The Best Of

Being a child star isn't all fun and games.

No scripts, new presenters and a comms meltdown moments before it went to air. Here’s how last weekend’s Vaxathon came together. 

Doom? Gloom? Down on the waterfront there was an air of real celebration.


Josie Adams refuses to fix the cracks in her phone screen even though they’re slicing her fingers to ribbons. Why?

The numbers tell a compelling story.

If you pay a power bill in Auckland, this week is your chance to decide who will manage the city's electricity infrastructure for the next three years.

What is the new traffic light system, how does it work, and when will it start?

Bringing you the latest on the Covid-19 delta crisis – and more.


Bringing you the latest on the Covid-19 delta crisis – and more.

'There's been some wariness and a little paranoia from farmers over there.'

Tomato season is coming. Be ready.

When you can't face cooking but you need more than toast, make this.

Now is the perfect time to embrace foraging.


Aucklanders can picnic from today. Here's how.

One woman's quest to perfect the South Indian breakfast staple.

What they said about the new system, the associated business support and the hardship assistance announcements.

It’s stirred up a hornets' nest of Nimbys, but there are some benefits in challenging the party faithful.

Deep into a delta lockdown, businesses in New Zealand's biggest city urgently need a new form of support.


Demand for ever-newer consumer tech means New Zealanders generate more than 80,000 tonnes of e-waste annually. Where does it all go?

None of the streaming services have made premium drama directly for NZ audiences, and they won't change that unless change is forced upon them.

It had two stellar seasons and has been remade in multiple countries. So why did Step Dave get cancelled? 

It was camper than a row of homosexual tents, and we need more shows like it.

Nobody is sleeping, everyone hates rice, and there's only one pair of Art Green's shorts to go around.


Come Dine With Me New Zealand's Kelvin Taylor wants to see more African-Kiwi talent on local screens.

The new local series makes a moving family drama out of an issue most of us would rather not think about.

Cool, I guess.

What drives you? What are your core values? Once that mutual respect is established, we can start to get somewhere. A doctor writes.

Maps showing the vaccination rate for every suburb in the country, now searchable and with uptake trends – has your neighbourhood improved?


Jobs don't get much more important than this. Does your country need you?

They don't just look terrible, they can encourage people to drink more too.

A new poem by Wellington poet Sarah Lawrence.

Brace yourself: this Christmas, your boss might be getting you a book about empathy.

Ahead of their appearance together at Verb, Catherine Robertson reviews Sue Orr's new novel.


Poetry by Vanessa Mei Crofskey and Victor Rodger.

Big fiction, a new Ottolenghi – it's beginning to feel worryingly like Christmas.

Planning for delta in the community, at a hapū and whānau level, is hard but necessary.

In celebration of Super Saturday, three much-admired whaea from Northland and Waikato share their words of encouragement on the Covid-19 vaccine.

On Monday, Corrections announced three confirmed Covid-19 cases within Mt Eden prison. For Māori, it’s especially worrying.


The Northland community leader claims people are sneaking over private land, using distraction tactics and misusing exemptions.

Māori risk being left behind in the vaccination push. That throws the scant representation of tangata whenua among government experts into stark relief.

The weird flat plant has been unloved for too long.

Views on the big announcement from 10 people who know what they're talking about.

Microplastics aren’t just swirling around our oceans, they’re also floating around in the air.


What does a gold standard plan for safely reopening look like?

Dwelling on every single thing you've done wrong in the middle of the night? You're not alone.

With a little help from a $400 jacket and some gin.

The Spinoff is seeking a finance manager to join its fast-growing team. 

This month on The Spinoff's Comic of the Month we meet Rufus, a chimp with anxiety issues. 


We need to talk about the thing you're staring at right now.

It was just a month ago that she got her dream gig, and also had the hardest on air shift of her life. 

A global pandemic has made people rethink what was once peculiar – the option to work from home.

Personal investing can be fun, but do your research.

Offshore touts are trying to flog off expensive tickets to concerts all over NZ. And sometimes those tickets may not even exist.


Get ready for less choice and higher prices, warns the vehicle import industry. Worth it, say climate campaigners.

Many of us are acutely aware of the things we’re missing out on during lockdown. Here's how they add up over a two week period.

Hollie Smith has braved a relationship break-up, confidence issues and multiple lockdowns to make her new album happen.

'She’s bloody welcome to cover it. I’d love her to.'

'I've gripped a block of ice in the freezing cold for an entire day; I've been on stilts, which I don't know how to do; I've had a high-powered fan blown into my face…'


'Shout out the Corona. All my boys remember the Corona, yeah.'

No one can go to a big gig right now, but a 2020 concert by The Beths has become the lockdown movie experience the country needs. How'd that happen?

Auckland’s usually busy streets are again all but empty after the country returned to level four lockdown – here's what that looked like.

Collins says he has been reflecting on his future in politics after a bomb threat was made against him and his family in response to comments about Police Ten 7.

It all started with a 'meet your neighbours' barbecue. Three years later, the community group were celebrating the opening of a $600,000 playground they'd fought for.


'I’ve seen a few cars lose bumpers.'

Labelling cyclists as ‘rats’ and ‘cockroaches’ is retrograde and dehumanising.

On boxing, writing, and an unlikely friendship with Joseph Parker.

Ahead of an historic NZ v South Africa Test, reflections on a family history within which the two nations are deeply entwined.

New Zealand's next swimming star speaks to Madeleine Chapman.


Rugby writer, rugby fan, and an inspiration to so many, Mike Pulman has died aged 29.

After more than two decades as one of New Zealand's foremost sports journalists, Dylan Cleaver is striking out on his own with The Bounce, a newsletter 'on sport, the business …

What does it take to get a New Zealand made oat milk onto our shelves?

Lightforce's Luke Nutting joins Simon Pound to talk about helping New Zealand catch up with the rest of the world on solar power.

Simon Pound talks to Vignesh Kumar, a partner in venture capital fund Global from Day 1, about helping local companies scale for global success. 


She was John Key's media trainer. She was Judith Collins' head of media in the 2020 campaign. Here's what she has to say today.

Ockham Residential co-founder Mark Todd joins Simon Pound for a chat about our broken property system, and what his company is doing about it.

Each of the over 300,000 surgeries in New Zealand every year produces massive amounts of landfill waste. Is there another option?

Access to nature might seem free, but poverty can be a significant barrier to outdoor education and its benefits.

Children learn best when they're having fun, and that's how this New Zealand app is helping kids break through learning barriers. 


Talking about breasts is important. So important, in fact, that Sarah Gandy is hosting a new podcast series about it. 

Ahead of the show’s third season on Neon, The Spinoff rounds up the best moments from TV’s best show about bad people.

Netflix debuted its first Broadway musical this past weekend. Perhaps they shouldn’t have.

This Netflix smash hit is set in a world of playground games, but it's definitely not suitable for kids.

Nobody does RuPaul’s Drag Race like the British.


Because where else are you going to hear an all-women Muslim punk band sing 'Voldemort Under My Headscarf'?

This new seriesisn't just a history-making collaboration between Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, it's a crucial immersion into a world ignored.

A game-changing move to make cigarettes non-addictive will be a decisive nail in the coffin of smoking harm in New Zealand.

This week's discussion document on New Zealand's emissions reduction plan sets a low bar, then fails to clear it.

The goal of zero cases brought us together. Without a strong plan, enmity and blame may take its place.


Data on media coverage of the National Party's Covid plan suggests it was her most effective few days as opposition leader.

We must now tread a very narrow path to avoid overwhelming our hospitals and throwing our at-risk populations under the bus.

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