What a smash hit Norwegian webseries has to teach NZ On Air about teen viewers

Vanessa Ellingham brings a gift from Norway back to the motherland: an innovative teen drama that doesn't suck.  Earlier this year, I watched as The Spinoff found itself at war with …

Please Jacinda, don’t take the Blackadder approach to tax reform

Jacinda Ardern has outsourced Labour's decision on a capital gains tax to a working group. But why? It's time we stopped treating tax working groups as the magical solution to problems in the tax system, writes Jess Berentson-Shaw.

Asian New Zealanders deserve better than Asian MPs chosen by Pākehā bosses

Asian New Zealanders should not have to put up with ineffectual representation decided by Pākehā party bosses, writes Porirua GP and film-maker Sapna Samant.

Not Jane Yee on The Block: Are Ling and Zing going for a Nobel Prize?

With Jane Yee galavanting away across the ditch, Tara Ward steps up to power rank the only four night a week NZ renovation show that matters. 

An incomplete catalogue of television's strongest winter looks

Still feeling the chill? Tara Ward assembles some of the best TV looks to warm the cockles of your cold heart. 

Making music in the Trump era with The National's Matt Berninger

The National frontman Matt Berninger spoke to super fan Madeleine Chapman about their new look, politics in music, and why Ed Sheeran got to cameo on Game of Thrones and he didn't.

‘We're not a piss-take band’: Bloodnut, NZ's all-redhead metal band, on not letting the joke get in the way of the music

They're a metal band from Auckland who write songs about life as part of the 2% – those born with red hair. Hussein Moses sits down with Bloodnut to find out where the sweet spot is between taking the piss and being completely serious, and just how far they’re willing to push the concept.

Outside the Asylum: chapters three and four of an epic essay in praise of New Zealand

We continue serialising an epic essay from the New Zealand Initiative’s Eric Crampton, exploring what life is like in and out of New Zealand. Today: chapters three and four, covering tax and airport security.

Congratulations, She’s a Boy: I have my very first shaving lesson

We’re back for month two of Congratulations, She’s a Boy, a monthly column following the female-to-male transition of Wellington writer Felix Desmarais.

Together alone: How do we parent in a sea of online advice?

In her quest for good parenting advice, Thomasin Sleigh has asked Google, skulked around online forums and, of course, become a devoted fan of The Spinoff Parents. But what are the pros and cons of turning to the internet for parenting tips?

Emily Writes: What I wish my children knew

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes considers the things that are important to know when you're a little human being trying to make your way in the world.

Phil Goff is about to fight the battle that will make or break him as mayor

It’s 10-year planning time. The time when the mayor sets out his vision, his plans to realise that vision and the budget he will use to do it. But there’s a $6 billion hole in the money that needs to be spent on Auckland, and right now Phil Goff has no idea where the council’s share of it is going to come from.

The Titirangi session: politics gets fun and feral in the original greenie stronghold

It was a dark but not very stormy night. The school hall was filled with people, and home baking. And some politicians. Simon Wilson was always there.

The Skytanic has sighted its iceberg

For years now Sky has been the biggest force in New Zealand media, crushing everything in its path. But by ignoring digital it has found itself in a brutal squeeze between rising costs and shrinking revenue – all with thousands of customers poised to flee post-Lions tour. Duncan Greive asks if the end is now inevitable.

The best of The Spinoff this week

Compiling the best reading from your friendly local website.

Sam's Celebrity Game Reviews: Shady Wars

Next up in Sam's Celebrity Game Reviews is Shady Wars, a game in which Sam has to reconcile his feelings for Eminem while throwing chainsaws at drones.

They're putting burger ads in your games, and you can't opt out

Not content with plastering billboards and bus stations in the real world, fast food giant Wendy's are inserting themselves inside virtual worlds too. It's a trend that makes Don Rowe feel nauseous. 

The Wednesday Poem: 'Words of praise' by Ashleigh Young

Every day this week the Spinoff Review of Books is publishing a new poem in the build-up to the Phantom Billstickers national poetry day on Friday. Today: a new poem by Ashleigh Young

Poetry week at the Spinoff: how an award-winning poet got started

All week this week the Spinoff Review of Books is devoted to poetry in the build-up to the Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day on Friday. Yesterday we ran an essay by Helen Hogan, editor of 1970s anthologies of poetry by New Zealand college students; today, an essay by distinguished poet Andrew Johnston, who Hogan published when he was a 14-year-old schoolboy in the Hutt Valley.

Last man standing: life alone on a disappearing island

Climate change is harsh reality for the Pacific Islands. Madeleine Chapman travelled to the Solomon Islands with World Vision to meet the communities whose lives are already being upturned by climate change.

Climate change is coming for the economy, and New Zealand needs to adapt

Climate change is going to dramatically disfigure New Zealand’s economy, cutting up to half our GDP, according to fund manager Lance Wiggs. The good news? We have a chance to lead in a new low-carbon world – or we could do nothing and perhaps see our economy, and society, collapse.

The cure for cancer may be closer than we think, all thanks to a Kiwi invention

Lots of companies say they want to change the world, Prof. Steve Henry says he's serious.

Politics podcast: Greens post-Metiria, return of the bootcamp and war with Australia

As the breakneck pre-election pace continues, the Gone By Lunchtime committee convenes to discuss the big issues such as cabbages. With Ben Thomas marooned in Wellington, Duncan Greive pod-hops to join GBLT's Toby Manhire and Annabelle Lee, but we do take a moment to call and sing him a song.

Decline and Fall is the closest thing we'll get to Downton Abbey in 2017

Sam Brooks watches the new Eva Longoria vehicle Decline and Fall and finds a show more British than a pint of lager and a packet of crisps. 

'I'm trying not to be a rock band': Merk on the isolation of laptop production

Henry Oliver talks to bedroom producer and multi-instrumentalist Merk, who is playing at Seamless, an all-ages show, in Auckland this weekend.