This year marks the 15th anniversary of the karaoke game that introduced an entire generation to the horrors of 'Downtown'. Jordan Hamel ranks all 30 songs from SingStar v1.

After a decade of making music, Sons of Zion are still refusing to settle into a genre. They sit down to talk about the joys of pop music and te reo Māori, and why a “reggae” band can do both.


The Best Of

Roll Red Roll is a brutal, painfully illuminating documentary on the Steubenville High School rape case, a shocking crime that made headlines worldwide. Emily Writes reviews.

The ancient Australian shock-jock yesterday targeted Jacinda Ardern, urging Australia's PM to 'shove a sock down her throat'. It's in keeping with a substantial history of being an arse.

MediaWorks’ CEO asks us to imagine a world with only government-owned TV news.


Over 400 doctors, most specialising in child health, have signed an open letter to the coroner expressing concerns about a judgement which blamed alcohol in breast milk for the death of an infant.

The Opportunities Party’s new leaders have firmed up control of the party after a weekend of sweeping organisational reforms.

New Zealand is one of only two developed countries, along with the US, that permits direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicines, and it needs to stop, writes Dr David Menkes.

The three governing parties are turning their attention to next year's general election. Jo Moir surveys the field.

Participating in some of NZ's local elections can be a challenge, thanks to the unusual voting methodologies. We're here to help.


The review of the 2018 census backs up his experience that Statistics New Zealand is a monster with a small but distant brain, writes Tony Burton.

After 51 Muslims were murdered in Christchurch, does Corrections really not understand the potential for serious harm if they fail to do their job to the highest standards?

Inspired by the ethos of food-rescue organisation Kaibosh, chef Kelda Hains looked to the past to champion unloved ingredients and showcase clever waste-minimising techniques at her All Taste, No Waste dinner. 

The new joint from the team behind one of Wellington's favourite craft beer bars is dedicated to minimal-intervention, organic wine.

We love it battered and served with chips, but tarakihi stocks aren't doing well and another big cut to commercial catch limits is in the works. 


Good on their own, even better with cheese – these crisp, moreish crackers are destined to become your new go-to savoury snack.

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Alice Neville critiques a curious culinary union. 

Les Mills Victoria Street has 12,000 members, and up to 700 visitors during its peak hours. But does it need a seven storey car park?

Life in the wee hours could be made safer and better for business if New Zealand adopted the policies of cities such as Amsterdam, writes Natanael Rother.

Backed by businessman Eric Watson and launched in a blaze of publicity online trader Fashbae disappeared almost as quickly as it arrived. Now its founder is traversing the globe in a jeep.


This week we talk to Jamie Cashmore, co-founder of Auckland-based edible packaging company Twiice. 

Business is Boring host Simon Pound speaks with Michael Allpress, founder of Allpress Espresso.

Stranger Things owns all the oxygen for period-piece teen TV, but Ireland’s impossibly charming Derry Girls deserves as much acclaim, writes Duncan Greive.

Alex Casey chats to Bree Tomasel about hosting Celebrity Treasure Island NZ, farting in the ZM studio and going viral on the regular. 

Jamie Wall reviews Jonah, the two-part Three telefeature that follows the life of our most famous All Black, and finds it an effective but mixed retelling of the legend.


Over 300 hours of interviews condensed into five episodes that cover the entirety of New Zealand's comedy history – how do you even start to approach that? Sam Brooks interviews Paul Horan, the documentarian behind the show.

Today, TVNZ released its latest findings on who is watching what on TVNZ OnDemand. Sam Brooks analyses the results.

The anti-1080 lobby has made a martyr out of kea, but that ignores another salient fact.

We've become used to Samoan characters as peripheral bad guys. But Hobbs & Shaw showed us someone who is us. And he kicks arse.

High speed rail links between cities could play a massive role in revitalising regional New Zealand, says a visiting transport infrastructure expert.


NZ has long been the world’s imagined lifeboat – and increasingly for something more than just escape

Judgement prevents understanding, which in itself is a barrier to preventing unsafe behaviour. Are different approaches to harm reduction in the Rainbow community needed? 

Colson Whitehead's latest novel follows two boys through the horrors of a real-life reform school in Florida. Our reviewer is Aaron Smale, whose reporting on similar schools in New Zealand led to a Royal Commission of Inquiry. 

Prolific, award-winning Palmerston North poet Paula Harris somehow manages to be stroppy and properly vulnerable all at once. Here, she writes about her first slam competition – and why she cried all the way home. 

A new poem by Waikato poet Loren Thomas.


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.

More than a century after Dickens gave us Tiny Tim, writers often fail to make disability anything other than a narrative crutch.

In the third episode of Actually Interesting, The Spinoff’s monthly podcast exploring the effect AI has on our lives, Te Aroha Grace talks to host Russell Brown about the Iwi Algorithm.

The land protection movement at Ihumātao may have wrongly been pitted as rangatahi versus rangatira, but it has given rise to a new generation of ideas.

This year Nicole Hawkins has decided to opt out of Visa Wellington on Plate over their refusal to engage with people who are offended by their marketing creative.


When the University of Otago was founded 150 years ago the interests of local Māori were disregarded. But in the last 50 years, engagement with tangata whenua has become an essential part of the university's identity.

Herbs: Songs of Freedom director Tearepa Kahi discusses the ‘constant riddle’ of documentary making, and the joys and sorrows of celebrating 40 years of one of our most important bands.

Things I Learned at Art School is a new series featuring artists discussing how they do what they do and know what they know. In the second instalment, Megan Dunn talks to Berlin-based New Zealander Simon Denny about Michael Parekowhai, teaching and technology, and an idea involving the online shoe store Zappos that didn't work out. 

The best little art show about the environment is big on charm and low on preaching and you can find it at Robert Heald Gallery in Wellington for one more week. Megan Dunn reviews.

David Eggleton considers the remarkable radiance and Canterbury swamp fog of Tony De Lautour's paintings in this mid-career survey at Dunedin Public Art Gallery


A bus stop, a soap dish, beer crates and a pile of rubbish: in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the National Contemporary Art award, we look at the media …

Nikau Hindin is reviving a contemporary form of Māori art largely lost after the extinction of the aute plant in Aotearoa. Photographer Sait Akirrman visited Nikau in studio.

The recent discovery of a fossil parrot the size of a human toddler reinforces the case for Foulden Maar to be protected.

A new study has found that nearly 50% of New Zealand girls are getting their periods before high school. Experts say it is time for our education system to step up. 

Research shows young New Zealanders are stubbing out cannabis – and Māori more than most.


The world’s largest parrot, standing up to a metre tall with a beak that could crack most food sources, used to live in New Zealand.

Forget 1080 – these days 5G is the conspiracy theory that everyone is freaking out about. But is there any basis for the scare stories? Emily Writes tries to unravel fact from fiction.

Two recent scientific discoveries rocked us to our fossily core, but there’s a bigger, more shocking story to be told: who are the silhouette people?

The old utopian ideal of an unmoderated free speech arena can't survive this upswing in right wing violence, writes the co-author of a report calling for greater regulation of the internet.

The terrorist who killed 20 people in El Paso over the weekend claimed direct inspiration from the Christchurch mosque shootings. Don Rowe explores how our darkest day became an aspirational target for the far right.  


Air New Zealand released their new safety video this morning, featuring the legendary Louis Litt from legal drama Suits. Tara Ward buckles up to watch. 

Peter Ellis will finally have his appeal against decades-old child sex abuse convictions heard in the Supreme Court.

After fifteen years, American-targeted satire video game Metal Wolf Chaos XD finally makes it way out of Japan. Sam Brooks looks at how much more prescient the game is now, and why that is.

Sam Brooks reviews Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which perfectly splits difference between staying true to its core while reinventing itself to appeal to a broader audience.

Sam Brooks re-assesses Assassin's Creed Odyssey in the wake of ten months of post-release content and works out what the game did right, did wrong, and did weird.


A personal journey from reasonable trepidation to sweet love for the video game Minecraft.

Māori culture shouldn't be something that's half-heartedly appropriated for some cool video game visuals. So why do developers keep doing it?

Jonny Potts leaves a message for one of the musicians that mattered to him most: David Berman of the Silver Jews, who died this week.

Featuring a New Zealand supergroup, a Spanish superstar, Canadian's finest super-lesbians (just go with it) and more.

Claire Duncan chats with experimental sound artist Betty Apple about her upcoming New Zealand tour, and where her work fits within the international noise music scene.


Since their first single release in 2015, Leisure has had over 75 million streams and a handful of sold-out international concerts. Jaden Parkes sat down to talk about the secret of success: leisure time.

Fifteen tracks, 22 guests, one album. There are a lot of reasons why Ed Sheeran's new collab album shouldn't work. The surprising thing is how much of it does.

It's like Christmas every fortnight, and an antidote to the great plastic pile-up.

We keep hearing that Kids These Days are mollycoddled and risk-averse, but is that really true? And guess who gets blamed when kids do take risks and things go wrong?

It's a scary world out there, and there's a lot for you as a parent to be frightened of. But what are the things you should be most freaked out …


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.

It's 'important for mothers and midwives to plan well ahead of their delivery', according to the head of the Southern DHB. Intrigued, Emily Writes decided to find out more.

On the good days, riding a bike is the best. But in Auckland there aren't nearly enough of those days, and unless decision makers take urgent action, that's not going to change.

A riposte against a ghastly and unfair misrepresentation of a noble campaign.

For Auckland host Timothy Giles talks to longtime Auckland councillor Penny Hulse about her time in council, why she's stepping down and her hopes for the future.


Timothy Giles speaks to Grace Stratton about accessibility in fashion and in life, for the latest episode of For Auckland.

A Hurricanes true believer on a massive Super Rugby shift.

From tennis champions to dance craze inventors, Scratched celebrates New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due – but whose legacies deserve to be in lights.

At Eden Park on Saturday night, the Wallabies were on the receiving end of a ruthless players’ revenge by the All Blacks, writes Scotty Stevenson

With the acquisition of global rugby streaming leader RugbyPass, Sky might have just secured its future, writes Trevor McKewen.


In 2003 the Silver Ferns won the Netball World Cup after a 16-year winning streak by the Australian Diamonds. In 2019, they've just done exactly the same thing.

The architect of the incredible turnaround the Silver Ferns have enjoyed is now off-contract.

On the latest episode of The Good Citizen podcast, Anahera Rawiri talks to Jeremy Hansen about a uniquely Māori solution to Auckland’s housing crisis.

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

Business is Boring host talks to Flamingo Scooters co-founders Nick Hyland and Jacksen Love.


In the second episode of Actually Interesting, The Spinoff’s new monthly podcast exploring the effect AI has on our lives, Russell Brown explores how aware machines really are.

The Gone By Lunchtime team feast on the political morsels of the month. including the National conference and a challenge over Ihumātao. Plus: a new jingle.

Inspired by the ethos of food-rescue organisation Kaibosh, chef Kelda Hains looked to the past to champion unloved ingredients and showcase clever waste-minimising techniques at her All Taste, No Waste dinner. 

In the third episode of Actually Interesting, The Spinoff’s monthly podcast exploring the effect AI has on our lives, Te Aroha Grace talks to host Russell Brown about the Iwi Algorithm.

Judgement prevents understanding, which in itself is a barrier to preventing unsafe behaviour. Are different approaches to harm reduction in the Rainbow community needed? 


Wine should be fun, not intimidating – all you need is a little knowledge. Yvonne Lorkin, co-founder and chief tasting officer of WineFriend, provides some simple tips to help you empower your palate. 

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