A view from the train of Ruapehu

Our universities have a shocking record on emissions. If they band together, however, they could make a massive difference.

Even on a subject that can generate pearl-clutching, good policy-making on pron wouldn’t be complete without a discussion of the benefits.


The Best Of

It is hard to remember a year in which New Zealand was so repeatedly in global headlines, writes Kamahl Santamaria, a Kiwi journalist based in Doha.

We get a handle on the artists and artworks that shaped this decade in Aotearoa.

The greatest show to ever air on New Zealand TV screens, and arguably any screens ever, had a tenure of just three tragically short years.


Toby Manhire gazes back at the last almost-10 years in New Zealand politics, leadership and tragedy.

Looking back on 10 years which saw New Zealand’s media transform from a position of near-limitless power and influence to the deeply humbled reality of today.

The second and final report of Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora, the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group, contains nothing we didn't know 30 years ago.

From the summer islands of New Zealand, join The Spinoff as we follow the results rolling in.

The National Party leader talks political rhetoric, misinformation, and whether he’ll have any dance partners after next year’s election.


OPINION: Flick’s Nikki Cockburn breaks down the sources of our electricity. 

Liam Hehir makes a plea to education minister Chris Hipkins not to discriminate against integrated schools when it comes to school funding.

From Waipukurau to Waipawa, Hastings to Havelock North, how did a humble crumbed meatball reach cult status? Fiona Fraser investigates the origins of this east coast delicacy.

The very idea that a meal kit is a suitable alternative to a food grant undermines the importance of autonomy and self-determination as human rights, writes Rebekah Graham.

Looking back on 10 years of wild, weird and wonderful food stories in New Zealand.


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

Three glaze recipes to take your festive feast from ho-hum to ham-azing.

Online marketplace Sidekicker is taking advantage of people who have little choice but to juggle multiple low-paying jobs to make ends meet, writes artist and freelancer Ben Markley. After graduating early …

From Middle Earth to outer space, New Zealand business has covered a lot of ground in the last 10 years. Business editor Maria Slade looks back.

This week on Business is Boring, host Simon Pound talks to Campbell Ellison from Callaghan Innovation and Alexandra Allan, CEO of Food Bowl.


The government's books are now expected to go into the red this financial year with a forecast deficit of $900 million, down from a budget forecast surplus of $1.3 billion.

As controversy including a $10m lawsuit and 'ghost' offices continues to swirl around Jamie Beaton, his fellow Rhodes scholars have slammed him for trying to recruit them.

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in reality television and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

Our pop culture superfans at The Real Pod look back at the local celebrities who defined the last decade in Aotearoa.

Sam Brooks reviews Marriage Story, the latest Netflix movie that tackles that universally horrible experience: Divorce.


It’s been a Sunday morning staple for Kiwi kids for decades, but What Now may be facing new challenges in the era of social media. 

Before Britain's Got Talent: Champions hits our screens tonight, let's take a fond look back at some of the show's weirdest and most wonderful acts.

Media outlets ran a story on a man whose farts could repel mosquitos, despite the story coming from a satire news site and not being verified in any way.

The success stories of people with extra struggles may not get awards and trophies, but they're worth celebrating all the same, says Jai Breitnauer.

In this hard-hitting episode of current affairs show OTR 24/7, lady journalist Leonie Hayden comes face to face with one of society's most elusive figures.


The Spinoff is proud to publish this follow-up account from a brave Koru Club member. This time? The day the Koru Lounge went dry.

The fatal eruption on Whakaari on Monday may force the tourism industry to review its current rules, writes tourism professor Michael Lueck. 

The best local nonfiction of the year, according to a congregation of great writerly minds.

A poem by writer, journalist, and former Manus Island refugee Behrouz Boochani.

The only published and available best-selling indie book chart in New Zealand is the top 10 sales list recorded every week at Unity Books’ stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington. 


What happens when your work is the victim of attempted sabotage by a group of slow-moving middle-aged men? Author and journalist Michelle Duff reveals all.

Arriving in bookstores now, New Zealand Nature Heroes is optimistic and surprising and all kinds of wonderful.

The leadership shown by tangata whenua at every national disaster and tragedy should be recognised and honoured by all of us, writes Catherine Delahunty.

Start learning te reo Māori anywhere in Aotearoa with this list of introductory, part-time classes.

Hakihea (December) brings clear skies, tui chicks and plenty of energy.


Hāpai Te Hauora CEO Selah Hart responds to criticism of her organisation’s stance on cannabis law reform.

She's been a stalwart on our screens and airwaves for two decades, but the indefatigable Stacey Morrison is all about giving back to her community.

To celebrate the 50th birthday of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth, Walters Prize-winning artist Ruth Buchanan has rehung their collection, bringing previously unseen works and skeletons out of the closet.

Megan Dunn talks to Justin Paton, the "master of accessible art writing".

Richard Brimer's photography exhibition Harvest is a little bit Humans of New York. Except it's in Hastings, has zero pretension, and captures the diverse population of seasonal labourers who work the local vineyards and farms.


Lessons in life and art from Samoan New Zealand artist Yuki Kihara, Aotearoa's representative at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2021.

Spinoff Art editor Mark Amery and photographer Ebony Lamb pay a visit to the internationally celebrated jewellery couple at their colonial cottage above Island Bay.

Twenty-four hours after the eruption on Whakaari/White Island, here's what we know about the ongoing situation.

Another giant bird has been torn from its grave: the ancient Rēkohu/Chatham Island penguin. Just how big was it?

We don’t normally see these eruptions coming, no matter how much we would like to.


Five people are dead, a number unaccounted for and up to 20 injured, some critically, after a volcano erupted in the Bay of Plenty this afternoon.

A truly ambitious solution would keep jobs in Southland as well as delivering on the promise of the Zero Carbon Act.

A new podcast devoted to analysing New Zealand's media as it undergoes the biggest and most troublesome transition in its history.

Google just released what New Zealanders looked for the most in 2019, and it says a lot about us. Not all of it is good.

In the first instalment of our new pop-up podcast, The Spinoff Book Out Loud, Madeleine Chapman on the response to her scandalous ranking of New Zealand chips.


For the news business to work, it needs to stop ignoring such a big group of potential readers and customers.

The Spinoff editor explains the thinking behind The Spinoff Members.

Sam Brooks reviews Gris, the stunning, newly updated game from Devolver Digital that gamifies and makes beautiful that one universal process: grief.

Sam Brooks reviews the latest generation of the Pokémon games which finally hits the big-ish screen.

Sam Brooks reviews the most anticipated game of 2019: Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding.


Sam Brooks reviews the latest Trails of Cold Steel entry and finds a rare thing: a game full of love and care.

Sam Brooks finds that nostalgia only goes so far in the 2019 remake of MediEvil.

19-year-old Benee’s track ‘Glitter’ is climbing international charts thanks to being given a TikTok dance. How does that work? Josie Adams explains what a TikTok dance is, and how this social media app is the new MTV.

Sam Brooks interviews Cecily, the local singer behind surprise sleeper hit 'Thinking 'Bout Me'.

An artist called Cavetown is coming to Auckland in January for a show that's already sold out. But what, praytell, is a Cavetown?


Sam Brooks ranks the songs of Frozen 2 based on how likely it is your kid will scream them in your face.

The Spinoff presents the premiere of MAALA’s new music video, the Connor Pritchard-directed ‘Fire Burning’.

Jane Yee discovers nothing can prepare you for twins.

Emily Writes and her son pay a visit to the brand new 'playground' on the Parliament lawn.

It's the most beautiful time of the year! Emily Writes investigates the top 10 toys your ungrateful kids will want this Christmas.


Catherine Woulfe welcomes the daughter she fought for.

Emily Writes looks back at the early days of her children’s lives – and wishes she knew that no parent knows what they’re doing.

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.

Hayden Donnell looks for inspiration and innovation on how to house the city’s future.


Auckland’s Giant Santa is being retired and may be lost forever. This morning he was offered a lifeline from the highest office in NZ.

Stadium or no stadium, the time to reimagine Ports of Auckland is now.

Sir Peter Snell has died, aged 80, at his home in Dallas, Texas. Looking back at the life of arguably New Zealand's greatest ever athlete.

When Barbara Cox joined a football team in 1973, she was one of the first women in the country to do so.

Yesterday Ian Foster was announced as the new coach of the All Blacks, having already spent eight years as part of the coaching setup.


Scratched celebrates New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due – but whose legacies deserve to be in lights. This month, matriarch of New Zealand football, Barbara Cox. 

Mark Reason says this merchant of intimidation is boring. Here is why he's wrong.

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

Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michèle A’Court tackle the past month in women, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop.

This week Business is Boring host Simon Pound talks to Jeff Xu, CEO, and Ollie McDermot, co-founder and designer of Micropod.


This week on Business is Boring, host Simon Pound talks to Dr Brian Ward of soft-tissue repair company Aroa.

Architect Richard Goldie on his bold idea for a partially submerged stadium on Auckland’s waterfront, a project that’s now a finalist in an international architectural competition. 

At 2pm every day this week, The Spinoff will be counting down 100 local television moments of the decade.

Richard MacManus finds out how 5G will help Auckland smarten up by building better relationships with its citizens. 

From New Zealand's biggest band selling out Western Springs to a landmark moment for Pasifika women onstage, these are the live events that shaped New Zealand this decade.


If you want to shock and amaze your friends and family this Christmas, look no further than the deep recesses of $1 reserve Trade Me. 

Richard MacManus meets Aimee – the digital assistant with a human touch. 

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