If the Otago University proctor won't respect students' private property rights, students may have to take matters into their own hands, writes Otago law professor Andrew Geddis.

The National position on compensation over the meth contamination scare is incompatible with the party's values, and reeks of weak and desperate leadership


The Best Of

Monday night saw an unprecedented, large-scale census of Auckland's homeless population undertaken. Toby Manhire went out counting, with about 700 others

Anti-1080 activism has exploded in popularity and intensity in the last few months. Hayden Donnell goes down the rabbit hole to find out what’s behind the movement’s rise.

Child shaming and rejoicing in the punishment of children is horrible, and it's part of a wider trend of the hatred of children becoming acceptable.


New Zealanders were highly engaged in the campaign of 2017, and despite the result Bill English loved it.

Two years ago, Spinoff founder Duncan Greive commanded Hayden Donnell to stop pitching things that should be in Te Papa. Today we announce our new show, Get It to Te Papa, starring Hayden Donnell.

The call for a ‘revenue neutral’ package of reform from the Tax Working Group reveals a failure to pursue a fairer system that properly funds public services

It's been 125 years since women got the vote, but did you know men had it really bad too? 

An unexpectedly high growth number might herald the end of a harsh winter for the government, writes Duncan Greive.


The Tax Working Group’s first report cautiously backs a capital gains tax, but has been stymied from the start in addressing a massive and inequitable loophole

No platform has caused as much career havoc as twitter.com. Madeleine Chapman looks back (but not that far back) on New Zealand politics' best worst tweets.

Three's Comedy Pilot Week starts this Sunday night on Three - but what is this newfangled thing?

Because it's suffrage week, we've got ourselves a right lady-fest on The Spinoff TV tonight. 

To celebrate Hobbit Day (September 22), Alex Casey binges the entirety of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies on Lightbox.


Emily Writes watches a lot of Sesame Street and says people denying that Bert and Ernie are gay are making her lose her mind.  

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

The good news is, with revolution comes huge opportunity. The bad news? The starter gun’s gone off and New Zealand business is still milling about.

The Trusts' chief executive Simon Wickham makes the case against change, arguing that West Aucklanders should think twice about hitting 'delete'.

WALTAG member Nick Smale makes the case for change, arguing that West Auckland suffers from the consequences of a blunt, out-dated approach to alcohol control. 


The NZ governor general, lawyer Dame Patsy Reddy, calls out the 'egregious' behaviour her generation endured from male colleagues

Will this be another instance of New Zealand saying 'yeah, nah' to a capital gains tax? Tax specialist Terry Baucher investigates.

Ex-Kids of 88 star talks bidding wars, bigwigs and breakdowns, and how, with new project HIGH HØØPS, he came out the other side.

Brockhampton have quickly risen from a Kanye messageboard to a multi-million-dollar record deal. We review their new album, documentary and concert in Auckland last night.

Almost 15 years later, NZ Idol winner Ben Lummis is re-emerging onto the music scene with a new song, new mindset, and possibly, even a new tour.


Devin Abrams, who makes music as Pacific Heights, talks about his dreamy new album and making a huge pop hit with Drax Project.

The case to make the singer a citizen of Aotearoa is now irrefutable. Please jump on board and get this passport party started.

Dave Scott defends going into a privately owned flat without permission and taking bongs worth hundreds of dollars

We’ve been telling the world our level of marine protection is world-leading when in fact, it’s tiny – about time we owned up

New Zealand needs Ginny Anderson’s miscarriage amendment – it’s a subject close to my heart, writes Alex Penk


A controversial speech by a school principal who said students skipping school are more likely to get raped speaks to a failure to understand the complex issues teenagers face, writes Jared Ipsen 

As we celebrate Suffrage 125, let us not forget that just as disabled people were excluded in 1893, many continue to feel excluded from society today.

Cloth nappies are making a resurgence and Hamilton mum Emily Holdaway is doing her best to help families give them a go by starting a pay it forward campaign. 

Listen to British poet Hollie McNish and Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes' session from WORD Christchurch

In suburban Wellington, a mother of two boys is slowly losing her mind. In the first episode of 'I Survived...', Emily Writes tells us about the time she survived going …


An online group has been nurturing mum writers for the past two years, organising writing events, retreats, childcare and support. Member and mother Nichole Brown reports on how it's changing lives.

The ERO has released a new report on sexuality education in New Zealand schools. It’s important that parents read beyond the more sensational media headlines

The consequences of truancy for Māori students are as shocking that speech, writes Graham Cameron.

Almost one year ago to the day New Zealanders went to the polls, returning a record 29 Māori MPs. māui street editor Morgan Godfery picks his faves and rates them out of 10 for performance.

The Supreme Court has dipped its toes into the Crown’s settlement negotiations with Hauraki iwi in a decision on whether Ngāti Whātua can challenge elements of that settlement in court. 


A group of entrepreneurial aunties from Ōmaka marae in Blenheim and their delicious preserves are finalists in the New Zealand Artisan Awards.

Ra Pomare conveys the eternal bliss of being single with three handy phrases in te reo.

Having nitpicked its way into rejecting two high-density apartment developments near the CBD, does Auckland Council's consents department really believe in the vision of the Unitary Plan?

Housing First is designed to get the most vulnerable homeless people into stable accommodation irrespective of mental or physical wellbeing or any history of substance abuse

Blocked drains, borked stormwater and an ankle-deep swamp under the house, yet the family renting the property in south Auckland feel powerless


A rogue Auckland Council email footer has sparked a wave of angst and recriminations in Takapuna, providing a glimpse into a broader conspiracy culture in local government.

The objections of a few wealthy Mt Eden residents have succeeded in killing a much-needed central Auckland housing development. How does this keep happening?

The calculus of supply and demand has driven WMBAD to abandon humour and focus instead on hot takes

The On The Rag podcast team – Michele A'Court, Alex Casey and Leonie Hayden – look back at the lady ads that made them the women they are today.

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


To celebrate 125 years of women's suffrage in Aotearoa today, Jacinda Ardern edited a special commemorative edition of The NZ Herald.

James Mustapic is back to rank Air New Zealand's safety videos from worst to best.

The gang splits up for a couple episodes for narrative (and location) purposes.

The fourth instalment of the globetrotting Horizon Festival is the series’ most ambitious effort yet. Lee Henaghan took the open world racer for a test drive ahead of its release.

Among the slew of indie games dropping on the Nintendo Switch, Into the Breach rises to the top.


This generation's Tomb Raider trilogy comes to a close - and it's with a limp, not a wild leap into the future. Sam Brooks reviews. The Tomb Raider series is the Maria Sharapova of …

The gang attempt to charm a witch and get in way too deep, before facing a powerful foe and eating some delicious soup.

On this episode of Papercuts we delve into all the latest book news, deep dive into the Booker longlisted (update: and scandalously not shortlisted), Normal People and ask who the fuck is Bob Woodward. With a lot more book & non-book related recommendations included!

New verse by Featherston writer Sam Duckor-Jones.

The week's best-selling books at the Unity stores in Willis St, Wellington, and High St, Auckland.


Charlotte Graham-McLay is dazzled by the new novel by JK Rowling (writing as Robert Galbraith), which arrived in shops this week.

Whangarei writer Michael Botur continues our occasional series which examines whether literature exists in any shape or form in the regions. He reports from Northland.

Data visualisations created by Ed Hawkins have offered a less traditional approach to popularising climate science, and now New Zealand has a 'warming stripe' of its own

Jaws has a lot to answer for.

Could the Dunning-Kruger effect – when individuals’ ignorance about a particular subject makes them believe they're more expert than they are – be the reason for intractably anti-vax views?


DiscoveryCamp is inspiring young Māori and Pasifika students to persist with science. Simon Day talks to three graduates about the opportunities the programme has provided.

The shark The Meg the movie isn't big, it's huge. Prehistoric, millions of years ago huge. But how strong would it's bite be? And how fast could it move? Michael Milford and Peter Stratton break down the science.

This week Simon Pound talks to Lisa Taouma, producer of Fresh. 

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

Simon Pound speaks to Greta Kenyon about starting a magazine and how Together Journal has grown.


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

This week, Simon Pound is joined by Murray Bevan of Showroom 22 - one of the best and biggest fashion PR companies out there.

After giving birth, Niki Clarke discovered there was nothing for her to wear to the gym to accommodate her changed body and desire to breastfeed. So she decided to do something about it.

Chris Warner, House, Shaun Murphy, Meredith Grey, Mindy Lahiri – there are a lot of doctors on our television, but who is the goodest? Madeleine Chapman investigates, and the results may surprise you.

Ex-Kids of 88 star talks bidding wars, bigwigs and breakdowns, and how, with new project HIGH HØØPS, he came out the other side.


Put them together and malt, water, hops and yeast creates something beautiful. Henry Oliver looks inside his beer, and discovers it's really quite simple.

Six weeks ago, through a haze of blood, sweat, tears and citrus, a grapefruit IPA was born. This week, it’s finally time to introduce Juicy Tart to the beer-loving public.

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