Is surfing allowed under lockdown rules? How about fishing? We asked the experts.

As New Zealand entered national lockdown, The Spinoff commissioned social media polling company Stickybeak to measure the mood of the nation.


The Best Of

All I can do, now, is wrap him up in love and trust that the people who are looking after him are wrapping him up in love, too.

A poem by Nadine Anne Hura

And who watches over the use of that power?


Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris, with help from Dr Siouxsie Wiles, looks at the coronavirus up close. And from a long way away.

Once again, New Zealanders are caught up in world events that will test our mettle. This time, the battles will be fought at home, writes Dame Anne Salmond.

The latest news as New Zealand prepares to go into lockdown, updated through the day.

In Paris, the institution of a lockdown triggered a great deal of scoffing and appeals to liberty. Now it's New Zealand's turn.

With mass unemployment coming, some existing benefit rules are going to exacerbate people’s problems.


The latest news as New Zealand prepares to go into lockdown, updated through the day.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today announced that New Zealand will be moving to the highest Covid-19 alert level within 48 hours. Here is her speech in full.

Amanda Thompson pulls her socks up, makes do and gets on with it. Cakes in a time of crisis are an excellent idea, as long as your current crisis is an …

New Zealand craft distilleries are part of a global trend of temporarily halting production of spirits to turn their hands to a sought-after product in the fight against Covid-19.

As the pandemic escalates, New Zealand’s already-struggling restaurants and bars are wondering how they’ll get through.


New Zealand beers are rightfully being recognised as some of the world's best. That didn't happen by accident. 

Dealing with grief is hard. Comfort carbs make it a little bit easier, says Amanda Thompson.

Whether you're full time or part time, here's what you're entitled to under the Covid-19 wage subsidy.

This week on Business is Boring, host Simon Pound talks to Dr Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl) about her new online learning platform, Nanogirl's Lab.

The latest news from day two of lockdown-era New Zealand, updated through the day.


The latest news as New Zealand begins its first day in lockdown, updated through the day.

Whether you're working from home or trying to teach your out-of-school children some maths, Voluntarily.nz could be the perfect solution to isolation madness.

The Real Pod assembles (virtually) to dissect the penultimate week of The Bachelorette NZ, except this time we are in a national lockdown. 

Alex Casey delivers her power rankings for The Bachelorette NZ, where everything is made up and Covid-19 didn’t matter yet.

Don't panic, Outlander is still going strong. Tara Ward recaps episode six of season five. 


An unscheduled Covid-19 special ran in place of Seven Sharp last night, and it brought out the best in both its participants and the medium itself.

Looking for something safe to watch on the telly? Tara Ward has some suggestions. 

A guide to the practical steps you can take to support your community, starting today.

They're not getting paid extra, they miss their families and they’re tired of people losing it over yoghurt.

Medical centres have been instructed to reduce the number of in-person consultations they conduct by 70%.


We explain CNZ's new $16 million Emergency Response Package addressing the impacts of Covid-19, along with some added clarity from CEO Stephen Wainwright.

We can now call him what he is: a terrorist. But there are questions that still need to be addressed, writes Anjum Rahman.

A poem by Wellington poet Jenny Bornholdt.

"This will be my lockdown anthem, to remind me that a feeling of endlessness and shapelessness doesn’t have to be ominous – maybe it can be joyful, and anarchic, and great."

A selection of favourite cookbooks to plug the hole where the bestseller lists used to be. 


A poem by Wellington writer Kate Camp.

The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending 20 March, plus a note on how best to clean books, by Siouxsie Wiles.

Māori authorities have acted swiftly on behalf of their people, but some say they're concerned about the lack of communication from government.

There was a lot of kōrero at Waitangi this year about women's speaking rights, both at Waitangi and around the motu. Dr Rawiri Taonui looks at the history.

A proper reckoning with March 15 2019 demands that we take up a generations-long struggle to destroy all the exclusions that make up our society and produce the conditions we know as racism.


The government is proposing a national policy statement on indigenous biodiversity, giving power to the protection of our native forests and the indigenous species within.

'Old memories and histories were sung for those who would come after'

New Zealand's museums and galleries are still open, despite similar spaces closing in cities across the world.

Imogen Taylor's sumptuous exhibition Sapphic Fragments is informed by art historical understandings of queer pleasure, and in particular, women’s love for women.

An extract from West Coast photographer Julia Johnston’s upcoming book Coast Roaders with an introduction by her for Spinoff readers.


Visiting the Audio Foundation and the Michael Lett Gallery, both just off Auckland’s K' Road, Tulia Thompson finds herself considering the galaxy and what it means to be human. 

Yes, it’s still summer and still the season of the road trip. We run down some of the best North Island art stopovers, and the mavericks behind them.

The statistical modelling we're working on in NZ to help us understand how diseases spread.

A widely-reported study revealed that Covid-19 can be made to be airborne. That doesn't mean you'll ever catch it that way.

An anti-malaria drug could be a possible treatment for Covid-19, alongside other existing medicines. The Science Media Centre rounded up experts to comment.


How the process runs, why we're not testing everyone who feels ill, and something you can do online now to help the fight.

Siouxsie Wiles offers some context around a couple of new studies on the coronavirus.

Why has New Zealand's startup community been so prominent in the Covid-19 discussion this past week?

How The Spinoff is dealing with the evolving crisis – and what’s driving our coverage.

Social media giant Facebook has banned a large number of trusted media outlets for posting 'inappropriate content'.


I was scheduled to appear as an expert witness on the subject of satire in the Jones v Maihi defamation case, and then it was cut short.

The proposed merger of RNZ and TVNZ has one clear international precedent – Irish national broadcaster RTÉ.

Lee Henaghan previews Ori and the Will of The Wisps, the latest game to dismantle 'are video games art?' question.

Sam Brooks reviews Media Molecule's Dreams, the game that allows you to turn your dreams into (virtual) reality.

Lifelong superfan Sam Brooks got to play five hours of the Final Fantasy 7 remake ahead of its release. He reports back on how the game successfully adapts the twenty-year old classic.


The government is trumpeting news that gaming will be a billion dollar industry, but a leading gaming developer says he needs money, not glowing press releases.

On its 20th anniversary, Sam Brooks looks back on The Sims, the safest space for an entire generation of gamers.

The effect of Covid-19 on NZ music won’t be short-lived. Here’s how some members of the industry are coping.

A complete taxonomy of the types of people who'll be descending on New Plymouth this weekend for Womad.

Milk and Honey Festival organisers Lani Purkis and Teresa Patterson on celebrating women in the New Zealand music industry on International Women’s Day. 


Dig a little deeper and you'll see that there's much more to the viral sensation than blue hair and Miley Cyrus memes. 

The artist formerly known as Tom Lark is back with this simmering neo-disco groover.

We asked children how they were coping - and what advice they had for adults.

The job is always hard enough. Here are some ways to think about how to handle it changing.

We're very excited to announce the launch of Emily Writes Weekly, a newsletter by Emily Writes, brought to you by The Spinoff.


The fear you carry over this virus is the fear those of us who have children with compromised immune systems carry all the time.

Breastfeeding in public can still be stressful for a lot of mothers. Gemma Bowker Wright lists her favourite places to breastfeed without the added judgement or worry. It makes me mad …

Who’s the man with master plan?

Josie Adams looks back at the short-lived 0800 SMOKEY snitch campaign.

Auckland Council recently announced a citywide food scrap collection scheme that will be kicking off in 2021, so what do we need to know?


Everything you need to know about the suspension of buses in Auckland and the industrial action that it springs from.

Photographer Brendan Kitto shares images telling the story of the dramatic housing changes in Glen Innes, Auckland.

At the highest gathering place of New Zealand sport, UFC champion and sportsman of the year Israel Adesanya delivered the message he has long been destined to give.

The controversy around the unexpected (but 'pre-planned') mid-season break for the Black Caps coach left countless fans feeling they were being suckered. And fair enough.

In a classic case of better late than never, pioneering Māori tennis player Ruia Morrison was honoured at the 2020 ASB Classic in Auckland.


Alex Braae heads to North Harbour Stadium to watch the Auckland baseball team play a crunch game before a wild, Baby Shark chanting crowd.

Far from home, the Latin American football fanatics of Waiheke Island are fighting to regain their place on the New Zealand football league. It's a tale of passion, pride and love for the beautiful game.

This week on Business is Boring, Simon Pound talks to Florence and Chloe Van Dyke from Chia Sisters.

Ben, Annabelle and Toby are not medical doctors or, in fact, doctors of any kind, but here they overcome this minor impediment and solve coronavirus.

This week on Business is Boring, Simon Pound talks to Grace Stratton from All is for All.


Welcome back to Papercuts, our monthly books podcast hosted by Louisa Kasza, Jenna Todd and Kiran Dass.

The On the Rag team assemble to dissect the previous month in news, media and feminism. 

Got too much TV to watch? We've got you covered on where to start your lockdown binge.

Dua Lipa’s new album, Future Nostalgia, is an ode to good memories and a gateway to Zumba. Josie Adams listened to it and took a heady trip into her past.

Simon Day and Calum Henderson celebrate some iconic matches from the Black Caps back catalogue.


Kiwi Wealth’s head of fixed interest shares her thoughts and experience on how to get through these challenging times.

HBO’s biggest drama since Game of Thrones returns for a third season to NEON tonight. Here’s everything you need to know about Westworld season three. 

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