A string of lone actor, far-right copycat atrocities provide important clues to the kind of online movement we now confront.

Labour launches campaign while National releases list, frantic final days at parliament wrapped, and new poll shows Shane Jones in trouble in Northland.


The Best Of

She's a lone wolf, a team player, a rebel, a leader and the nicest lady around. But what combination of those do you need to survive in government?

A globally acclaimed business says it faces an expensive death, wedged between punitive commercial law and government inaction.

Catherine Woulfe reviews Upstream on the Mataura, a memoir by Gore flyfisherman Dougal Rillstone chronicling his journey along the Southland river.


Mark Todd, long-time landlord and founder of Ockham Residential, welcomes the new tenancy rules – and says hysterical critics need to get a grip.

Those left gutted by the handling of this year's Sir Julius Vogel Awards are demanding better next year.

The Labour leader returned yesterday to the Auckland Town Hall, where she was last seen riding the Jacindamania wave towards government.

The introduction of a $3,100 fee for returning New Zealanders will disadvantage Māori disproportionately.

All the the latest on election 2020 and other breaking news, updated throughout the day.


More scandal? More yaks? More Jami-Lee Ross? Read on to find out...

The government is not only threatening an endangered species, says Catherine Delahunty – it's threatening future generations.

A tasty way to quench your thirst and your sense of social responsibility.

A whole heap of vegetables smothered in a delicious peanutty, gingery sauce – what's not to like?

Chicken. Chillies. Spring onions. Oil. Spice. Peanuts. Other stuff I don’t know the name of. How can these simple ingredients combine to create something so much more than the sum of its parts?


We drank a hot mug of Marmite so you don't have to.

A love letter to New Zealand, from crayfish to custard squares.

This week on Business is Boring, host Simon Pound speaks with Mitchell Pham, founder of Augen Software Group.

What needs to be done to boost female employment in the post-Covid world?

The latest on New Zealand news, politics and the Covid-19 crisis, updated throughout the day.


Why have women been hit hardest in the post-Covid labour force?

Unemployment's gone down, but underutilisation's way up. What does that all mean?

She's Cheryl West, she's Ellen Crozier, she's the woman who makes headlines for throwaway jokes online.

Looking for a wonderfully trashy movie to watch? TVNZ OnDemand now has some of Lifetime's best dramas for your viewing pleasure. 

You probably shouldn’t expect any happy endings from buzzed-about new Neon show Gangs of London, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing.


What happens when New Zealand's 'Queen of K-pop' rallies a room full of kids to become homegrown popstars?

Announcing eight new episodes coming soon to The Spinoff and RNZ.

A small proportion of Covid-19 patients continue experiencing symptoms long after they test negative.

After initial concerns about low testing rates in South Auckland, Counties Manukau DHB has the second-highest testing rate in the country.

On the Rag meets two women advocating for the legalisation of cannabis to hear why they're voting yes in this year's referendum.


Depression and anxiety levels haven't returned to normal yet – and they probably won't for a while.

On the 75th anniversary of the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we must redouble efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons once and for all.

Lessons from decades of aid work in the Middle East, Indonesia and the Pacific are wrapped up in Chris Stuart's debut crime novel.

A poem by Rhian Gallagher from her new collection Far-Flung.

A great New Zealand graphic novel enters the chart at number one.


The Twilight author on gender politics, anxiety, and the dark experience of writing as Edward Cullen.

A bestselling author sets out on a jolly adventure – but quickly becomes lost in the woods.

Ngāti Tūwharetoa has just become the first iwi to be approved under the Resource Management Act to take over certain council duties.

As the Waitangi Tribunal inquiry into Oranga Tamariki kicked off, the agency released new data. But do the numbers tell the full story?

When do we get a prime minister who looks like New Zealand?


Three indigenous human rights experts outline the foundations of racism in Aotearoa, and the structural changes needed. 

A timely reminder that politics is more than what happens in the Beehive and it is social movements that create real change.

From kete and hiapo to MS Paint and neo-pop crocodiles, Tautai Gallery celebrates Pacific art in all its forms.

Novelist Chloe Lane talks to artist Nicola Farquhar about guts and hats, and her fondness for ruining things.

The Creatives in Schools programme just received a $4 million boost, but arts educators say the programme falls far short of creating lasting change.


A collective of four wāhine Māori artists, Mata Aho Collective work together to transform human-scale Māori weaving practices into atua-scale contemporary artworks.

Tulia Thompson talks to Paparoa painter Jack Trolove and considers her new body of work, Mangrove. 

As the state of Victoria continues to record shocking new Covid-19 numbers – 671 cases today – a strict new stage 4 lockdown is being imposed.

Three travellers from NZ have tested positive for Covid-19 overseas. How could this have happened?

From global pandemics to online misinformation, if it can "go viral", the R number can be used to explain how.


Little is known about sunfish in their early stages, but one Auckland-based scientist has helped make a world-first genetic breakthrough.

Results of two vaccine trials are in and the news is encouraging. Here's what it all means, and what happens next.

It's billed as 2020's feel good Kiwi comedy, but how dark does this gentle romcom really get?

Between 2009 and 2014, New Zealand's top-rating breakfast radio host published a serialised ode to life's simple pleasures on Twitter. We pay tribute to ‘Life is Perfect’, an unheralded literary achievement.

Are you sick of that moment towards the end of a film when you realise that not a single woman has spoken to another woman the whole time? Turns out you can test for that. 


Our feminist webseries On the Rag returns to dissect representation in the media and who is still being left behind when you turn on the telly. 

Today Michelle Langstone begins a new series of profiles for The Spinoff. Her first subject: film-maker Roseanne Liang.

Another PS4 exclusive, another game about the cost of violence.

Ever wanted to be Iron Man? Sam Brooks prefers Pepper Potts, but he had a great time stepping into the iron suit anyway.

The use of zombies in video games is getting the world's most inventive artform stuck in the mud, ready to have its brains eaten out.


Many call it the greatest game of all time, but where does its legacy sit now?

The greatness of The Last of Us Part II lies not in the gameplay, but for the conversations it will start, writes Sam Brooks. Major spoilers for The Last of Us …

The Always Growing songwriter tells us about her new EP and why she thinks it’s so important for NZ music to include voices like hers.

Taylor Swift's surprise album folklore marks a step away from the noise and into the dark lushness of the woods, writes Sam Brooks

How do the items on the new Kiwiburger hold up to a good ol' Spinoff power ranking?


As one of the few places on earth where live events are taking place, NZ is seeing its Facebook pages overrun by scammers trying to trick fans out of cash.

This episode of Under Cover brings together musicians Troy Kingi and Warren Maxwell to play each other’s songs and have a yarn.

It’s a podcast almost four years in the making on a topic 'shrouded in silence'. Emily Writes speaks to Susie Ferguson about The Unthinkable.

Arihia Latham reflects on the life lessons her daughters will take into a new future. 

A group of mothers, personal trainers, and physiotherapists have joined together to try to address New Zealand's lack of post-birth care. Here's why.


In the podcast Conversations With My Immigrant Parents, immigrant whānau across New Zealand have frank conversations about ancestry, love, expectation, acceptance – and food.

Of the huge funding boost coming for early childhood education, Playcentre has been left with just the crumbs.

There are no incumbents in this south Auckland seat. We meet some of the voters, and the fascinating bunch desperate for their support.  

Why a berm in Grey Lynn is at the centre of a months-long dispute.

South Auckland's five local boards all face similar challenges when it comes to supporting its local residents with jobs, transport and providing places to have fun. So what are their …


Finding yourself homeless is terrible at any age – but it's even worse for those under 18, who are routinely turned away by emergency housing providers.

In less than a week, Auckland Council is set to vote for severe cuts to facilities and services across the city. And still pleas for a commitment on shovel ready projects go unheeded.

In the Counties-Manukau and Auckland Blues teams of the late 1990s, 'Big Joe' was one half of a double act the likes of which we may never see again.

Can we please stick to T-shirt cannons and on-field tug-of-war instead of watching strangers smooch?

The Tour de France is going ahead despite Covid-19 – only next month, the pros will compete indoors.


As South Africa prepares to unleash a confusing new three-team version of cricket, it’s time to settle once and for all: which cricket format is the best?

Consign this misunderstood mass of bodies to history at your peril, says Scotty Stevenson.

Toby Manhire, Annabelle Lee-Mather and Ben Thomas denounce new poll results that very slightly contradict their opinions. 

From the rubble of 2020 comes the opportunity to create a new future. Conversations That Count – Ngā Kōrero Whai Take will examine what that could look like.

A gobsmacking 35 percentage points separate the two biggest parties in the latest Newshub poll. What does it all mean?


Welcome back to The Spinoff's bi-monthly books podcast, hosted by Louisa Kasza, Jenna Todd and Kiran Dass.

Business is Boring host Simon Pound talks to Greg Cross from AI company Soul Machines.

Jean Teng talks to the organisations that kept vulnerable communities connected during alert level four.

The MacDiarmid Institute DiscoveryCamp gives Māori and Pasifika high school students a taste of life as a scientist.

The first episode of our new podcast series tackles equality and equity and the role of our education system as a solution.


You probably shouldn’t expect any happy endings from buzzed-about new Neon show Gangs of London, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

After the toughest years of his career, Hayden Paddon is taking on the world again. In a garage in Cromwell he’s building the world’s first electric rally car.

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