Friends and collaborators Maisey Rika and Seth Haapu sit down together to talk about Haapu's new single and video 'New Wave'.

Licensing trusts say they exist to sell alcohol responsibly. So why did a West Auckland trust ask people to recount their 'craziest' moments with hard liquor?


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The scrap between National and the speaker is an example of the Nash Equilibrium, and points to an altogether deeper sorrow and madness

Scotty Stevenson pays tribute to the charms of Auckland's Heritage Hotel, where the new All Black squad was announced over the weekend.

Every little advantage counts in Parliament. Madeleine Chapman and Ra Pomare critically analyse the power sits of Question Time.


If the university is really committed to free speech, yesterday's events suggest they've a funny way of showing it, writes law professor Andrew Geddis.

Homelessness in New Zealand is a very serious problem, and it’s too important to be muddied by misinformation.

The role of the speaker and the schoolyard scrap of Question Time are in the news as Paula Bennett and Gerry Brownlee square up against Trevor Mallard. What's it all about? Chris Bramwell of RNZ explains 

It’s encouraging that members of this government finally seem to get it: prisons just don't work. So now what?

The new government needs to roll back a policy that stops Africans claiming refugee status – and undermines the human rights at the foundation of our refugee policy, argues Murdoch Stephens.


The way we sign up to trade deals must change, and parliament needs to lead the process to prevent flawed agreements like the TPP getting through.

The Labour-led government has missed its chance to help those in the worst poverty

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

Last year, Oddly Even won TVNZ's inaugural New Blood web series competition. This year and $100K later, the series launches. Sam Brooks talks to Oddly Even's three lead actresses about the …

Amazingly, Dancing with the Stars NZ continues despite Naz's untimely and controversial departure from the show. And as surely as the sun rises and sets, the power rankings come in.


As we entered week five of Survivor we were yet to see a man go home. Would this finally be the week? Yes, yes it would.

The royal wedding is tomorrow, and The Spinoff has a correspondent on the ground for all the late-breaking Meghan and Harry news. Let's check in with him.

We've assembled a list of the most exciting startups and tech companies in New Zealand right now, chosen by some of the tech leaders gathered for Techweek'18.

Indigo & Iris CEO Hannah Duder talks about the company's new Levitate mascara, how it's helping to end avoidable blindness in the Pacific, and the challenges of being a social enterprise in New Zealand.

Big changes are coming to how companies that operate in Europe collect data. Are we ready?


Against a backdrop of Twitter grenades and staff disquiet, we talk to outspoken NBR publisher Todd Scott.

Every week on The Primer we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Little Angels founder Heather Baker.

Folk music is experiencing a renaissance in New Zealand as musicians rediscover the Gaelic tradition of pub sessions. Baz Macdonald reports.

R&B and neo-soul singer-songwriter Villette on making it from Mad Butcher to Los Angeles.

Aussie singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is back with her second solo release, trading wry and acerbic for something a little more earnest.


For The Spinoff Music, the big question of the day isn't what dress Meghan Markle is going to wear, but what song she'll be dancing to with Harry. Thanks to Spotify, here's our best guess.

Everyone loves a cameo, and JessB has them all for you in her new music video for 'Set It Off.

Staff Writers

Minister pledges crackdown on offshore casinos that prey on Kiwi gamblers

The government promises to take action on JackpotCity-style operations, while urging the private sector and the public to step up, too. Don Rowe reports

Read on.

The Spinoff is proud to debut our Frame documentary series produced by Wrestler and funded by NZ on Air. The first is The Hookers of Hawera, about life in and around a small-town brothel named 'Shh…'.

Teenage NZers without a home in Australia are being left in limbo, ineligible for a living allowance.

Most students at the University of Auckland have no idea that their education provider has millions invested in fossil fuels. Fossil Free UoA would be happy to tell them about it – if the university only gave them the chance.


An intensive self-defence and empowerment workshop puts young women in stressful roleplays of power dynamics and attempted assault. Don Rowe visits the Stand Up program at Rodney College. 

How NZ schools can provide targeted support for LGBTQ+ students.

What is it like to be a mother living in poverty? Carissa Allen shares her story.

A theatre show written by parents and for parents is welcoming mums to see the show with their babies. It might be a first in New Zealand. Producer Rachel Millar outlines why they've made the decision to be accessible.

The Handmaid's Tale portrays surrogacy as an act of violent exploitation. Surrogacy researcher Hannah Gibson considers how the show affects our understanding of surrogacy in New Zealand and asks: are women here being exploited?


Every parent has probably felt the disapproving eyes of others at some point when out with their offspring. Linda Jane Keegan challenges that undeniable feeling that kids just aren’t welcome anywhere.

Today is Pink Shirt Day an international initiative aimed at ending bullying. Here, Kiri Speirs shares her daughter Zoe's story.

Pākehā life coach Sally Anderson has come under fire this week for receiving moko kauae. Leonie Pihama looks at the difference between rights and privilege when it come to wāhine Māori and moko kauae.

In the first week of May, members of Te Whānau-a-Apanui invited indigenous climate change activists and thinkers from Aotearoa and around the world to the Red Tide International Indigenous Climate Action Summit.

Competing North Island iwi groups Tauranga Moana and Pare Hauraki were on track to negotiate a tikanga process for Treaty settlement talks – face to face, on the marae, no lawyers. Then the government changed hands and tikanga went out the window.


If we’re serious about improving youth participation in politics, we need the Don Brash’s of the world to get out of the way and support the establishment of Māori wards.

Three extraordinary women have taken their design and architecture skills and created a training programme for some of the country's most vulnerable rangatahi.

The visibility of hologram technology was given a major boost in NZ when the PM used it to make a Techweek speech. So how might the technology be used in the future?

Councillor outrage over a secret stadium report shows how much the mayor needs to learn about consensus building, writes RNZ's Auckland correspondent Todd Niall.

Olympic cyclist and America's Cup cyclor Simon Van Velthooven talks to Madeleine Chapman about the increasingly important role of technology in sport.


At Techweek‘18 the people leading New Zealand’s innovation and technological revolution share their secrets. We asked the experts for their festival recommendations.

If a fuel tax is the best way to fund Auckland’s development, Councillor Efeso Collins asks that the benefits be invested in the people the tax will affect most - those in his Manukau ward.

Yesterday the University of Otago seized thousands of copies of its students' magazine. Editor Joel MacManus explains what happened.

If you have a Gloriavale fetish, you’re not alone. There’s a growing fan base out there.

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


David Farrier has slowly been going crazy trying to get an answer about who’s actually behind the odd film festival that might not even play your stupid film anyway.

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

It's no secret that horror writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft had bigoted attitudes to race and class. Duy Le examines how these aspects of Lovecraft's writing are critiqued in FromSoftware's Bloodborne.

The highly anticipated sequel to the 2013's cult hit, State of Decay 2 feels like three steps forward and two steps back.

It's the second episode of our new comedy Dungeons and Dragons podcast! Welcome back to Waterdeep Mountain High, a below average school in the mystical land of Faerun.


Half sports tournament, half trade show, all technology, all vaguely foreign to him. This is gaming editor's Sam Brooks' diary of the Intel Extreme Masters tournament in Sydney, where he spent three days last weekend.

If you're tired of crushing candies and playing meaningless virtual card games, we've something else to distract you from the mindless grind that is your commute.

Broadcaster Kim Hill reviews the year's most sensational memoir of family dysfunction, violence, apocalyptic visions, and survival.

Neil Young, our man in London, reports on Hera Lindsay Bird's appearance at the coolest bookstore belonging to the coolest literary magazine in the English-speaking world.

Kiran, Jenna and Louisa bunker down on level 5 of the Aotea Centre to record on-the-ground reactions from three days at the Auckland Writers Festival.


Auckland - glassy, dusty, unfinished, trying its best - is captured in a new art book by Wellington photographer Mary Macpherson.

New verse by Wellington writer Harry Ricketts.

What might happen to the ecology, economy and overall quality of life in our distant isles?

This weekend marks the release of Dancing With Atoms, veteran filmmaker Shirley Horrock's tribute to physicist Sir Paul Callaghan. Don Rowe talks to Horrocks about his life and legacy.

On the first ever International Day of Light, Prof David Hutchinson outlines how the science of light is changing the world of computing, manufacturing, agriculture and medicine in New Zealand and around the world.


The arguments for ditching your four-wheel addiction are overwhelming, writes public health expert Caroline Shaw

What is it like to have a disease that nobody can 'see' and which society can shame you for talking about?

In our monthly Business Chat special, host Simon Pound talks with Maria Slade and Rebecca Stevenson about business stories making the news that month.

Simon Pound speaks to Natalie Robinson of Mum's Garage about how to support and guide founders through the beginning stages of an idea.

Back once again with the renegade bluster, the Gone By Lunchtime team climb many flights of stairs in the cause of NZ political discourse. 


Simon Pound celebrates a milestone for the Business is Boring podcast, and shares highlights from the past 100 episodes.

Simon Pound talks to Glen Herud about the problems with the modern dairy industry, how he tried to do things differently at his company Happy Cow Milk – and why it ultimately failed.

The government is digging deep into the price of electricity in New Zealand, with a review of the entire energy sector.

The compromises of the Labour-led government’s first budget was a sign of consultation required in the coalition.

For The Spinoff Music, the big question of the day isn't what dress Meghan Markle is going to wear, but what song she'll be dancing to with Harry. Thanks to Spotify, here's our best guess.


Alex Casey dissects episode five of The Handmaid’s Tale, including the march of the child brides and a lovely holiday to the colonies. Contains spoilers, obviously.

A few hours hours before the budget is announced to the public, journalists and other interested parties get a preview in a secure room deep inside the Beehive. This year, Jess McAllen was among them.

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