen to the younger generations on other things, it's time to prioritise tamariki voices about our smokefree future too.

Dr Asim Qureshi writes about his time in New Zealand and the importance of remembering colonial violence in the narrative around the terrorist attacks in Christchurch.


We highlight some of the best recent writing and most powerful messages from our Muslim community in response to the Christchurch attacks.

Pussy Riot’s Masha Alyokhina has been travelling from Auckland to Wellington overnight to join SOUL (Save Our Unique Landscape) in presenting a petition to MP Marama Davidson on the steps of parliament this morning. 

Twenty-one years after Steph Martin’s mother was killed in a road crash, she reflects on what's been happening on New Zealand’s roads.

Teuila Fuatai is introduced to one of the most dangerous stretches of road in New Zealand.

Plans for two massive concrete mooring structures jutting out from Queen's Wharf are another assault on our harbour. writes Michael Goldwater of Stop Stealing Our Harbour 


Urban designer Ben van Bruggen spoke to Jeremy Hansen about why we should stop listening to the vocal minority attempting to block change, and be inspired about Auckland's development.

The Monday Extract: John Walsh and photographer Patrick Reynolds join forces to present a handsome new book about some structures in Auckland.

It's all relative, sure, but New Zealand's media has clearly done a far better job at holding the line against Islamophobia than their UK and Australian counterparts, writes Elle Hunt from London.

The Christchurch Mosque Shootings saw journalists scrambling the country over to cover the unfolding horror. At the same time, so too were the moderators of r/newzealand.

The man accused of killing 50 worshippers at mosques in Christchurch will be going on trial this year.


Not for the first time, the darker corners of the internet have spawned real world tragedy. What is 4chan, and how does it foment so much hate?

Australian media helped feed the anti-Muslim prejudice that led to the Christchurch attacks, writes Australian journalism lecturer Dr Nasya Bahfen, a practising Muslim of Indonesian heritage.

Twenty years ago – before Instagram – a game about documenting your every move was released. That game was Pokemon Snap.

The internet is a place where the darkest seeds of the world take root – but there's light there too. Sam Brooks talks to the person behind one of those lights, the Can You Pet the Dog twitter account.

Hitman 2 has plundered from our shores before, but now has it taken the story and likeness of our most notorious South Auckland MP, Judith 'Crusher' Collins? Adam Goodall goes down the rabbit hole.


Left Alive has been released this past week to harsh reviews and studio backpedalling - yet another failure in the rare people-in-robots genre of game.

This morning, Nintendo announced the eighth generation of Pokémon: Sword and Shield, and along with it came three starters. Sam Brooks ranks these starters - and all of the rest …

The Monday Excerpt: Joanne Drayton’s biography of Hudson and Halls has been shortlisted for the 2019 Ockham New Zealand national book awards.

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 work by poet Mohamed Hassan.


Poems by Louise Wallace, James Brown, Tofig Dankalay, Gregory Kan, Tusiata Avia, Qalina, Airini Beautrais, Selina Tusitala Marsh

A series of haiku by Twitter bard Uther Dean. 

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.

New Zealand researchers develop novel batteries from a very commonplace material - beyond lithium, skipping the solar cell and downsizing monster redox-flows. Laurie Winkless writes.


The 'perfect' office temperature? It's a myth

If any more evidence was needed for the unavoidable impacts of climate change, the Tasman District fires were it, says Dr Judy Lawrence of Victoria University of Wellington.

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.


For once, the Wellington Phoenix are actually cool.

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

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

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. 

Annabelle Lee, Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire send their lifeboats into the great capital gains tax minestrone ocean.


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

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

We must do everything we can to stop people dying on our roads, writes Shane Ellison CE at Auckland Transport. And that starts by reducing speed. 

As Auckland examines how to make its roads safer and more functional, one city has already shown us how it’s done. Teuila Fuatai looks at how slowing down changes the way a city works.

Two years ago Augusta Grayson was working in advertising, now she's running her own dog training business. James Borrowdale met Grayson (and Frank the Dachshund) to learn about Unitec's Certificate in Animal Management.


In episode two of the Good Ancestors podcast, John Daniell and Noelle McCarthy look at the role of mātauranga Māori in conservation in New Zealand, and its role as an education tool at Auckland Zoo. Brought to you by the Auckland Zoo.

In the first part of a series in which The Spinoff gets to know who, what, where and how our food gets to our plate, Jihee Junn learns about cherries.

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