The vampires of Vellington are back - and you could be one

On the Wellington waterfront, over several dark and stormy nights, a documentary is being filmed - and they need extras. Josie Adams, who had blood to spare, spent the night at Second Unit’s new, undead theatre experience.



One of the country's highest paid chief executives has lost his job after an embarrassing brouhaha over personal expenses. Business editor Maria Slade tries to make sense of the mess.

Flamingo and the Uber-owned Jump launch in the capital begin today, with the city becoming New Zealand's fifth to see shareable e-scooters 


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The government's environmental policy is creating major tensions in farming communities. Alex Braae went to a meeting in Taumarunui to see it play out. 

Responding to reports that packs of cat-sized rats have taken over Titirangi, Don Rowe travelled to West Auckland to find out the truth.

On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, New Zealand Chinese writer Tze Ming Mok writes a beautiful, bitter letter to an old friend in Xinjiang, grappling with matters …


Unsure if he's the right person to write about abortion, Toby Morris seeks advice from Spinoff Parents editor and writer Emily Writes. Emily has some strong thoughts.

Unless we can find some way of taxing wealth as well as incomes, New Zealand is headed for an intergenerational economic meltdown.

What was New Zealand's role in the interception of the Andika, and is the $25 million allocated to preventing asylum-seeker vessels like it really a humanitarian act?

Those trying to oppose an "ambitious" offshore drilling project on the grounds of climate change are out of luck.

Auckland Council declared a 'climate emergency' yesterday, but campaigners say there are legal impediments to it making truly impactful decisions.


Just because Budget 2019 was technically accessible doesn't mean it was legally fair game for National, writes AUT law professor Kris Gledhill.

John Tamihere’s unconventional campaign for the Auckland mayoralty continues, with his putting money behind a social media post attacking Simon Wilson’s coverage for the Herald.

Sound the alarm, evacuate the building and douse the entire city of Auckland in flame-proof retardant, because The Block NZ is back, and this season is: Firehouse! 

Our three month celebrity charity journey is over! Sam Brooks power-ranks the finale of Dancing with The Stars.

There ain’t no party like a Gilead party, as June enjoys a dedication, a mobility scooter and some poolside plotting in this week’s episode of The Handmaid’s Tale. Tara Ward recaps.


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

Stan Walker just made Postie Plus cool again, but he’s not the first celeb brand ambassador to raise our collective eyebrows.

This week we talk to Guy Howard-Willis, formerly of Torpedo7 and now founder of Manta5, the world's first hydrofoil e-bike.

The Sallies are taking on unscrupulous mobile traders with their own rival service. Business editor Maria Slade went riding with the Good Shop for the day.

The Spinoff copped some flak for talking about insurances you may not need, so we asked Sorted's Tom Hartmann for a view on how much insurance is too much.


Landlords face a $4000 fine if their properties are uninsulated on July 1 – but insulation companies say there's no way to get it all done in time. Don Rowe reports.

New Zealanders love a bargain, and Costco, the world's second-largest retailer promises to deliver better bargains than even the red shed can offer, so what's the catch?

On the eve of Soaked Oats' new release, an EP entitled Sludge Pop, lyricist and singer Oscar Mein speaks with one of his songwriting heroes, Kevin Morby.

Ten years after he released one of the most singular New Zealand hip hop albums, PNC sits down with Duncan Greive to talk about its genesis, and why rappers still don’t get their due in this country.

Tom Rodwell interviews the musician and artist Lonnie Holley, who this week brings to New Zealand his unbowed truths from an ethereal and gritty underground.


Sam Brooks talks to internationally-acclaimed opera singer Sandy Piques Eddy about the ins and outs of maintaining her voice, and how having a baby changed her career – in a way you wouldn’t expect.

Nine years ago, John Key introduced the number one song of The Rock 1000 countdown: Rage Against The Machine's 'Killing in the Name Of'.

As of 2018, the Independent Police Conduct Authority had zero Māori employees. For a police system that loudly embraces diversity, that's not good enough, writes Carrie Buckmaster.

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Alex Casey borrows a dog and goes on a magical journey. 

Seven years on from his arrest, the extradition battle between Kim Dotcom and the United States reached New Zealand's Supreme Court this week. Kate Newton went to court to find out whether anyone seems to be winning.


Nicole Tuxford's death is up there with the worst failures of the justice system in New Zealand history, writes Patrick Gower. 

The chance discovery of an 18-year-old book of spells (for men) leads Critic's Charlie O'Mannin on a journey to the dark side.

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.

Emily Writes heads over to Harry and Meghan's whare to discuss the impending (or maybe it's happening right now) birth of the next royal child.

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.

Two major studies show that women and minorities in New Zealand are being harassed to the point that they're leaving online spaces in droves.

A new report from the justice advisory group Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora challenges the government to find solutions in te ao Māori that restore relationships and mana instead of continuing to feed Māori into the criminal justice system. 

Matariki is here! It's time to look to the stars to see what the year ahead has in store.


Earlier this morning, reports emerged that the beloved Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Wellington had burnt to the ground.

Ātea editor Leonie Hayden sat down with the host of new current affairs show Te Ao with Moana, Moana Maniapoto, to talk about music, Māori media and 'colouring up the system'.

This week's emergency declaration by Auckland Council is a welcome development in the fight to save the planet, says 17 year old Rebecca Kerr. But there's still so much to be done.

The bike-hating sticker owner underscores just what a nightmare it is to try to get around Auckland on a bicycle

The Auckland Harbour Bridge turns 60 today. Don Rowe revisits some of its finest moments to celebrate.


Is this the Harbour Bridge crossing breakthrough Auckland has been waiting for? And what does it mean for SkyPath?

Public transport in Auckland is about to hit an all-time high of 100 million passengers this year. Patrick Reynolds looks back at how we got here and what next to expect for the future of transport.

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Being a big brand, corporate, or government department means restraining yourself on social media, no matter how grievously you feel you've been wronged, writes Anna Connell.

Last week an Auckland cinema hosted a six-hour Shrek marathon. In a show of classic Kiwi stoicism, Josie Adams found that what didn't kill her made her stronger.


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

On Wednesday the AFP, the Australian equivalent of New Zealand's SIS, raided the Sydney headquarters of the state broadcaster the ABC.

E3 is the biggest week of gaming news of the year – which means it's easy to lose track of everything that's been announced. Sam Brooks rounds up them all up in one convenient place for you.

Following the multi-billion dollar success of Pokémon Go, Nintendo is intent on turning a profit from the most mysterious human experience of all: sleep. 

Marc Daalder goes inside Wellycon, New Zealand's largest board game convention to find out why the genre is having a renaissance.


Sam Brooks reviews Total War: Three Kingdoms and finally finds the definitive Romance of the Three Kingdoms game.

Mum was right: heavy exposure to pocket monsters fundamentally rewires your brain. But researchers from Stanford say it’s an exciting opportunity to study how we learn to see.

Today, longtime Time photographer Callie Shell releases a book of intimate images taken over more than a decade she spent photographing the Obamas.

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 new poem by acclaimed poet and performer Tusiata Avia.


Tom Augustine on the mythic satire of William Melvin Kelley’s A Different Drummer, written nearly 60 years ago and still too relevant.

A fledgling writer asks five of the best how they are striking a balance between work – as in, for proper money – and writing. 

Climate change and a warming ocean are putting immense stress on coral reefs in the Pacific. But some locals are refusing to passively accept the death of such vital ecosystems.

An innovative new roading system is being trialled in New Plymouth that could reduce the amount of plastic sent to landfill.

Cheer up, at least it'll all soon be over.


Lightning strikes about 190,000 times a year in New Zealand – one strike every 167 seconds, on average. So what does it feel like to get hit?

Climate treaties, sustainability goals and energy commitments are proliferating around the world. The answers to these targets must involve new materials and research in this area is happening in New Zealand, writes Dr Geoff Willmott.

In episode seven of The Offspin, with more bad weather in England and not a lot of cricket being played, we took the opportunity to reminisce on our personal journeys in the sport.

White Ferns superstar Suzie Bates joins The Offspin to discuss the growth of the women's game, pay inequality, and provide her expert tips for the Black Caps on English playing conditions.

One of the best T20 bowlers in the world is currently entirely without a cricketing gig to look forward to.


The Football Ferns are about to play their first game at the Women's Football World Cup in France.

In this episode The Offspin is joined by Basir Safi and Ismail Wardak, two passionate Kiwi-Afghani cricket lovers.

Simon Pound talks to Kate Gwilliam, CEO of feedstock solution, Zeddy.

The Black Caps are two from two at the top of the Cricket World Cup table.

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


In the second episode of The Offspin esteemed uniform ranker Calum Henderson joins the podcast to discuss the Black Caps comprehensive victory over Sri Lanka, uniform fashion trends and Simon Doull's glorious goatee from 1999.

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we're joined by booze enthusiast Meg Abbott-Walker for a special episode celebrating drinks. 

To celebrate the eighth season of this local institution, Hussein Moses goes behind the scenes of the series putting New Zealand rappers to the test.

On the Wellington waterfront, over several dark and stormy nights, a documentary is being filmed - and they need extras. Josie Adams, who had blood to spare, spent the night at Second Unit’s new, undead theatre experience.

Onehunga is one of the most eccentric suburbs in the supercity. Josie Adams got a tour of the beating heart of Auckland from its inventive locals.


In the first episode of The Spinoff’s new monthly podcast, Actually Interesting, Russell Brown explores the world of A.I. and the way it’s already affecting our lives.

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, it’s all about African swine fever and the pending aporkalypse.

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