Who’s going to replace Toni and Mike behind the Seven Sharp desk next year? Here are one hundred possible combinations.

Last week, a Supreme Court decision awarded the wife of a lawyer $520,000 to make up for the fact that she gave up her career and potential income to look after the children and home.


The Best Of

As we come into summer have you been thinking about a style overhaul? Never fear! Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes has a fashion-obsessed five-year-old and he has many tips.

The World Bank estimates New Zealand's hidden economy at more than $20 billion. Michelle Duff meets the IRD investigators chasing down the cash.

A massage therapist was last week convicted of indecent assault against 14 women during massages they purchased through GrabOne. Madeleine Chapman reports.


Auckland Transport is busily wrecking the suburbs of the city’s inner west. A long hard look at how that happened – and who's fighting it.

This morning Kim Hill generously gave Don Brash 30 minutes in which to explain his problem with te reo on the radio. Kim Hill expert and superfan Sam Brooks brings you her best burns.

16 top politics watchers name their winners and losers from a tumultuous political year.

Opinion: Green MP Golriz Ghahraman recently came under fire over a selective biography on the party site. Branko Marcetic dives into a bunch of other members’ bios.

After a 10 week hiatus, Colmar Brunton's poll for TVNZ is revealed on Sunday morning, with mobiles surveyed alongside landlines for the first time. Labour will expect a boost, but by how much? 


The last National leader buggered off before it was cool.

The Labour PM has her work cut out for her with a pair of senior cabinet ministers hardly given to toeing the line, writes Toby Manhire.

Alex Casey watches Sisters, the new Aussie dramedy from the people who created Offspring and Puberty Blues.

The Real Pod assembles in The Spinoff boardroom of dreams to dissect the week in New Zealand pop culture, thanks to Nando's.

Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from the finale of Outlander season three. Contains major spoilers, obviously. 


It's time to make some serious calls about New Zealand television in 2017, starting and ending with this short survey. 

The dynamic, polarising Newshub political editor has announced he's leaving the role.

The chief scientist of the Environmental Protection Agency has been making waves since her appointment, articulating a pro-farming message around water quality. Has agri-business has captured our environmental regulator? Farming critic Rachel Stewart thinks so.

To buy or not to buy isn't really the question. We should be asking, is bitcoin actually for us? Mark Hattersley argues that seeing bitcoin simply in terms of investment is short-sighted.

Our first equity crowdfunded business, Renaissance Brewing, has gone bust. But rather than being a canary in the crowdfunding coalmine, it's a reminder that early stage investment is ride-or-die. 


Every week we ask a local start-up to spill the beans about themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to the founders of Rendezvous, a dating app that lets you avoid the awkward online pre-chat and cut straight to the chase.

Instead of focusing wholly on the negatives of climate change, businesses need to grasp that New Zealand's transition to a low emissions economy is an opportunity for innovative growth, argues Abbie Reynolds.

We talk to Chelsea Jade ahead of her return to New Zealand for Wondergarden festival.

Sia played Mt. Smart Stadium last week. Sam Brooks went and found the concert – and Sia's entire anti-persona persona – sadly wanting.

Before Six60 ruled the New Zealand summer airwaves, there was Nesian Mystik.


It's Christmas! And with Christmas comes Christmas music. Here's the worst of it.

The final report from a 16-town tour of New Zealand with Dominic 'Tourettes' Hoey, Skyscraper Stan and Josh Jugum. 

'The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in Wellington,' Mark Twain almost said (the apocryphal saying is actually about San Francisco, close enough). But not this year. The city is basking in a long stretch of hot weather – and some residents are not coping.

In the first part of a four piece series exploring the surrounding environments of Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch by road trip, Spinoff writers Simon Day and Don Rowe head north, east and west from Auckland’s central city.

Every office has at least one grinch, it's a fact of life. But can an office grinch be converted into a festive fanatic? Madeleine Chapman tries her darnedest. 


We’re back for the fourth installment of Congratulations, She’s a Boy, following Wellington writer Felix Desmarais’ female-to-male (FTM) transition. This month: a life-changing operation.

The early signs are the coalition government is not afraid of making tough calls when it comes to healthier approaches to drug use. Stephen Blyth of the Drug Foundation lays out the challenges ahead, and reminds us it’s about more than running a referendum on cannabis.

There's a widespread belief that charities and people living in poverty should just 'be grateful' for any food donations they receive. That's a dangerous and damaging idea, argues Rebekah Graham.

This morning the tireless women's refuge campaigner Jackie Clark published a Facebook post explaining why her organisation doesn't want donations of tinned tomatoes.

We’re often given the impression teenagers don’t want to share too much with their parents, but is that really the case?  High school counsellor Louisa Woods asked real teenagers how communication with their parents could be improved.


Mum to a special needs child Nicola Bond has some tips for supporting children with autism spectrum disorder and helping them get through what can be a really stressful time of year.

As we come into summer have you been thinking about a style overhaul? Never fear! Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes has a fashion-obsessed five-year-old and he has many tips.

This week Tasman Rugby Union are announcing a small name change with potentially huge consequences.

Just as mamaku holds the earth together after landslides, so too can it heal wounds and infections in us, explains Donna Kerridge.

This Sunday a unique parade is taking place on Auckland’s K Road to honour Hape, the resourceful ancestor that Karangahape Road is named for – and to highlight the plight of his descendants.


Deloitte have released their list of the Top 10 Māori organisations for 2017. Joshua Hitchcock looks at the year’s big hitters.

Kawakawa is said to have the healing properties of all the other plants in the ngahere combined. Donna Kerridge explains how to use this versatile plant.

What exactly, asks Simon Wilson, has the council decided to do about kauri dieback? Why did the Maori board members contradict themselves and which trails have been closed?

The Auckland Art Gallery is under threat - from a council that ought to know better.

Last week food critic Simon Wilson took rookie fine diner Madeleine Chapman to upmarket restaurant The Grove. Then she took him to her restaurant of choice – here are their reviews of KFC.


Fine dining and fast food: who likes what best? The Spinoff’s intrepid food writers Simon Wilson and Madeleine Chapman have been checking out the high life and the fast life, starting with top Auckland restaurant, The Grove.

The council has voted to close tracks in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park and spend a lot more money trying to stop the spread of kauri dieback. But, asks Simon Wilson, is it enough?

Super-wealthy internet tycoon, Trump-booster and ordinary Kiwi geezer Peter Thiel was spotted this week at an exhibition in Auckland based largely on his ideas.

NZ on Air has funded your favourite local website to ramp up its video output across all online channels, and make its first free-to-air TV show.

Originally conceived to notify you of important breaking news, news alerts in New Zealand have morphed into something altogether stranger. David Farrier reports.


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

Last night the Herald published a story about a six-year-old Russian child described as the 'most beautiful girl in the world'. Who on earth thought this was a good idea?

The video games industry could be NZ’s next creative industry boom, but a lack of government support is holding it back,

Cuphead is one of the most difficult games of the year. In lieu of participating in Movember, Liam Maguren decided to stream the game instead. Misery ensued.

Two men try their hand at one of these newfangled collaborative games and boy are they confused!


Runaway’s Emma Johansson tells Calum Henderson about the many benefits of diversity in gaming, the secret to making chilled-out but highly addictive mobile games and why Animal Crossing rules.

They're bringing back the Elusive Targets mode and here's why that's great.

A guide to the 20 very best books of non-fiction – essays, memoirs, biographies, even a cookbook and a self-help book for God's sake! – published in 2017.

Freya Daly Sadgrove, a bookseller at The Children's Bookshop in Wellington, chooses the very best picture books, chapter books and YA novels of 2017.

It’s got tussock, it’s got a lake, it’s got space and beauty and that: Lake Tekapo and its high country stations feature in an awesome new coffee table book.


The best-selling books at the two best bookstores between the devil and the deep blue sea.

New poetry - actually, she sent it in on Thursday, and we have rushed it to the head of the queue in these dry days of summer - by Hawkes Bay writer Marty Smith.

Alan Tennyson of Te Papa describes the discovery of colossal fossils in an Otago boulder, and how it helps us better understand ancient penguin species.

The threats reveal a crack opening up between urban perception and rural values. We need to act before somebody gets hurt, writes Dave Hansford

Scientists hope to help asthma sufferers and others needing oxygen at home by developing ‘molecular sponges’ with nanoscale-sized pores to purify the air.


According to media reports, a slowing of the Earth's rotation is likely to bring an increase in the number of severe quakes. What do NZ scientists say?

The Climate Action Tracker reveals the NZ ambition is not ‘fine’ as claimed, writes Bill Hare, a physicist and climate scientist and a former lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The Real Pod assembles in The Spinoff boardroom of dreams to dissect the week in New Zealand pop culture, thanks to Nando's.

This week on Business is Boring, 18 year old Alexia Hilbertidou talks following your passion, no matter your age.

This week Jane, Duncan and Alex bask in the glory of their new sponsors at Nando's and relive an incredible night at the New Zealand TV awards. 


Atlanta rappers and J Cole signees J.I.D, Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot on linking up with J Cole, the Atlanta music scene and what happens when you eat a lot of Chipotle and your sewage pipe breaks.

Listen to Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michele A’Court tackle the age-old conundrum: how do you cope with Christmas without exploding?

Simon Pound talks to Sacha Judd about how young female pop fans just might be the future of tech.

Seven reasons why you should stop underestimating Halsey.

Arriving December 19, Lightbox’s new historical epic The Hollow Crown is bringing some serious silver screen stars to your little streaming device. Sam Brooks shares a guide on where you know them from and who the heck they’re playing.


In the first part of a four piece series exploring the surrounding environments of Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch by road trip, Spinoff writers Simon Day and Don Rowe head north, east and west from Auckland’s central city.

Every office has at least one grinch, it's a fact of life. But can an office grinch be converted into a festive fanatic? Madeleine Chapman tries her darnedest. 

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